Five young, African entrepreneurs are bringing technology, innovation, and jobs to forefront in Africa.
Churchill Nanje Mambe, Kima Bertrand, Segue Gontran, Ebot Bliase, and Chika Uwazie co-founded an online web application, Njorku to help Africans with their job search.
Njorku, meaning ‘elephant’ in the Dikome Balue dialect in Cameroon, launched in March 2011 and has been helping Africans find jobs ever since obtaining 4,000 users to date.
Njorku searches the web to find web pages that contain jobs for Africans aggregating from approximately 80 job boards and provides users with job listings via the web and mobile devices.
Job seekers can type in keywords and locations enabling Njorku to connect users with the most relevant job listings.
Similar to African-Americans in the United States, Africans have limited access to the internet, so having a web-based only application may not work for many in search of employment.
With that in mind, the founders made Njorku accessible through mobile phones in which today according to the Praekelt Foundation, over 500 million Africans have access to a mobile phones from only 40 million in 2002.
Njorku offers E-mail and SMS alert functionalities that help African job seekers find jobs without having to search or be connected to the internet, job matches are sent directly to their mobile phone.
In addition to finding jobs, Njorku provides online career support, tutorials, and paid career coaching to improve their skills with trainings and seminars.
Njorku recently launched the version 2.0 which enables job seekers to create a profile, upload their CV, photo, and other multimedia content to make themselves more marketable to employers. Employers can also create an account to search for potential candidates.
Njorku currently provides job in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Cameroon, and Egypt. But the team has plans to serve millions of Africans in every African country and around the world as they seek better jobs trying to change their status of employment.
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