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Five Edtech Startups In Nigeria Seeking To Transform The Education Sector That You Should Know

Education is a nation’s most important asset. It is arguably what differentiates a third-world country from a developed one. This article paints a stark image; there’s a 100-year gap in education standards between developed and developing countries (see diagram below). This is one reason why these edtech startups in Nigeria are very important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. 1: Education in Developing Countries vs. Developed

 

Here are the five edtech startups attempting to change the narrative:

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Tuteria

Tuteria was founded by Godwin Benson and it’s mission is to help students or individuals find expert private tutors easily.  Godwin Benson won the Royal Academy of Engineering award in the United Kingdom (UK) earlier in the year. The team began working on the idea in 2013. It also helps tutors earn an income teaching subjects and skills. Subjects include Maths, English, Verbal & Quantitative reasoning, Science etc. Users can also learn skills like photography, music, public speaking etc.

The startup has a strong leaning towards trust. Its tutors are assessed, they take a test in most subjects. The score will determine if they will be allowed to teach the subject. Tuteria also conducts background checks and requests verified IDs. The two-way review system also keeps tutors accountable.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Proteach.ng

Obasolape Abiola is the founder of this edtech startup. It provides personalized home tutoring services to students & individuals. While it is similar to Tuteria, it is taking a different angle to home tutoring. It provides tutors with a consideration of the child or student’s learning style. The platform assesses a user’s learning style through a test. It then matches the learner with a tutor based on the result of the assessment.

Proteach is one of the startups in Venture Platform’s (VP) portfolio. It pitched at VP’s first demo day as part of its first cohort. Venture Platform describes itself as a startup that builds startups. Additionally, it finds and funds innovative startups in Africa. VP injected a seed fund of $20,000 into Proteach. Faith History spoke with Obasolape earlier this year, you can listen to the interview here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: ScholarX

ScholarX simply connects Africans with scholarship opportunities. Bola Lawal is the founder of this startup. It launched in Ghana through a partnership with AB review. Its app is available on the Google Play store and iTunes. Furthermore, it matches users with scholarship opportunities based on parameters such as State, Faculty, College, School, CGPA/Level etc.

ScholarX recently launched Village a crowdfunding platform which allows students create fund requests that sponsors can find and fund. Students are already benefiting from the platform as you’ll find here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Elearn.ng

Elearn.ng focuses on vocational and technical education. This makes the startup different from others on the list. Michael Onobote and Chigozie Amaraegbeni are the founders of this startup. It provides skills training to individuals through its online learning platform and physical classes.

Skills categories include Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Photography, Food & Confectionery etc. Additionally, some of the trainers on the platform include Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Academy, Mrs. Ikeolu Biobaku of Mix n Bake among others. You can read more about the startup here and listen to Faith History’s interview with Michael Onobote here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: PrepClass

This startup is also an online tutoring platform. This goes to imply the market size of the private tutoring business. Parents will go to any length to ensure that their children are academically successful. This is without considering that not only children use these tutoring platforms. Adults also use the platforms.

PrepClass is however  taking a different approach from the other platforms previously reviewed. First, it has a strong leaning towards test and exam preparation. Secondly, it has a proprietary online test prep software. Furthermore, it has a large pool of tutors. Finally, students can use the platform to prepare for a test without the aid of a tutor. Fast Company named it as one of the top most innovative companies in Africa. Here’s a good review of the startup.

In conclusion, we will continue to add more edtech startups as we review and interview founders. One initiative worthy of mention is Relearn by CcHub. Tell us what you think about this list in the comments. Also let us know what startups you think we should add to the list.

 

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WeSabi.com: Three Takeaways From Faith History’s Interview With Sanni Murtala

Phony artisans, dishonest service providers, we all have in one way or another encountered them. Sanni Murtala faced a similar problem when he moved to his new apartment. WeSabi.com was his answer to this problem. WeSabi.com is an on-demand service platform that helps individuals and businesses find

Faith History interviewed Sanni Murtala, one of the Co-founders, earlier in the year. You can check out the interview here and here. We have picked out the three major takeaways from the interview.

 

Sanni Murtala: WeSabi.com Is Making It Far Easier To Find Reliable Artisans

Sanni Murtala moved into a new apartment in Abuja sometime ago. He had a linking sink and needed to get his AC installed. He reached out to a number of his friends for reliable contacts. None of the artisans showed up despite several phone calls. He later had to make use of contacts he found on a number of buildings. Sanni eventually got his sink and AC fixed after three weeks. The artisans he used did a mediocre job. The process was also quite  difficult and painful.

