Media Range Limited has teamed up with a line up of Open Source promoters that include Joomla, WordPress, Magento and Automattic to host the first ever CMS Summit Africa to be held in West Africa.

"We are excited to be a part of this. There is a new drive to further technology adoption in Nigeria which is being driven largely by the private sector and that is how it should be. If this momentum is sustained, in the near future, technology exported from Nigeria will rule many countries and their markets," Hassan Abdul, CEO of Media Range Limited said at the event.

The event which got underway on Friday March 3, 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja is designed to help broaden the horizons of Nigerian businesses with special emphasis on the role of Open Source Content Management systems as game changers that can enable start ups in emerging markets quickly close the gap between them and their counterparts in developed markets.

An estimated 47% of all websites on the internet today run on a Content Management System (CMS) and the rapid proliferation of ecommerce platforms in Nigeria is driven by the increased adoption of CMS platforms built for ecommerce.

CMS Africa Summit is a premier open source technology event that brings together top ranking web developers, online retailer merchants, software engineers, web administrators, online marketers, online banking administrators, company owners, tech start-ups and incubation hubs, Open Source enthusiasts and tech students to a two-day conference.

The theme of this year's event is "Empowering businesses through Open Source" and major focus will be on encouraging African start-ups to lean on Open Source as a strategy for growth and innovation, ensuring that technology becomes an enabler for better but less expensive business systems adopted by SMEs with attendant impact on the sector's contributions to countries' GDPs, productivity and employment.

Previous editions had held in Uganda (2016) and Kenya (2015) and this is the first time the event is being brought to West Africa. The audience will learn through 30 global speakers, Web & App Dev workshops, Entrepreneurship tutorials on how to use Open Source technologies to sell or run enterprises in today's world.

Country representative for the CMS Africa Summit, Adedayo Adeniyi of Daydah Concepts, a software development company based in Abuja explained that the high cost of software purchase remains a problem for many small and medium scale companies in Africa's emerging economies and inexpensive but Open Source solutions can hold the key to more meaningful and far-reaching adoption of technology for them.

Open Source software is currently being leveraged on by developers across the globe not just for blogging and publishing but also for designing feature rich and secure internal process systems and enterprise resource tools.