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Facebook’s Bots for Messenger Challenge: Meet The Bots (Created by Nigerians) That Made the Cut.

Do you remember Facebook’s Bots for Messenger developer challenge? I talked about it here. 60 finalist teams have been selected from the entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa. For those who are wondering about the number of entries that was received, Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East, said:

“We were overwhelmed to receive more than 1,000 entries over two and a half months for the Bots for Messenger Challenge from developers and entrepreneurs across the Middle East and Africa—each one of them solving a problem in an inventive way or enriching the lives of its target user.”

The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in the Middle East/North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa) each won a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship, and tools and services from FbStart (https://Developers.Facebook.com/fbstart), a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots. All student teams who made it to the finals won an additional $2,000.

So, which bots made the final cut? Facebook had 30 bots from the Middle East and North Africa:

And 30 from sub-Saharan Africa.

Yes, Nigeria had 4 bots that made the cut, while Kenya had the highest number of bots (in Sub-Saharan Africa).

You can also try out the bots on your messenger app using the links below:

Nigeria: Laide Bot*
Nigeria: Headwork
Nigeria: Hyper-cv
Nigeria: Baba politricks

Kenya: BridelyBuzz
Kenya: EatOut
Kenya: Uchaguzi Kenya*
Kenya: Mingo
Kenya: mytichaabot


Congratulations guys!

 

 

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21 comments on “Facebook’s Bots for Messenger Challenge: Meet The Bots (Created by Nigerians) That Made the Cut.

  1. Stiiz says:

    Is it just me, or all the Nigerian bots are actually boring?

    1. Laide says:

      Was actually thinking the same way. the only one that seemed remotely interesting is the laide bot. the ones made by Kenyans is a lot better. Nobody should quote me and tell me that I am not supporting MIN

      1. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

        And you’re totally not saying this because he/she is your namesake right?

        1. Laide says:

          hahaha I didn’t even think of that 😉

      2. Joseph Iwok says:

        Hi,
        Laide Bot Creator here, Thanks for your review. I honestly crave your input on making Laide better. What would you like to see?
        Thank you.

        1. RageRage says:

          See your stupid big head ,, biko! Are you a con-artist or what ?? Stfu and gtfo 😏🙄🙄

  2. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

    Aww😢😢 the first 2 comments just roasted the Nigerian bots😢

    https://media.giphy.com/media/94EQmVHkveNck/giphy.gif

    *Sorry for the long link, but please feel free to click to see the gif. If only some people brought back the image upload feature*

    1. titi says:

      misstechy oya oh..bring back the image upload feature

      1. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

        I love you 😘😘

  3. Kemi Oguntayo says:

    Now singing * o ti se oh Kaybang ti se oh* Great to see the image display feature in the comment section. It is time to go hone my gif skills

    Congratulations to the Nigerian folks that were selected

  4. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

    Hold on, what’s happening…? like I can literally see moving images in the comments section. Can it be..? No, it’s not real..

    *Takes closer look* IT IS!!!!!!!

    https://www.tenor.co/view/leonardodicaprio-woo-yes-yeah-celebrate-gif-4494980

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      LOL! Well, it is, but you would need to use the image link (i.e. the link that ends with .gif or .img. So in your case, it would be this:

      https://media.tenor.co/images/66a0ce12b43214a153821f7c262344b8/tenor.gif

        1. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

          You… You are awesome.
          So how did that crying gif show? Cus I’m not sure if it had .gif @ the end of the link 🔗

          1. Tobi Ayeni says:

            My editing skills, of course 😀

            1. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

              Teach me 😥

  5. KingAbsolute says:

    Congratulations to the winners, especially those from Nigeria. But tbh, I am not satisfied we didn’t have more winners from here. All the same, its all good.

  6. Pwilliams says:

  7. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I AM HAPPY FOR ALL THE 2INNE6AND ESPECIALLY GLAD NIGERIANS MADE THE CUT.
    I BELEIVE MORE NIGERIANS ARE WORKING HARD TO HAVE MORE OF THESE THAT WILL APPEAL TO THE TASTE OF THE LOCAL POPULACE…

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