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Survival Tips: 4 Apps You Need To Survive in Nigeria

There are apps and there are APPS. The APPS are the mobile applications we need like we need air (it’s a serious matter). In some other parlance, they may be described as ‘basic amenities’.

In a time when we have a billion and one apps competing for our attention and giving us upgrades at every turn (rolls eyes and grins), it has become essential to distil them all into the apps that we can’t do without at the moment. Here’s what we have:

1. Transportation Apps: In numerous cities around the country, we have either taxi or motorcycle-hailing apps that have begun to reduce the stress of daily commute.

Nigeria’s notorious traffic situation has made such apps like Uber, Bolt, Gokada, etc, a necessity. Skipping through early morning ‘go-slows’ or searching for appropriate parking space in congested areas is nightmarish enough!

2. Social Media Apps: If you are between the ages of 10 and 35 (let’s be honest, the age range is much wider) with an internet-enabled phone, the chances that you do not have a social interaction app – whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc –  are very slim.

We need to communicate and fast. Too many things are happening at break-neck speed to be unable to contact the ones we love or hate, at the snap of a finger.

3.  Banking Apps: These are becoming a must-have to survive Nigeria’s unique brand of stress. Thankfully, ATMs can be spotted in almost every major city in the country. With the constant push for a cashless society, there is the need to perform financial transactions even without the hassles of cards. The gist on what app is headache-inducing and which banks need to be publicly flogged is a story for another day.

4. Mobile Services Self-Care App: The customer is king, especially in the Nigerian telco space. The Nigerian consumer is getting even smarter and more demanding, as expected, and ingenuity in creating avenues that will satisfy the consumer has become critical.

For instance, My MTN app, offers subscribers control over their phone account, allows for the monitoring of usage pattern, managing of data usages, etc. It also has some really hot data deals to boot.

 

Surviving in this extreme Nigerian environment requires help from every side, app or not.  So, what are the apps you can’t do without?

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8 comments on “Survival Tips: 4 Apps You Need To Survive in Nigeria

  1. Mac Daniel says:

    Amazing Article!! Thanks alot Tobi for sharing this, na real ” Apps You Need To Survive in Nigeria”🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  2. Techie Wiz says:

    I think people also need business, educational and job apps so that they can be up to date with opportunities. Many people need an opportunity in Nigeria; they need to find a way to locate it.

  3. JohnJuwel says:

    Hey miss TECHY
    When I was a child I speak like a Man, but now that I’m a man I ___ ___ ___.

    My top apps…
    Snapseed
    Whatsapp
    Instagram
    Lightroom
    Chrome
    Vidmate
    Facebook

    1. Abdulsalam says:

      MissTechy made me love snapseed.

    2. Chibuzo says:

      You did not mention web browsers. For me, they are the most important app followed by whatsapp.

  4. Lol… Nice one. But we need productivity Apps that will be fetching us money

  5. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, THIS IS A WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE FOR THE DESIGNATED SURVIVORS.
    WHATSAPP, OPERA MINI, MUSIC PLAYER, FACEBOOK MESSENGER, TELEGRAM ARE MY EVERY NOW AND THEN GO TO APPS IN NIGERIA 🇳🇬 BECAUSE OF MY CURRENT LOCATION…

  6. Timothy says:

    Amazing article. True for all but I think transportation should be number 4 on the list.

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