Trials and Tribulations of a Nigerian Gamer

It is not easy being a gamer in Nigeria. Technologically, our society is way behind compared to other countries (for example, the UK and USA), which naturally means that the video-gaming industry in Nigeria is not adequately catered for. The Nigerian gamer faces a lot of unnecessary issues due to this fact, and here are some of these ordeals we have to go through-

4) Power (PHCN)

PHCN is the sole electricity provider in Nigeria which continuously fails to deliver constant electricity. It is bad enough that Nigerian gamers have only few hours every day to play their favourite games due to a national case of epileptic power supply but the real kicker is that the unexpected “cutting and bringing-back” of electricity destroys electronics. When PHCN brings back electricity after a period of power outage, it sometimes comes with a high voltage which can burn or blow up your gaming console and other household electronics.

Unfortunately, there is another way that PHCN can destroy your console- if there is a power outage during a process in your gameplay/console functions that shouldn’t be interrupted. When this happens, it at times creates corrupt data. This could be bad for your console if it happens constantly.

3) Online gaming
If you manage to get a good internet service provider with fast broadband speeds in Nigeria, your internet bill will surely be a huge monthly amount.

 Internet in Nigeria is an expensive service- fast broadband is cheaper in the UK than Nigeria. It also goes without saying that most of the internet service providers in Nigeria give slow download speeds that are not good enough for online gaming.

2) Everything is imported- from the consoles to the accessories and all
Nigeria does not produce games. Yes, pirated games do not count as “production”. Buying videogames, consoles and PC’s in Nigeria is a nightmare because they are more expensive due to the importation costs added on by the retailers. A problem with the importation is that most retailers in Nigeria cannot give warranties on the hardware as they are just resellers rather than accredited distributors.


1) The negative stereotypes from “non-gaming” family and friends
Gamers generally get stereotyped as “lazy” or “immature” or “anti-social” people by non-gamers (people who don’t play videogames). It is a universal issue but in Nigeria, it is arguably 10 times worse due to the fact that the country is not technologically advanced nor is it a liberal country

The typical Nigerian parent will rain curses on their middle-aged child that they catch playing videogames- “See this agbaya! Your mates are getting married with children and you are playing cartoon!”