Sanni started WeSabi to make it easier for Nigerians like him who have a hard time finding reliable artisans. This is the holy grail of a great service or product. Does it make life ‘way’ easier for your target customers? If the answer is yes, then you have something on your hands.

 

Sanni Murtala: WeSabi.Com Is Helping Reliable Artisans Get Found Quite Easily

The startup doesn’t only solve a problem for end users it also solves a problem vendors have. In this case the vendors are artisans. There were great artisans as Sanni would later find out. The problem was there were way more unreliable artisans. The few excellent artisans found it tough to connect with their target clients. The artisans on the platform include Plumbers, AC Technicians, Electricians, Laundry Machine Repairers etc.

The more problems your business solves the better. More people would depend on your service for everyday living.

 

Sanni Murtala: WeSabi.Com Is Big On Trust And Quality Assurance

One of the barriers many online businesses face is the issue of trust. The major E-commerce startups in Nigeria had to overcome this barrier with offers like pay on delivery. WeSabi.com provides a professional indemnity insurance to its client in the case of theft and damages. This helps prospective client feel comfortable with using the platform. The startup also runs several checks and due diligence on the artisans on its platform.

One way it ensures it provides skilled and reliable artisan is by partnering with vocational centers to get access to them. WeSabi.Com also trains it artisans in skills such as customer service to ensure its end users get great service.

If prospective clients don’t trust they won’t do business with you. Startups that pay attention to what customers think about them and adjust accordingly will keep winning. Great service is one of the major attributes of successful businesses.

 

Do check out the full interview with Sanni Murtala here and here. You can also listen to other episodes of the show on Soundcloud or iTunes. Got any thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

Five Fintech Startups In Nigeria Changing How We Live And Do Business

Over the last few years there has been a surge in the number of fintech startups in Nigeria. You most likely will be familiar with startups like Flutterwave, Paystack, PagatechQuickteller by Interswitch (if you consider it one) and a number of others. Here is a great list of a good number of the fin-tech startups in Nigeria. We have interviewed a few of these startups, this article focuses on them. Let’s dive into them, shall we?

 

Fintech Startups in Nigeria: NairaBox

NairaBox is a digital wallet app which allows you buy movie and event tickets, pay for bills, purchase airtime and donate to charity through ‘the click of a button’. Jay Chikezie, Tokunbo Adetona and Damilola Jegede founded the startup in December 2015. The goal of the startup, it appears, is to help users make payments and donations in record time. The app is available for download in the Google Play and iTunes store.

The app is social in the sense that it allows you send money to other NairaBox users or any of your phone contacts.

 

Fintech Startups in Nigeria: Aella Credit

Aella Credit is a lending platform that allows people access loans instantly. Akin Jones founded the startup after quitting his job at a financial services company. In his interview with Faith History, Mr. Jones mentioned that his team did zero marketing when they launched the startup. The simple reason is that everybody needs money. Money doesn’t need marketing, does it? However, it is worthy of note that Aella Credit rode on its relationship with certain partner companies to acquire thousands of borrowers. Smart move, huh?

The platform is integrated with the major credit bureaus in Nigeria. Its strategy is to lend money to only credit-worthy borrowers. The application is built to identify such borrowers. You can read a bit more about the startup here.

 

Fintech Startups in Nigeria: PiggyBank.ng

While the previous startup lends you money, this one helps you save it. PiggyBank is a secure online savings platform. This startup makes you save! It does this by automating the process of saving. In simple terms, it deducts directly from your bank account. It only allows you withdraw for free on certain dates however, you get penalized for withdrawals outside these dates. These features are in place to make you disciplined.

United Bank of Africa houses the savings from PiggyBank.ng.  The startup has also partnered with Metro Microfinance Bank. Listen to the interview with Faith History and read a bit more about the startup here.

 

Fintech Startups in Nigeria: Amplify Pay

Amplify Pay helps businesses collect and manage recurring payments. Segun Adeyemi relaunched the payments startup after previously calling it SlushPay. The startup’s focus is to take on the $32 billion recurring payments opportunity in Nigeria.  Segun graduated with a degree with Economics but his love for technology came out of a knack to solve problems. He met Maxwell Obi his Co-founder during the MEST ((Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) recruitment exercise. They both got into the MEST program and the rest like they say is history.

 

Fintech Startups in Nigeria: Social Lender

Social Lender is a fintech solution that lends individuals money based on their social reputation. Users sign up on the platform with their social media account. The platform’s proprietary social algorithm will then perform an audit. After the audit, a social reputation score will be generated. Following this, users can apply for the loans they need. Loans available currently range from 1,000 Naira to 100,000 Naira. Funds will typically be made available within 10 minutes.

