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Africa

AFRICA IS THE NEXT FRONTIER OF THE DIGITAL WORLD, DUE TO 720 MILLION PHONE
OWNERS, INVESTMENTS IN MOBILE CONNECTIVITY AND THE RISE OF LOCAL PLATFORMS.

 

The biggest Internet countries in Africa are:

Nigeria – 55 million Internet users
Egypt – 36 million Internet users
Morocco – 16 million Internet users
Kenya – 12 million Internet users
South Africa – 12 million Internet users

The evolution of Digital in Africa is strictly related to internal social dynamics, leading to the rise of web-based projects related to specific ethnic communities and political movements.

North Africa has seen an explosion in social media usage around 2010, with countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco having over 30% of the online population on Facebook.

Sub-saharan Africa represents a fervid digital scenario, with tech hubs that gave birth to social platforms and web-based services having an impact at the international level. The most popular are:

Mxit – South Africa-based mobile social network.
M-Pesa – Kenya based mobile payment and money-transfer service.
Ushahidi – open-source software for real-time information exchange.
2go – Mobile messenger popular in South Africa and Nigeria.

Web-based platforms and social networks

  • UshahidiUshahidi
    Nairobi-based crowdsourcing platform to collect and map social activism-related materials

  • LAGbookLAGbook
    A social network from Lagos, used by young people in Africa (over 800,000 users)

  • LAGbookSkyrock
    French-speaking blogging platform, very popular in Northern African countries

  • Skilled AfricansSkilled Africans
    The strongest online African business network

  • OsharekOsharek
    Egyptian social network founded in 2012

  • CamerbornCamerborn
    Web platform to connect people that live in (or are from) Cameroon

  • Mig33Mig33
    Social entertainment platform from Singapore. It has 65 million users, mainly from Indonesia, Middle East and Africa

  • ESKIMIESKIMI
    Social network and mobile chat flirting app popular across Africa

Mobile platforms

  • MixtMxit
    Mobile messaging app from South Africa; founded in 2003, it has over 50M users, and an its own virtual currency system – Moola

  • 2go2go
    Mobile messaging app from Cape Town, popular in South Africa and Nigeria

  • M-PesaM-Pesa
    A mobile payment and money transfer system founded in 2007; very popular in Kenya and Tanzania, with 20 million users

  • Sapo.ptSapo.pt
    Search engine for Portuguese-speaking African countries

Ecommerce Platforms

    • KongaKonga
      Popular online store from Nigeria

    • JumiaJumia
      Popular e-commerce platform from Nigeria, launched in 2012

Resources

BLOGS TO FOLLOW

IT News Africa

The main source of information about digital and new media development in Africa

All Africa

News and trends about African countries

IT Web

South Africa-based business and technology blog

Biz Community

A blog about marketing and media, based in South Africa

White African

Blog about tech events, innovation and social media across African countries

ARTICLES

Pritamkabe // M-Pesa: the mobile money phenomenon in Kenya (february 2011)

WIRED // Africa’s hackers are today’s world-class tech innovators (November 2012)

CNN // Mxit: South Africa’s Facebook beater (November 2012)

Naked Chief // Africa used to be a continent of 50 plus nations; now it’s becoming one big country (February 2013)

Mashable // Don’t Call Africa’s Tech Hub ‘Silicon Savannah’ (March 2013)

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