Following the launch of SaloneApp, its local-resources app for Sierra Leone, Texas-based Songhai Technologies plans to release similar versions in the larger markets of Nigeria and South Africa.
SaloneApp was designed to be a comprehensive local-resources smartphone app for Sierra Leone, serving as a gateway to Internet content in the country via smartphones and tablets. The app points the way to links on news, tourism information, educational tools for students and entertainment.
"Our company, Songhai Technologies, is working on locality apps for not only Sierra Leone, Nigeria and South Africa but every country on the continent and beyond," says the founder/CEO of the tech startup company, Leslie Koroma, via LinkedIn.
"It will take some time to roll out that many apps but the purpose is to provide citizens of most African nations who have for the best part adopted mobile technology as a way of life to be given the right tools to enjoy the experience of the Internet with a flavor of their own country through the links that we will have in each individual app."
Koroma, who has 18 years of technology experience and worked at PC maker Compaq, added that his company is designing apps to help users avoid wrestling with their phone browsers in search of information while on the go.
Songhai Technologies was named after the Songhai West African empire. Koroma, who is involved in several Africa-related ventures, is CEO of Voices From the Diaspora Radio Network, a Pan-African online media and radio company.
"The continent has embraced cell phones and mobile technology like no other. In fact, it has been dubbed the Mobile Continent as it currently leads the world in the adoption of mobile phones and tablets numbering at over 800 million phones for its billion people," said Koroma.
"However, with so many apps out there, it becomes daunting to download multiple one dimensional apps on your phone that will clutter and inundate your phone, so we at Songhai Technologies Inc feel that combining and incorporating various functionalities and links will give users a one stop source app through which they can get most of what they need," Koroma added.
The Nigeria app is expected go live this month, while the South African version will follow a few weeks later, Koroma said.
Other countries would be determined later, according to the company's plan to make the app be a daily companion for every citizen and visitor to each country.