Anesi and Osine: Two internet savvy brothers and creators of Crocodile Browser
Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime are brothers. They are teenage entrepreneurs who built the new web browser – ‘Crocodile Browser Lite.’ Amazingly, the two brothers taught themselves how to code and build their first mobile web browser.
Anesi and Osine were only 12 and 14, when they decided to learn how to code. Due to their strong interest in technology, they decided to create a functional, fast browser for feature and low-end smartphones because, according to them: “We were fed up with Google Chrome.”
Crocodile Browser is available for free download on Google Play Store, and has been positively received. Its highly impressive 4.6 out of 5 rating, almost 2,500 user reviews, and 50,000 – 100,000 installs confirm this.
This achievement has catapulted the Ikhianosime brothers in to the premier league of young Nigerian entrepreneurs. In this interview the young entrepreneurs discuss tech, coding and entrepreneurship in the country.
How can you describe BluDoors, the idea and concept to someone that knows nothing about it or the market?
BLUDOORS is a company that will deliver a wide variety of products, which will aid Africa’s technological development.
How did you two come up with the idea of building a web browser?
Anesi had a low-end phone a while back, and he found Google Chrome really unreliable and quite unstable. We were on mid-term break and were bored. So, we decided to solve our own problem realising that other people may also be having the same problem. That was how Crocodile Browser was born to cater for both the low-end and high-end phone users.
A few months after developing the browser, we realised it had so much potential, and we thought we could really scale the app with a few improvements. So, we continued working on it.
How has your upbringing influenced the birth and progress of your company?
Our Parents have always been supportive of our endeavours, which helped us develop the product and the company. The school we attended always encouraged our love of coding, and provided us with access to computers. We had personal laptops at home and our parents made it possible for us to have access to new technology.
How does it feel seeing your innovative technology rated alongside established products?
It has been kind of weird.
What distinguishes Crocodile Browser from others?
It is the speed that separates Crocodile Browser from other browsers. It is faster and reliable.
What are the challenges you encountered before launching your product?
Nigerian entrepreneurs have to overcome many obstacles that are not even considered in the Western world. We have to contend with such challenges as erratic power supply and poor network connectivity. However, the challenges made us to work harder to overcome them and to succeed.
Why and how did you come up with the names BluDoors and Crocodile Browser?
The name Crocodile just popped into Osine’s head when he glanced at UC Browser’s logo. At first, we named our company Doors, after seeing Windows 7. We later change to BluDoors, when we discovered that the name Doors has been taken by the Doors band.
Do you still have plans to go to MIT and how are you working on it?
Yes, we do. We are putting in our best in everything we do.
How do you intend to inspire other young African entrepreneurs?
Any young African entrepreneur or young person in general can just reach out to us. We are easily accessible via social media and always willing to do what we can to help and support fellow entrepreneurs.
What does the future hold for BluDoors and the Ikhianosime brothers?
We look forward to seeing BluDoors have the same impact and influence in Africa and across like Google. We want it to be Africa’s Google.