Last year in Ghana, 2 million citizens came online for the first time. Through rural internet connections, they were able to access information and resources previously unavailable. And the country has plans to connect millions more in the years to come.
Mobile content developer AJA.LA is proud to announce the release of its first mobile app, SpeakYoruba, now available to download in the Apple App Store with dedicated versions for the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. SpeakYoruba combines beautifully illustrated flashcards with the iOS touch interface for a fun and easy way to learn Yoruba.
Animated flashcards in bright, fun colours for each letter of the Yoruba alphabet and English/Yoruba pronunciation guides help users build a basic vocabulary. Puzzles and English/Yoruba translation games in the SpeakYoruba iPad app encourage retention.
SpeakYoruba is the first of a series of apps for AJA.LAâ€™s SpeakAfrica project aimed at promoting and preserving African languages.
With over 20 million speakers, Yoruba is one of Africaâ€™s most widely spoken languages with additional native speakers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Outside Africa, America and Canada are also home to a large and growing community of immigrant Yoruba speakers from West Africa.
SpeakYoruba App features entertaining animations provide word associations for retention, soundtrack by Yoruba high-life legend, Baba Ken Okulolo, games and puzzles in iPad version promote understanding, available in dedicated versions for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.
SpeakYoruba is perfect for kids – young and old looking to build a basic Yoruba vocabulary or for anyone who ever wanted to know how to say â€œcamelâ€ in an African language. Watch the video below for more.
- Spotlight on Africa – Mobile Statistics & Facts 2012 [Video] (macjordangh.com)
- Yoruba apps for iPhones: Letters from my mail-box (emotanafricana.com)
- Who’s the best Yoruban Wikipedian of them all? (wikipediocracy.com)
Praekelt Foundation -Â an incubator for mobile technology which improves the health and well-being of people living in poverty. According to their recent report, they believe mobile technology is reshaping the future of the African continent, and that we (Africans) have a chance to guide that change, using this powerful new tool to improve the lives of people living in poverty and empowering them to take charge of their own well being.
Did you know that the average sub-Saharan woman touches her hair seven times a day? In 1994, Nigeria had only 100,000 landlines.Â
The number of active phone lines in Nigeria crossed 100 Million early this month.Â Also, the most popular phone in Africa in 1994 weighed 500 grams and cost $2000.
They created this video to spread the word, and we hope it helps us recruit more advocates for the power of mobile technology. The future of Africa starts here!
Founded in early 2007, Praekelt Foundation builds open source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the health and well-being of people living in poverty. Their programmes have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Praekelt Foundation, YouTube
- M-health infographic (intomobile.com)
- 6/4/12 Topic: Is Mobile Technology Evolving the world? (socialmediachat.wordpress.com)
- Developing countries lead the way in deploying mobile technology (csmonitor.com)
- 19 Surprising Facts About Africa’s Mobile Market (alltopstartups.com)
The man behind the “Hole in the wall” research (the provocative yet persuasive theory of how children are able to teach themselves with little supervision), Sugata Mitra, will be the keynote speaker at the eLearning Africa 2012 which will be held from May 23rd to 25th in Cotonou, Benin.
An educator of note, Sugata Mitra is a Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK and also a Visiting Professor at MIT in the US. His impressive academic profile, extensive experience in ICT for education and his colorful presentation style will make for a lively speech.
Mobile technologies, which play an increasingly important role in Africa’s education systems, are set to stimulate the debate at the conference. Through a range of interactive expert-led sessions, participants at eLearning Africa 2012 will explore the challenges, opportunities and success stories of mLearning.
Advocates of mLearning see it as a growing, popular, pervasive and effective tool for learners and teachers, citing the benefits it brings to education as well as to Africa’s agricultural practices, healthcare systems and professional development. But are we underestimating the disruption that mobile technologies cause to formal educational systems in Africa?
eLearning Africa is a must for anyone involved in or wanting to find out more about ICT for development, education and training in Africa. As the largest gathering of eLearning and ICT-supported education and training professionals in Africa, participants are able to develop multinational, cross-industry contacts and enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities.
