Name: Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime
Name of Company: BluDoors
Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime are brothers, and the teenage Nigerian entrepreneurs who built the new web browser – Crocodile Browser Lite’. Amazingly, the two brothers taught themselves to code and build their first mobile web browser.
Anesi and Osine were only 12 and 14 when they decided to learn to code. Due to their strong interest in technology, they decided to create a functional, fast browser for feature and low-end smartphones because, according to them, “We were fed up with Google Chrome.”
Crocodile Browser is available for free download on Google Play Store, and has been positively received. Its highly impressive 4.6 out of 5 rating, almost 2,500 user reviews, and 50,000 – 100,000 installs confirm this.
This achievement has catapulted the Ikhianosime brothers in to the premier league of young Nigerian entrepreneurs.
During the interview we catch up with the young Nigerian entrepreneurs to discuss all things tech in Nigeria, coding and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
Teenage Nigerian Entrepreneurs Create Critically Acclaimed Web Browser – Crocodile Browser
Joseph – Can you describe BluDoors, the idea and concept as if I knew nothing about it or the market?
OSINE – BluDoors is a company that will deliver a wide variety of products that will aid Africa’s technological development.
Joseph – So how did two teenage brothers from Nigeria come up with the idea of building a web browser?
OSINE – Anesi had a low-end phone a while back and he found Google Chrome really unreliable and quite unstable. We were on mid-term break and we were bored, so we decided to solve our own problem realising that other people may also be having the same problem and Crocodile Browser was born to cater for the low-end phones and high-end phones.
After developing the browser for a few months, we realised that the browser had so much potential and we thought we could really scale the app with a few improvements so we continued working on it.
Joseph – How has your upbringing influenced the birth and progress of this company?
OSINE – Our Parents have always been supportive of our endeavours so that helped us develop the product and the company.
The school that we attended always encouraged our love of coding, and provided us with access to computers, and we had personal laptops at home. Our parents have made it possible for us to always access technology.
Joseph – How has it been seeing your innovative technology being rated alongside established products?
OSINE – It has been kind of weird.
Joseph – What separates Crocodile Browser from other browsers?
OSINE – We think it’s the speed that separates Crocodile Browser from other browsers.
Joseph – What challenges have you had to overcome to launch your product?
OSINE – Nigerian entrepreneurs have to overcome many obstacles that are not even considered in the western world.
We have to contend with challenges such as erratic power supply and poor network connectivity, however this pushes us to want to succeed despite the disadvantages.
Joseph – Why and how did you come up with the names BluDoors and Crocodile Browser?
OSINE – The name Crocodile just popped into Osine’s head when he glanced at UC Browser’s logo. At first we named our company Doors after seeing Windows 7, we changed it to BluDoors after we saw that the name Doors has been taken by the Doors band.
Joseph – Do you still have plans of going to MIT and how are you currently working on it?
OSINE – Yes we do, we try to do our best in everything we do.
Joseph – How do you two intend to share your knowledge to inspire other young African entrepreneurs?
OSINE – Any young African entrepreneur or young person in general can just reach out to us. We are easily accessible via social media and always willing to do what we can to help and support fellow entrepreneurs
Joseph – What does the future hold BluDoors and the Ikhianosime brothers in the future?
OSINE – In the future, we want BluDoors to have the same impact and influence in Africa that Google has had in the western world, making BluDoors Africa’s Google.
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