Ideas are created in our mind, for use in enhancing lives. Ideas are either there to make, create or to solve a problem; whether existing or perceived to exist. It must be noted that, what works in Nigeria may not likely work in London. Also, what goes in Anambra may not go in Kaduna. But it pains that the copy and paste we learnt in school followed us to life and business. It is not wrong when you borrow an idea, But poisonous when you paste an information which is not needed and make it compulsory for others to follow. Apology for saying this but its true; Nigeria is under-developed today because, we don’t care about the ideas we introduce into the system. We just want to be like the whites. Doing what they are doing and living how they live. We forget that Africa is blessed with many cultures and skills which if we enhance, can make Africa the tourist continent.
To go global, we must start from ourselves. Know who we are, and thereby, know what works for us. In the systems we design, we don’t have the picture of home. We design to fit the foreign standard without meeting the local standard. There is nothing wrong with getting ideas but the problem is in using the ideas.
*Let’s think home*
To proceed, I will use a designers mind to give my point
1. *What am I designing?*
You must have a true picture of what you will get before you start designing it. For example, How can you start driving unless you know where you are going? And that answers the question; what is the problem. This is where our problem lies
2. *Where will the system be used?*
Semi-conductors, for example, behave in different ways, depending on the environmental factors and several other things. Knowing where the system will be used arms us with the knowledge of what will be used or not.
But we import already made for London and Japan to be used in our home country. Big problem
3. *What purpose will it serve?*
Purpose is everything. A system is created when the purpose is known. Why do we need this? What will it serve for? And only us know what our system is meant to serve. Eg: the problem we are facing as regard to load balancing in power sector can be resolved using a small electronic system. We are still waiting for the Whites.
4. *Who is the potential user?*
Knowing who uses it determines ‘how’ the system will be designed. Whether a self responsive system or Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Under who uses it, what is the likely technological exposure to the user?
5. *How does it affect the user?*
Protection should be made against life and properties. We don’t design to destroy, rather, we design to protect.
6. *What is the longevity?*
The longevity of the expected system determines How robust it will be. We just ask too many questions. Reason; no designer will like to design a system that will fail operation. With the various design question, we will be able to ascertain what we are doing to see who it blesses and who it kills.
We need to come home. Think African!!! We need to start solving our own real problems, thereby making our real long lasting money. Everyday we get new ideas, goods, How does it solve our problem. We have a lot of them. But traveling abroad to go and work is first in the list of most young Nigerians. Now, my question is this; How do we solve our problem?
Note: Working Abroad is not the key to success. I will like to remind us that every idea does not lead to business development.
Organization is a very good tool in companies and businesses; and that’s why we call it *Organization*.
Organising those thoughts into a meaningful data which can be interpreted as an information is one key to success. Together we win, but divided we lose. Divided ideas will eventually fail.
In conclusion, get the information, but make it local.
FACILITATOR: Engr Inopu Innocent Chinedu (Valuex Network Member)
COMPILED BY: Valuex Information Management Department