Chidi Nwaogu CEO of Publiseer

Chidi Nwaogu is a serial Internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, Westerwelle Fellow 2019, Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019, SensX Fellow 2017, recipient of OD Young Person of the Month Honour (for Nov. 2018), winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition 2019, first place winner of OD Impact Challenge 2018, a shortlisted candidate for Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2019, and a finalist for the Halcyon Incubator’s Fall 2019 Fellowship. Chidi Nwaogu was the first person to tell his story at InterviewStories. You can read his Interview by clicking this link. Chidi Nwaogu application for Guinness World Record was recently accepted under the title Longest credit on a book. He talks about how his application, how he is able to achieve this, how his traveling does not affect his business and a lot more.

Can we know you?

I am Chidi Nwaogu, I started my entrepreneurial journey when I was 16 with the creation of 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game development company. Today, I am a Co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as “one of the largest digital publishers in Africa” and identified by IFC as one of the startups “that could speed up innovation in Africa.” Publiseer was listed in ModernGhana’s “List Of 10 African Innovations For January 2019”.

Chidi Nwaogu about to set a guinness world record
Chidi Nwaogu To Setting A Guinness World Record

I was selected by World Youth Forum to participate at The Arab and African Youth Platform 2019 in Aswan, and by Mastercard Foundation to participate at Africa Youth Works Summit 2019 in Cape Town. My startups have been featured on several online and print media publications, like Africa Business Review, TechCrunch, IT News Africa, Konbini, PC Tech Magazine, Ventures Africa, and Ventureburn, for their strides in the tech ecosystem.

Since I was 19, I have co-founded, grown and sold two Internet companies, including LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered users within three years. As a programmer, I started learning how to code since I was 13. Today, I am proficient in 5 programming languages, with JavaScript and PHP taking the lead.

Meet Chidi Nwaogu an author, CEO and co-founder of several startups

Nwaogu began public speaking as a keynote speaker at IT Leaders West Africa Summit 2012, where he gave a 30-min lecture on the role of social media and mobile in developing nations. Today, Nwaogu speaks at several summits, conferences, and seminars around the world.

Why is Chidi Nwaogu trending in Nigeria right now?

Trending? I had no idea the name was trending. Or maybe because I’m outside Nigeria more often these days.

It is said that you broke a fresh Guinness world record. How did you achieve this?

It is a record for the longest credit on a book. It’s a single book with a credit section with at least 10,001 names of real people who have given their consent to be credited. I posted on LinkedIn to get the consent of 10,001 people and ended up with over 21,000 people’s consents.

Chidi Nwaogu driving his point to his audience

It is a record for the longest credit on a book. It’s a single book with a credit section with at least 10,001 names of real people who have given their consent to be credited. I posted on LinkedIn to get the consent of 10,001 people and ended up with over 21,000 people’s consents.

What was the previous Guinness World Record or is it a fresh Guinness World Record?

It’s a fresh record. The Guinness World Record has a list of fresh records and already broken records. The longest credit on a book is one of the fresh records Guinness World Record has that hasn’t been broken before, so I took on the challenge.

How did you get to know about the record?

I checked out the Guinness World Record official website and went through the list of records unbroken and broken. And the longest credit on a book took my interest since I’m a writer and a publisher as well.

Are you not supposed to be interested in entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur instead of breaking world records?

I like challenges and that’s why I got into entrepreneurship. The Guinness World Record was another challenge and I took it on.

How did you know you could break the record? Many people have tried to break Guinness World Record but failed.

A lot of people have tried breaking Guinness World Records and failed. I wasn’t 100 percent certain that I was going to break the record. I had my reservations but if we all held back when trying to accomplish something great because we are unsure of the result, then nothing great will be done. According to Nelson Mandela, you never know it’s possible until it’s done. If I fail trying to accomplish something great, at least I try to make sure I learn a thing or to from it and try again. You are never a failure if you don’t quit. Failure is success when you learn from it and try again this time, more intelligently

Chidi Nwaogu

How did you apply for the Guinness World Record?

The Guinness World Record website has an application form to apply for any record. You just have to apply to break any record, and the Guinness World Record will get back to you if your application request was granted or not. It usually takes about 8 weeks for them to revert if a request to break a record was accepted or not

What criteria do you need to apply for any record?

