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Africa’s leading messaging app, Supfrica was recently launched on the Google play store on 12/12/21 and went viral when Salone Messenger, a Storytelling platform break the silence by calling on Sierra Leoneans and Africans to download the messaging app that is two times faster than WhatsApp. Salone Messenger consented to the Techfrica platform to release the app as a Beta test which was to see if Africans will accept this messaging platform as a platform created by Africans for Africans used by all globally.

After the news went viral, that got the attention of the PLO Lumumba Foundation, Maponga, and some of the biggest media houses in Africa including the Pan African Daily TV, The African Dream, EyeGambia, United States Of Africa, , they shared it on their social media platforms of thousands of followers and Africans in Africa and beyond, many Africans and non-Africans installed and used the app, thousands went on to share the app to their friends, family, and their social media handles.

They have been able to raise over $800 through their gofundme page that was created on 10/01/2, however, the company created the page to raise $500,000 to be able sustain the platform.

During an interview with the founder of the Techfrica Company, at their corporate office in Freetown, Campbell Street, He disclosed to us at Salone Messenger that, while they appreciate Africans and non-Africans from across the world who downloaded the app, they are challenged with paying for some vital software like the OTP six-digit code which allows users to receive a six-digit authentication code to access the app, and also services that enable users to receive messages, make audio and video calls.

‘’While we appreciate the overwhelming support of Africans in Africa and Africans in the Diaspora for downloading and using the Supfrica messaging app, Salone Messenger, we are worried that we are currently stuck and lack funding to pay for certain services like for example, the OTP six-digit code which allows users to receive a six-digit authentication code to access the app. We currently owe the service provider over $7,000 for this feature to be enabled. We are trying our best with our team to enable email sign up as an option; which means new users who want to access the Supfrica messaging app for the first time will have to use their email to sign up for the service, which we don’t want to use because not everybody has an email account. Many other features like end-to-end encryption and security of the app are our top priority, as we understand that thousands of people are trying to hack our platform. We are also upgrading our platform and ensure that users continue to use our app irrespective of their network coverage (2G, 3G, & 4G). Our main goal at Techfrica is that we want to ensure that Africans living in the provinces, uplands, and villages where network coverage seem to be a pain in their neck, are able to communicate to their families and friends living in these places where internet connectivity is a challenge. This is why we are opening the gofundme account calling on Africans in Africa and the diaspora to support us in order to ensure that our platform is free, accessible, easy to use, and well secured,’’ The CEO Alhassan  Hafiz Bakarr Kanu Sr. told Salone Messenger during an interview.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize. Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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