Nigerian Repairmen Fix All Kinds of Electronics
While many in the US including myself are guilty of, “Throwing Away Broken Electronics”, many individuals in other countries are masters of fixing them. BBC has a cool photo series about individuals in Nigeria who fix any kind of electronic you can think of from mobile phones and stereos to LCD TVs. Some of these entrepreneurial individuals have learned how to fix electronics on their own while others learned by studying under a master. One quote really shocked me in that I doubt the result would have been the same in the US.
A few yards away under the eaves of another storefront sits Philip Erigbara, a mobile phone mechanic.
“We wrote off to the phone company and requested a diagram of the inside, then we taught ourselves to fix them,” he said.
A simple problem may take only 1,000 naira ($8) to fix; a complex problem with the software, two or three times that.
As tight as the mobile phone industry is in the US, I can’t picture many phone companies handing out schematics for beloved phones. This resourcefulness and ingenuity impresses the hell out of me. I wonder if repairs will become more common as the reality of a recession sinks in with consumers.