As typical Nigerians that we are, when the ASUU strike was still very rampant (which it still is) in schools like the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) being the most hit, all we did was to complain, groan and curse the federal government from the comfort of our homes doing nothing.
However, on the other hand, some youths (students) instead of behaving like the normal Nigerian, saw an opportunity in the strike and used it to their favor, creating startups that have grown very big now. It would be fair to say they were the biggest winners during the ASUU strike.
See below startups that were created during the some of the infamous ASUU strikes.
According to forbes, Jobberman is “West Africa’s most popular job search engine and aggregator’’. The startup was created by Olalekan Elude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi who were students of the great Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), during the ASUU strike in the year 2009.
Today, Jobberman is providing millions of people with the opportunity to find employment and is arguably Nigeria’s (even West Africa’s) largest job search portal.
if not for ASUU strike, i don’t think there’ll be any Startup called CashEnvoy, because as an undergraduate of OAU, Olaoluwa Awojoodu, began his journey into entrepreneurship with a recharge card business during the peak period of a 2002 ASUU strike that inevitably kept him out of school for eleven months.
After he resumed, he ran a lot of businesses in IT and gained enough experience to launch Electronic Settlements Limited, the parent company of CashEnvoy, PayPad and a host of other company under its portfolio.
CashEnvoy is a payment service that allows businesses receive payment online. Websites that integrate with CashEnvoy can accept payment from all the major Nigerian debit cards, international Visa/Mastercards and also from the CashEnvoy wallet.
when next you hear of an ASUU strike looming, please do not be destabilized. Instead, you jump up and be happy, and also figure out something productive you can create during that period. Who knows, it might just be the next big thing.