Last month a set of Afro-Emojis were launched for Africans, primarly West Africans and Nigerians to express their characterized phrases and slangs, stemming from their language. The emojis were created for all social media and messaging platforms. The Afro-Emojs equip Africans across their countries a voice to communicate in digital text, using carictures with phrases like "E make brain" (It makes sense).
The app was created by iManagement Consulting and spearheaded by Ayoola Daramola who calls the emojis “modern African hieroglyph."
"We, as Africans, definitely have an idiosyncratic way of communicating with one another," Daramola asserted in a statement.
And elborated about the wide range population of Africa and trying to unify it.
"This is really a fun, accessible graphic depiction of that. For a continent of almost 1 billion, we are woefully represented and this really grated with me, so I decided to do something about it."
Ayoola went on to reveal the changes in tech communications in Africa, its growth and wanting to be a part of it.
"I was also inspired by the rate at which mobile adoption in Africa is so rapid, so aggressive. The way Africans communicate, both at home and abroad, is really changing very quickly."
Afro-Emojis are designed in sets with the first launch geared mostly for West Africans. This is not the first time an emoji has been created, in 2014 Oju Africa was launched in an effort to diversify and accomodate different tones in carictures. From there Apple and WhatsApp revised their emojis and presented a variations of skin tones for their consumers.
iManagement Consulting, however saw a need for the Afro-Emojis and a representation for Africans based on their cultures, facial expressions, characters, phrases and etc.
Ayoola Daramola explained how the personalities of Africans vary based on cultures and self expression.
"There are so many cultural nuances and mannerisms from across the continent, what we're looking to do with Afro Emoji is portray them in pictorial form and package them in a way that millions can use and share."
Also, their tones and emphasis.
"Africans bring noise and exuberance and a saying to practically everything we do."
The Afro-Emoji app is available at the Apple Store and Google Play.