A team of young students always on the look out for fresh news from every corner and on every student-related matter have launched UNILAG Express Magazine for news relevant to the University of Lagos and other universities around.
The students comprise of Adewunmi Philip, a four- hundred level Mechanical Engineering student as Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Prince Joshua Oyeniyi, a final year student and a well-published writer as Managing Editor and Co-founder. Oluwatobi Etti, a blogger and web- developer as the platform’s IT expert and Ajala John, also a University of Lagos and IT fan.
Launched May 2013, UNILAG Express founders claim they have always been innovative and entrepreneurial, and loved online media but their site has more of gossip and weird stuff some students do than educational material which would be helpful to university populations.
“Our inspiration is anchored on the words of the American author comes from the smiles on the faces of internet users when they read news and information that not only keep them abreast and updated but also improve their lives in every conceivable way,” Adewunmi Philip told TechMoran.
“Over the years, we have seen students struggle to get prompt access to information, news and vital updates simply because they are so engrossed with academic work and the next thing they do to unwind is go on to check updates on social networks,” said Prince Joshua Oyeniyi. “We have therefore, decided to bridge the gap between the social needs and other important needs of the average undergraduate students as well as the non-undergraduates,” he added.
The platform will give students quick access to scholarship news, internship opportunities, job vacancies and news from the worlds of politics, sport, and entertainment. The team expect the platform to end the era in which students and young people around the globe are information-starved is gone as it will be timely with updates.
There only challenge is starting out in a market that already has monster competitors. That is a challenge on its own. However, they are not the least intimidated and are struggling to have their brand recognized by students from across Universities in Nigeria, West Africa and the rest of the continent.
“We believe if this challenge is overcome, the others will be pretty manageable. However, one major challenge is the need for investors in this venture. We are yet to secure a sizable office space, computers and equipment to effectively run the business with minimal hitches, said Oluwatobi Etti.
The team expect to make profit through advertising and product promotions to its yet to come thousands of users, who are majorly students.
The team is at the moment in urgent need of investors to take over the African space in news delivery to the young people in high schools and Universities.
“The funding, thus far, has been inadequate. Considering the level of information technology that we aim to operate at, people with a passion for this can come over to invest with us and they are sure to get high returns on their investments,” said Ajala John.
With the many universities across Africa, the platform aims to be the continent’s university news platform and information source on things like admissions, social gists, events, opportunities, sports, entertainment, politics as well as access to thousands to online academic resources for free. The team consider having a newspaper in future.