MEET MY LOCATOR APP CREATOR, TOMISIN OGUNNUBI

Three years ago she created My Locator, an app which helps children who are lost.

The mobile app, which is available on the Google Play Store, has already been downloaded more than 1,000 times since its debut in 2016.

Tomisin was recently featured on The BBC’s Innovators series which reveals innovative solutions to major challenges across South Asia and Africa.

About My Locator, Tomisin says, The app can also link you to Google Maps and show you the directions from your current location to the location that you had previously saved.

“It also has a functionality where when you click on an alert button. It sends a text message and makes a phone call – that’s if you’ve enabled it in your settings – to a particular number that you’ve designated to it.

“It could be an emergency number or it could be a family member’s number. It’s basically your choice. So in case of an emergency, when you need an urgent response, it sends your current address to that number so somebody can easily locate where you are.”

Aniedi Udo-Obong, a programme manager at Google, says there is a lack of Nigerian role models in the industry, with most people in the country still pointing to figures like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

“I’m impressed with Tomisin’s app for two reasons. I prefer to see products in whatever state they are than to hear about the most brilliant idea,” he says.

“I like the fact that someone hatched an idea in their head and was able to bring it to fruition and complete it.”

Tomisin’s computer science teacher, Kofoworola Cole, says the teenager’s achievements have changed the school’s approach to teaching the subject. It’s also had a ripple effect among her fellow students.

“It gave us more courage to be able to start from junior students, normally we focused on seniors. But when Tomisin was able to achieve that, we knew that, yes, there are talents in the junior school,” she says.

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