In what can be described as a major acquisition deal in Nigeria’s technology industry, Google has bought Encipher for $2 million, according to a reliable source close to the transaction.

The acquisition, though unconfirmed at this point, follows rumours of Google being in talks since last May with Encipher, the Nigerian software company pushing the android platform development in Africa.

Update: This was an April Fool’s Day post :)

If this deal is true, it would mean that Google is now ready to take on Microsoft/Nokia in Africa with its open source operating system which Encipher has been pushing in Nigeria.

Android has been described as “Google’s beautiful, versatile and opensourced weapon against Microsoft’s onslaught on Africa.”

We’ve reached out to both Google and Encipher for comment on the deal and will update as soon as possible.

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8 Responses to [BREAKING NEWS] Google Buys Encipher for $2 million

  1. Dapo says:

    April Fools?

  2. fisayo says:

    WOW!!! This is a very good news. Great job encipher.

  3. Jacob says:

    april fool???????

  4. UPNEPA says:


  5. onos says:

    april fooool!

  6. Foli says:

    "Android has been described as “Google’s beautiful, versatile and opensourced weapon against Microsoft’s onslaught on Africa.”"

    Is microsoft's mobile phones that common in Africa? or Do you mean Nokia?

  7. Mark Amaza says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard this week. We are getting there. Nigerian tech space expansion and upgrading. Congrats to the founding duo of Encipher.

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