Information sharing and global communication that characterized this modern age have seen many people, especially the youth making use of social media platforms; most of which are owned by foreign tech companies.
As a continent, Africa has a lot of experts with the technical know-how to build some of these platforms but due to some reasons, many of these people hire or sell their expertise and creative ideas to foreign companies who end up owning these ideas with minimal recognition.
If you take a good look at the major leading social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and so on, which are thoroughly used by Africa youth today, all of them are owned by foreign companies.
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However, the narrative has started changing as some Africans are beginning to venture into creating platforms owned by themselves; the news of a Sierra Leonean born young man creating a high-quality social networking application is enough to prove that the tech revolution Africa is waiting for is gradually emerging.
A tech company named Techfrica, owned by Mr. Hassan Hafiz Bakarr-Kanu, a sierra Leonean has released a highly rated mobile application called Supfrica. The app is classified as one that could compete with top messaging apps such as Whatsapp.
The good thing is that this app actually has more advanced features. The app has a relatively higher quality voice and video calling features; unlike Whatsapp which has limited group membership, groups on Supfrica take an unlimited number of people.
The application which was uniquely named to depict its African ownership was released on the Google Play Store on December 11, 2020, with over 19,000+ downloads. So far, the application has received very good reviews on the play store confirming its efficiency.
What we have been calling for, thus, Africans creating their own platforms is finally here; The most we can do is to support and promote it. Mobile applications developed by these tech giants are what they are today because of the quality and support base. The quality of Supfrica is tried and tested.
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The messaging app, Supfrica, has the following features:
- Supfrica’s voice call and video call is faster, cheaper, and audible.
- You can forward messages to more than 20 contacts at once, unlike WhatsApp.
- With Supfrica, you can create a Supfrica group and add an unlimited number of contacts to your group, unlike WhatsApp
- With Supfrica, you can use 2G, 3G, and 4G perfectly without scrambling when calling voice and video calls.
The app is available on Google Play Store here.