Monday, 22 August 2011
Born in Port-Harcourt Nigeria, Obinna Okezie is Founder and CEO of ZeepTravel, the parent company of online ticket reservation service, Wakanow.com. Ekezie, a former college and professional basketball player who played professionally as an NBA player for teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, LA Clippers, and Vancouver Grizzlies is determined to change the way ticket bookings are made in first Nigeria and eventually, Africa. TNW Africa recently spoke to the NBA player turned Nigerian internet entrepreneur.
Founded in 2008, Wakanow.com hopes to significantly change the way travel reservations are made in Nigeria and eventually, Africa. Using online travel reservation business models used by companies like Expedia, the company hopes to encourage a culture of online purchases for travel services in Nigeria.
Waka, a Nigerian pidgin English word for walk, leave or go helps define the company’s mission via the website’s name Waka Now, a phrase that means ”Go Now.” Through partnerships with over 45,000 hotels around the world, the company hopes to drastically improve the online ticketing process involved in traveling to and from the continent.
Source: The Next Web