© RFI – Screenshot The Kingui Social social network was designed in Mali.
Arrived in Mali in March 2010 to develop an online sales site, the Franco-Malian Amadou Diawara is now at the head of an IT solution company for businesses. Founder of the Center for Technological Research and Creative Industry, this Tuesday, December 29, he launched a new social network, Kingui Social, entirely designed in Mali.
From our correspondent in Bamako,Kaourou Magassa
Behind his desk, Amadou Diawara is typing on his computer. The economic crisis linked to Covid-19 has slowed down its computer engineering activity. Today, it is trying to bounce back by diversifying.
“ We didn’t have much to do. So we said to ourselves: “Well, hey, we’re all going to start developing. ”That’s why with my team, we started to develop endless modules. We were already doing it for our clients, but since there were no clients, we had to work with our community on what we can give today that will help society, ”he explains. he.
Merge multiple tools
In a few months, the idea of a social network that Malians are fond of took shape. On the ground floor of the company, developers are working on lines of code. This is where King Social took shape.
“ It’s kind of the same functions as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin. But we, what we have more, we have our videoconferencing platform which today is not limited by time, which is not limited by the number of users. That is to say that there are 2000 people who can connect and make a conference on it, ”he continues.
The innovation of this new social network consists of merging several already existing tools in order to promote the development of users’ projects. The platform allows, among other things, to buy and sell products or raise funds to finance projects with social impact.
But in a tech world dominated by American and Chinese giants, the biggest challenge for this platform will be numbered. Two days after the network launched, 2,000 people signed up for Kingui Social according to company figures.