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OkadaBooks

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OkadaBooks
File:OkadaBooks.png
Private
ISIN🆔
IndustryElectronic publishing
Digital library
Founded 📆2013; 8 years ago (2013)
Founder 👔Okechukwu Ofili, CEO
Headquarters 🏙️Yaba,
Lagos
,
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Okechukwu Ofili, Nwoko Jude
ServicesDigital publishing and library
Members
Number of employees
🌐 Websiteokadabooks.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

OkadaBooks is a digital publishing platform and online library based in Nigeria, which allows writers to bypass traditional publishers by publishing their stories and selling them by themselves.[1]

History[edit]

OkadaBooks was founded by Okechukwu Ofili in 2013 when he got frustration with the system of the Nigerian book distribution network.[2]. The name OkadaBooks is a eulogy to how the commercial motorcycles, commonly known as Okadas, avoid the hectic traffic on the streets of Nigeria.[3]

Achievements[edit]

The company initiated the first ever Campus Writing Challenge sponsored by Union Bank of Nigeria in 2018.[4][5][6][7]

Other achievements of the company include:

  • Selected for the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa[8]
  • Partnership with Teach For Nigeria[9][10]
  • Initiation of the annual APEN Short Story Contest for students in secondary schools[11]
  • Listed as one of the 20 outstanding writers' platforms of 2018[12]
  • Mentioned as one of 10 Best African Booksellers[13]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Prize Result Ref
2013 MTN App Developer Challenge MTN App of the Year Won [14]
2014 The Social Media Awards Africa App of The Year Nominated [15]
2016 Outstanding Young Achievers Awards Most Outstanding Tech Start-up of the Year Nominated [16]
2016 In-Short International Film Festival In-Short Best Documentary Nominated [17]
2016 Nigeria technology Awards Mobile App Nominated [18]
2017 Ufere Awards Bookseller of the Year Won [19]
2017 Bellafricana ACE Awards Best Creative Solution Nominated [20]
2018 Nigeria technology Awards Tech Start-Up of the Year Nominated [21]

References[edit]

  1. "Make Authors Rich Again". 29 June 2018.
  2. "Okechukwu Ofili Is Helping Nigerian Authors Get Paid For Their Work". 14 April 2017.
  3. "[Podcast] Making it easier for Africans to publish and read their own stories – Okechukwu Ofili, Founder at Okadabooks, Ep. 18". 22 October 2017.
  4. "Campus Writing Challenge".
  5. "The Union Bank Campus Writing Challenge 2018 for Undergraduates in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions".
  6. "Okada Books calls for short stories in new contest". 8 September 2018.
  7. "Competition: N500k Campus Writing Challenge Powered by OkadaBooks and Union Bank". 4 September 2018.
  8. "Here are the 12 startups selected for first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa".
  9. "Okada Books to donate books to over 10, 000 school children". 5 October 2018.
  10. "Donate Books and Help Shape A Child's Future!".
  11. "APEN SHORT STORY CONTEST: POWERED BY OKADABOOKS".
  12. "20 OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN WRITERS' PLATFORMS (YEAR 2018)".
  13. "10 Best African Booksellers (Besides Amazon)".
  14. "MTN Awards Winners Of The App Developer Challenge".
  15. "The Social Media Awards Africa – Full Nominee List". 27 November 2014.
  16. "Outstanding Young Achievers (OYA) Awards 2016 unveils nominees list". 28 October 2016.
  17. "COMPLETE NOMINEES AND WNNERS LIST OF THE 2016 IN-SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". 21 December 2016.
  18. "Here are the Nominees for NIGERIA Technology Awards 2016".
  19. "Okadabooks Nominated for the Ufere Bookseller of the Year Award". 14 December 2017.
  20. "Bellafricana ACE Awards 2017: Complete List of Nominees".
  21. "Wennovation Hub nominated for the Tech Innovation Hub Of The Year Award".

External links[edit]


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