Churchill Nanje is the founder of Njorku, one of Africa’s biggest job search engines.
The 30-year old software engineer hails from a small town of Buea, south-west Cameroon.
Njorku is a unique tech-invention. While similar sites host jobs, Nanje came up with a search engine that will serve job hunting purposes.
“We wanted to build a tool that is as big as an elephant. That’s the inspiration behind the name and the logo.”
“Basically we are like a Google search engine for jobs in Africa.”
“Recently we saw a lot of traffic from Sudan, like 500 users daily. I don’t even know how they got to us.”
Churchill Nanje invented his search engine in his bedroom. For 5 years Njorku has served more than 2 million unique users across 11 African countries.
The African tech-inventor says he started off from a very humble beginning. There were days he didn’t have either a laptop or a computer; how much more affording to pay for the internet.
Nanje would hang around Cyber cafes hoping for a favor to use the internet.
“From there I was able to get skills, make money, get a house for myself, get a business, employ people, pay taxes and even take care of my younger brothers; put them through school and everything.”
Njorku was not Nanje’s first invention. At the age of 20 he had set up an IT consultancy, AfroVision.
“I have grown AfroVision Group (www.afrovisiongroup.com) from 2006 to present and it’s a profitable venture but it deals more with consulting with over 10 employees and partners around the world. This also helped me a lot while setting up Njorku.”
Njorku has served about 500,000 users in the past 1 year. It is listed as Forbes top African start-up.
With the alarming rate of unemployment in the continent. Njorku, meaning elephant in Bantu language, is helping thousands of unemployed Africans find jobs.