Nigeria currently has a population of approximately 167 million people (Nigerian Population Commission, 2011 estimate) with significant mobile phone coverage over 95 million active subscribers (NCC, Jan 2012). In a democratic society such as Nigeria, stimulating interest of Nigerians in governance is critical to making progress. Sadly, most of the country’s citizens have little or no knowledge of the principles or established precedents that govern Nigeria and how it applies to their daily activities.
Hence in January 2011 we launched the first version of the Nigerian Constitution App for Blackberry devices. To date, it has over 80,000 downloads which shows that Nigerians are interested in understanding the rules that govern them, their rights, responsibilities, etc. The constitution for all project is an initiative that is poised to make the constitution readily available to a large segment of Nigerians.
Building on our earlier successful mobile phone version of the constitution (for blackberry devices), we are releasing the second version of the Nigerian constitution app which will be available on major mobile device platforms (Android, Blackberry, Nokia, etc). In this version, we have the recently amended version of the constitution and have taken feedback from our earlier iterations and included some more interesting/engaging features such as;
1. Constitution Forum: there is quick and easy access to a discussion forum where people can ask questions, discuss issues or legal problems they have and seek answers to.
2. Search the constitution: The constitution is a voluminous document and looking for a section about a desired topic can be hectic, hence the search feature. The app allows people use keywords to search the constitution.
3. Facebook share: the app also allows people to share section(s) of the constitution with friends on Facebook. This should help to enlighten and educate more citizens about the rules governing Nigeria, their rights and responsibilities
4. Legal Directory: The legal directory provides a directory of lawyers enabling people to have access to legal practices on-‐the-‐go.
Where to download the App:
The official website for the initiative is www.constitutionforall.com.ng and the App for different brands of phones can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Pledge51 is a mobile media company currently pursuing opportunities in Nigeria’s mobile Internet space. (http://pledge51.com)
The Indigo Trust is a grant making foundation that funds technology-‐driven projects to bring about social change, largely in African countries. The Trust focuses mainly on innovation, transparency and citizen empowerment (http://indigotrust.wordpress.com)
Co-‐creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB): CcHub is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-‐ incubation space designed to be a multi-‐functional, multi-‐purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB is a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers in and around Lagos to co-‐create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria (www.cchubnigeria.com)