The pulse of what is coming ahead of us this new year has begun its rhythmic beats. After ten days of being off-line due to Yuletide festivities, I opened my mail this morning to see a "love mail" from nobody else but the king himself.
I am talking of Seun Osewa, the founder of Nairaland Forum, the number 2, most trafficked and most-popular (according to Alexa Rankings), indigenous website in Nigeria!
This popular forum is grossing almost a million page-views monthly. This is an incredible result that proves that, with original ideas, one can excel, and become a global web spectacle, even in this jungle called Africa. Seun has proved that something great can come out of this "African Nazareth".
I can't stop loving this young lad of 26 years old, for his meteoric and superlative achievements on the web. My husband calls him (Seun Osewa), "a bundle of entrepreneurial exploits".
Seun is a youth ambassador and web leader, pointing to the unmatchable opportunities available and obtainable for Nigerian and African youths on the internet. In the last 12 months, his subscriber base leaped by over 100,000 registered users, to the current 161,000+ members.
Seun is my forerunner in this web business, and I am sure he makes more than 3ce what I currently earn online from my blogging activities... (leave that out of speculation), he would tell us the true figure anytime soon when he grants us an interview.
On a lighter and festive mood, to you ladies out there, if you are in your mid 20s, watch out for this most eligible bachelor and web entrepreneur. Larry Page just moved out of that club, handing over the baton to the likes of Seun, here in Africa.
What started like a another 'experiment in failure' in April 2005 (he has had 2 modest attempts before Nairaland), has today become a chronological web success story, that silenced every mockery and doubts. Between that time and now, many copy-cats (I have counted and lost count of over 15 mediocre attempts now), tried to copy his web success but ended up a dismal failure.
Seun was one of the foremost crusaders against the 'Yahoo-Yahoo' scourge among Nigerian youths. He took the battle to the most reputable forums like Digg, and won support and sympathy for that cause, in an attempt to cleanse the rest of us who were newly coming onto the cyberspace, from the shameful antecedents of internet scammers, who painted our fatherland in cyber crime colors. Thanks brother, for this noble cause.
This is the excerpts from his mail to me, which he titled: "So Proud of You":
"Hello, Just wanted to say I think you're a true web business success story and I'm proud of you. I'm sure what you do feels like a dream job - being paid to watch TV shows you love and write about them! One would think only really young people can embrace the web enough to achieve what you've achieved, but you've broken all the rules. In fact, I might be a bit jealous because writing is more flexible and fulfilling than forum moderation. Please keep it up, and thanks for being an inspiration! -- Seun Osewa
http://www.nairaland.com [vast Nigerian forum]"
Thanks, Seun, for the endorsement and compliments. I am proud of you and also inspired by your web exploits too. You are one of the 'web monuments' (as my husband used to say), that plant the lovely and industrious banner of Nigeria on the web space.
STOP PRESS! Africa Independent Television (AIT), has started airing Second Chance (El Cuerpo del Deseo) telenovela yesterday 1st January, 2008, when it showed the first episode of the story. We are however proud and fortunate to have the full story completed and posted the site map at Telenovela Stories Dot TV. That is where to go, to read the full story from snippet 1, to the grand finale end.