Computer Vision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Nigerian E-commerce – NCC

The Nigerian e-commerce landscape is on the brink of a technological revolution as Computer Vision Technology (CVT) gains traction, a recent study by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reveals.

The study, titled “Exploratory Study on the Application of Computer Vision Technology for E-Commerce Sector Growth In Nigeria,” sheds light on the transformative potential of CVT in reshaping business operations and enhancing the customer experience.CVT, powered by algorithms and artificial intelligence, processes visual data from images or videos, offering a myriad of benefits across various sectors.

In retail, for instance, CVT facilitates automated product categorization, visual search, object recognition, and virtual try-on experiences, revolutionizing inventory management, customer analytics, and the overall shopping journey.

The study, which engaged a diverse sample of 108 participants including leading e-commerce players like Jumia,, and OLX, alongside customers from major Nigerian cities, unveiled key insights into the adoption and perception of CVT in the e-commerce sector.

Key Findings:

Adoption Rate: 60% of respondents currently leverage CVT in their operations, with an additional 35% expressing a high likelihood of integration.

Perception: 57.4% of participants believe that CVT can significantly enhance the e-commerce sector in Nigeria.

Benefits: 44.4% acknowledge the potential of CVT to enhance customer experience, citing the success of Amazon’s recommendation system as a testament to its impact.

Challenges and Recommendations:

Technical Expertise:

Lack of skilled professionals poses a primary challenge to widespread CVT adoption, emphasizing the need for enhanced resources in digital education and technical training.

Data Quality:

Poor data quality and limited local datasets hinder the development of accurate and unbiased computer vision models, calling for efforts to collect and curate diverse datasets.

Infrastructure: Inadequate hardware and unreliable connectivity in certain regions pose obstacles to effective CVT implementation, urging investments in robust digital infrastructure.

Ethical Concerns: CVT raises ethical concerns regarding privacy, consent, and fairness, necessitating the review and update of data privacy regulations to ensure alignment with technological advancements.

Call to Action:

Government Strategy: The study advocates for a comprehensive government strategy to guide the integration of CVT in the e-commerce sector, emphasizing the economic potential and global competitiveness.

Digital Literacy: Investment in digital literacy programs, particularly focusing on emerging technologies like AI, is crucial to bridge the gap in digital literacy among businesses.

Incentives and Regulations: Offering incentives such as tax breaks and grants can incentivize businesses to invest in R&D for CVT, while proactive review and update of data privacy regulations ensure responsible data handling.

Collaboration: Foster platforms for collaboration among e-commerce entities to facilitate knowledge sharing and standardize practices in CVT implementation.

Infrastructure Investment: Channel investments into bolstering digital infrastructure to provide businesses with the necessary resources for effective CVT utilization.

The study underscores the imperative for collective action to harness the full potential of CVT in driving innovation and growth within the Nigerian e-commerce ecosystem.