When it comes down to it, creating something is all about problem-solving. When you think of yourself as the primary consumer of the product you are consuming or producing, success is usually just around the corner. This is exactly what Nigerian brothers Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime did – even at the tender age of 13 and 15 they went ahead to invent a fast, dynamic mobile web browser that could potentially change the future of tech in Africa
The two brothers on the surface seem like ordinary teenagers; they go to school, love soccer, however; they have unique passion for coding. It is this craving for all things tech that drove them to the edge when they would have to wait a few extra seconds for Google Chrome to load on their mobile phones. This led them to give birth to Crocodile Browser Lite which ultimately eliminates the waiting time encountered by anyone who has used Google Chrome. So how do two boys in the middle of Lagos create such a ground breaking app? Firstly by having parents who are passionate about their education and having a school that empowers them with the resources to achieve their goals. These goals were envisioned at the very age of 7 & 9 they had the vision to create their own technology company which eventually became “Blu Doors”. The next step was learning how to code, so taking advantage of available resources such as ‘Android for Game Development’ and ‘Games for Dummies’ they soon became masters of this skill.
In the short term the most important goal is to finish their education; the older of the two (Anesi) would like to attend MIT once he completes his A Level education. Additionally they would like to create an even better browser for low end smartphones which are quickly penetrating markets all over the continent. Whereas long term they aim to develop apps that will solve African social problems such as traffic and communication.
Currently the app via different app stores has 100 to 500 downloads but it is my personal opinion that this number will surely rise. What makes these two young boys so special is not the number of downloads, or the amazing functionality of the mobile web browser but their sheer determination to solve a problem. Above and beyond this they are demonstrating what the next generation of consumers are looking for, something that everyone should pay attention to.
To the two brothers, we salute you! And we can’t wait to see what you come up with next.