FREETOWN, 12 January 2021 – The App Store is now offering an app, Supfrica, produced by a Sierra Leonean developer, Hafiz Alhassan Kanu, who claims it is faster than WhatsApp.
Hafiz Alhassan Kanu, who owns a U.S.-based tech company, says Supfrica is meant to connect users across Africa.
Supfrica has many of the same features and functionalities already offered by WhatsApp.
Kanu says Supfrica provides \cheaper, faster, and more audible video and voice call in addition to allowing users to forward messages to more than 20 contacts at once.
WharsApp currently limits message forwarding to five contacts.
Kany told PanAfrican Daily TV that he decided to work on the app after realizing that there are no apps made for the African market.
“We wanted to create an app by Africans for Africans and eventually get it to be used globally,” Kanu told listeners on PanAfrican Daly TV.
There were claims in news reporting Tuesday that Supfrica had been downloaded over 100,000 times.
As of midnight GMT on Tuesday, Google Play showed that Supfrica had been downloaded 19,000 times.
Kanu said the app was initially floated as a test, but it went viral and has been gaining steam in the “download and share” community online.
An Android verson has been developed as well and Kanu says he is currently working on an iOS version.