Tuesday, 17 December 2013


Following the successful completion
of the MTN App Developer
Challenge , leading Information and
Communications Technology (ICT)
Company, MTN Nigeria has
presented prizes to the winners in
all the categories at its
headquarters in Lagos.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of
the initiative, the Chief Marketing
Officer of MTN Nigeria, Larry
Annetts, said: “The MTN App
Developer Challenge is a
demonstration of our commitment
to delivering a bold new digital
world to our esteemed customers.
This initiative represents a tangible
and credible platform to make our
brand promise a reality as well as
promote the growth and use of
locally relevant content, which
would help develop the Nigerian
app ecosystem.”
The first phase of the challenge
which kicked off on 24 July 2013
witnessed hundreds of mobile app
entries, from which the top
downloaded apps would be
In the second phase, which began
on 24 October and ended on 24
November 2013, members of the
public had to visit the the MTN
Nextappstore to download their
favourite apps from the entries.
Based on the highest number of
downloads, 4 apps were selected
per category. The judges then
selected one wild card app per
Categories for entries in the MTN
App Developer Challenge include
Entertainment and lifestyle,
Productivity, Games, Education,
Health and a special category for
student entries.
The panel of Judges for the
challenge included serial
entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi;
Customer Relations Executive, MTN
Nigeria, Akinwunmi Braithwaite;
Business Development Director at
Intel, Stanley Muoneke and
Business Manager, Nokia Live and
Country Lead, Mobile Monday
Nigeria, Emmanuel Oluwatosin. The
Judging criteria was based on the
originality of concept, relevance of
concept to the market, apps with
the best user experience as well as
its commercial viability.

The Best Overall App was won by
Okada Books, developed by
Okechukwu Ofili. The app
provides a fast, simple and fun way
to read books without ever leaving
the couch. It provides access to
past JAMB and WAEC questions and
thus turns the phone into a
powerful educational resource tool.
The Best Education App was
Onpoint, a GPA calculator and
timetable, developed by Henri Good
The Best Entertainment & Lifestyle
Afro Talez, developed by
Elizabeth Kperrun, presents
traditional African Folktales in a
fun, entertaining and interactive
way for kids.
The Best Gaming App,
Danfo Reloaded II by Bayo
Puddicombe is a representation of the thrills of driving on the average
Nigerian road.
The Best Health & Wellness App, Certified Drugs by
Ilyas Muyiwa provides an up to date
database of pharmaceuticals and
allied products approved for use in Nigeria.
The Best Productivity App,
Track My Cash by Sunday Akinsete is a
personal cash manager that helps
to track how your money is being
expended. The Special Category
which is
the Best Student App
(Undergraduate) was won by Kayode Sowole, who developed the Wazobia Bible that allows people to read the
bible in Pidgin and other
The Best Overall winner received a
Hyundai IX35 car and N1 million in
addition to a Samsung Galaxy S4
mobile phone, as well as, six
months’ promotion on the MTN
NextApps store. The six other
winners that emerged from each
category received N1 million and a
Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone
as well as six months’ promotion on
the MTN NextApps store
Congratulation to the software engineers... good work, hardwork pays for sure. I hope to be like you someday.

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