Well one thing we know for sure is that Africans are not going to sit and let others take over digital media. With some of the most popular captions such as ‘Abeg no vex’ (please,don’t be annoyed), ‘E make brain’ (it makes sense) and ‘My Oga at the top’ (my boss at the top) and more, the emergence of the Afro Emoji is definitely going spice up your group convos.
According to the creators of the app ”The Team at Afro Emoji knows that there is a gap in the market for bespoke characters that reach out to and represent the hundreds of millions of Africans on the continent and throughout the Diaspora. Afro Emoji Team lead Ayoola Daramola says: “We, as Africans, definitely have an idiosyncratic way of communicating with one another, and Afro Emoji is really a fun, accessible graphic depiction of that. We are building a modern African hieroglyph that represents us”
As Africans’ love of all things mobile continues to grow, with 400m+ smartphones expected to be used on the continent by 2020, the stickers are expected to make up a significant part of Africa’s conversation currency, with more features, characters and captions already in development. The team behind Afro Emoji predicts Africa’s mobile-first approach to communication will quickly absorb emoji characters into everyday conversations.
Daramola concludes: “Mobile is king in Africa/Globally – it is the tool for communication and media consumption, so we expect the Afro Emoji to become a key component in how Africans message and chat, in much the same way as emoji Stickers have become so popular in the East & West”.
Afro Emoji launches on Google Play Store  and the App Store  with 50 characters available for free and in-app sticker purchases available at $1.99 for 300 stickers.
Check out afroemoji.com for more information
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