MTN and Jumia are looking for the best African mobile application. In a competition that offers $25,000 for the winning team, they are looking for apps that solve “tangible” problems on the continent. While these may not be eligible for the competition, we have selected some useful and fun apps that have come out from African entrepreneurs and creators recently.

 

MPayer

MPayer is a very useful app that allows companies to receive money transfers, keep track of clients, and generate reports, all in real time. Developed by Kenyan Firm, Zege Technologies, this app allows businesses to speak directly to customers and is available on the Google Play store.

 

MPedigree

Launched in 2007, MPedigree is a Ghanaian app that allows users to check the authenticity of medicines. Users send a free SMS with a code found on the pack of medicine bought using the app. MPedigree servers then verify whether the medicines are real or not based on pharmaceutical industries. MPedigree is expanding to other African countries where the sale fake drugs are a problem.

 

Africa Travel Guide Offline

This app provides detailed tourist information on a huge number of African destinations. From Accra to Zambia, Africa Travel Guide does not require internet connection to function, thus allowing users to access the app in remote locations. Africa Travel Guide covers a wide range of travel tastes and will be useful for those who enjoy exploring cities and locations off the beaten track alike.

 

HelloFood

HelloFood lets users order food at their convenience based on restaurants around their location. Awarded the Best Mobile App Company of the Year at the 5th Ghana Telecom Awards last year, HelloFood is aa great app for hungry users who need food delivered at their convenience. The app is available on Google Play and iTunes in several countries including Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, and Egypt.

 

Ndani

This lifestyle app aims to take you inside Africa with its business, entertainment and travel content. The Ndani app features interviews with top African musicians, insights from business tycoons as well as new and classic Nollywood films. In addition to that, it also provides glimpses into fashion events and African travel destinations.

 

Sango and his wives

A great app for children, Sango and his wives is an interactive game that retells the story of Yoruba deities, Sango the god of thunder and his wives Osun, Oya, and Oba, goddesses in their own right. It allows users to control the narrative of the story and is available in several languages.

 

What are your favorite African apps? Let us know by leaving a comment below or tweeting to me @rafeeeeta