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How mobile phones have changed lives in Africa

Ten years ago, mobile phones in Africa were thought of as items of luxury and were primarily owned by the rich. Today, that is no longer the trend. Nigerians now access the internet from their mobile phones more than actual desktops. Furthermore, the President of Rwanda said, “In 10 short years, what was once an object of luxury and privilege, the mobile phone, has become a basic necessity in Africa.” Mobile phones have dramatically changed the way people communicate in Africa. Here are the seven ways on how mobile phones are changing lives in Africa:

  1. Banking
  2. Activism
  3. Education
  4. Entertainment
  5. Disaster Management
  6. Agriculture
  7. Health
The one that really sticks out to me is education. South Africa uses a program called MoMath, which is a mathematics training tool that utilizes social networking and instant messaging. CNN has posted a seperate page/series called Our Mobile Society which demonstrates the vaiours way that smartphones are changing our lives. If you have some free time, it’s worth the read.

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