According to the Pew Research Center, 83% of American adults own a cell phone and 42% of them identify their cell phone as a smartphone. These numbers say a lot about the trajectory of technology and social media usage. As a grassroots organizer working with diasporic communities, it is smart to pay attention to these trends since the Pew Research Center goes on to say smartphone use is highest among the affluent, well-educated, those under the age of 45 and people of color. Not only can smartphone Apps be a great tool to reach your desired audience, it can also be a wonderful way to raise funds and recruit volunteers. In this series, I explore useful Apps for community organizers, scholars, teachers, artists and students who have a particular interest in the African diaspora. If you have any suggestions for Apps I should feature, let me know in the comments!
Afrinolly is the perfect app for the Nollywood enthusiast. Though often overlooked in the United States, the Nigerian film industry is the second largest film industry in the world, right behind Bollywood. This app provides a database of African movies and various reviews. Though most of the films are from Nollywood, this app is full of movies from all over the continent. Gain knowledge of the diaspora, discover new filmmakers and see African culture in a unique way. This app is currently available on Blackberry and Android OS.
by Alexis Hancock