The Brains Behind Nairaland

Seun Osewa

Seun Osewa is the brain behind Nairaland. He enrolled into the University of Ile ife to study to Electrical Engineering in 1998 but dropped out to pursue his dream in ICT business. He started his career after going into web hosting but several months down the line, he was forced to close down. Although there was pressure from members of his family to go back to school get a certificate, he stuck to his achieving his dream in the ICT world.

BACKGROUND

Seun decided to start a web forum, as it was cost effective since start-up funds were farfetched. He created 3 forums in November 2003 (one for higher institution students, one for IT discussions, and one to cover the emerging GSM industry; the Mobile Nigeria Forum at MobileNigeria.com).

He decided to start Nairaland when he noticed two odd things about Mobile Nigeria. Despite its narrow focus, it was the only Nigerian community that gave a voice to Nigerians at home. Most other Nigerian sites were owned and dominated by Nigerians in the US or UK. They covered only issues of interests to Nigerians abroad, so also the off topic section of the forum, covering topics outside telecoms, like romance and jokes, was becoming more vibrant than the Mobile Nigeria Forum itself, suggesting the need for a more general-purpose Nigerian forum.

Seun as he is fondly called is most times referred to by many as the Mark Zuckberg of Nigeria as they possess some of the same qualities. Both are seen as young, vibrant, innovative school leavers who went ahead to pursue their dream.


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