15 years after Nigeria officially joined the global mobile phone community, the first Made-In-Nigeria device has been launched. The smartphone comes from a company called AfriOne.
The company launched the phone along with its manufacturing facility in Lagos, where it hopes to produce 300,000 phones every month. Each phone will use locally sourced or made parts and the entire manufacturing process will come through AfriOne’s four production lines at its Lagos factory.
Speaking at Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commissioning of AfriOne’s Lagos plant, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AfriOne, Sahir Berry, said, “AfriOne champions corporate socio-economic development, while wholly supporting the ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ mantra. The company models products that utilise cutting-edge technology reflect a modern, sleek design and integrate the latest and arguably necessary financial technology such as mobile health, mobile education and mobile banking. This is all with the goal of facilitating connectivity among Nigerians and the rest of the world.”
AfriOne’s facility spans about 20,000 sq ft and houses all of AfriOne’s operations, including an R & D department and testing laboratories.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Olufemi Olubiyi, said, “I’m sure opportunities provided by AfriOne will be of immense benefits to students of the Lagos State Polytechnic. As a government, we are not unaware of the challenges being faced by our youths.”
There is currently no information on specs and details of AfriOne’s debut device. There is also no word on availability and pricing but Pulse Tech will keep you informed.