“Remember how I saw an opportunity in Unizik asking students to fill bio-data forms after they’ve spent a year, two, three or four years in school? Then, I saw a course mate tagging along, doing the same thing. The course mate is Felix. When I saw an innovative way of doing the bio-data thingy, I approached him for a deal because I didn’t want anyone getting in my way. He agreed to a liaison.
The innovative approach was this: Instead of asking students to tell their details while filling their bio-data forms which was pretty much a waste of 10-20 minutes, I replicated the structure of the bio-data form on Microsoft Word, printed it out and made photocopies. If you’re interested, you picked a form and penned down your details; we had a lady taking passports of students with her phone. At the end of the day, we went back to the hostel and did the transfer to the actual database.
Thinking about it now, it’s similar to what’s obtainable for marketers in the banking industry in Nigeria: They go out, source for new customers, get their details on forms and get back to the banks to input their details. Yet, this was new for us in the academic industry per bio-data ish.
You find: we could replicate the structure of the bio-data form on Microsoft Word. Then, you implement: replication of the bio-data form structure on Microsoft Word. It made it easier for us and the students who were our customers at the time.
That’s what innovation is about: finding and implementing new & better ideas not old & worse ideas.”
Bank of Deposits