Research has shown that some Ghanaians, aside using WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Uber, Taxify, Twitter and Gmail, do regularly patronize Ghanaian mobile apps.
One of the most popular Ghanaian apps is ExpressPay , an app for bills and other types of payments. It is mostly used for buying internet credit for family and friends as well as sending mobile money (if the amounts are lower than 100). Hubtel.me, Slydepay, and Flexipay are other popular payment apps used to make purchases as well.
Kasahorow is also a favourite for many. This app originates from GhanaThink – a kasa dot ghanathink dot org project – which enables African languages on the web. A similar app is Nkyea which grew while targeting mostly Ghanaian language learners who live abroad, focusing on iOS. Also there is a voice-related app called Tigo Kasade at Rancard, an app for listening to news in local languages in audio formats. Others include the Citi News App and Myjoyonline app for life news.
Another popular app among Ghanaian is the ghanapostGPS, an app that once generated a lot of controversy when it was launched. It is an app that generates a digital address for use in addressing and posting in Ghana. In line with this is SnooCODE, an app that generates addresses and helps users navigate to these addresses.
In the religious circle, there are the likes of the Methodist hymnal and the Anglican Hymnal and Asoriba (All these apps are mostly used on Sundays). Asoriba had a lot of hype a few years ago when it was winning many pitch competitions. They buckled down to work on their business and have made good strides. Recently, Asoriba and ExpressPay were instrumental in an ICGC related app. Osiki is another app built for voting on competitions (MissGhana and co.).
Ahwenepa, found in Takoradi, is an app for finding and buying African fashion items. The Tress App is another app that is used for buying hair products. Related to this is the ECG app. It is also used for buying credit on the electricity prepaid metres since April 2018. Others include E-Prepaid app and GWCL customer app for Ghana Water Company Limited .
Regarding food, a worry for most Ghanaians, there have been some popular food related apps. Such as Abinchi, (yet to be launched), and Waakye Locator (never saw the light of day). Abinchi is an app that tells you which supermarket, food vendor or farmer has food products available for sale at a huge discount or for free.
Autism Aid App has also emerged in the health sector. It is a health-related app that provides education and awareness around autism in Ghana. There are various educational related apps as well. There is the #AnanseTheTeacher App which has some educational games and is brewing with more content. With regards to tele-communication, My Vodafone App and My Busy internet are also popular. They are used mostly to buy data and check data balance.
In the automobile world, there is UncleFitter, an app that connects mechanics on demand to clients. They service your car at your home or other places. Fuel Connect is also helps users to find the nearest fuel stations. Other apps include Vimride, Dropping and Yenko, which have all made transportation easy
Are there other Ghanaian apps that you use regularly? Tell us more about them in the comment box.
Credit: Ato Ulzen-Appiah. GhanaThink Foundation