From waiting outside cyber-cafes in the hope of a free session to digital entrepreneur, Churchill Nanje has achieved something truly impressive in establishing Africa’s largest jobsite; Njorku.
The 30-year-old Cameroonian began by teaching himself coding as a teenager, while using computers at cyber cafes in his home town Buea; all done without any university degree.
“I didn’t even have a laptop or a computer. I couldn’t even pay for the internet,” explained Nanje, speaking in the Guardian.
Nanje was eventually able to set up his first IT consultancy ten years ago, but found that staff turnover was a problem, and the jobsites he had access to were not enough for his needs.
Looking for a solution, Nanje began developing the jobsite he would eventually name Njorku, meaning elephant in Bantu.
He explained: “We wanted to build a tool that is as big as an elephant. That’s the inspiration behind the name and the logo”.
Njoruk was initially conceived in 2008 and launched in 2010, by 2011 Forbes had described the company as one of Africa’s best tech start-ups.
In an interview with Econuma TV, Nanje explained how his home the university in Buea, where Njoruk headquarters are based, meant he could work with students to develop code.
Like California’s Silicon Valley, the proximity to the university made developing a business easier, and the jobsite now reaches across Africa with 2million unique users in 11 countries so far.