Mobile applications are slowly transforming African society.
Over the past few years, more and more Africans are turning to their mobile phones for services.
These stretch from banking services to agricultural advice and, now, dating.
The uptake of apps across the continent has been surprisingly high, in Kenya 99% of internet access is from a mobile device, 61% of views on BBC’s mobile site are from Nigeria and in South Africa 84% of mobile users have downloaded a mobile app.
According to Mobi Thinking Africa, the top mobile activities for mobile-only users are related to apps: downloading games (55%), downloading music (54%) and social networking (52%).
Some of the most popular traditional apps addressed the locally relevant “needs” of African society.
Kenya’s money-transfer application, M-Pesa, revolutionised day-to-day banking for millions in rural areas who do not have access to traditional banks.
KUZA Doctor is an app which gave huge support to farmers with critical knowledge to increase their rates of production while learning the value of conservation farming.