I get a lot of questions thrown my way about Eneza’s users and our data. We love data on the Eneza Team, mostly because we have so much of it. We think it’s important to share data because there are few comparisons in the African tech market. If you publish your data, you’re helping the whole ecosystem by allowing it to start using you as a baseline.

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Yes, you may be giving “the competition” more information about your company. However, the work we’re doing is so important and urgent, we would be doomed if we didn’t try to hurry the ecosystem along.

The more we grow as a company, the more I realize how nuanced our data is—making it even more important to share. For example, take the number of users. There are many different interpretations—users per month, per week, per day? Unique users? Active users? Don’t get me started on what constitutes as “active.”

For this post, I’m going to focus on what we consider our most meaningful data pulled from our databases and how we define that data. We have even more data from user experience tests and from the 1,000 or so calls we make to users every week that I won’t include just yet. This includes demographic data on gender, age, and location. I’ll explain more about this data and our “impact studies” in a future post.

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Now, I’d like to start a conversation about the data we’re formally tracking, why we find it meaningful, and what others are finding important to track in the African market. I’ve been impressed by reports, both formal and informal, published by Jumia and iROKO’s CEO, and I’d like to follow suit and show what data Eneza uses. Here’s a brief rundown of the metrics we think are most powerful to track with our users and current numbers, followed by what I think is important to know from our data:

Reach and Activity

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Academic Data

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1. Nearly 1 million learning hours have taken place through Eneza’s products. Our users tell us they usually read their Eneza mini-lesson in 5 minutes, and each question in an assessment takes about 5 minutes to answer (989,004 lessons x 5 minutes = 4,945,020 minutes; 9,994,255 questions answered x 5 minutes = 49,971,275 minutes). In addition, questions asked take about 15 minutes of time (87,921 questions asked x 15 minutes = 1,318,815 minutes). Add these minutes up, and you get 56,235,110 learning minutes. This equals 937,251 learning hours—nearly 1 million hours of learning so far on the Eneza platform. To give some context, let’s say it takes you 20 hours to finish a textbook. One million learning hours is like reading 50,000 textbooks.

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2. Our monthly users are 18.2% of our total user base at seasonal peak. Not yet at Twitter levels, (24% of Twitter users are monthly) but we are pleased. Consistency in activity is incredibly important. This metric helps us know if our product is habit forming and if people are making this a part of their every day lives. For introducing tech products into a new market, demonstrating behavior change is critical.

3. 14% of our users are impact users, interacting with us 20 times or more. This comfortably puts us above average on the 70-20-10 rule, which observes that on most media and digital services, only 10% of the users are highly active, with the rest “lurking” or just passively following. It’s challenging to “lurk” on SMS, so it’s a bit more binary for us on this product. This post provides another take on this idea.

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4. More than one-third of our web/Android users have paid, although we haven’t begun actively marketing our web/Android products. Thus, there is a great demand. We’re excited to be entering the online mobile world, especially after reading the blogs I mentioned above.

5. Customers and consumers are willing to pay for EdTech products, whether it’s on SMS or mobile web/Android. The thing that is holding people back the most is the ability to pay through a seamless mechanism. More on this in a future post as well.

I’d love to know from other tech entrepreneurs and CEOs in the African market—what do you track? What do you find most important to look at? Let’s all get out of pitch mode and start a conversation about meaningful data.


The data presented in this post was current as of January 29, 2016.

About the author

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia is the co-founder of Eneza Education. She has been a teacher/educator for over 10 years and holds a Masters in Teaching. She is also the co-founder of a successful educational program in rural Kenya called WISERBridge, founded in 2008. Toni is a Teach For America alumni, an Echoing Green Fellow, an Unreasonable Fellow, a teacher and children’s advocate, a writer, and a converted tech enthusiast.

  • Daniel Hartman

    To help the industry grow as a whole, it is important for companies to share their data and their good ideas. You mention in the beginning of this article that sharing your data helps the entire system grow, and I couldn’t agree more. It reminds me of when Volvo invented the three point seat belt and instead of capitalizing it, gave its design to all car manufacturers helping the entire industry grow. Industries made by groups of companies must help each other succeed and grow before they start competing with each other.

  • Agreed @disqus_COQH1DdtMs:disqus! Thanks for this comment. Is there certain types of data in particular you think are most helpful to share that most benefit industries at large? Would appreciate hearing your insight! Thanks again for this comment

  • Hunter Ward

    I think the fact that almost 1 million learning hours have taken place on this platform is astonishing. In comparison to the 4 or 5 textbook that I have finished throughout my life, 50,000 text books read on this platform is amazing.

  • Samuel Cannon

    I really enjoyed this article because the platform its self is remarkable. I really enjoyed Daniel’s comment about Volvo and the evolution of the seat belt. With the amount of data being collected by Eneza it is astonishing to think of all the possibilities to which it can be applied. I can’t wait to see where and how the Eneza data team applies and uses this immense amount of data.