CEO Weekends: KoboIM Wants to be the Biggest Instant Messaging App from Africa

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Nigeria’s ‘Lanre Oluwafemi, has released an android mobile instant messaging app called “KoboIM“, a social messaging/networking platform with both instant messenging capabilities and an online classifieds marketplace in 17 different languages (English, German, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Italian, Swede, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Spanish, Hebrew, Dutch, Indonesian, Russian) and in available in 81 countries — including Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.

Speaking to TechMoran, Oluwafemi said , “KoboIM comes with a very simple user interface and secure user authentication method. With KoboIM, the user not only gets the chance to keep in touch with friends (not to mention meet new ones in over 1000 chat rooms) but also caters to an ever-growing demographic of online classifieds user-base (think mobofree, tradestable, olx, kaymu, e.t.c).”

The IM app features Message Broadcast, Multi-User Chat Rooms, File/Photo Sharing, Emoji/Emoticons, Offline Messages/Message Waiting, Rich Presence, Personal profile editing among others and though it’s UI approach deviates somewhat from what most BBM and Whatsapp users are accustomed to but is very simple.

After downloading the app, a user selects their country, verifies their phone number and then starts using it.