partners Nigerian search engine VConnect


Nigerian hotel booking platform has announced a partnership with the country’s biggest search engine VConnect to offer customers stays at resorts and hotels at 30 per cent discount., which was founded in 2012 and raised a further US$250 000 in January last year, and will run the offer for the next two weeks.

“The partnership with is in line with our company’s value of ensuring that our customers across Nigeria are not limited to their immediate environment and get access to special offers in this season of sharing as much as they can,” VConnect said.

Disrupt Africa reported in December hit 6,000 listings on its service, with the company targeting 10,000 before the end of 2015.

Founder Mark Essien told Disrupt Africa the startup was still aggressively pursuing more listings in Nigeria and across the rest of Africa.

“I am very proud of the team and the work they have put in to get us to this important milestone of 6,000 hotels,” he said.

“We estimate that there may be 10,000 hotels across Nigeria, and we would like to reach that milestone before the end of 2015. Additionally, in 2015, we plan to also start adding hotels across other countries in Africa.”

Earlier this week, the company announced it is to sponsor the first hackathon in northern Nigeria, HackJos, aimed at encouraging developers to come up with solutions for the region’s problems.

Teams will present their completed applications at the end of the March hackathon for a chance to win prizes, which include three nights of free hotel accommodation courtesy of


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