Who says teenage is just about chocolates, dresses and soccer?
Meet Osine and Anesi Ikhianosime, amazing Nigerian teens who are delightfully shifting the boundaries and doing the amazing.
They are really not your regular teenagers, for them fun is about creating codes and covering huge technological milestones.
At 12 and 13, the brothers taught themselves how to write codes and in a short while, they built their first mobile web browser, which is hosted on the Google Play Store, and available to download as a free app.
Due to their strong interest in technology and frustration with google chrome, they decided to create a functional, fast browser for feature and low end phones. “We were fed up with Google Chrome.” Osine tells TechCabal in his pitch mail ‘’I write the code, my brother designs it.” You know what they say about necessity…
Born April 28, 2001, Osine’s interest in computers began at age 7. It was also at this age that he, along with his brother, Anesi, who was 9 at the time, came up with the idea of launching their own startup.
Inspired by Microsoft Windows platform, they decided to name their company “Doors”. However, later they discovered that the name was already taken, and so they changed it to Blu Doors, which is still the current name of the company.
The brothers launched their browser on the Mobango app before taking it onto the Google Play Store so they could reach a wider audience. Their browser currently has around 500 downloads.
Interestingly, the teenagers’ huge achievement seems not to be a surprise to their parents. Their mother Mrs. Ngozi Ikhianosime, a Math teacher says they were able to use the computer before they knew how to read and have always been fascinated with technology, creating, building and solving problems. She ascribes their success to their school, Greensprings Schools, Anthony Campus, Lagos, where the boys are currently in their 9th and 11th year. According to her, students of the school have access to computer and internet facilities, just as personal laptops are made available to each of them at home.
Like many other young entrepreneurs, they’ve had their fair share of challenges, yet they persevered even when their dream seemed impossible. ‘’When we decided to learn to code at age 12 and 14 respectively, I didn’t let my uncle’s belief that it would be a tough feat to achieve deter me.” Osine reckons.
The future shines bright for these young Nigerian genuises. Anesi hopes to develop another app in the future to real social problems, such as traffic and communication. He also hopes to attend MIT in the United States after his A levels because he feels the educational opportunities, resources and access to technology are just what he needs to positively impact the future even more.
More than creating a technological solution for many, the genuises have ignited hope in the hearts of other young Africans and given them a reason to believe and pursue their dreams.
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