19-year-old undergraduate Ghanaian, Gabriel Opare has set out to build a new search engine
The 300 level Microbiology student of the University of Ghana, who learnt to write codes and compute programs from online classes, claims that his new search engine, Mudclo, will challenge the dominance and monopoly of YouTube.
According to him Mudclo will be a free search engine for videos whose distinguishing feature will be discovering and streaming videos from the different locations on the internet in one place as well as having consumer content search that will focus on adverts, music videos and amateur Speaking on the subject of his innovation, he says;
“I believe that my business is good enough and that it can scale globally. It is a legitimate point to say that YouTube is a video hosting website, but they are two different entities. While YouTube is a video hosting website, Mudclo combines the power of YouTube and two other video hosting websites in order to create Mudclo.”
Though still at the prototyping stage, Mudclo is alreaing gathering attention from some of the world’s big tech companies, including more established video hosting sites even though it is not yet ready for use.
Commenting on his inspiration, Opare claims that he was inspired by the restlessness an eagerness of other young Ghanaians, who aspire to independence and create their own opportunities on a continent where opportunities are limited and unemployment is rife.
This is certainly encouraging and timely as experts have predicted the role of information and communication technology in helping Africa overcome its infrastructure inadequacies, satisfy rising consumer demand, boost regional trade and diversify its economic potentials.