Work starts on “transformative” Nigerian data centre

Nigerian tech company Kasi Cloud has broken ground on a $250m data centre in the Nigerian port city of Lekki in a ceremony attended by Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

It is the first of a number of data centres Kasi plans to build in Nigeria, which the company says will bring a “new generation” of cloud computing to West Africa. 

The centre is being built on 4ha of land in Maiyegun Area, a coastal strip to the southeast of Lagos city, and will emulate the technology campuses of San Francisco’s Silicon Valley. 

Johnson Agogbua, co-founder and chief executive of Kasi, said in a press statement that the company’s aim was “to establish a digital platform to accelerate cloud and interconnect individuals, enterprises and governmental institutions in Nigeria and Africa as a whole”.

The project is being backed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. Uche Orji, its chief executive, said the improved infrastructure had the potential to transform Nigeria into a leader of Africa’s digital industries and improve internet access for more than a billion people.

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