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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