iPost

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iPost : iPost Nigeria

Lagos, NigeriaLagos., Nigeria
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The primary purpose of iPost is for the reporting and sharing of news and information to promote popular democracy and governance in Nigeria and other underdeveloped democracies in the developing world. 90% of the forum will be focusing on issues on Nigeria.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all the poor masses in Nigeria have the power to report their own news online without government control.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Millions of Nigerians are not given free access to Free Speech by the mainstream news media controlled by the government agencies or private owners, and the online public forums are moderated and often edited by their owners who will not publish the views of those who are not in their good books. Therefore, it is imperative to create an online public forum for the public by the public and moderated by the public without any personal bias.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

iPost will offer a free for all online public platform for popular debate on whatever matters to Nigerians and others in Nigeria and abroad for public debate. They can use their GSM phones to record and report their news events and incidents from their different locations in Nigeria and abroad without censorship.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

iPost is a free for all online public forum created for the public and moderated openly by the public. It is like a public congress in Times Square online. 1. Sign Up to Register on iPost. 2. Post news or any information in text, photo, audio or video for public debate. The good, the bad and the ugly are welcome. There are administrators, editors and no moderators to interfere in the open debate, except the public that will vote for or against anything they don't like or want and the majority carries the vote. The voice of the people is the voice of democracy. 3. No private censorship. 4. The UN Charter on Freedom of Speech rules on iPost.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Nigerians Report Online has reached over 1 million people so far since 2008 to date and with the introduction of the iPost app will reach over 100 million users of GSM phones in Nigeria to record, report and share the news and information of their events and incidents happening in their respective communities 24 hours daily without censorship.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Nigerians Report Online is now about to launch the iPost Nigeria mobile video app free for all the over 100 million GSM phone users in Nigeria to record and report their own news, events and incidents live from wherever they are and will reach over 90% of the population within 12 months after the introduction in July 2014. The iPost Nigeria mobile video app will break all social, class, tribal, cultural and political barriers and promote public dialogue and conflict resolutions among the majority of Nigerians and others in Nigeria.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To attract more patronage from consumers by promoting the welfare of consumers and thereby attracting adverts by manufacturers of products and services for Nigerian consumers and the rest of the world. And the publishers of Nigerians Report Online is generating funds from digital film distribution and promotion of Nigerian movies and events.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The peers and competitors to iPost are primarily Sahara Reporters and Nairaland. They are presently controlled by the owners and many public views are censored and not published. They can only hinder iPost if and when they copy the model of iPost.
Team

Founding Story

I was formerly based on Bonny Island in the Niger Delta from 2004 - 2008 and stopped over in Lagos on my way to Dubai, when I saw the need for a censor-free citizen news media platform for Nigerians online to check widespread public ignorance, political corruption and exploitation of the poor masses by the ruling class and elitist government contractors in the capitalist private sector. So, I postponed the relocation to Dubai and invested my savings to launch Nigerians Report Online in 2008 with over $2000.
About You
Organization:
Nigerians Report
About You
First Name

Michael Chima

Last Name

Ekenyerengozi

LinkedIn URL
About Your Organization
Organization Name

Nigerians Report

Organization Country

, Lagos.

Country where this project is creating social impact

, LA, Lagos

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Impact
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

Nigerians Report Online is a multimedia platform with free access to Nigerians to report news and information in text, audio and video and promoting mass literacy and socioeconomic initiatives of Nigerians with the largest network of blogs and will increase to more Nigerians Reports blogs in the most popular local languages of majority of Nigerians from 2014 by including translations of the blog posts into Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Arabic.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The only barriers are namely government censorship and shortage of finance, because of the campaign of corrupt public officials and corrupt government contractors to deprive Nigerians Report Online of access to government support and adverts from their clients to frustrate the publisher and reporters as they did to shut down 234 NEXT, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phillip-van-niekerk/why-the-developing-wor...
The solution is to increase more consumer awareness of the benefits of Nigerians Report Online to attract public donations and grants for the sustainable development and expansion.

Sustainability
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

I have partnership with PR Newswire of America for news and information and 10x10 for the promotion of the education of underprivileged girls in Nigeria.

Closing the Loop
How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Create an environment where people give feedback freely.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

Nigerians Report Online gives a free online platform for all Nigerians to report news. We are now developing a mobile app for all the over 100 million users of GSM phones to record and report news events and incidents from every location in Nigeria directly to iPost on Nigerians Report Online. This is first of its kind in Nigeria for citizen news media for free speech.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English.

2nd Round Questions
Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?
What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

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What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

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Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?
What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

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What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

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How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

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What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

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How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

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How is feedback published/transparent?

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Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.
If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?
What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

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Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?
What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?
What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?
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