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 Nigeria is a country with immense potential and opportunities, but also faces many challenges and risks. A weakening economy, rising insecurity and violent conflicts, and persistent health and humanitarian crises threaten the progress made in its democratic development1. Amid deepening distrust in government and institutions, Nigeria has significant work to do in improving national, state and local security and governance ahead of national and state elections in 20231.

In this context, learning digital skills is not only a desirable option, but a necessary one for Nigerians who want to thrive in the 21st century. Digital skills are the abilities to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) effectively and creatively to achieve personal, professional and social goals2. They include basic skills such as using a computer, browsing the internet, sending an email, and creating a document, as well as more advanced skills such as web development, digital marketing, data analysis, and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML).

There are many reasons why learning digital skills is crucial for Nigerians, but here are some of the most important ones:

In conclusion, learning digital skills is crucial for Nigerians who want to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges of the digital age. Digital skills can enhance employability and income, improve access to information and services, and foster civic engagement and social change. However, learning digital skills is not an easy task, and requires access to quality and affordable education, training, and resources. The Nigerian government, private sector, civil society, and international partners have a role to play in ensuring that all Nigerians, especially the youth, women, and marginalized groups, have the opportunity and support to acquire and apply digital skills for their personal and collective benefit.