CAPE TOWN - AfroStory - the Africa-focused reading app first launched in October 2020 - has been rebuilt on an entirely new software platform to give it powerful new features, including read-aloud functionality in multiple languages and accents, a brand new UX, IOS-useability, enhanced security features, as well as additional books.
According to AfroStory Founder & CEO Dr John Ashmore, V1 launched late last year was just a proof-of-concept, while V2 is closer to some better-known, but more expensive, reading apps."With our new software infrastructure in place, we are confident of reaching our target of putting one billion digital books onto African smartphones by the end of 2022,” he said. “And as our user-base grows, so will our ability to expand our range of books and published materials, and making these as easy-to-access as possible, for the lowest reasonable cost to the end-user.”
Ashmore says the company’s mission also expects to receive a huge boost from the involvement of award-winning child author & global literacy activist Stacey Fru.
The winner of over 30 Awards and Recognitions for her tireless work to inspire African children to dream bigger dreams for themselves, Stacey has agreed to throw her weight behind AfroStory’s efforts to get millions more African children reading not just more books, but ones that are more relevant to their lived experiences.
She has also made her first book, Smelly Cats, available on AfroStory.
Written when she was just seven years old and without her parents’ knowledge, the book has since been qualified by South Africa’s National Department of Basic Education as supplementary learning material at all primary schools.
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