HISTORY OF APPLICATION MODDING IN NIGERIA I greet all modifiers, translators, assemblers, and developers throughtout the world especially those from Nigeria, Indonesia, Phillipines, and Egypt. The recent condemnation of Modding in Nigeria prompted me to write this article. What is Modding?Modding in this context means “remodification of application to add new flavour or makes it performs new task”. It was copied from Indonesia and Phillipines forum sites by Nigerians who are members in those sites. The early modders in Nigeria only modify browsers by changing MIDlet-Name and server to make them work freely by changing only the their server, i.e ‘ http:// server4.operamin i.c0m:80’ to ‘loaded.mtnonline.c0m’ because those browsers have no query menu to input cheat. Later Uchimadara08 of Phillipines released ‘MultiOption’ opera with custom servers. In 2008, Modding became well-known in Nigeria and everybody want to learn modding because of fame. Some of the modders then are Tstowe, Ahmsta, Babadinho, Iyke Mega, Lemmy28, Femistico, DarkAngel, Aluko, May0r2, ChrisMARCEL, Sabada and other guys. The available phones then are Java phones (s40) such as: 3110c, 3500c, Sony Ericsson phones.Yosep Karli (YKhandler) from Indonesia released the first opera with Query Menu in 2008 at imzers.0rg which is Opera 4.Modding advanced from changing browser server alone to changing of theme (skin), loading bar, and splash screen in 2009. That was when more people have interest in modding. There was no tool for changing of opera splash screen then. We used manual computation to calculate the hex values of splash screen which is very stressful. It took many people 6 months to learn how to change opera splash screen. Infact many are unable to do it untill they stopped modding. Hex editor was later introduced to Nigeria. Many other modders came to limelight in 2009. Some of them are: Skenpo, baseg25, nathanboi ,eslopy, donprosper Steph4gunners, Damilosky, Olantino, Nokiaguy, Java King, Abfas4real, Cast, Maxkdave, Fadelizy007 (slowpoison), GlypeMaster (alvin), St3ph3ny, Zenon (elvis chidera) and many other great guys. In 2010, modding became competitive in Nigeria and Nigeria Modders were ranked No.2 in the world after Indonesia.Cast is the first recognized Symbian modder in Nigeria.Modding was used as means of traffic for many sites then i.e 9japortal.t k (domain sold) has over 20,000 users withing 6 months. Freebiesportal.wapka.m0bi which is the main site is in wapka top20 from its day one till wapka removed that catalogue. May0r2 and some other modders started FPmod Team in 2010 with the aim of uniting Nigeria modders and teach newbies the fundamentals of modding. The started later added Modders from other countries i.e Norvz177 (Indonesia), Joekers (Indonesia), Penshoppe (Phillipines), and Bassel (Egypt). It was blogging business and school that made many people dropped modding. Most of the top names in Nigeria cyber space are modders in the past. Some of the notable sites that contributed to modding in Nigeria are: ,* 9jahome.muf.m0bi * babadinho.muf.m0bi * nigerian wap.muf.m0bi * freebiesportal.wapka.m0bi (9japortal) * www.modderszone .tkOnly people who didnot witness the good days of modding will not appreciate it. Indonesia and Phillipines still respect modders till date. Modding encompasses Modifier and Translators. I retired from modding in June 2012 because it’s no more competitive. Modding is the beginning of my fame in Nigeria and beyond. It was modding that taught me that one can be successful in anything if you’ve great determination. Many of those people who condemn modding don’t go beyond extracting and compressing of app. There are some protected app that cannot be remoded by an amateur modder. Note: I only include those events and names that I remember to this article. I’m sorry if I don’t write your name. # May0r2-> # babam0dder Founder, FPmod Team Supreme Cordinator, CzTranslator Crew Award: The Modder of Century (2011).