At a press conference by RIM yesterday, Robert Bose, Regional Manager Director for the Middle East and Africa, spoke about how RIM is doing in Africa and Nigeria in particular. He stated that according to Informa, 2 million out of the 4 million smartphones connected in Nigeria are Blackberry smartphones. He spoke of how BlackBerry is the number one smartphone in Africa overall and highlighted how mobile access is opening Africa and Nigerians in particular to the internet. He said Nigerians are BlackBerry people, who are fulfilling their social needs through the BBM service.
When he left the stage, Waldi Wepener, Regional Director -East, Central and West Africa, took the stage and made announcements of RIM’s expansion of its local presence in Nigeria. He announced the first official branded retail store in partnership with SLOT Nigeria. He also announced 60 free software upgrade centres accross Nigeria, where BB users can take their device and have its software updated for free.
A second phase of training for developers on developing for BlackBerry 10 was also announced at the event. In addition, it was announced that RIM is the technology partner for Lagos Fashion Week.