In a country filled with life, too many activities and plans to be carried out by the average Nigerian from the age of 17 like students, graduates and the working class, there are apps that they can’t do without everyday of their lives, no matter how busy they are. In fact, these apps help to make things easier in terms of:

  • Communication with family, friends and colleagues
  • Networking
  • Being informed
  • Activating leisure and helping them to relax after daily work.

All the apps are available on Android (the most used operating system). You will also find them on iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows mobile.


You will agree with that this messaging app deserves the number one spot. Whats-app has been helping everyone stay in touch with their phone contacts, instant messaging plus easy sharing of photos, videos and voice messages. Check most Nigerians’ phones, whether they are smartphones or not, you’ll definitely see it there, and they are not for fancy, the phone owners use it every day.


The mobile app of the social network giant, Facebook.It’s been estimated that over 11 million Nigerians use Facebook. As things began to strongly go mobile, around October 2012, when Facebook launched its mobile app, more than half of this estimated number moved from the Facebook website to the mobile app.It has been a huge success over time as the millions of Nigerians using the Facebook mobile App keep growing and taking advantage of it.
As a matter of fact, users of Facebook mobile app seem to do even more and enjoy more services like the free call feature with the Facebook messaging app right from their mobiles devices.


Share photos. Videos. Connect. The best memories across platforms! Who is not on Instagram yet? If you’ve not joined the amazing social media app, you are missing quite a lot.
Instagram is an online mobile app, which enables people to upload photos, short-videos, do their social networking services, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Millions of Nigerians use Instagram now; it has not only become another way of sharing photos and videos, just like Twitter, fans on Instagram easily reach celebrities and vice versa in real time.

Individuals and companies have also used this app to rise to fame and turn into big brands by putting up their services, skills and talent, and sharing what they know best on Instagram. It’s an amazing app.

Flash share/Xender

File transfer and share… in seconds. When you see that interesting app, game or video that you want, despite how heavy it may be, ask how you can collect it into your Android, you will be told to use Flash Share, or Xender.

Xender is the coolest all-in-one file transfer and sharing app! Xender transfers anything you want, from documents, music, pictures, to videos and apps, in an instant with a few taps. Besides connection and transfer between Android devices, Xender also allows transfers between Android and iOS.


Smartly share and connect with just 140 words. Twitter is yet another cool social app, although, not too many Nigerians fancy it, probably because you’re limited to only 140 words per tweet, they feel it’s a bit complicated unlike Facebook, but quite some millions of Nigerians are on Twitter and thousands use it everyday. Many users find it fun or exciting to contribute their own content to Twitter (this is called “tweeting”).

People who are interested in your tweets may follow you and they’ll see all the tweets you share with them. It works along with hashtags and trending hashtags. Twitter had hashtags long before Facebook later implemented the hashtag feature on their social network.

Individuals with thousands of followers who know how to use Twitter like Instagram have also grown into fame and made plenty of cash with it. Check their Bio, you’ll see something like”Official —- or — for bookings & sponsorships, email me”… lol, although this practice is awful at times as it’s been misused. That’s by the way, Twitter is fun for Nigerians.


Free voice and video calls to anybody, anywhere, anytime.Okay, we know Whats-app nearly knocked Skype out of business when they released their free call feature few months ago, but nearly cannot kill a bird right? Viber, is the app that was hurt when WhatsApp released its free call feature.

Skype still remains unique, regardless the fact that WhatsApp rolled out free calls. With Skype, many Nigerians make calls to anyone in any part of the world at very cheaper rates, also call their own Skype to Skype contacts for free with video call feature being available too. It solves thousands of Nigerians’ call problems and almost everyone will agree that no similar app beats Skype.


Konga and Jumia

Ah yeah, shopping from mobile. Most of us are aware of how the e-commerce websites are taking over supermarkets and local stores now. Trust, when Nigerians hear the words, “online shopping,” the first thing that comes to their mind is Jumia or Konga.

The apps from these two online retail giants are definitely the next icons you’ll find on every Nigerians’ smartphones.They have made shopping very easy, plus attractive discounts they give customers for shopping through their apps.


Yummy! Food delivery at your fingertips.Very exceptional and extremely useful.

The way Nigerians visit online retailers to do shopping, same way you can now order good foods directly from your mobile devices with the Hellofood Website or the Hellofood mobile app, and the food gets delivered to you in some minutes.We have few friends already using this app and they testify that the service is amazing.

Ordering food from the website or app is instant and simple – Login or sign up >> select your location >> pick nearest restaurant in your location >> select what you’d like to eat >> order your food, that’s all!

The busy ones who are always in the office, or fans watching football, or just anybody who can’t find time or where to go and eat, they do it right from their phones with Hellofood. Hellofood delivers very fast but we suggest you order on time, before hunger starts, because “a hungry man is an angry man.”

Mobile News

News every time. Waking up in the morning, you’d want to know what’s happening in the country and around the globe. Also, after the day’s work, you’ll want to see what’s new. This is the app most Nigerians run to when they search for news.

Online banking

Daily transactions. Is there any day we will want to go without doing a transaction, we don’t think so. Millions of Nigerians have at least one banking app on their smartphones. We think we have two of these installed, so we don’t necessarily have to go to the bank to deposit cash or recharge airtime. Thousands of Nigerians do it directly from their smartphones

Culled from Punch

Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.