Download the eLearning Africa Report which was launched yesterday in Cotonou! – http://is.gd/4oJqr4. Follow and Like the eLearning Africa Facebook page for more – eLearning Africa Facebook Portal
- Africa Rising – necessity is the mother of invention (piattiprojects.wordpress.com)
- Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education (cshmsfaculty.wordpress.com)
This is aÂ FREEÂ event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent, and resources to benefit Takoradi, Ghana and Africa as a whole. ItÂ will be a networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Takoradi, Ghana and beyond. The event also hope to assemble Western Regional stakeholders to network, build a supportive, enterprising community and partner.
The BarCamp Ghana team has successfully organized 11 BarCamps â€“ in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Tamale and Ho over the past couple of years.Â The events have brought together over a thousand leaders and change makers.
Barcamp Takoradi 2012 builds upon Barcamp Takoradi 2010 which was held at the Takoradi Technical Institute under the theme â€œLeading & Enterprising in an Oil & Technology Fueled Economyâ€ on November 27, 2010. The event showcased Ghanaian ingenuity through the MIT fabrication lab (fab-lab), sharing of ideas, and had presentations and panels on how to leverage the burgeoning oil industry.
This yearâ€™s edition is been organized in conjunction with local groups at the Takoradi Polytechnic. By partnering with these groups, this Barcamp will focus on engaging youth in Takoradi â€“ especially students â€“ on how to create more value for and within their respective localities and ultimately helping shape the development agenda in this election year. Barcamp Takoradi 2012 will also be a medium for building up the community from 2010â€™s event, taking stock of whatâ€™s happened so far and proposing measures for continued engagement in the Western Region.
The Barcamp will feature multiple sessions about technology tools and products, with a special session on using technology for the Ghanaian elections in 201 2. There shall also be a speed mentoring session where participants get some efficient quality time with selected mentors and resource personnel.
Like all Barcamps, there will be user-generated sessions and discussions where attendees get to set the agenda and topics for the day. Local experts will share knowledge on different technologies and successful entrepreneurs and innovators will share their stories to serve as models for participants.
BarCamp Takoradi 2012 is sponsored by the Takoradi Polytechnic,GhanaThink Foundation,Â Fienipa Group, etc. Our media partners are BloggingGhana.com ModernGhana.comÂ and Melody 9.11 FM.
Register/RSVP today at theÂ BarCamp TakoradiÂ eventbrite website.
- Entrepreneurs & VC’s Meetup – Accra, Ghana (macjordangh.com)
The East Africa edition of the All AmberÂ organizedÂ mobile technology conferences, Mobile Web East Africa 2012, is set to take place in Nairobi on the 22nd and 23rd of this month. The conference is supported by Kenyaâ€™s *iHub and m:labÂ East Africa. The conference is organized by UK based company All Amber and focuses on facilitating the growth of the mobile ecosystem in the region through interaction and relationship building.
Mobile Web East Africa is going to be an action packed, interactive 2 day conference where we will once again utilise our Interactive Roundtable Format. The event is going to focus on topics such as Mobile Marketing; Driving Local Content & Services; Mobile For The Good of Society; Mobile Applications; User Experience & The Consumer, High Level Perspectives, Mobile Entertainment and will also include an Application Competition and an Open Mic Session. The agenda and delegation is going to feature the key people involved in the sector and therefore we want you and your organisation represented at the conference.
The impressive lineup of speakers at the event include ForgetMeNot Africaâ€™s John Carroll, Karanja Macharia (CEO of Mobile Planet), Chris Kirubi (Kenyaâ€™s Capital Group Chairman and mostÂ flamboyantÂ tycoon) Emma Kaye (Bozza CEO), Emeka Okoye Â (CEO – Vikanti Software), Mark Kaigwa ( Founder – Afrinnovator) Paul Stemmet (World of Avatart COO), Johan Nel (CEO Umuntu Media), Neil Ahlsten (Google), John Waibochi (Virtual City founder & CEO), Amy Klement (Vice President -Â Omidyar Network) and a couple others.
This yearâ€™s event is titled â€œTaking the monetization and content creation dialogue to the next levelâ€. For those of you that want to fly (or take a bus) to Nairobi to attend, and you must find a way to, you can register on the eventâ€™s website hereÂ www.mobileeastafrica.com. And donâ€™t be afraid to narrate a short-and-to-the-point sob story to All Amber so you get a discount for coming for such a far away land.
On Twitter, you can follow the conversation via this hash-tag: #MWE2012Â or follow @MWebAfricaÂ for more.