Recently in May 2020, Usiku Games, an upcoming gaming technology company in Kenya  launched a video conferencing app, Gumzo: the first of its kind in Africa.

The application is set to compete against the likes of Skype and Zoom.

Its name, Gumzo, is a Swahili word that means “Chatting.”

According to the company’s CEO, Jay Shapiro who boasts that the app was built and developed within 2 months by very able Kenyan technology experts, Gumzo comes at a pocket-friendly price of just Ksh 100 ($1) per week.

Users will enjoy quality services as well as an unlimited number of attendees to the meetings and can access the app from a variety of devices.

Shapiro also announced that the company invested heavily on security of the users of this technology. The calls are encrypted,

“We are glad to have built this video conferencing system here in Kenya for the continent. This is a turning point in Africa’s innovation since our users will be able to enjoy lower rates, longer talk time and host many people at the same time without worrying about their security. We have invested heavily on security and creating a better experience compared to the overseas competition.” He said.

A statement from their website indicates that as part of the firm bridging the niche in the society, it was also founded to:

“…to tackle the problem of youth gambling across Africa, but when the Corona Virus hit, we realized that our in-game video conferencing platform could help bring families together.”

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Jay Shapiro, Founder of Gumzo, Photo Courtesy

Recently in May 2020, Usiku Games, an upcoming gaming technology company in Kenya  launched a video conferencing app, Gumzo: the first of its kind in Africa.

Shapiro pointed out that that the proceedings in Gumzo are meant to build Africa for Africa and save it unlike their competitors who do the exact opposite.

“Since the existing players are all international companies, there are billions of shillings in fees from across Africa that are leaving the continent and into these companies’ coffers overseas exactly at a time when we need that money in the local economy. Gumzo will save it,” he said.

As such, he also revealed that the firm has already been donating to the COVID-19 fund.

 

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