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In Lagos, RIM fights for mobile market share

The Globe and Mail's Iain Marlow travelled to Lagos amidst RIM's efforts to grow its brand there. Here's what he saw.

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The Computer Village in Lagos, Nigeria, is home to most of the city’s consumer electronics shops – both official and unofficial.

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Makoko, a slum in Lagos, is famous for being built out onto the water. This shack sells cellphone SIM cards.

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A mobile phone shop in the Computer Village neighbourhood of Lagos, Nigeria, where many of the country's mobile phones are sold. Tecno is a Hong Kong-based phone manufacturer that focuses on growth in Africa.

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A huge Samsung advertisement looms down from the wall of a mobile phone shop in Computer Village. It advertises a smaller and cheaper version of the smartphones that have propelled Samsung to smartphone success in wealthier countries in the West.

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A mobile phone shop in the Computer Village area of Lagos, Nigeria, where many mobile devices and consumer electronics are sold.

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A young man in Lagos, Nigeria uses a BlackBerry to take a picture of himself at a concert put on by famed Nigerian musician Femi Kuti.

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Staff wait for customers at the grand opening of Research In Motion's first official BlackBerry store in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Robert Bose, Research In Motion's managing director for the middle east and Africa, greets the head of a Nigerian retail chain that has just opened a dedicated BlackBerry store.

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