It isn’t all about bad news across Nigeria, it isn’t all about kidnapping or Bomb Blasts, Yes! It is all about Good News; We have our very own youths making us and their parents proud. I do not know what you call them, but they are geniuses; Why the Praise?
Meet 14 and 16 year old brothers, Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime, the Nigerian teenagers who have developed an Android web browser, which they call the “Crocodile browser Lite“. The two brothers began coding at the age of 12 and 14 respectively.
Osine the eldest of the two said, “I didn’t let my uncle’s belief that it would be a tough feat to achieve stop me.” “I started with Java.”
While both brothers code, Anesi designs the Use Interface. He said, “I learnt to code by myself. I started in 2013, I used sites like Code Academy, Code Avengers and books like ‘Android for Game Development’ and ‘Games for Dummies’ ”
Their mobile browser was first released on the Mobango app store before moving to Google Play Store so as to reach a wider audience.
The brothers who have been interviewed by BBC Focus Africa, say that it took them 8 months to complete the first version of the browser.
The duo have rekindled hope in the future of nigeria as they entered their names in the catalogue of application developers. Students of Greensprings School, Anthony Campus, Lagos.
Due to their strong interest in technology, they decided to create a functional, fast browser for feature and low end phones because, according to them, “We were fed up with Google Chrome.” Osine said, ‘’I write the code, my brother designs it.”
Born April 28, 2001, his interest in computers began at age seven. It was also at this age that he and his brother, Anesi Ikhianosime, who was 9 at the time, came up with the idea of starting a company.
Recalling how it started, Osine said, they first named it ‘Doors’ with Microsoft’s Windows, but when they discovered that the name was already in use, they had to change the name to BluDoors.
Meanwhile their mother, Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime, who is a Mathematics teacher said: “Osine could already use a PC before he could read at age three. It is all he does since he learnt to code.”
The mother who ascribed the success to Greensprings Schools, said students of the school have access to computer and internet facilities, just as personal laptops are made available to each of them at home. “After Anesi is through with his secondary school education, he will attend A levels, after which he will go to MIT in Boston for his first degree, because the university has the facilities he needs to learn.” She said.
Their father Mr Philip Ikhianosime, who is the Head of Management Services and Human Resource Manager at an Insurance Company says the boys developed interest in PC usage very early. He agrees as well, that his children’s school is very instrumental in their continued interest in programming.
Anesi says that he’d like to develop another app that solves real social problems, such as traffic and communication. The brothers are releasing a new version of Crocodile Browser Lite 3.0 this April.
The latest version of the browser, the Crocodile Browser Lite 3.0, is described as functional, fast and is targeted at feature and low end phones. It currently has about 50,000 downloads, and the reviews haven’t been bad at all.