ASUU Strike: Jobberman Tasks Students on Website Training, a popular job website in Nigeria and one of the top 10 Tech Startups in Africa has called on students of tertiary institutions to use the occasion of the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to learn new and profitable skills in website design and development. “ASUU strike need not be a negative phenomenon for Nigerian undergraduates. During an industrial strike in August 2009, three young students used the opportunity of the strike to start online jobs after the acquisition of website skills,” Jobberman founders said in a statement. The founders of jobs portal known as Jobberman, shared the story of how they started as undergraduates in the country. According to the Jobberman story, it all started with three young men: Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi who were all university students. They shared the same interest in the Internet space and started Jobberman from the Obafemi Awolowo University campus during the Industrial Strike Action by ASUU in August 2009. They agreed to work on the job space for a number of reasons including: a low capital requirement (considering that they were students at that time), huge market opportunity and superior product differentiation. Jobberman at inception was financed from a pool of funds created from their stipends. To kick off their business, they needed to get a company registered and they approached a leading legal luminary, and incorporated the business as a Limited Liability Company. And that was the beginning of Jobberman. According to Jobberman CEO, Ayodeji Adewunmi, “The Ongoing ASUU strike has presented itself again, an opportunity for Nigerian students to hone skills early enough in the workplace and gain competitive advantage in the labour market." Today Jobberman has grown to become one of the biggest job websites in West Africa with over 800,000 users and 14,000 companies providing the latest jobs in Nigeria.
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