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How Three Nigerian Students Created Jobberman - Nigeria's Online Job Giant

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In 2009, when Nigerian lecturers went on strike, three Nigerian students took advantage of the time they had on their hands to start an online job search company.

The three students, namely Ayodeji Adewunmi, Olalekan Olude, and Opeyemi Awoyemi named the online job search company "Jobberman".

Five years later, Jobberman has got a multi-million dollar valuation, employs 125 people, and is still growing.

The country of Nigeria, though Africa's largest economy, still has a numerous unemployment problems. Jobberman has become the single largest job placement website in Sub-Saharan Africa, helping over 35,000 people find jobs within the last two years.

The number of companies also using the site has grown from about 40 in 2009 to about 35,000 today.

With about 500 to 1,000 jobs on the site daily, the founders estimate that there are about 1,000 active users searching for a job at any given time.

Olalekan said "The growth has been tremendous. It's a rocket speed. One of the biggest challenges has been to keep up with the volume of work".

However, they have experienced challenges along the way.

"In the beginning, a lot of people did not trust an internet based business because at that time a lot of people were using the internet to perpetuate fraud here in Nigeria", he says.

As other online businesses thrived and became trusted, Jobberman also thrived.

Olalekan says he is proud because each job someone finds on site, helps support a household.

In 2012, some of the clients of Jobberman wanted to used the site to find workers in Ghana, and so the company took its first work outside Nigeria.

Two years later, Jobberman is now the biggest online job site in Ghana as well as Nigeria.

The growing company is now expanding its reach to Kenya with a partner called Brighter Monday. The partnership also gives it footprint in Uganda and Tanzania.

Some people find jobs on the site without actually filing an application for one.

Amarachi Akpama uploaded her details and was approached by a company to take the position of executive assistant at a mobile phone content company.

"That really changed my life", she says. "It was a morale booster. It helped my confidence - the fact that my interests and my experience put together such a good fit that I didn't have to apply for the job".

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