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Paul Adepoju
Paul Adepoju is a media entrepreneur, published author and award-winning Nigeria-based freelance journalist. He speaks regularly at major African technology events including NigeriaCom and Nigeria eHealth Forum.
  • Q&A: How FindADriver247 carved its niche in an Uber-dominated market

    With Uber waxing stronger and dominating the taxi tech space in Nigeria, tech startup founders are striving to find other opportunities within the sector. Considering the limited nature of the country's on-demand-driving space, it perhaps explains why Uber continues to be the only significant player. But a startup has emerged and is striving to solve a different problem: hiring drivers. In a chat with Ventureburn, Jonathan Ikpenu, a co-founder of FindADriver247.com, explains the company's idea and unique strategy in a market that currently has one dominant player. Ventureburn: What is your background in startups and tech? Jonathan Ikpenu: I have no direct experience in...

  • Ask An Expert, Nigerian mobile directory capitalising on a critical Google limitation

    One of the things I do when I'm bored is to check what people search for online. Recently, I typed "how to" into Google's search bar and wasn't at all surprised with the results. I concluded that many Google users don't know how to kiss, make love longer, make love all night, or turn a man on. It appears as if this tech giant has answers to everything – but does it? Google has become a repository of knowledge, but when it comes to real-time personal problems, it may fail the user. WikiHow and Wikipedia also have limited usage and users...

  • Ten app: the bold attempt to digitise tithe, offerings in Nigeria

    In Nigeria, the first week in August is usually a very busy one particularly along the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, otherwise known as "Jesus Highway." This is due to a large number of people -- usually millions -- attending the annual convention of some of the country's biggest churches with camps in the area. When prayers are said and sermons are preached, worshippers pay their tithe and offerings – two contributions that have allowed churches to continue to grow, expand and remain relevant at all levels.As sacred as tithe and offering are in Christianity, a new app As sacred as tithe and...

  • Nigeria’s online money lending space nears disruption

    In January, Ventureburn reported that Nigerian gift card company SureGifts had rolled out SureCredit, a unique way to obtain loans. Even though many industry stakeholders were conflicted over Nigeria's readiness for loans in the online space, platforms such as Paylater.ng quickly caught the public eye. As extensively useful as credit in general is, the system has been marred by various laws and flaws, presenting barriers to loan seekers. These factors have made the services inaccessible to those really needing to utilise them. This has forced loan/credit seekers in Nigeria to look elsewhere, with some seeking alternatives online. "No one that I know of is...

  • Nigeria’s NetPlusDotCom taps Etisalat to rollout STORM app mPOS solution

    A few weeks ago, Ventureburn focused on how African telecoms operators can have a mutually beneficial innovation-driven relationship with startups specifically by making their APIs startup friendly. This week, Nigeria’s NetPlusDotCom, announced a partnership with telecoms giant Etisalat Nigeria to deliver the STORM app. Thus further expanding how telecoms companies can get actively involved in the growth of the tech space -- this time, fintech. NetPlusDotCom is a Nigerian early stage financial technology company and payment solution provider that decided to partner with Etisalat to roll out STORM -- which is an innovative inventory, store management and self-service ticketing solution via...

  • The quest for startup friendly operator APIs in Africa’s emerging markets

    In a new report (PDF) released by the GSMA Association (GSMA), an organisation representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide, it is revealed that relationships between mobile operators and African mobile startups need to exist. Several startup founders, both on and off the record, complain about the reluctance of telecoms companies allowing their services to run in respective markets. Those being allowed to run on operator networks are apparently being over-charged as well. "On every ten naira made using my service, the operator takes seven naira leaving us with just three naira out of which we will still incur other expenses including royalties...

  • Expensive, legal software a conundrum for Nigerian startups

    Last Thursday, I chaired a panel at the Nigeria International Technology Exhibition and Conference (NITEC 2016) that focused on how Nigeria can harness cloud solutions. I had my talking points ready and introduced the panel by speaking on how cloud computing remains both a research question and a market product -- but I couldn't have predicted how the session ended with the panelists. We argued back and forth on Nigeria's preparedness for cloud services beyond just using social media, YouTube, email services and the like. There was a consensus among panelists that infrastructure-wise, Nigeria isn't ready yet for cloud computing as several of these services require...

  • Nigeria’s ‘underperforming’ food apps leave many questions

    It's an open secret that food apps are not as popular as ecommerce and payment apps in Nigeria, despite the love for food uniting the people more than music and sports. A few weeks ago, I heard of the ambitious goal of a re-launched app called Bukka. It's pitched as a person-to-person food app that uses seamless connections to link cooks to their clients, connecting users to all available chefs in their neighbourhood and giving them access to a large variety of cuisine. They likened the way the app functions to the way Uber connects riders with drivers. They're so confident of the new app's success that they claim it would...

  • Amplify hopes to strike gold in Nigeria with recurrent payments

    2016 is fast becoming a payment-focused year in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem considering the numerous updates in the ecosystem and the launch of new platforms, services, and the rejuvenation of old ones. The question being asked by many stakeholders is “what’s it about payment in Nigeria?” Earlier this month, yet another payment startup launched in Nigeria to offer payment services, it’s called Amplify and its uniqueness is that it is focused on recurrent payment. The startup was incubated and enjoying the support of MEST Incubator. In an exclusive interview with Segun Adeyemi, Co-Founder of Amplify, he said in spite of the...

  • Efritin MD: Nigeria’s tech space is becoming increasingly competitive

    Gbenro Dara, the newly appointed Managing Director of Efritin.com, a platform that allows Nigerians to buy fairly used products online, has affirmed that the tech space in Nigeria is becoming increasingly more competitive. In a chat with Ventureburn, Dara said this development affirms that the tech space in Nigeria is developing. He however noted the non-existence or lack of essential infrastructure had slowed down the rate of growth of the tech industry in Nigeria – yet he said the prospect is still bright for the ecosystem adding that the decision of the government to focus on diversifying the economy would...