App spotlight: Nigerian Constitution Blackberry App

1. (1) This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on the authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

(2) The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any persons or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

(3) If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution, this Constitution shall prevail, and that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

Those solemn words define the supremacy of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria within the borders of Nigeria. As binding as it is, how many Nigerians who are not involved in any legal-related occupation have ever read the constitution in its entirety? To tell you the truth, I have never read it either.

A snapshot of The Nigerian Constitution BlackBerry app
A snapshot of The Nigerian Constitution BlackBerry app

You would thus agree that the Nigerian constitution in the form of a mobile app on a smartphone platform popular among Nigeria’s elite, would be one of the means of making the constitution accessible to a section of the Nigerian population. It makes sense.

The Nigerian Constitution Blackberry app was setup by Zubair Abubakar, a young Nigerian developer who describes himself as a “budding software engineer”.

A snapshot of The Nigerian Constitution app icon on BlackBerry
A snapshot of The Nigerian Constitution app icon on BlackBerry

The app is pretty basic and straight-forward. It offers the entire constitution and all its content in a digital text format, allowing users to read the various chapters and schedules exactly as they are laid-out in the hard copies.

Although, a search functionality would have made it more useful, it is an important app for any BlackBerry user who is interested in The Constitution of Nigeria.

As of today 27th January 2011, the apps download page states that the app has been downloaded 12,930 times. The app is available at

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Oluniyi D. Ajao
Oluniyi D. Ajao is an Internet Entrepreneur and Tech Enthusiast based in South Africa. Follow him on twitter @niyyie for more tech updates.


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  2. Apps are becoming more common these days and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to know how to design a simple one and use it for web applications. People work at home in the US designing and selling thousands of iphone and ipad apps just for a living and we are still designing just websites. This week alone, I seem to be hearing about them from every angle. The first was etranzact’s mobile banking application and later on the Catholic confession app which is getting popular in the US and now you are already talking about apps for the Nigerian constitution. Maybe we should start making apps for learning the three major Nigerian languages or cooking a Nigerian meal.

  3. Pls, as a Lawyer I will want a link with you and Zubair as I am interested in developing certain Apps for the Legal Profession. and those who want to have certain information about Law and quasi Law issues.

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