I can categorically say that; personally am inspired by various stories shared by Nigerian technopreneurs via this platform in the last couple of weeks, today we’ll be sharing with you,a very inspiring story of an innovative Nigeria that has indeed revolutionized his sub-sector. Godwin Noah is the founder of bbnsms.com a mobile solution company based in Surulere, Lagos. Enjoy the ride as he takes us through his journey so far!
Godwin Noah is the revolutionary CEO of Browser Based Nigeria (BBN) Limited. A company that had started with a passion to revolutionize business processes and people. He started the company, now over two years old, in a small corner of his mother’s tailoring shop in Satellite Town, Lagos, Nigeria.
He has had passion for entertainment, multimedia, sciences and computers. What drives him is the passion to understand the ‘HOW’ of any ‘WHAT’ he finds interesting.
He would usually say his career life had started breathing as early as age seven (7) when he started exploring his environment, skill sets and finding out how things work. But the business in his career was not till January 2008 when his computer skills needed the energy to cause that revolution in businesses and people.
From a poor family he also needed to revolve, financing a business, like most Nigerian startups, was as much of a challenge as securing a good job or a bank loan. Godwin has used a laptop without a flex.
To finance his start-up he got a job as Software Developer while simultaneously running his Business Administration course with the University of Lagos Distant Learning Institute. He grew within a short period of six months to become Head of the software department at Oak Computers Limited and continued for an additional one year before resigning to fully concentrate on the business of his business which had already kicked of operating 100% online.
In January 2009, we secured our first small office in Satellite Town, Lagos with a very loudly designed BBN Place official website to back it up because we’re actually an internet company. Through same year we’ve been through challenges ranging from business financing and relevant manpower acquisition to development and implementation of policies to check scammers and even hackers’ activities.
The key factor that has helped BBN to grow fast is that we started up by identifying a product with a ready market. We were not the pioneers in our business but, I believe, we are the revolutionist. We developed and adopted internet marketing strategies within our financial limits that challenged the industry, increased our popularity and sales within a short period. And, today, some of our competition have adopted a minified version of same strategy – For six consecutive months We sponsored five free sms daily for all our subscribers. This amongst others increased our growth quotient.
When you ask if it’s really possible to succeed as a startup in this country; I’ll prefer to “Nigerianly” reply with a question: Did I really succeed in this country as a startup?
It only requires a stronger passion and will-power.
Technology businesses in Nigeria, is in its cradle days. The Chinese economy for Instance is a highly industrialized one, because they woke up to Industrialization. India woke up to Information Technology and likewise Nigeria. So if by tech business, you mean Information technology business. You may quote me right that Info tech training institutions like NIIT, APTECH and New Horizon are the most subscribed in Nigeria and by Nigerian youths – The future leaders.