Launched in 2008 by Obinna Ekezie, a former NBA player, Wakanow is a pioneer in the travel reservation and ticket booking industry in Nigeria. The business model is similar to Expedia, Booking.com or the Chinese ctrip.com
Wakanow offers hotel reservation, air ticket reservation, vacation packages, visa services and corporate travel. Clients can pay through Interswitch, a Nigerian merchant account provider, Visa or MasterCard. Wakanow is certainly on its way to achieve its objective, which was to make travel easier for Nigerians. As it is now, the site appears to be more geared for Nigerians growing abroad, there is also room for growth for local travel services ie flights and hotel reservation within Nigeria.
To learn more about this Nigerian startup, please go to www.wakanow.com