News

You Need To Check Out This #AfroEmoji App's 'African-Themed' Stickers

The 'Afro Emoji' app's African-themed stickers are available for free download on Androids and iPhones.


African emojis are here. Well, they’ve been here. But now there’s a new African-centric sticker app.

Launched in January on Android and Apple devices, Afro Emoji features a wealth of fun and heavily Nigerian-leaning cartoon figures and expressions to share with your friends and fam.

“We, as Africans, definitely have an idiosyncratic way of communicating with one another, and Afro Emoji is really a fun, accessible graphic depiction of that. We are building a modern African hieroglyph that represents us,” says the Washington D.C.-based app’s team leader, Ayoola Daramola. “Mobile is king in Africa/Globally - it is the tool for communication and media consumption, so we expect the Afro Emoji to become a key component in how Africans message and chat, in much the same way as emoji Stickers have become so popular in the East & West.”

Afro Emoji is free to download on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. It includes 50 complimentary character stickers with an option to purchase 300 additional stickers for $1.99.

And for those that might not be as familiar, the app offers a full guide to expressions like “I don vex” (I’m pissed), “abeg no make me laugh” (please don’t make me laugh) and “my oga at the top” (my boss at the top).

Check out a few of the stickers below. Keep up with Afro Emoji on Facebook here.

Update February 4, 2016: A representative for Afro Emoji tells us they're in the process of developing and introducing new characters from other parts of the continent "to give it a genuinely pan-African feel."  They're also working to introduce the feature of customizing your own captions so "it is for all Africans at home and abroad."

What characters and sayings do you think should be in the next update? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

All images courtesy of Afro Emoji.

popular
(Photo by Emma McIntyre/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

Keep reading... Show less
popular
(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

John Boyega Set to Star In Upcoming Netflix Sci-Fi Movie 'They Cloned Tyrone'

The film is being described as "Friday-meets-Get Out."

Fresh off his performance as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker John Boyega is set to take on another leading role, this time in the Netflix's upcoming sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

The film will be the directorial debut of Juel Taylor the writer behind Creed 2. He co-wrote the script for They Cloned Tyrone with Tony Rettenmaier.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
(Photo Courtesy of DIARRABLU)

Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
(Photo Courtesy of the Artist)

Busy Signal Drops New Video for '100%' Featuring Afro B

Premiere: The Jamaican dancehall star and afrowave artist partner up for a comical new song and video.

Busy Signal has teamed up with Afro B for a fiery song and hilarious video for their new track, "100%".

Born and bred in Jamaica, Busy Signal's signature dancehall-reggae sound with an electronic lean is always a refreshing twist. His sound mixed with "Drogba (Joanna)" star Afro B's smooth afrowave style makes this new track, well, 100% dope.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.