Music · Science & Tech · Sports & Fitness


by Akumbu Uche is a new user-friendly website that plays exclusively Nigerian music tunes.

Updated daily, it pretty much plays on almost every platform out there (iOS, Android 2.3+, Blackberry OS 7+ and PlayBook) and it is a good idea to have it running in the background while you check your mail, browse and download e-books.

Although the blog section of the site is yet to be activated, I like that, users are encouraged to request for not-yet-featured songs and register for personalized playlists.

The brain behind it all is none other than founder of and (fortunately) friend of the blog, Nnoduka Eruchalu.

I asked him to design for me an up-tempo, beat-filled playlist groovy enough to make even the most chronic dawdler enjoy a challenging workout routine.

He kindly obliged and in the spirit of ‘pay-it-forward’, I would like to share it with you all:

Gets you fired up, right? Just don’t play it too loud ; )

Entrepreneurs · News · Science & Tech


by Akumbu Uche

A 22-year old Nigerian student has created a new social networking service,

Its creator, Nnoduka Eruchalu, is a student at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Nnoduka Eruchalu*

Ploggin is an online platform that encourages worldwide interaction over the Internet. Much like popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, the site supports micro-blogging and live-feeds.

However, there are a few distinguishing features. Users have the option of posting comments anonymously and a user can upload a media stream containing a maximum of seven audio, picture or video files.

The site’s slogan reads, “Your collage defines you. Your anonymous feedback defines others.”

“I noticed that on other sites, people usually post a lot of unnecessary pictures and information. Again, the posting format I have created allows users to be more authentic, honest and less self-censoring”, explained Eruchalu.

“It took me about three months to write code, programme and set up the website. During this time, I was also working as a Teaching Assistant at school and interning at Microsoft”, he said.

Asked about plans for the future, Eruchalu said, “I hope that Ploggin grows but I am already working on my next idea. There is a lot of speculation about what the next major platform will be and when it comes, I want to be a part of it.”

Since its launch in November, Ploggin has attracted 250 users and a growing number of visitors.


* Photo courtesy of Nkemka Uche.