Google, Kaduna govt make AI education accessible for northern Nigeria

By Juliet Umeh

Google, in collaboration with the Kaduna State Government, and Data Science Nigeria, have introduced artificial intelligence, AI education in a relatable way to northerners.
The initiative, which is the First Hausa-Language AI learning Series, will help to expand technology education and empower women in the north.
According to Google, the series presents Artificial Intelligence concepts in Hausa, making complex technology more accessible and culturally relevant for the region.
It said: “The AI for Beginners Learning Video Series, through its engaging animations and culturally relevant imagery, is designed to make complex digital concepts more accessible and relatable, fostering inclusivity and participation in the growing tech sector.
Governor of Kaduna State, Uba Sani while speaking at the event underscored his government’s commitment to digital transformation and economic growth.
He said: “AI is not just the future; it’s the present. By equipping our people, especially our women, with AI skills, we’re not only paving the way for a more prosperous and innovative Northern Nigeria, but also laying the foundation for Kaduna to become a thriving tech hub.”
Also speaking, Director of Google West Africa Olumide Balogun said: “We believe that technology can be a powerful force for change and are committed to making learning resources available in local languages to empower more people.”
He added, “This series marks a new milestone in our ongoing efforts to enhance AI knowledge across Northern Nigeria, fostering a broader understanding and application of AI technologies that drive innovation and create new job opportunities.”
In the same vein, CEO/Founder of Data Science Nigeria, Dr. Bayo Adekanbi added: “By making AI education accessible in Hausa, we’re opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact.
“These women are the future leaders and innovators of Northern Nigeria, and AI is the tool that can amplify their potential.”
Meanwhile, the event also featured representatives from NITDA and the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, who underscored the national significance of the initiative and the government’s support for fostering a vibrant tech ecosystem.
According to Google, “The AI for Beginners Learning Video Series is now available on YouTube via the Data Science Nigeria platform, on the NITDA education portal, and for download.
“To further aid in accessibility, the series has also been deployed on USB drives for distribution and direct peer-to-peer copy at all primary and secondary schools, including public video content copying centres across Kaduna State,” it added.

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