Bincom ICT Solutions is the mother company of the Social Lender platform. The startup recently partnered with CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) to explore how social data can predict the loan repayment behavior of low-income earners. This pilot program will make loans available to low-income earners to meet emergency needs.  Listen to Faith History’s interview with Bade Adesemowo, CTO & Co-founder – Social Lender here.

 

We are continually looking to connect startups with millions of Nigerians every week. We will continue to update the list as we interview more fintech Founders and startups. Drop us a comment or send us an email via everythingdigitalng@gmail.com.

 

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YouTube Nigeria: Three Key Takeaways From Faith History’s Interview With Teju Ajani

Earlier in the year, Faith History sat with Teju Ajani, Head of Content Partnerships for YouTube in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although they spoke about a number of things, we have highlighted major takeaways from the conversation they had. You can listen to the interview here.

Teju Ajani studied Software Engineering and Economics before joining Google as a Business Development Manager. YouTube was one of the products in the portfolio she managed. As a result, she was a great fit for her current role when it became available.

Here are three key takeaways from the interview with Teju Ajani.

 

Teju Ajani: No need to complain about lack of data

There is a presently a feature in the YouTube app that allows you watch videos later. The feature is called YouTube Offline. It allows you save a video to view when you don’t have data. You can also save this video for up to 48 hours. The video refreshes when you return back online.

However, this feature is not available in all countries. The feature is also not available for all videos. This YouTube Help page lists about sixteen countries where the feature is available. Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa are on the list among others.

 

Teju Ajani: There are videos on YouTube about YouTube

Surprise, surprise, right? Not exactly! For people looking for help on how to use YouTube, there are videos on the platform about it. There is a YouTube Creator academy. It teaches how to create a YouTube channel, how to succeed on the platform etc. The YouTube Creator Academy contains videos from successful users of the platform. The Academy has a video channel on the platform with short video snippets on these topics. Alternatively, you can simply ‘Google’ whatever questions you have about using YouTube.

 

Teju Ajani: Monetizing Your YouTube Channel

The easiest way to monetize your video is the first time you upload it. All YouTube users are asked a question about monetization when they upload a video. Users can always go back to enable monetization if they missed it the first time. You can do this on the dashboard displayed when you log in to your account on YouTube. There are rules and regulations that you have to agree to before you enable monetization. You will need to connect your YouTube account to Adsense.

You can only make money when people watch your video. The more people that watch your videos the more money you make. When you enable monetization, ads are placed on your content. Advertisers can match their ads to specific content. You don’t get paid if people skip the ad on your videos. Advertisers only pay for ads if viewers watch them. Ads can be placed under your video or beside it. This is managed by the Adsense system.

So there you have it! Three major takeaways that are definitely helpful. Don’t forget to listen to the interview here and share with friends and colleagues.

 

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How To Upload An Image or Video To Instagram On Your Laptop Using Gamblr

As you may already know we like to make your life easier with digital tips and tricks. We bring you tools we discover from time to time. One of such is Gamblr. Gamblr is a desktop application that lets you upload photos to Instagram from your laptops, personal computers and Macbook.

(Caution: Ensure you read the conclusion at the end of the article)

Sometimes you have a photo or photos on your desktop computer which you would like to upload to your Instagram profile. You might not want to go through the stress of transferring it to your phone first. Perhaps you lost your phone or just have quite a number of photos that are not on your phone. Gamblr is a great application to do this. There are a couple of others e.g. Deskgram etc. You can log in to your account via the Instagram website on a desktop computer but can’t upload photos.

So let’s dive straight into the steps, ready? Here we go!

Gamblr Step 1: Download and Install the Application

This was obvious right? Yeah yeah! It was still worth mentioning. Go to the website and download which ever one applies to you. Next you will need to install the executable (.exe) file you have downloaded. To install double-click on the .exe file. Once it begins, take a short stroll or go get a glass of water.

Now that you are back, we can move on to the next step.

 

Gamblr Step 2: Load the application and sign-up

The application should either be in your Start menu list or on your Desktop environment. Double-click on any of them to load the application. The application will prompt you to sign-up.

You should see something like this:

 

Gamblr Sign up Page
Image #1: Gamblr Sign up Page

 

 

Gamblr Step 3: Sign into the application and click Upload Now

By now you already have an account and have linked your Instagram profile. Simply sign into the application and you will see an environment with different buttons and links. Click on “Upload Now” on the right of the environment. See image below:

 

Gamblr Upload Now Page
Image #2: Upload Now Page

 

 

Gamblr Step 4: Click on the Drag and Drop Box

You will then need to click on the Drag and Drop image box to select the image you want to upload. The image for upload should be saved where you can easily access it. This makes it quicker to drag and drop the image on Gamblr.

