The African Future Is Digital: Victor Asemota

WhatsApp? What is That?

A couple of years ago, one of our Managing Consultants was in South Africa. She had decided to buy a local SIM instead to save cost on roaming. I needed to reach her urgently before a meeting. Our CTO told me that she was online on “WhatsApp”.

What is that? I asked. “Why is she not just using her Blackberry Messenger App?” He described it to me and I downloaded it. I knew instantly that this app was going to change the World.

The App automatically found out those on my phone address book that had the same app installed. It did this effortlessly and it was “permission-less”, without needing further intervention from me.

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