One of the key highlights of the 9ideas conference which held over the weekend in Douala, Cameroon was the demoing of the ‘Elephant project’.
The project, an africa-wide job search engine called Njorku was announced by Mambe Nanje, a software engineer and entrepreneur based in Buea, Cameroon.
According to Nanje, the Elephant project (as he calls it) which he’s been talking about for months on Twitter and Facebook is an aggregator for all of Africa’s jobs.
No, not a jobs feed or widget for specific jobs in a particular country, but a real search engine.
Njorku is a jobs search engine that crawls the web (especially job sites) to find jobs based on keyword searches in any African country and makes them available to users.
To demonstrate how it works, Mambe did a search for ‘Graphic Designers’ in ‘Nigeria’ and results came up from job sites such as Nairalist and others.
Perhaps not all search results on the engine would be relevant, but at least you’ll get results.
With Njorku, you can find jobs published on different job sites from different countries at a time, instead of visiting each site one at a time.
Back in 2008, I recommended a job aggregator for Africa, owing to the fact that there were too many job sites to visit daily in order to find jobs.
Over the years, more and more job sites have launched in Nigeria and around Africa, and it just makes a lot of sense to have an aggregator.
Njorku.com would be released in beta at the end of March 2011 and would be intergrated with naijaborn.com and camerborn.com, both web properties of SYS Africa, co-founded by Mambe Nanje and Francis Oghuma.
It’ll be interesting to see how APIs can be used to develop Njorku further.
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