The reason why you want to break the record, how you will positively impact your community while doing it, and most importantly the steps you’ll take to break the record. If they believe these, then your application will probably be accepted

Do you need to pay to apply?

No, you don’t. It’s solely based on merit. However, if you want the review process to take a week and not eight weeks, then you can pay a small processing fee

How did you go about breaking the record?

I made a post on LinkedIn asking for the consent of at least 10,001 people to include their name as credits on my book. I asked them to comment “count me” to indicate their interest and got 21,000+ comments asking to be part of the credits

How long do you think your record can last considering people can get more on other social media like Instagram in a week?

I don’t know how long I will keep the record. What’s most important to me is that I wanted to break it and I did. Someone surpassing my record is normal. It shows that the world is getting better. Henry Ford manufactured the first commercial car. However, people manufactured better cars afterwards. It didn’t make Ford think his invention was surpassed. It only shows that the world is advancing and that’s good for me. It’s not all about me. It’s all about us.

Is the book that will win the longest credit on a book already out?

Not yet. But it will be out this quarter. Publiseer is the publisher of the book. That’s my publishing venture. The title of the book is “10 Laws of Finding the Right Co-founder”. It’s a book that outlines the qualities of a good co-founder and the strategies you need to adopt in order to find and keep the right co-founder.

Chidi Nwaogu Author of 10 Laws of Finding the Right Co-founder

Are you the only one trying to break this Guinness World Record?

Yeah, so far, that I’m aware of.

Have you reached out to Guinness World Record after getting the credits on the book from LinkedIn?

Yes. They are looking forward to the book.

Tell us some records that you have previously set already?

This is my first place breaking the Guinness World Record.

What of other records?

We have records broken by Wizkid, Pinkie Debbie, DJ Obi and Kaffy. But I don’t know the title of the records they broke. But I’m sure if googled, you could know more about the individual records

Do you know you will be paid yearly for holding a Guinness World Record?

That’s untrue. The Guinness World Record doesn’t pay any record holder. I confirmed this from the committee. I think this is just a false perception of the Guinness World Record that has existed over the years.

What other false perception do people have about Guinness World Record that you know?

That they receive 2million dollars on breaking the record. Which is completely untrue.

What do record owners get apart from breaking the record?

They get a certificate from the Guinness World Record to show that they are officially recognized as the record holder. This can be added to your resume to indicate that you are an achiever that gets the impossible done when you put your mind to it. The Guinness World Record is more of an ego booster. It’s not a get rich scheme.

Do you enjoy travelling?

Yeah, I do, and that’s why I travel a lot.

Does your company Publisher pay your travelling expenses or the programmes you attend?

No, all of them are fully funded by inviting organizations.Travelling for me puts things into perspective. It allows me to realize that there are far bigger things that my problems. Travelling allows you to see that the world is not always about you. It allows me to see how other people live and what they have to deal with on a daily basis.

Chidi Nwaogu, a Westerwelle Fellow 2019.

Travelling has humbled me and has broadened my perspective in so many ways. Travelling has given me a sense of gratefulness for the modern day comforts that I am able to enjoy, which billions of people out there cannot.

How do you get these invitations?

I apply for some opportunities, while some reach out to me. Like I will be in Kenya next month and Cape Town by October, thanks to the invitations of IPA and Mastercard respectively.

How can people get access to these opportunities as most of these opportunities are quite hard to come by?

I don’t know how often people get these opportunities. People write to me asking how I got in and how I can help them too. I often share my application answers with them to aid them in their next application. I know it’s hard to get in, but I guess that I’ve been blessed to get into so many.

Chidi Nwaogu CEO of Publiseer

Does your travelling not affect the management of your company?

Not at all. I’ve got a good team putting everything in place even when my phone is on airplane mode

How can a leader have a good team?

Pick them wisely. People whose strengths compliment your weaknesses and vice versa. People you can coexist in the same place and thrive

For the first time, not completely, but you will have a clue if you two will be able to work together.

What should people expect of Chidi Nwaogu in the next five years?

I don’t know. I’m just working hard to be better than the man I was yesterday. However, there is one thing I know for sure, that in five years time, I will be 500% percent better than the man who granted this interview. And I will read this interview and smile and remember my humble beginnings.

Do you have any other thing to say?

When the journey gets tough, remember why you started the journey.

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