Njorku is your Indeed dot com for Africa. Njorku a fast growing job search engine and aggregator that helps thousands of African job-seekers find employment opportunities in locations nearest to them. We had the opportunity to email interview with the founder of Njorku Mambe Churchill Nanje, and here it is:
- Tell us about yourself and your business
I am Churchill Nanje a self taught software engineer turned entreprenuer and I am the founder of njorku.com – which is Africa’s largest job search engine help more than 200,000+ Africans locate jobs most relevant to them every month
- How much did you need to start your business and how were you able to raise that capital?
Initially all I needed was to pay for the domain name and the server for a year which amounted to $2000 and my friend in the US was ready to invest the money when I started.. So we partnered and we launched in 2011
- What are some (the top 3 or 5) of the challenges you face in your business and how do you overcome those challenges?
Running a business in Africa comes with a lot of challenges and here are the few I have faced
- I had a hard time convincing the local market to buy into my project either as partners, clients, investors, or as employees. But we have been using the media, and also education and training to make sure the people understand the value of the we are providing.
- Its hard to find human capital, very difficult to find the right people as our high institutes or universities dont train people for the industry and for the tech world. So we have to do a lot of training when we hire people and this is part of our HR strategy.
- Its very difficult to find financial investors as Africa is a little too unknown and this is a big issue we are facing now but that is changing with the media exposure and awareness going on internationally on doing business in Africa
- Where do you see your business in 5 year from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
I see Njorku serving a minimum of 10million professionals every month in the next 5yrs and we are taking steps towards setting up marketing channels and programs to get us to grow to that as our platform is already robust enough and reliable.
- What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?
I will tell them to buckle up for a wild ride, and be ready for doing business in Africa is similar to taking a rollercoaster. But as usual those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that end up changing the world. So I will encourage more people to come and just start and do things for mother Africa as it will only get better.