Okadabooks Wins The MTNApp 2013 App Challenge
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All the days of running up and down Lagos talking to Telcos, dropping proposal left right and center, staying up at night meeting with developers in 3 different continents over the phone. Getting emails ignored, phone call ignored, people posting you and telling you that your idea is not going to work (no company names mentioned). All the days tweeting and instagramming okadabooks pictures.
But some people kept believing and supporting, Idiare from Etisalat (MTN no beef o), Eghosa Imasuen and Yona from Farafina Kachifo for giving us books even when we had only 500 users for giving us Americanah, David with Pearson Limited you know how you helped. Oghogho Omorotionmwan for all the intelligent feedback (don’t let your head swell). The best developer partner and CTO of okadabooks Emekachi (not real name) for jumping on the idea and believing in it. My brother Ike Ofili for technical guidance in the early early days when the idea was still on paper. Tunde Leye, Unen Ameji, Michael Oritogun, Ugochi for allowing us use their books. My Dad and Mum for waking me up in the middle of the night and at work and always asking, how is okadabooks doing you people will be big o. @omoboys secret association for early prototype feedback. Myne Whitman for believing and getting excited about the idea. Muda for working on typing all the Nigerian books and converting them from paper to word and to epub. Anyone else I may have forgotten (I just remembered Charlie Okpala for all the legal help, registering the company and looking over contracts) and people I can’t mention due to confidentiality reasons.
Linda Ikeji, for the (even though you will not like me to say it) big advert discounts, it was through you that we hit 1000 users. Bellanaija Uche Eze for just saying she would support us without us even asking. Ayodeji Rotinwa for the newspaper feature. And of course MTN and CCHub for putting this contest together, and for encouraging app development in Nigeria. At the end of the day it is not the money or car, but the recognition that really motivates us. We have not even released our strongest version of the app…it is still in BETA testing, but you will be excited with it. We won’t disappoint, the recognition gives us more fuel to keep pushing.
Thanks for riding with us…the journey has just begun o. Fasten you seat belts…I mean helmets
AMENDMENTS: So obviously I forgot to thank a bunch of people and I have gotten called out for it…lol. But how could I forget Femi of PlirisMobile, the one company that has been with us from the start…also not mentioning them is a violation of our contract. Also Mr and Mrs. Oyebode for connecting us with Idiare and Stanbic Bank…much love. And also Kemi ogunniyi who has been our trumpet! And Beyonce for…well being Beyonce…
PS: If there are typos, allow them, I was too excited.