“IfooAfrica aims to create an online community of African storytellers told in their own individual and unique voices,” says the team. “We believe that even though our histories and journeys might be different, our stories are very similar. The platform intends to be both educative and entertaining while fostering stronger African unity via voice.”
Stories could include dramas, folktales, comedy, fiction, spoken word, poetry, narratives among others.
Set to launch in Nigeria October 1, IfooAfrica will be launched in other countries gradually and will run a monthly Upload, Share and Cash Out competition so allow users share their stories and earn prizes.
The competition which will take 12 months will see storytellers upload their originally created short audio story which ought to be 10 minutes or less, share with the IfooAfrica community who will listen and vote. According to the team, any story that has the highest number of votes at the end of the month will be awarded N25, 000. Listeners will also participate in the Listen, Comment and Win competition.
Nigeria’s Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Kate Henshaw and Uti Nwachukwu have already recorded their first story on the site under Sexual Harassment.