Found this on @Jason_Igwe_Njoku’s blog.
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg opened the messenger platform to developers to create bots. I happened across Fowotade Babajide a young 23-year old Yaba-based developer who created NairaBot. (formerly known as FXbot) He created v1.0 in a couple of nights whilst working a full time gig. I am obsessed with FX (as many are today) and I begged him to be part of his beta testing group. He let me in. We actually met in Mark’s office in Yaba last week, Thursday. We shared the same vision for messaging as an OS. He just had the mad skills to actually go and build and get it approved by Facebook. Funding? He did it for less than N100k. There is less of a linear business model here and it definitely violates a fundamental rule of revenue at Spark. But this is a swing into a distant future. A future we need to get busy building today. We are the most mobilised. So let’s embrace this bot paradigm and build solutions for Nigerians who embraced the OS and will most likely never use a desktop. Introducing Jihdeh’s Nairabot. A primitive but awesome way to get daily FX price updates. All in messenger. There are 18m people on Facebook in Nigeria. The future.