Kirusa acquires Ghana’s Saya Mobile


Image: By BiztechAfrica
Kirusa acquires Ghana’s Saya Mobile

By Tom Jackson, South Africa

Voice messaging and social media apps firm Kirusa has acquired Ghana-based Saya Mobile, which provides instant messaging apps geared specifically for African consumers.

The deal sees Kirusa acquire the technology, intellectual property and workforce of Saya, which will now be working on Kirusa’s mobile apps.

Kirusa said the acquisition was evidence of its increasing commitment to Africa, with the buyout enhancing the reach of Kirusa’s InstaVoice mobile app across the continent.

“Africa remains a top priority for our business,” said Inderpal Singh Mumick, Kirusa chief executive officer (CEO). “While there has been astonishing progress of the mobile industry, the biggest impact of mobile in Africa is yet to come.”

He said Kirusa believed there were advantages to building products specifically for Africa, which has lead to the strategic acquisition of Saya.

“Since its inception, Saya has focused on delivering compelling messaging applications that enhance the mobile user experience and are tailored to the mobile consumers in emerging markets, and more specifically, in Africa,” he said.

Saya was founded in 2011 and received wide exposure for its real-time “Street Chat” messaging app, which is based on highly scalable backend architecture. The platform includes social network integration, location-based and group chat across multiple phone platforms.

“In launching Saya, we wanted to create a world class product but that was made by Africans, for Africans,” said Saya CEO Robert Lamptey. “Joining forces with Kirusa is a natural and exciting next step for our team. We remain focused on our goal of placing this technology into the hands of and empowering millions of mobile subscribers. We look forward to realising this vision together with Kirusa.”

“We are thrilled to have Saya’s talented team join Kirusa,” said Mumick. “Robert’s vision for mobile-first solutions in emerging markets matches that of our company and we believe this collaboration will continue to foster more creativity and innovation for the benefit of our customers.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus


Beachhead Solutions introduces channel programme for emerging markets

Beachhead's high-ROI reseller programme is now available in MEA and India. Read More

Barclays Africa launches Rise

A new global start-up community has been launched to pioneer financial services and unlock Africa’s potential. Read More

JUA Energy enters Nigeria after success in Kenya

After successfully entering the Kenyan market in April 2014, solar-powered systems and technological electronic accessories manufacturer brand J​UA​ energy has launched in Nigeria to sell through e-tailer Jumia. Read More

Fundamo founder joins Nomanini’s advisory board

Fundamo founder Hannes Van Rensburg, generally considered the father of mobile payments, has joined the advisory board of Nomanini, a South African-based, enterprise technology transactions platform provider. Read More

Airtel sponsors Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2015

Airtel is sponsoring the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2015 being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) now underway in Nairobi. Read More

MTN acquires Smart Village to enhance its foothold in the fibre network space

MTN has concluded a deal with MultiChoice to acquire Smart Village, which will accelerate the mobile operator’s fibre to the home (FTTH) strategy to be the provider of choice for high speed fibre network across South Africa. Read More

Agilitude opens East African office on the back of mobility and cloud growth

Tejpal Bedi Salesforce reseller and Consulting Partner Agilitude has announced that is has opened an office in Kenya, making East Africa its next target for growth.  Read More

MTN gets ethics management committee

MTN Nigeria has set up an ethics management committee with the sole responsibility of managing ethics risks. Read More

200 entrepreneurs to launch innovative businesses

Over 200 entrepreneurs from across Africa are set to receive resources, networking opportunities and mentorship from Microsoft 4Afrika and AMPION. Read More

Airtel Ghana MD named Marketing Woman of the Year

The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Lucy Quist, has been crowned Marketing Woman of the year at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Marketing Performance Awards. Read More


Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika


Connectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chiefConnectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chief

Connectivity is vital for any country to fully optimise the huge potential of cyberspace, SES Sales Manager for West Africa Joy Nma Emenike tells Kokumo Goodie.


High tech homes: Just press playHigh tech homes: Just press play

High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.