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Sitting in the oil hub in South Nigeria, Warri is one of the major centers of petroleum activities and business and the capital city of the Delta State with a population of over 311,970 souls wandering around its streets, munching on "pounded yam" or hanging out in coworking venues getting some work done with other creative minds. The locals speak a unique Pidgin English, so you may have to brush up on your pantomime skills if you wish to chat to your neighbor. The city has a modern seaport serving as a cargo transit point between the Atlantic Ocean and the Niger River for import and export.

Dating back to the 15th Century when Portuguese missionaries arrived, it subsequently served as a base for Portuguese and Dutch slave traders. In the 19th Century it became the epicentre for the trade in palm oil, rubber, cocoa, skins and groundnuts. Warri put on a different cloak from that of a rural area to an urban sprawl in the early 20th Century under the British.

Nigeria is becoming a hub for social businesses with some startups solving local issues whilst making money, such as "Wecyclers". The country has a huge market that is getting bigger every year and is the cultural epicentre for African youth through movies and online publications. Both Google and Facebook have opened up their own hubs and launched accelerator programs and the country is on track to draw more venture capital than its South African and East African counterparts. Nigeria is dubbed “Africa’s India” for its demographic stats. If today the population is “only” 173 million, making it the largest country in Africa, tomorrow, it should reach half a billion (2050) and likely a billion by the turn of next century.

With so much buzz happening in Nigeria it's little wonder that cities such as Warri are seeing coworking spaces opening in their streets.

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