A US-based Sierra Leonean by the name of Hafiz Alhassan-Kanu has created an app called Supfrica and many people are happy about it.
If not for anything, Africa can show bragging rights when it comes to social messaging app development. It doesn’t really matter whether Hafiz is based in US or Sierra Leon.
What does matter is that African tech startups and the world at large will have another reason to believe in the technological prowess of this great Continent. We are not referring to political leaders here who would, often times, challenge African techies to ‘gives us Africa’s version of Mark Zuckerberg’. But their speeches when juxtaposed on policies, regulations, agenda and available funding opportunities, you feel very embarrassed and depressed.
Well, back to Supfrica…
The app, just like WhatsApp, has all the features that WhatsApp has. But one thing that it has that WhatsApp doesn’t is, it’s 2× faster than WhatsApp, according to this report.
Sending a message on Supfrica is faster than sending a message on WhatsApp, the report claims.
Also, a voice and video call in Africa is of high quality just as WhatsApp. This is the time to embrace our own. It is proudly made by a Sierra Leonean!
The company, Techfrica, which is owned by Mr. Hassan Hafiz Bakarr-Kanu Sr., released the app on Google Play Store on December 11, 2020, with fewer downloads.
The App became known to Sierra Leoneans when Salone Messenger break the silence on the 5th of January in a Facebook post which went viral on Facebook and off Facebook.
Today, the app has reached over 19,000+ downloads on Google Play Store; making it the fastest app made by a Sierra Leonean to climax that far, and the most talked-about app in Sierra Leone and Africa as a whole.
The app is also amazingly rated number 1 on Google Play Store Top Free Apps; leading the world’s top messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook, Telegram, WeChat, etc.
The messaging app, Supfrica, has the following features:
- Supfrica’s voice call and video call is faster, cheaper, and audible.
- You can forward messages to more than 20 contacts at once, unlike WhatsApp.
- With Supfrica, you can create a Supfrica group and add an unlimited number of contacts to your group, unlike WhatsApp
- With Supfrica, you can use 2G, 3G, and 4G perfectly without scrambling when calling voice and video calls.
The app is available on Google Play Store here.
So, is Supfrica app Africa’s best response to challenge WhatsApp?