Young Nigerians – Opeoluwa Aiyegbusi, Lawrence Oye and others have developed and unveiled a new mobile app called Swap Naija– with the aim of bringing convenience into the use of mobile telecommunication in Nigeria. Swap Naija is a mobile app, which makes airtime swap possible on the go in real-time. Before now, what was obtainable was a transfer between subscribers within a similar telecom network. With Swap Naija, Nigerians can now send airtime to any telecom network.
The unveiling was done at the TEDxBodija Conference which was held on December 6, 2015 in Ibadan.
According to Opeoluwa Aiyegbusi, a co-founder of the app: “We at Swap Naija, have long been uncomfortable with the fact that telecom subscribers could only transfer airtime within the same network. We set out to convert this constraint to convenience. We believe that when it gets difficult, that is the best time to start-up”.
Former Deputy-governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro, who was a guest speaker at the event, advised the young innovators to look beyond the excitement of their technological breakthrough and prepare their projects for unforeseen technological disruptions. He further advised young people to start business with their savings, and not loans.
The winner of Africa Award for Entrepreneurship, Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, who is also the C.E.O of Astro Mobile Zimbabwe, advised the young innovators to integrate their mobile app with the social media platforms.
Opeoluwa Aiyegbusi and Lawrence Oye were able to share the secret of their success with over 500 young people who attended the event.
TEDxBodija Conference, themed INNOVATION – THINKING UPSIDE DOWN, is a platform of sharing both local innovations and global trends. The event started in 2013 and has grown to be the biggest youth-gathering in Oyo State.