Once upon a time in about 2015 we came together as a group of developers, sound engineers, graphic designers and social engineers to put together this platform after being inspired by a video aired by one of our beloved female activist Adeola Fayehun with her "Keeping it real" when she presented a Nigerian in this small village who created a working generator using water.
This was overwelming that we then discussed how many creative Africans are out there with such great inventions but have never been heard or their inventions have been exploited by others to make wealth for themselve while our very own inventors perish in poverty. It was therefore, this that drove us into the development of Umojami a place to showcase your creative skills as we believe it is in every African to be creative. Therefore, providing a bubble or space for them to express this talents will bring exposure, cut back on exploitation and present Africa to the world as creators and not consumers.
We believe as Africans we have been reduce to sharing pictures, gossips, and contributing on other networks in ways that lead us nowhere but keep us in this loop of only following. We believe there is more we can offer and we need our own space to be able to express ourselve in the likes of us.
Our mission is to give every creative African a space, a voice and to show them to the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build a community through our stories.
Our values are based on four essential freedoms that define who we are. Remember we are products of choices our ancestors never made. For it is in our roots to be Africans!
Freedom of Expression
We believe that people should be able to speak freely, share opinions, foster open dialogue, and that creative freedom leads to new voices, formats and possibilities.
Freedom of Information
We believe that everyone should have easy, open access to information and that video is a powerful force for education, building understanding and documenting world events, big and small.
Freedom of Opportunity
We believe that everyone should have a chance to be discovered, build a business and succeed on their own terms, and that people – not gatekeepers – decide what's popular. That is why we will never request funds from you to develop and share our services. We believe in using the little we have to make the most of it, so as you.
Freedom to Belong
We believe that everyone should be able to find communities of support, break down barriers, transcend borders and come together around shared interests and passions.
Profile is where you can express who you are and what's going on in your life. You can choose what you want to share on your Profile, such as interests, photos and videos, and personal information like current city and hometown.
News Feed is a regularly updating list of stories from friends, Pages, and other connections, like groups and events. People can like or comment on what they see. Each person’s News Feed is personalised based on their interests and the sharing activity of their friends.
Read more updates about News Feed here.
Messenger is a mobile messaging app that lets you reach people instantly on their phones. With Messenger you can send private messages and stickers, chat with groups, and make free calls, even to people in other countries. You can also see who's available on Messenger and who's active on Umojami!. Messenger is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Aiming at every creative African to create a Hives every month, Hives give people a private space to share with small groups of creators, like fans, teammates or best friends. Privacy settings can be customised for each Hive. Within a Hive, people can post updates, share creative ideas in photos and files and organise events.
With Umojami! Events, people can organize gatherings, manage invitations and send notifications and reminders to their friends. People can use events to invite their friends to anything from a dinner party to a community fundraiser. More than 550 million people use Events every month.
Whether capturing breaking news, a baby’s first steps or rising to a friend’s challenge for charity, video is one of the most engaging and immersive ways to tell your story. More people than ever are sharing, discovering and engaging with videos that they care about in News Feed. People watch more than 100 million hours of video every day on Umojami!.
With more photos uploaded support each day, Umojami! is aimed at being the most popular place to share photos in Africa. People can upload an unlimited number of high-resolution photos, create albums and choose their audience. It’s easy to add details like a caption and location. Tagging lets people identify friends in a photo and automatically share that content with them.
Search across the information that's been shared with you on Umojami!. Find any posts and photos that your friends have shared with you. Re-live your most important memories and explore the world through the eyes of your friends. Find and connect with people, whether they’re old friends or new.
Pages are public profiles that let artists, public figures, businesses, brands, organizations, and non-profits create a presence on Umojami! and connect with the Umojami! community. When someone likes a Page, they can start seeing updates from that Page in News Feed. When someone likes or comments on a Page post, that activity may be shared with their friends, increasing the Page’s exposure and reach.
Friend Finder also known as Rendez-Vous makes it easy for you to find a date or match a mate in Umojami! Using this tool help you capture what’s happening in your area or community and share those moments instantly with potential partners like a social night out, diner or just catching up. It’s the quickest was to make new friends and meet new people and share ideas. You never know the outcome of that date just be open and give it a try.
Freebies by Umojami!
Freebies by Umojami! Is in association with DAC - Diaspora African Community. It allows people to browse selected video conferencing, online learning, farming support, music, watch video clips ads-free, series, and movies with very low data charges. The apps are currently available just for Africa and will continue to expand to more countries around the world.
Umojami Messenger is a version of Umojami! for Android and iOS that uses less data and works well across all network conditions. Millions of Africans will be accessing Umojami from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Umojami.
Umojami! Messenger was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Umojami experience when bandwidth is at a minimum. Umojami Messenger is less than 1MB so it is fast to install and quick to load. It includes Umojami!’s core experiences like chats, audio and video calls, photo sharing, Find lost persons, Support business finders, Built in navigation to your destination, notifications and more.