In this era of digital technology, new innovations are coming up almost on an hourly basis as developers outdo each other in creating the next big application. African developers have not been left behind in the rush.
These are the top 10 apps created by Africans in 2017.
Founded by two Nigerians, Pelumi Aboluwarin and Adeyinka Adewale, Kudi is a new financial service application designed to provide users with access to digital banking and financial services. It uses conversational interfaces, artificial intelligence as well as natural language processing to give reliable and speedy access to financial services on mobile devices. The app also enables users to carry out safe financial transactions via telegram, Skype, Facebook, and Slack.
Carter, South Africa
Carter is a simple phone application developed by three South African entrepreneurs, Amit Bholla, Tom Gardner and Vikash Govindjee, to help South Africans find the best car deals from local dealers. The app allows buyers to compare and contrast prices from multiple car dealers without breaking a sweat. It also allows them to search for pictures and specs of the latest cars in South Africa.
With the ever-rising cases of fatal road accidents in Cameroon, a young Cameroonian app developer, Achiri Arnold Nji, recently developed a mobile application that will help to improve road safety in the country. Traveler is a simple app that uses the GPS technology to monitor vehicles on the road. The app logs essential information about the car, including speed and location. Passengers in public transport vehicles can also report cases of overcrowding and careless driving via Traveler.
Legal Wallet Mobile Application, Malawi
A young Malawian mobile developer, Alfred Andrew Kankuzi, recently created Legal Wallet Mobile Application with the hope of teaching Malawians about the existing laws. The app provides a mobile-based access to different laws of the land and allows users to receive government updates from various sectors of the economy. It also provides information on court judgments as well as legal service providers in the country.
Shadw Helal, a young Egyptian entrepreneur, recently launched an Android mobile app called Rescue to help fight sexual harassment in the Egyptian capital Cairo. The app uses voice commands and panic buttons to send alerts to emergency workers across Cairo. With this app, a person can send emergency calls to rescuers within a one kilometer distance radius.
Spot, South Africa
A group of South African developers recently developed a mobile app to help locals send money as easily as sending a text message. Spot is a person-to-person money transfer software that uses a push-and-pull system from one account to another. The app allows users to use all credit and debit cards provided they are internet-enabled.
With crime rates still high in many parts of Kenya, especially in the capital city Nairobi, a quick solution is needed to guarantee Kenyans and visitors their safety. This is what motivated Edwin Ingaji, a Kenyan university student, to develop Usalama, a mobile app that enables users to send emergency alerts to law enforcers whenever they are in danger. A person only needs to shake the phone three times to open the app and then hold down the volume button to send the alert.
Due to the never-ending traffic jam in the Ugandan capital Kampala, a group of Ugandans thought it wise to develop a mobile app that will provide road users with real-time information about the traffic situation in and around the city. So they came up with Traffica, an app that enables residents of Kampala to share traffic updates in real time.
Mbele, a smartphone app designed by Peter Ayeni, a Nigerian developer, aims to improve learning in Nigeria by giving learners a fun way of acquiring information using technology. According to Ayeni, the app is a special learning platform with the capacity to transform how young Nigerians do their studies. Mbele also enables young learners to compete by giving them curriculum-based soft skills, general knowledge and vocational video lessons.
Launched in June 2017, Dropping is an equivalent of Uber, but it offers additional riding services such as private and elite car hire services. According to its co-founder and director of marketing George Akomeah, Dropping does not charge commissions on rides, which makes it different from Uber and the rest.