Friday, June 01, 2018

Sundiata Scholar, Nigeria's first educational social network debuts

Abuja-based leading Nigeria's online news platform, Sundiata Post Media Group has launched the country's first specialised social network, Sundiata Scholar, an educational social media platform, reports ITRealms.

Sundiata Scholar, ITRealms gathered, provides an avenue for people in the education industry namely students, teachers, lecturers, professors, administrators, alumni groups and education stakeholders, among others, to connect and interact with their contemporaries and other acquaintances within and outside the country.

Sundiata Scholar, which takes off on Friday on beta version for a period of three months from June 1 to August 30, 2018.

During this 90-day test run period users’ feedback as well as suggestions regarding possible improvement will be received for inclusion in the mobile app being planned.

According to the chief executive officer (CEO) and Editor-In-Chief of Sundiata Post Media Group, Mr. Max Amuchie, confirmed this development to ITRealms, and expressed excitement over the company's latest introduction, which he said, would provide the much needed platform for more enriched interaction among the education community within and outside the country.

He enjoined the public to send in useful feedback during the test run period to enable the developers come up with a final product that will meet users' expectations.

"We are excited about Sundiata Scholar. We believe that the networking interface coupled with the highly educational information and compendium of rich resource materials available on the social network will allow our visitors to have a very good experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence,” he said,.

Sundiata Scholar offers a wide range of features that are very appealing and user-friendly. These include, free web space, content upload, build conversations, chat client, email, conferences and events, but must register first to be able to logon.

Further, he explained that the free web space, allows each member a web space to publish content. “With the web space they can also build their profiles which will serve a dual purpose of, allowing friends or contacts to identify members from their profiles; while the data entered by the members is used by can be used to connect with other members who have a similar background.

On the content upload, he said, Sundiata Scholar also allows members to upload photographs, audio and video files, as all posts are arranged in descending order with the last post coming on top.

“Every content is published in real time, and becomes visible instantly,” he declared.

For the ‘Build conversations’ Mr. Amuchie said that content posted by members could be browsed and commented upon by all members who form part of the community, even as content could also be tagged from third party sites on subjects that interest the group.

Also, the ‘chat client’ he said, has affords members to chat with each other in real time.

On e-mail, he said, members of the network could send mails electronically to one another. The Site also sends e-mail alerts whenever a member is tagged in a third party post. This enables members to learn when a fellow member has connected to them.

Equally, Amuchie said the ‘Create Pages, Conferences and Events’ menu on the platform allows members to create pages where they could post articles or photographs related to a theme. Stressing that they could also post events and conferences invite for members and the public to attend.

“Those interested can indicate their intension to attend and event organiser is notified,” he said.

Along with all these, he said, the site will continue to offer high quality education information as well as fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Sundiata Post was officially unveiled in Abuja as an online news platform on July 7, 2015. Since then it has grown steadily to become a most reliable source of authentic news and informed commentary about Nigeria, Africa and the world, in that order. 

Uboshe Uboshe/GEE

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