Technology is changing the way we do things. From the way we interact, to the way we do business, to the way we learn, to the way we entertain ourselves, etc. The list goes on and on.
One sector that most people overlook (especially in Africa) in this technological revolution is the faith-based sector. However, in recent years there has been a growth in the integration of technology into the way people worship and practice their religion.
With the global pandemic and social distancing that has occurred in 2020 and 2021, the number of religious organizations adopting technology will inevitably continue to grow.
Here are 6 made in Africa religious apps and software that are currently working and could be the vanguard of new religious tools that will emerge in the years to come. These are Kuza App, Asoriba, Yookos, Church Plus, Muslim Directory and Pastor Chris Digital Library.
- Kuza App
Developed by Kubamba Krew and the Kuza Ministry, the Kuza app provides digital discipleship materials for young Africans. Kuza helps young people develop their personal relationship with God through short devotionals, blogs, videos and podcasts.
The smartphone app content is created by East Africans. The app was created for young people in East Africa who make up a large percentage of the population. For example, 75% of the Kenyan population is under the age of 35, 98% of Kenyans own a telephone and more than 50% own a smartphone. Currently, more than 10,000 people have downloaded the app.
Asoriba is a web-based management software for churches that enables seamless church administration for effective member engagement. Launched in September 2014 at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology where the four founders were students.
The technology company enables efficient church administration for leaders and seamless engagement with members via mobile phones (apps and SMS). It also facilitates the payment of tithes and offerings over the phone via mobile money and cards. Asoriba also provides bespoke financial services to the church.
Asoriba, which means “child of the church” in Twi, became Seedstars’ top startup in Africa in 2016. The startup is backed by Techstars and Interswitch. Asoriba operates in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
Yookos is an online social networking service that allows users to create a personalized space that can be used as a business card on the Internet. It was founded in 2011 by the leadership of Christ Embassy International and was initially used by church members. Later it was opened for public access.
Yookos, which stands for “Your Own World”, receives more than half of its traffic from Nigeria and the rest comes from South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Zimbabwe. The app currently has more than 10,000 on play store.
4. Church More
Founded in 2012 by Ihesia Peter, Churchplus.co provides easy-to-use cloud-based church management solutions via AI to automate whole church management.
It helps track church attendance, retention of first-time guests, church remittance to general church administration, and receipt of donations from anywhere across the globe by a few seconds.
5. Muslim Directory
The Muslim Directory is an e-book and website that makes valuable resources available to the Muslim community living in, visiting or moving to South Africa. The purpose of Muslim Directory is to create an Islamic network, provide insight into Islam and provide a guide to services for Muslims in South Africa.
It lists almost all South African Muslim Services from Businesses, Halal Restaurants, Halal Accommodations, Health Guides, Fasting Guides, Masajid, Musallahs, Salaah Timings, etc.
6. Pastor Chris Digital Library
Another technology from Christ Embassy International that has been installed over 100,000 times on Play Store. Pastor Chris’ Digital Library is a mobile platform that allows users to access hundreds of audio and video messages from Pastor Chris.
Users can explore various life issues, such as healing and health, faith, Christian living, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, prayer, prosperity and finances, from anywhere and at any time. moment.