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Nigeria to get first instant messaging app in Q3

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
15 June 2022   |   2:53 am
The Chief Operating Officer of Lets Talk I.T & Telecommunications Company, Folashade Ayeni, has said the firm has concluded plans to launch Nigeria’s first instant messaging application...

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The Chief Operating Officer of Lets Talk I.T & Telecommunications Company, Folashade Ayeni, has said the firm has concluded plans to launch Nigeria’s first instant messaging application, ‘Lets Talk’, which will be unveiled before the end of the third quarter of 2022.

 
Ayeni, who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, said that the application was designed by a team of Nigerian software engineers.
   
She said the application was designed in line with the vision of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for indigenous companies to come into the social media space.
  
According to her, “Lets Talk was created out of a need that Nigerians and Africans have. If you look at it, sometime last year in October, October 4 to be precise, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram crashed. No one was able to use those applications because of one thing or the other.
 
“Many people lost money, several people were not able to reach families, friends, relatives and do business normally, because a whole lot of people have taken business and relationships to social media.
 
“It crashed for about six hours or so and the reality dawned on us that really, whether it was intentional or not, we could lose everything. So, we thought about owning our social media platform; where people can have guaranteed communications and security and privacy is also guaranteed; which is Nigerian owned and indigenous for us in Africa.”

Ayeni further disclosed that the company was aiming to collaborate with NITDA, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant agencies to ensure the success of the application and acceptability by Nigerians.
  
Speaking on the unique features of the app, she said it is end-to-encrypted, allows users to listen and share music, video and audio call, 5,000 member group chat, seven person conference calls and file exchange up to 2GB.
  
She said: “It also allows for device and cloud caching as well as sharing moments and trends which will give users very pleasant experiences. The application could be downloaded on Google Play and App Store for both android and Apple phones.”

 

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