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Five Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria To Keep An Eye On

Are there really any Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria? This was the question that led to writing this article. Therefore, the answer is one we attempt to answer in this post. As usual, before we proceed, let’s ensure everyone understands what Artificial Intelligence (AI) means.

Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using the rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions), and self-correction. Particular applications of AI include expert systems, speech recognition and machine vision.”

So, back to our question, let’s explore some of the AI startups in Nigeria.


#1 – Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria

 Ubenwa is giving hope to newborns

Ubenwa is a machine learning system that can detect asphyxia in a baby. It does this by analyzing the baby’s cry at birth. Asphyxia is one of the top 3 causes of infant mortality in the world. It kills almost one million infants annually. Additionally, research has traced 1.1 million intrapartum stillbirths, long-term neurological disability and impairment to it.  Furthermore,Ubenwa’s solution is cheaper to existing clinical alternatives. Charles Onu is the founder of the startup.


#2 – Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria

Kudi.ai is making payments seamless

This AI startup allows users make payments and send money by chatting with a bot. Users can chat with the bot on Messenger, Skype and also Telegram. The organization was a member of the YCombinator Winter 2017 cohort. Pelumi Aboluwarin is one of the founders. There’s also Yinka Adewale.  The chatbot only requires the phone number of the receiver to transfer money to her. It is also a part of Facebook’s Free Basics platform. A TechCrunch report said the startup already raised $13 million in funding. The report was published in February 2017.


#3 – Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria

Touchabl is making it easier to shop using images

Ever seen something you loved in a picture? Perhaps it was the shoe, the shirt or the tie. Touchabl will help you identify what brand it is. Additionally, it will also help you purchase it if you so desire. Furthermore, the startup promises to “revolutionize how we discover things in any of the 675 billions photos shared online every year”. Gabriel Eze is the CEO and Co-founder at the company. You can also find the rest of the team here. Gabriel mentioned to TechPoint.ng that his team worked on the object detection algorithm for about six years. He also said that the application is arguably Africa’s most advanced AI project in the area of computer vision.


#4 – Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria

Versus is using sentiment analysis to change how business is done

Versus.ng is a sentiment analysis product that enables objective reporting while measuring sentiment across different brands – companies and individuals. It monitors news sources and social networks to see when ever a brand is mentioned. It then provides sentiment and popularity reports as a result of the monitoring. This helps brands and companies make intelligent decisions. Versus is a product of technology firm; EnterFive LLC.

According to Brandwatch, Sentiment Analysis is the process of determining the emotional tone behind a series of words, used to gain an understanding of the the attitudes, opinions and emotions expressed within an online mention.


#5 – Artificial Intelligence Startups In Nigeria

 Lara is helping commuters get around Lagos easily

Lara.ng is an automated directions assistant for Lagos. It guides people to get from one point to another. It also provides fare quotes so commuters know how much they’ll need. At its core, Lara is a chatbot powered by Artificial Intelligence. Users simply enter where they are and where they intend to go. Lara then displays how to get there alongside how much it’ll cost them. Users will need to use keywords “From” and “To” in order to get an appropriate reply from Lara.  It is the brainchild of Road Preppers Technologies. The founders are Samuel Adeoye, Nnamdi Nwanze and Ladi Ojora.


There are two other artificial intelligence startups in Nigeria we stumbled upon. They are Aajoh and Going Jeje. Going Jeje is one of the startups in FasterCapital’s portfolio. We were however unable to confirm if they are both still active.

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