Ask an artist or a musician why they chose music and they would tell you how they started singing from childhood, or say something like it’s a gift from God or had a dream.
Even though sometimes their reason most often sounds dramatic, I have come to believe that the style and manner of what motivates us is very subjective to the industry we belong to. Like I mentioned before, an artist or musician may claim it’s a gift from God while a preacher may describe some Samuel sort of epiphany.
Well for someone like me I ask myself what motivated me to take the path I am taking now ?
After going through the University of Buea and studying a program I had no interest in, I was lucky enough to have a family who could still afford to allow me to go to PAID-WA to study Management. Well this made me more secure in the jobless status quo of the country.
Fortunately after many applications I was able to work in one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in the country ( Jumia Cameroon ). Then after that I worked for another e-commerce platform called Afrimarket. I learned a thing or two from my experience in these two companies, especially the values of teamwork and how to navigate the startup space. Not to mention my introduction to the tech world.
Working for these two organizations played a vital role in bringing me to where I am today. Not only did I learn and develop skills from them, I also discovered a problem which they both faced.
We all know how e-commerce works: you see a product online, you order and pay for it and the product is delivered to you in your preferred location or sometimes a designated pickup station ( such as the case for Jumia). Sometimes in trying to get these products to the designated pickup station or to the customers’ address, the e-commerce company would have to rely on independent non-professional drivers who own cars and want to make some extra money.
In the case for Jumia Cameroon, Lazoto was responsible for delivering orders to the pickup station in which I worked. But Lazoto usually used ‘’ Klando drivers’’ who wanted to make some extra money to do these deliveries.
At Afrimarket I remember there was some bank official in Douala who would usually pass around our office when we were overwhelmed with deliveries to help. Of Course he did this to earn some extra money.
These two instances mentioned above had already started building the idea of Ngina in my head i.e a platform where independent drivers could search for deliveries and deliver to areas which they are already travelling to with their cars, hence making some extra money or using the platform as a side hustle.
But I would say what really pushed me to make this platform a reality was when Jumia and Afrimarket shut down. For those who work in the private sector can testify how volatile it is, your organisation could terminate your contract at any time or your company could even go bankrupt or a pandemic strikes and all of these leaves you jobless with no safety net. Well for me I have seen all of these; I have lost my job with no other source of income. I just told myself I couldn’t continue being so dependent on my job. Besides I needed to have some side hustle and something to leave for my children.
This fear, passion and experience in the tech and e-commerce landscape led to the birth of NGINA.
So what is Ngina then ?
Ngina means “ to move’’ in the Nweh language spoken by the Bangwa people in the Southwest region of Cameroon. Ngina is a collaborative delivery model which makes use of excess capacity in vehicles already heading to the direction you wish to send your parcel. Our peer to peer model means there is always someone at sometime going in the same direction of your parcel.
Our model builds on scalability, reliability and trust of a friend stopping by.
With your personal car, you can use the platform as a side hustle to have that extra source of income by helping people in need to deliver parcels to their desired locations and being paid instantly upon confirmation of delivery while the sender gets the convenience of not moving far away from home just to send a parcel.
In our current climate especially learning from this pandemic, it is a necessity to have a secondary source of income.
For more information, visit ngina-app.com
CO-FOUNDER, NGINA LLC