Rise of the KidPreneur


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No one is playing again. What did I do with my life when I was a child? Oh yes I remember, I was busy being a child, having fun and playing in the dirt, plenty of food, television and sleep. These days these things no longer interest kids –where did our children go? Everyone is an adult now. The kids want to stream videos online, create contents that will go viral, a little bit of eating here, sleeping there and then back to all that techy stuff again. Sometimes these kids intimidate older ones with the number of amazing things they can do with ease.

Very recently, Africa, particularly Nigeria recorded some ground breaking inventions done by kids and they are already making cool bucks from their inventions. When I was a kid I was only particular about those stipends mum would give me at the start of each day or the change I would make from running errands. Oh well, this article isn’t about me.

Two years ago, Nigerian brothers Osine and Anesi developed an Android web browser named Crocodile Browser Lite. Their invention was inspired by Google Chrome. The browser is functional, fast and adapted for low-end phones.

Also, Tomisin Ogunnubi, a 12-year-old school leaver of Vivian Fowler Memorial College, developed an Android mobile tracking application called, ‘My Locator’. The security app includes an alert system integrated to the Lagos State Emergency Service Number. Wow, how cool is that?

Guess you heard about Makoko Fresh, a website created by a 17 year old girl, Sharon, who designed it to help the fishermen in her community get value for their hard work. The website expands their fishing business as it opens them to a wider range of customers.

And there’s Chinonso Onyekwena, the 11 years old boy who ties gele (head gear) for a living. With his dexterous fingers, this young lad has become the talk on many ladies lips as his work at his age is impeccable.

These youngsters have started to rake in good income at their age just by using the resources available to them. They have refused to acknowledge the obstacles in their individual communities; instead they have used them as a platform to shine. I TINK its wrong to say children are the leaders of tomorrow, I TINK they are tomorrow.