Jandus Radio is a mobile application that allows you to listen to Nigerian radio and other African radio stations on your mobile phone anywhere in the world.. The name originates from JAND (Which is what Nigerian’s call the United Kingdom) and US, the United States.
Lagos born Bukola Akinfaderin, moved to the US since when she was 12. She earned herself a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Wesleyan University, Connecticut and a Masters in Science in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology. It was while in the diaspora that she build Jandus Radio.
Akinfaderin told TechMoran that she originally created it for diasporans in the UK and US to be able to easily access to live news, music, entertainment and current affairs in Nigeria.
She said the prototype was a mobile web version which was released in the US in November 2010. The first version was released in April, 2011 and things have never been the same again.
Fasten your seat best and listen to the whole story as Akinfaderin narrated to TechMoran with joy!
What does it do? Is there any specific problem Jandus is solving?
Jandus Radio expands communication of local media internationally. It is also allows radio stations to maintain a 2 way dialogue with their listeners through social media integration in the app thereby enhancing their listener retention and loyalty as well as building their social media capital which is now being utilized as digital advertising revenue streams.
Jandus Radio is a directory of African radio stations. It enables listeners to easy access their favorite radio stations on a single platform. It is currently available on Blackberry, Nokia Asha, Windows Phone, IOS and Android.
How many artists/ radios/ songs on the platform so far? Any competition?
We have over 250 radio stations on the platform. We have a number of DJ’s and musicians that regularly send us music to upload to the platform. There are several radio apps but none that focus on African radio specifically.
We partner and work closely with local radio stations to get their input on what features they would like available on the app. This feedback ensures that we are delivering a unique experience to the listeners.
How do you make money?
We are currently in the stage of building our userbase through marketing efforts. We currently have over 200 thousand users.
Who are your target users?
Our target audience is between ages 16 -35. Our product is suitable for radio enthusiasts which is reportedly 70% of the African population.
Challenges on building it, how did you solve them?
As a developer, you will always face challenges when developing a solution. We had some issues with our social media integration as twitter started blocking some of our traffic. We had to disable some of our twitter features. We are still working to re-integrate that into the app on our next release.
As the founder of Jandus Radio, what else have you done?
I developed another application called Caban. It’s a property search application. Property search is quite a frustrating process in Nigeria and we are hoping to resolve some of those issues with the introduction of Caban to the market.
Any great partnerships ?
We are partnered with 8 radio stations in Lagos as well as Nokia. We are working on partnerships with other OEMs as well as some Telcos.
Any upcoming features, developments, expansion plans to all of Africa?
Jandus Radio is set to release version 3 of the app by the end of the Year. We plan to explore opportunities in Ghana and South Africa as we have quite a following in those countries already.