A computer science student from the University of Lagos is making global headlines for designing an app which translates the bible into four Nigerian languages.
Lagos based Kayode Sowole designed the smartphone applications, so that anyone can access the Holy Book’s message in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Pidgin English.
With Nigeria being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, not to mention one of the most active mobile friendly economies, this app caters squarely to the millions of devout Christians who daily clutch a copy of the Holy Book for inspiration and guidance.
speaking to the AFP, Sowole said, “With this innovation, you do not need the Internet to read the Bible, neither do you need to bring a Bible to church.”
“You have it in the local language of your choice on your phone.”
It’s a wonder that no one has thought of this before now as Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo versions of the Bible have been in existence for decades.
There has also been a recent trend amongst upwardly mobile Nigerian youths to download English versions of the Bible on their mobile phones, even taking their devices to Church instead of the print version.
Most Churches in Nigeria already translate services from English into local languages so this App will go a long way in helping people follow the service better with their bible.
On his inspiration for developing the smart phone applications, the 25-year-old says Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg was his inspiration.
“Zuckerberg is my hero and I get my inspiration from him. I am towing his line,” he said.
He is also pretty optimistic about the future of Nigerian youths in the growing tech space which is currently dominated by American and European youths.
“I believe I have not really achieved much. I believe we can have another Bill Gates and other IT giants among the Nigerian youths. I can be one,” he says.
We certainly hope so.
Having developed the app in 2013, the computer science student shot to the limelight after winning the best student app category during a competition organised by Nigeria’s largest mobile phone service provider, MTN.
He’ll also be keeping busy for a while after cashing in a N1M ($6,200, 4,475 euro) reward in addition to his prize.
The four versions are available for download via a website created by the tech enthusiast wazobiabible.com. which is very simple and straightforward.
It is obvious that the app is specifically designed for the Nigerian mobile market as there are options for android users, Nokia phone users and blackberry phones and techno phones but as yet, there doesn’t seem to be an option for Apple users.
A ccording to the App, a verse in Mathew 7 chapter 9 reads,
“E get eni of una wey en pikin ask am for bread and e kon gi-am stone?
And for chapter 10
“If Yu wey bad fit giv yor pikin gud tin, yu tink sey God wey dey hevun nor go giv beta tin to pipol wey ask am?