13YEARS OLD NIGERIAN DEVELOPS AN INTERNET BROWSER



By the left is 13yrs old Osine, by the right is 15yrs old Asine

“My name is Osine Ikhianosime and I am 13 years
old. I am the co-developer of Crocodile Browser
Lite. I write the code. My brother designs it,”
Osine told TechCabal in his pitch mail.
Osine Ikhianosime is like any other any other boy
his age and at the same time he isn’t. He loves
playing soccer and is fascinated with learning
new things, but not every 13 year old takes
coding as a hobby – Osine does.
Born April 28, 2001, his interest in computers
began at age 7. It was also at this age that he,
along with his brother, Anesi Ikhianosime, who
was 9 at the time (born June 1, 1999), came up
with the idea of starting a company. First named
Doors, with Microsoft’s “Windows” as inspiration,
it had to be changed to BluDoors, when they
discovered that the first name was already taken.
When they decided to learn to code at age 12 and
14 respectively, Osine said, “I didn’t let my uncle’s
belief that it would be a tough feat to achieve
stop me.” “I started with Java,” Osine said
excitedly during our ensuing phone conversation.
“I learnt to code by myself. I started in 2013, I
used sites like Code Academy, Code Avengers and
books like ‘Android for Game Development’ and
‘Games for Dummies’,” said Anesi.
While both brothers write code, Anesi designs the
user interface.
They both began developing an Android web
browser, which they named Crocodile Browser
Lite, about a year ago out of boredom. Due to
their strong interest in technology, they decided to
create a functional, fast browser for feature and
low end phones because, according to them, “We
were fed up with Google Chrome.”
Osine and Anesi launched the mobile browser on
the Mobango app store before moving to Google
Play Store to try and reach a wider audience.
Their browser has around 100 to 500 downloads
currently and they do not have ads in the app yet.
The brothers are Year 9 and Year 11 students of
Greensprings School, Anthony Campus, Lagos.
According to their mum, Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime,
who is a Math teacher, “Oseni could already use a
PC before could read, at age 3.” She says it’s all
he does since he learnt to code. She also says
that his school was also essential in his learning
to code at such a young age, as the students
have access to computer and internet facilities.
At home, they each have their personal laptops.
She says of Anesi, who is in his final year of
secondary school, “After Anesi is through with his
secondary school education, will attend A levels,
after which he will go to MIT in Boston for his
first degree, because the university has the
facilities he needs to learn well.”
Their father Mr Philip Ikhianosime, who is the
Head of Management Services and Human
Resource Manager at an Insurance Company says
the boys developed interest in PC usage very
early. He agrees as well that his children’s school
were very instrumental in their continued interest
in programming.
Anesi says that he’d like to develop another app
that solves real social problems, such as traffic
and communication.
The brothers are releasing a new version of
Crocodile Browser Lite 3.0 this April.


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