At a glance, it would appear there are no popular apps made by Nigerians, but after taking a closer look, one would discover that a lot of Nigerian made apps are delivering innovative solutions to Nigerians and the rest of the world – even if they are not as popular as some foreign apps that occupy the larger percentage of our smartphones. While I think a lot of Nigerian made apps could use a little more inspiration and finesse, a number of them are doing progressively well and are very useful to Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike.
Here are 5 top apps made by Nigerians delivering innovative solutions:
5. Pidgin English Bible
Pidgin English Bible and Pidgin English Audio Bible app – which is the audio version of the New Testament (from Matthew to Revelation) – were developed by Network System One and 9jaStar respectively. The app allows you to listen to the bible in Pidgin English, with a dramatic twist to the narration. Pidgin Bible is both in written and audio form for all the Pidgin English speakers in the world. Cameroon Pidgin Bible, Ghana Pidgin Bible, Papua New Guinea Tok Pisin Pidgin Bible and more are also available. So if you want to enjoy reading the Bible in a funny way, you can download it. The app is available on Android devices and can be downloaded here.
Giditraffic started as an online social service in 2011. Based primarily on twitter, the service employs crowdsourcing as its primary means of providing real-time traffic updates to subscribers on its platform. Through crowd-sourced replies, a requester receives numerous responses from other subscribers who have seen the question and can provide a relevant answer.
In 2012, Giditraffic partnered with telecommunications company, Nokia to produce a downloadable mobile traffic application (the Giditraffic application which is available for Nokia Asha phones). It has become an utility service that brings you closer to the information that matters most to you: receive traffic/security updates around the country, irrespective of where you are. The app also works on android devices and can be downloaded here.
Find-A-Med is a location-based mobile application that helps users find the nearest health centres, while also storing and keeping track of their basic health information in case of an emergency. Users can also add health centres to the Find-A-Med database, which currently lists more than 5000 medical facilities. The new app gives users access to a rich database of hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, dental care, eye care, laboratories and other medical centres, as well as turn-by-turn directions to medical centres closest to their present location. The app is available on Android and iOS and can be downloaded here.
Afrinolly, owned by Fans Connect Online Limited, is a mobile phone app developed in 2011 that enables African movie and music enthusiasts to watch movie trailers, short films, music videos, and comedy produced in the African movie markets. Afrinolly also offers the latest news and gossip about movies, music and celebrities in Africa. In 2012, Afrinolly scored a big win when Research In Motion/Blackberry pushed the Afrinolly app via Virtual Private Loading (VPL) to MTN subscribers in Nigeria. The app is available on Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows and Nokia smartphones and can be downloaded here.
Okechukwu Ofili, the author of “How Stupidity Saved My Life” is the brain behind this innovative made in Nigeria app. Okadabooks was founded by Ofili in late 2012 out of his frustration with the bureaucracy of the book distribution network in Nigeria. The idea for okadabooks was birthed, basically like “okadas” who were invented to by-pass traffic by sliding in between cars. The app was created to overcome the book distribution challenges and decongest traffic by delivering books straight from authors to readers on a platform they have become very comfortable with- their phones- and at very affordable prices. The app works on all android devices and web and can be downloaded here.
About the Writer
: Chris Bamidele is a passionate and unapologetic Nigerian, who believes in God and humanity. He is a writer, blogger, and an aspiring Television Director; and an optimist to the core. He blogs at www.chrisbamidele.wordpress.com and tweets @Chrisbamidele
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This article was first published on 29th April 2015