It all started when the university management Academic Staff Union (ASUU) went on Industrial Strike in August 2009 in the Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, three student in their final year obviously had a lot of time on their hands, as they shared the same interest in the internet space, they decided to do something.
They came up with an innovative idea that has helped millions of Nigerians get employees and others, employed. Ayodeji Adewunmi(25), Olalekan Olude(25) and Opeyemi Awoyemi(21) started an online job search company, Jobberman that has now flourished into something big.
Although starting up was challenging for them because they started with no money. Another challenge they faced was trust, employers did not trust them enough to help them advertise their business on the internet but with persistence greyscale through all their challenges. Now Jobberman.com has helped to reduce the number of graduates having to buy newspapers to search for vacancies available.
Jobberman.com is Nigeria’s foremost job website and has become the single largest placement website in the sub-Saharan Africa that is helping over 35,000 people to find jobs. The number of companies using the site to find employees has grown and is still growing.
in 2012, Jobberman started the Ghanaian arm and has become a platform that has the highest number of jobs seekers in West Africa. They are currently in alliance with 7000 companies and 600,000 visitors visit the site in a week in search of jobs. In 2015, Adewunmi, Olude and Awoyemi became Director and Shareholders in One Africa Media.
So starting small is the key to doing big things and all it takes is being focused, consistent and patience.