I am just back from a meeting at Nokia West Africa (Nigeria) Limited where I met with Praveen Shetty (Head of Solutions: Nigeria) and Teemu Kiijarvi (Forum Nokia Developer Relations Manager, MEA). We had very fruitful discussions about Nokia’s new drive for supporting Nigerian developers.
For example, the manufacturing giant has plans for developer workshops and other meetings through which they can support developers with information, skills development and tools that will make it easier for them to create great applications. Developing platforms that Nokia are pushing including QT (for both Symbian and MeeGo) and J2ME (java). If you want to learn to develop apps in these platforms, please head over to Forum Nokia for tutorials and tools to help you design, create and publish your apps.
For those with no programming skils but who would like to create simple widget-type apps for their web content, the Ovi App Wizard lets you do this in minutes. The MobiNigeria app for Symbian is an example of this.
Our statistics for the MobiNigeria app for Symbian shows that there have been 84 active users and 659 pageviews in the last 30 days. Not bad. With support from Nokia, I am sure that we can push some more.
We will certainly be bringing you more information about this subject here on Mobility Nigeria, so if you are a developer or a mobile startup looking for opportunities, Nokia say they have your back. This is a good time to get on the mobile apps train in Nigeria, as the opportunities and possibilities abound.
One thing is certain, the mobile apps landscape in Nigeria is set to change for good with this move by Nokia. One certainly can only hope that other manufacturers follow in their steps.