Education is a big deal in Nigeria. Heck, it’s a big deal everywhere. Education does seem a bigger deal to Nigerians though (read Nigerian parents and stiff corporate employers). Everything begins to matter only after a crispy certificate, better when it’s from a University in Europe or the US.
Because certificates are important and developers are always looking to make things easier via technology, there is a surfeit of mobile applications trying to make certificate acquisition easy, and perhaps teach a thing or two in the process. Here are couple educational apps in Nigeria that do so. In fairness, some of them are really just about learning for the sake of it.
Yoruba101 is a paid app that gamified learning the language and culture of the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. The app has interactive lessons and games with performance trackers to monitor users’ progress. The app was designed and developed by Genii studios as part of its Asa apps series. Genii games also developed Igbo101, which works much like Yoruba101, but teaches the Igbo language and culture of Eastern Nigeria.
That app is basically a mobile Physics instructor, covering syllabi for popular standardized examinations in Nigeria. The app has a series of modules including, tutorials, formulas, practicals, Physics dictionary and Physics practice questions.
The app also features a module that allows users make notes on topics inside the application. The app was developed by local studio, Toscany Tech, who also developed Complete Chemistry, an app that teaches Chemistry much in the same way Complete Physics teaches Physics.
Exam Prep indexes past questions and syllabi for two popular standardized examinations in Nigeria; WAEC and UTME. The app also list minimum entry requirements/score for Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Joint Admission Matriculation Board Examination (JAMB), which had since been changed to Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is one of the popular standardized tests in Nigeria. JAMB Mobile services provides, the app, allows candidates perform basic meta-examination tasks easily. The app allows candidates check results, retrieve registration numbers, verify results, check admissions status, check exam centers and get directions.
Nwakwukwo (Igbo word for student(s)), is a social learning applications that allows students of similar courses across different tertiary institutions connect, exchange course notes, take electronic quizzes, and generally share their learning experiences.
Okada Books is a mobile reader and also a network that allows users independently publish and sell their literary works at a small fee. Users can read books from other users/authors on the network and once in a while get to read books from published and popular authors across Africa, at small fee. And more importantly, users can access past questions of JAMB (UTME) and WAEC via the network.
Scientific Calculator is a scientific calculator. That’s pretty much it. It does everything a scientific calculator does. That’s a whole lot of “scientific calculators” in one paragraph. Ugh.
Nigerian Constitution is a mobile rendering of the what it is name after. The developers, Pledge51 studio, say the goal was to provide Nigerians with working knowledge of the country’s constitution and they’ve done a darn good of that if the number of installs the app has gathered across app stores is anything to go by.
WhizApp is a fun, simple mathematics time killer that gives out timed challenges and improves a user’s numerical skills while at it. The app tests speed, concentration and memory.
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