Popular apps created exclusively for Nigerians now available on BlackBerry

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Apps make information about Nigeria more accessible for BlackBerry users, RIM holds BlackBerry Developer Day on 24th April in Lagos.

Popular applications created for BlackBerry®customersin Nigeria are enabling them to getinformation, news and entertainment in simple and easy ways on their BlackBerry smartphones.

One example is the Nigerian Constitution App, which first launched in September 2011. The free-to-download app, created by Pledge51, a start-up company owned by local developers Zubair Abukabar and Bayo Puddicombe, was designed to give Nigerians easy access to important information about rights and citizenship at the time of the Nigerian elections.  The app recorded 10,000 downloads in the first 72 hours and has had over 82,000 downloads to date. A new version of the Nigerian Constitution App is now available onBlackBerry App World™.

Other exciting new apps for Nigerians include Essential App, which provides access to lifestyle information in Nigeria. This free-to-download app is integrated with SMS and provides a useful guide with hundreds of statistics covering various facets of day-to-day life in Nigeria.

The second version of Essential App is now available.  New features include a number of enhancements such as:

  • Integration with the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) app
  • Business directory search backed by 100,000 companies in the database
  • Localized ‘Like’ function for rating select business apps

For Nigerians interested in developing apps for the BlackBerry platform, RIM is holding a BlackBerry developer day tomorrow April 24th at the 5 star Oriental Hotel in Lagos. This is part of RIM’s sponsorship of Mobile Web West Africa 2012, a developer conference being held on April 25 and 26th at the hotel. For more information please visit http://www.mobilewestafrica.com/wp/app-developer-day.

BlackBerry Application Developer Day will help promote the development and monetisation of local apps in the region. Developers will also have an opportunity to participate in a developer competition with prizes ranging from BlackBerry smartphones to a trip to the next BlackBerry® Developer Conference in Europe in February 2013. Full details of the competition can be found athttp://www.mobilewestafrica.com/wp/app-competition.

RIM will also join the Nigerian technology community at the April edition of the Co-Creation Hub’s Developers Parapo to discuss the BlackBerry® ecosystem, opportunities for Nigerian developers and the shared vision with Co-Creation Hub to support and enhance the developer ecosystem in Nigeria. The event takes place on April 27th at 5:30 – 8:30pm at Co-Creation Hub (6th Floor, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos). For more information please visithttp://aprildevpar.eventbrite.com/.

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