Two Nigerian brothers are setting the bar for teen coders
Is Lagos the next Silicon Valley?
Most people close tabs and maybe restart their computers if their Internet browser is loading slowly.
They don't build a new, faster browser from scratch. In fact, most people would be bewildered by the backend side of any Web page.
But the two brothers from Lagos, Nigeria featured in the video above, Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime, are no regular teens.
They were having trouble with Google Chrome on their smartphones. It just wasn't loading properly. So they hit the drawing board (or the coding board?) and built a brand new Android-based browser. It's called Crocodile Browser Lite and, for many Nigerians, it works faster than traditional browsers.
So far, more than 40,000 people have downloaded it from the Google Play Store.
The two brothers are remarkably humble in their achievement and have no plans to stop here. They want to put their prodigious coding skills to work to address social problems around the world.
Talk about the next generation of global citizens.
This isn't even their first foray into coding. They created their first company called "Doors" when they were 7 and 9 (they're 14 and 16 now) and taught themselves how to code 3 years later with online programs like Code Academy.
Crocodile Browser Lite is yet another sign that Lagos is poised to become a major tech hub in the years to come as a new generation of coders emerges. My colleague Taylor wrote about one organization training coders in Lagos and the city's potential.
But most of all, this achievement shows that children and teenagers are imaginative, daring and optimistic. They may be able to solve the most vexing problems of today. But for this to happen every child around the world needs to receive a robust education.
More than 32 million girls alone are deprived of a secondary education around the world. 31 million more girls do not go to primary school. And millions more go to inadequate schools.
The Ikhianosimes would not have been able to build this browser without strong teachers and a positive learning environment at home, which are both dependent on resources and civic stability.
In 2016, the world must do a better job at educating all the world's children and giving them opportunities to flourish.
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