 

Gamblr Step 5: Set the Properties for Your Image

The next steps of screens allow you set different properties for your image. You will be prompted to select the size you want, add filters or motions. If you are unsure what size to choose, just select 1:1 and click “Save”. The next page after you save size prompts you to filter your image or apply motions to it. If you would like your image to appear as is, click “Continue”. The next page to be displayed is the “Caption” page which leads us to Step 6.

See images below for guidance on Step 5:

 

Gamblr: Set Image Properties
Image #3A: Set Image Properties

 

 

Gamblr: Set Image Properties B
Image #3B: Set Image Properties

 

Gamblr Step 6: Type in Caption and Tag People

Simply type in your caption in the page displayed after you have carried out Step 5. Here is where you enter all your hashtags etc. Right beneath your image you can tag whoever you want to tag. Just enter their Instagram username if you remember it.

See image below:

 

Gamblr: Enter caption and tag people
Image #4: Enter caption and tag people

 

 

Gamblr Step 7: Choose When To Post Image and Click Send/Schedule As The Case May Be

This is the final step! Gamblr lets you choose when to upload an image or video. You can send immediately or “some other time”. With “some other time”, you can schedule posts (See image below). Whatever you choose to do, clicking the send button publishes the post whether immediately or later. The con of scheduling posts with Gamblr is that you have to be online with the app at the scheduled time for it to publish the post.

 

Gamblr: Scheduling posts
Image #5: Scheduling posts

 

 

Conclusion

It’s worth noting that nothing beats using the Instagram mobile app. Other apps are not as secure and great as the Instagram mobile app. Only use Gamblr and other apps when you absolutely need to. Apps like Gamblr will come in handy at such times. Do your best to avoid the free likes, gaining followers and coins. Ensure you have your anti-virus updated and working properly. Also read the Gamblr terms and conditions and be sure you are fine with them before downloading the app.

Let us know if you know of other desktop apps like Gamblr. Also let us know if you have had any issues using the app. Do share this article within your social media community, you never know who it may help.

PS: Do not consider this article a recommendation of the app. You can read a review of the app online before proceeding to download it.

Images; Gamblr Windows Application

Loystar.co| Everything Digital NG

Are you a business owner? Then this is for you, my next question is:

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Loystar.co| Everything Digital NG

Do you want your customers to keep coming back? – if your answer is yes as mine, then you should listen in – I strongly recommend keep your device close because you might need to save a thing or two.

Click here to read about a cool way to save money

As Ayo Dawodu, CEO & Co-founder. at Loystar.co Chats up Faith History about what this app does. Yes, you heard right. It’s an App

Tariere TV| Everything Digital NG

Still celebrating digital rock-stars-Faith History meets Mrs Tari Taylaur (Founder) as she tells the genuine African startup story of her mobile entertainment platform (app) ‘Tariere TV’.

Also read: Online Radio Review

Faith History and Tari Taylaur
Faith History and Tari Taylaur

The ‘Tariere’ app which means beloved in Ijaw, boasts of data friendly videos & short films for mobiles phones  (8 min each).

Did we mention that videos on Tariere TV, are also family friendly? Oh! yes, they are safe for all ages. Tariere is constantly entertaining, Download the app here.

Tari Taylaur| Tariere TV
Tari Taylaur| Tariere TV

Check out:  Oops! I just became a daddy

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TheVane shopping App

A cool bunch of online shopping afficionados (headed by Ramat Oyedokun), have brought this App which was orginally launched and based in New York , to Nigeria. I got a chance to check it out and muck around in it. It’s kind of cool.. it has a built in location/weather element to it so you can indicate what city you’re in and it’ll pull a weather forecast that’ll help you with your wardrobe planning. Other cool points given for:

 

  • Ability to get style options based on mood/occasion (Brunch. Casual, Business Meeting etc)
  • Packing advice for travelers.
  • Ability to discover new unique brands based in Nigeria

 

Ramat Oyedokun- COO - TheVane.com
Ramat Oyedokun- COO – TheVane.com

 

So check out our chat on the show this afternoon on CLASSIC FM 97.3 at 12:30pm and BEAT FM 99.9 at 2:05pm and as always we will be posting the Interview within the week so check back.

Be sure to download the App for yourselves here for Android users like me and here for IOS users and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

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