UpNepa is a unique app that is aiming to tackle the essential problem of electricity in Nigeria. UpNepa is a simple utility app which gives real time information about the current state of power supply within a particular region or community.
Founded by two students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), the app provides a new way of power sharing, literally.
The app uses your location to find the nearest place where you can find electricity to charge your devices. It was borne out of the new sharing economy that has become popular in the tech world. In simple terms, it’s like the Uber for electricity sharing. It is available on Android. Pretty cool, right?
UpNepa also has a feature–the Automatic mode, which informs you when last electricity was provided in a location. The app also allows you communicate with strangers in different locations and make inquiries on electricity in their neighbourhood.
The app may have been created last year, but it has already garnered thousands of downloads., as well as quite a lot of reviews.
So I tried the app to know how it works. I sent out a few messages to strangers and I got some responses. The system worked really well–locations with electricity can easily be accessed and communication with users in these locations is uncomplicated.
It’s a pretty cool app from my own point of view. Already, it seems like a perfect fit for the Nigerian society where electricity supply is so erratic and insufficient.