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Nigerian-American Woman Wins Award For Software That Teaches Yoruba Language

 

 

A Nigerian-American investment strategist, Omolabake Adenle, has won the DEI In Voice award from Women in Voice (WiV) for an app she built that can teach the Yoruba language and four other African languages.

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Adenle believes the voice recognition and speech synthesis software she built fills the gap in the availability of voice technologies for African languages.

 

The software was inspired by her cousins who were learning English alphabets through an app.

Adenle who founded app development studio, Ajala.ai, decided to build a software that would help them learn the Yoruba language. This she named SpeakYoruba, which was launched on Google Playstore in 2010 but has since been removed from the platform.

 

“A few years ago when I decided I want to start a business, I thought I could revisit this app that did well and see if I could come up with something that could build up on that. I wanted to add a feature that would allow children to say something to the app, and the app will tell them whether they said the word currently. It was at that point that I realised that voice recognition wasn’t really available for African languages,” she explains in a chat with Techpoint Africa.

 

Speech recognition is the technology behind the likes of Siri and Alexa.

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