OurLeaders.Africa is an online platform where users can track the progress and performance of political leaders in Nigeria and subsequently, Africa.
Set to launch in December 2017, OurLeaders aims to foster better leadership by creating a platform that not only educates the People, but also enables them to participate in the leadership and governance of the Country.
On the platform, leaders will have access to
real-time data from the People (both home and in the diaspora) and gain insight into the people’s perceptions of their policies, projects, and overall performance in office.
The People will have full access to the profiles
of elected, appointed and upcoming political leaders in Nigeria. These profiles will be updated frequently with their executed projects and the People will be given the opportunity to like, rate, and share their opinions on these policies, projects and leaders.
This platform is being built to create a constructive dialogue between the People and the Leaders.
Whereas the site hasn’t been launched officially, you can visit the landing page and view the first profile to get a better understanding of the platform and have an idea of what to expect.
TechMoran talked to Nosa L. Igbinedion, CEO, Olubrain Technologies on what inspired him to launch the platform.
What is OurLeaders?
OurLeaders.Africa is an online platform where you can track the progress and performance of political leaders in Nigeria.
What does it do?
It provides detailed profiles of leaders in government. These profiles will showcase their performance, progress, and impact of the work they’re doing. With ample information on the leaders’ profiles, the people are able to deduce whether a leader is making an impact or competent enough for the role he/she has been elected/assigned to.
What inspired you to start this?
While working on a team project during my Discipleship Training Program at TPH, we focused on the problems in politics and the state of the economy in Nigeria. We identified that at the core of both issues was bad leadership. Amongst the various solutions to this problem, the citizens access to credible information will go a long way in driving accountability and better leadership. Above all else, inspiration came from God.
How does it work?
The way it works is simple. Upon arriving on the site, you will be able to browse through profiles of elected and upcoming leaders. As we continue to develop our technology and garner data, we’ll be able to create more interaction and engagement between the people and the leaders.
How big is the problem you are solving?
Bad leadership is our biggest problem, period. It’s detrimental to the future of our Continent. It affects people in very obvious ways. Bad leadership is the reason we have subpar institutions, corruption, incompetence, lackadaisical mentality, just to name a few. The leadership in any Country is a significant determinant of that Country’s growth, development and overall success.
Where are you operating and which regions do you intend to expand to?
Nigeria is our only area of operations for now, but we plan to launch in other African countries in the future.
Why is leadership so important and why do you want to track them?
As I stated earlier, leadership is one of the most significant drivers of any economy. Without proper leadership, future generations will be compelled to grow up in similar conditions that we currently live in. A lot of the problems we face today will remain the same. There will be no change. That’s a disturbing thought. Tracking the performance and progress of our leaders is conducive to the accountability we are in dire need of.
What will you do to change about leadership?
I’ll keep building OurLeaders.Africa.
Who is your competition and how different are you from them?
Based on the structure of the business, I haven’t come across anyone doing the exact same thing at the moment.
Where do you expect to be in the next two years?
Grooming new generation leaders.