Umuntu across Africa
A new media group, Umuntu Media, plans to launch up to 19 country-specific information portals across Africa in the next year.
Umuntu Media was launched by former Naspers digital media executive Johan Nel, who aims to offer country-specific information portals featuring news, weather, classified ads, jobs, dating and tourist information relevant to each country.
All portals will be branded “i” , country name and local extension. The first site, www.izambia.co.zm, has already gone live. Another 18 will follow before the end of 2012.
Umuntu Media will launch portals for Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Angola and Mozambique soon, with Portuguese content to be added to the Mozambican site for more local relevance.
Umuntu Media says the group was “ sculptured, shaped, optimized, funded and supported by http://www.eva-fund.com/” .
Umuntu Media notes that Africa has 63 million people, but only 3.2 million internet users. With better, more affordable broadband connectivity now arriving across the continent, the group expects the African internet audience to boom in the coming years, presenting a great opportunity for Umuntu to grow from a small base to become the biggest internet portals in sub-Saharan Africa.