OMG Kenya has launched in Kenya to be the country’s local search and discovery service that allows users to discover new restaurants, nightlife and entertainment spots, news and experiences among others
Though still a skeleton of what the service wants to be, the site says it allows readers to discover the latest news stories from Kenya and around the world as well as other things. Some of the sites the aggregator is pulling content from is The Standard, Daily Nation, Capital FM News, News24, Reuters, BBC, KBC and CNN just to name a few.
Founded by Kevin Kimani, Richard Chirchir and their riend Brian, OMG Kenya also aims to be a rating and recommendation site like Yelp to allow users to rate local restaurants, entertainment spots, schools among others. Users sign up for free and review their best restaurants among others.
“We were inspired by the need of quality services through recommendations and allowing everybody to ‘discover’ the latest news with ease. We found that having an aggregated news platform allows users to have a ‘one stop shop’ and thus allowing them to catch up on the news from one site without having to go to multiple websites to read up on news,” the founders say.
The site aims to make money via advertisements and premium listings apart from the personal reviews and recommends. The guys say the aggregator platform will save users time online instead of users wasting time looking for news from one site to another.
On feedback, we think this guys need to unbundle OMG Kenya and focus on either search or reviews and recommendations. On search we think the guys won’t go as far as we know Google has us covered. On the directory stuff we think Mocality tried and shut down. So being a local Yelp is the only option they have even though a number of sites are already doing thisfor either events, restaurants or schools. However, the market needs more players!