A few days back, the Federal Government has launched ITF Mobile, the first made in Nigeria phone after Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, presented the mobile phone to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Mr Adebayo while presenting the phones to the president just before the Federal Executive Meeting tagged it as “the first-ever” to come out of the country.
Adebayo explained that the phone was one of the 12 produced, using locally sourced components, by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s Model Skills Training Centre.
The handset runs Android and it is made from components 100% locally sourced from Lagos and Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. The phone is set for mass production.
The question everyone has been asking is that, is this the first Nigerian homemade phone?
Then, we did research by using a keyword on Google and other search engines, it was figured out that before now, a number of Nigerians have come up with certain mobile phones tagged, ‘Made-in-Nigeria phones.’ Below are the things you should know.
Things You Should Know
Ahead of time, some Nigerians have come up with various Made in Nigerian phones which include; Solo Aspire 3, Ankara K2, and Plirisblazex-64. A little google search will give you an insight into this.
Solo Aspire 3
Solo Aspire 3 was manufactured by a Nigerian tech company, Solo, which was formed in 2012 by a group of telecom professionals led by Tayo Ogundipe, a Nigerian-born ex-senior global executive with HTC and Sony Ericsson.
The Ankara K2 smartphone was launched by a Nigerian device maker, Imose Mobile around early 2015.
Plirisblazex-64 smartphone was manufactured and released into the tech market in 2015 by Pliris Mobile Limited, a Nigerian tech company, founded by Oluwafemi Alade.
Also, on April 25 April 2017, The Guardian published a report stating the emergence of the first-ever made-in-Nigeria phone by AfriOne.
Facts You Should Know
There is no Made in Nigerians Phone yet. What the government is calling made-in-Nigeria phone is actually assembled in Nigeria because no phone is globally recognized to have been manufactured in Nigeria.
The ITF mobile phone is an Android phone assembled by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s (ITF) Model Skills Training Center in Abuja.
From all facts and evidence, ITF mobile is neither the first made-in-Nigeria nor a first assembled-in-Nigeria phone.