April 23rd, 2013

A few weeks back, Intel — the smart chip manufacturer and giant — visited the CCHub to interact with developers, entrepreneurs & tech enthusiasts in the space.

Somewhere during the conversation, a friend asked how Intel obtains research data concerning markets they intend to enter. The response was that they paid several research companies “millions of dollars” to come by it, and even though the data wasn’t as accurate as they’d love it to be, it was good enough to establish trends, which is useful enough for them.

We asked if they’d be willing to share that data with us, seeing as we don’t have “millions of dollars” to spare. Can you guess what they said? You guessed right! We were let down with a very subtle NO.

Of course, other tech companies (telcos & ISPs) who have access to this data are either not willing to share it or are not mining it.

A few days later Bosun calls me aside and clues me in on an idea he’d been turning around in his head for sometime now. It was a practical attempt at solving the problem I’ve just described – how the average digital entrepreneur can gain access to market data that helps them make informed business decisions. If the heavyweights wouldn’t share their data repos with us, why couldn’t we just build our own?

And that is exactly what we did. A small commando development team was formed —  CLiveUA, Udezekene,  Emotu BalogunBosun and Myself — and we got to work. Within days, we had a working prototype. Today, the project is live, operational, receiving and processing data. And we’re calling it OpenApps


OpenApps is a market intelligence system that aggregates Internet user behavior from multiple high traffic sources to support the development of intuitive digital services in Nigeria.

In the design of a solution to the challenge of access to actionable digital market insights, we latched onto the idea that aggregating analytics from multiple high traffic sites would give us relevant data points — browsers, operating systems, device OEM share and more. The data would then be analysed and presented in a single dashboard that would allow the user visualise the trends and patterns therein.


With OpenApps, we can collect non-personal data on internet user behaviour from multiple high traffic web platforms, be they apps or websites, in Nigeria. By themselves, the data from each app or website is worth only so much, and to just the one who owns the app or website. But together, the utility is suddenly multiplied by many, many, many orders of magnitude. That’s because what we’ve now got is a data set that is representative of the online usage patterns of Nigerians as a whole. On the back of that, we’ll finally be able to make intelligent app development choices and market entry decisions for similar solutions.

Joining the collective

That is also why the “collective” is important. Members of of the collective are websites and apps that volunteer to make the data from their online platforms available to the project. And we’ve made it easy to do that. With a just a few lines of code, copied and pasted in the appropriate place, any Nigerian web platform can become a part of OpenApps and contribute to the evolution of the Nigerian technology ecosystem into a knowledge driven community.

We’re glad that a lot of partner sites who share the vision have joined the collective, and we urge everybody else in the community to pitch in. Like the name suggests, OpenApps is open, to anyone to join and use. Most importantly, it is free.

OpenApps is still a work in a progress, however. We’re constantly iterating and building out functionality and sprinting to the next X on our development roadmap. We’re counting on the community embrace and support it with insights, feedback and more. Visit OpenApps, and follow the project on Twitter for the latest updates.

Trade Transpiracy Hack:

October 29th, 2012

And so I was approached by the CCHUB to enter the Trade Transpiracy hack [Nigeria]. The hack, which was a collaboration between CcHub, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and The Economist Intelligence Unit aims to provide Nigerian consumers with information on how trade-related costs and how trade barriers affect them.

The whole idea of the hack was to create visualisation tools that would help the public at large or interested parties translate the data [provided by the DFID] for easy understanding & possibly manipulation.

So we set out, put a team together,  “hacked” for 3 days straight and came out with one of the winning entries: We came in at 2nd place while our good friends over at Bloovue [Seyi Taylor & company] came in at 1st place.

It was a lovely experience seeing that we had the opportunity to work with the wonderful guys over at the DFID. Our hack team comprised of Jide Olusanya, Zubair Abubakar, Femi Taiwo, Olusola Ajayi & Myself.

More information about Tradehack:

Entries from the Tradehack series:
South Africa:

Google Sync

March 31st, 2012

And so a friend of mine was battling with moving his contacts from his old phone to a new one, after watching him for a few ticks i realized he was oblivious to Google Sync. Thats right, Google Sync is a service that allows you syncronize your contact address book & calender appointments accross several mobile devices. i.e. Add a contact to your blackberry address book and it auto pops up on your nokia phone & gmail account.

Oh by the way, a Gmail account is required to access this service. Click to follow setup instructions for your device [Blackberry, Nokia, iPhone & iOS, Windows Mobile & Symbian]: Setup Google Sync, there also a 1min video for more info.

Installing Git on Godaddy

December 4th, 2011

& so I was sitting and pondering upon which revision control system I should deploy for an ongoing project, seeing that I’ll be needing someone to work on my application UI design in the near future, when my good friend Sola Ajayi, an avid & well matured developer swayed me towards Git. After much persuasion on the benefits, I decided to give it a go, and I’m certainly glad I did.

So what is Git?

Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

Git is used for version control of files, much like tools such as Mercurial, Bazaar, Subversion, CVS, Perforce, and Team Foundation Server.


I have a shared dedicated hosting plan with, while my actual development files are local on my system. I needed a scenario where once i’m done with a web-dev session, I would only upload files I modified and keep track of those changes rather than the whole project. Read the rest of this entry »

CCHub Nigeria

November 28th, 2011

And so I was busy working on a web-dev project when I received a phone call from a friend asking if I had heard of CCHub [Co-Creation Hub], interesting conversation as it were because some way some how I’m usually privileged to hear of such initiatives before they launch out considering the beautiful idea behind it.

Anyway, a few minutes later I was already bubbling with excitement as I strolled down to their “Hub” location which wasn’t to far off. And why was i excited you ask? because there’s no initiative in Nigeria today [to the best of my knowledge] that offers such a platform for interaction to promote social development & change using technology as it’s foundation!

CcHUB is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space being designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB will be a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and enthusiasts in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria.

The CCHub aims at accelerating growth for tech start-up’s which have products or ideas that act as a catalyst for social change in Nigeria. They will be the cushing that will support these start-up’s through an array of business support resources and services.

Visit their site to get the full picture!