Strive Masiyiwa is a London based Zimbabwean businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of diversified international telecommunications group Econet Wireless.
In one of his series on Facebook, tagged ‘Lioness mom’, Strive commended the effort of Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime,Anesi and Osine’s mother role in inspiring and nurturing both the next generation of entrepreneurs and the future executives who the African continent will rely upon to build global businesses.
The two Nigerian teenagers, Osine, 16 years old and Anesi 18 year old have built a web browser named Crocodile Browser Lite.
The browser is reportedly created to load faster and serve as an alternative to Google Chrome which takes more time to load.
Osine and Anesi began their tech career at the age of 7 and 9 after being inspired by the Microsoft Windows platform. They decided to create a technology company and named it Blu Doors. Continuing their self-development, the brothers started learning coding at age 12 and 14 and were able to build a web browser at 13 and 15.
Osine has just graduated from secondary school and is taking a gap year running their company, Anesi did his A levels at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa and is still involved while studying Computer Science at University of Rochester in New York.
Strive revealed that his research team was able to speak with Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime, in Lagos, Nigeria. He said in their discussion, they asked why she thought her two sons had had the courage to become tech entrepreneurs, following their dreams so early in life.
“Good books, good schools and a good support system from home — to be themselves,” she said.
Ngozi said both sons loved computers before they could even read, and eventually became really inspired by the UK computer programmer Nick D’Aloisio, then a 16-year old who developed a summarization app to help make studying for exams easier, for himself. From Nick they learnt that they could learn to code themselves.
As a maths teacher for 23 years, interacting with maybe thousands of parents and children in her career, Ngozi shared this observation:
“Every child is unique. Try to discover the uniqueness of each child and give the child an enabling environment to blossom. Do not force your dream on your child. You will only make them unfulfilled and unhappy.”