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Asoriba aims to put your entire church experience in your hands everyday and everywhere.

Four Ghanaians met at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST Africa), a technology incubator, and hit it off immediately. The reason; besides the fact that they are all technology enthusiasts they are passionate believers in their religion – Christianity. Each of them was also actively involved in their respective local churches.

The end product of this meeting is Asoriba, a web-based management platform for church administration. It was primarily birthed from pooling their collective experiences about the problems African churches face and trying to solve some of them with technology.

The brains behind Asoriba: Nana Agyeman-Prempeh (CEO), Saviour Dzage, Jesse Johnson and Patrick Ohemeng Tutu called the app “a tool/ platform that allows churches to effectively manage, engage and connect with their members”.

The Asoriba Team

 

 

Century old problems, 21st century solution

Religious institutions characteristically come off as archaic and rigid. Rightfully so too, as some of the core tenets are entrenched in century old customs and technologies. Time and time again; apologists, skeptics, adherents and bystanders have had debates about whether these tenets should evolve with time and technology. Or stay rigid and retain their orthodoxy. It is a tough nut to crack.

In one such discussions an acquaintance told me that the idea of churches using Point Of Sale (POS) terminals as a means of collecting tithes and offerings was rather desperate. But given the rise of technology and the diversification into cashless economies, isn’t ensuring that churchgoers can give their offerings easily, in itself, an act of service?

Asoriba’s creators, by making the app, seem to share my opinion – or at least a variant of it.

church administration

The Application

The heart of this web and mobile application is giving a technology based solution to some of the African church’s problems. These include: managing membership data and finances, easy communication with members and real time information about events and programmes.

As a church member you can download your church devotionals from the app, watch a live stream and download services. You can give tithes, offerings and pledges, receive event notices, send prayer requests and communicate with other church members. This last feature is perhaps the most impressive of all. It allows Christians to talk about sensitive issues bordering on life, money, health, sex and spirituality. Topics they might feel self conscious about and unsafe to say elsewhere. Kind of like a Christian-only Facebook.

some app features

As a church administrator or leader you can manage and monitor member data, church finances and attendance. You can receive notifications on member birthdays and special functions, track prayer request history. There are also features to manage the different branches under your church by transferring workers to other branches or groups, give out instructions in real time and do follow ups on new members.

The platform is basically a virtual assistant.

Get on the wave

All you have to do is go to the website at Asoriba.com, register your church and urge your members to download the app and connect. It is as easy as that. For churches with 100 members and below it is even free!

The app is available at the Google Play Store, the iOS store, and the Microsoft Store.

 

Service to humanity

Every business thrives on profit and needs money to survive, but beyond that there is a deeply inspiring ideology to the App. Nana described Asoriba as “a Christian technology company setup to win more souls, using technology as a tool”. Showing the company as sincerely service driven, with very serious religious undertones.

“We want to be able to know people came to Christ through our tools/ platform and we want to be able to account for the number of these people who got to know Gods word through us”, he said. Maybe that is where religion needs to be – in a place where it encourages technology and doesn’t see it as a competition of sorts.

The team at Asoriba ultimately believe that “Church should go beyond the typical Sunday service” and they want to “put your entire church experience in your hands everyday and everywhere.”

KEEXS – urban Sneakers by Africans for Africans

Jide Ipaye has always been a sneaker-head, but while growing up, he began to find it difficult to find shoes that fit his big size 48 feet and suited his style. This is what drove him to learn how to make shoes and ultimately birthed the brand, KEEXS

Keexs founder, Jide Ipaye.

In a market where sales is driven by identity, the African voice is missing. This is one of the things that KEEXS founder, Jide Ipaye is tackling by pioneering Africa’s first innovative and social oriented footwear brand.

Jide Ipaye, Founder of KEEXS

In addition to addressing a need in the market, Keexs incorporates a humanitarian and socially conscious aspect into their brand. 10% of their profit is given to charity. Also, in employing Nigerians and Africans in the creative process, more jobs are created, and more money is ploughed back into the economy, cementing their claim as Africa’s first innovative and socially oriented footwear brand.

Keexs, Africa’s first innovative and socially oriented footwear brand.

Uniquely African.

Keexs’ brand and products represent Africa, in every sense. From their logo, which is a graphical rendition of “chop knuckle” – a fist bump, to the prints, and the brand colours; red and black, which represent passion, strength and black pride respectively.Most of the shoe designs come in bright colours, which would appeal to a more youthful and expressive audience. While some of their designs, like the Ah-free-can and the Eyo are inspired by Africans and African tradition, there is a unique African story behind all their shoes. The Ah-free-can features Fela’s face, while the Eyo slip on has an Eyo masquerade imprinted on it.

So, while Nike makes shoes that have the American flag, American heroes and superheroes, or the dollar sign imprinted on them, we also have Keexs here, using shoes to tell stories that we can identify with, and that we are a part of.Now, I won’t jump the gun and say that “we have our own Nike now” because that would be incorrect. We do not have “our own Nike” – whatever that means, and I am not even sure we want one. What we do have, however, is our own Keexs. A brand, by us, and, for us.

Copping a Pair.

Getting a pair of Keexs shoes is as easy as typing Keexs. Yep!All you need to do is go to their website at keexs.com and order a pair, or check for a list of online vendors and physical stores where you can get them here. The prices range between N7,999 – N17,999 ($22 – $50).KEEXS footwear is socially conscious, innovative and affordable.While African fashion industry is looking inwards to create magic with our locally sourced materials, we advice you to turn it up a notch, put on a pair of Keexs, and step into identity.

 

Perlicious is your Bold Fashion Company with African Spice

Perlicious was founded in 2010 by Sara Codjo, a young Beninese entrepreneur with a deep passion for African fashion. A line of handmade jewelry made of beads, pearls, and stones and of handmade beaded reception dresses. Perlicious has over the years consistently produced bracelets, beaded bags, and complete jewel sets for weddings and big occasions.

Sarah Codjo and the Perlicious Brand

 

 

The CEO and Founder of Perlicious, Sarah Codjo, studied in Senegal, in a mixed school of many people from almost everywhere in the world. According to her, that was where she had her first mixed experience, as she had to team up with people of different nationalities to make things work. As a matter of fact, the school made it compulsory to have at least five different nationalities in a team, which helped her greatly and drove her vision to infuse people of different nationalities into building a successful brand.
Sarah has a Master Degree in Management (DSG) Finance and a Master in Audit and Management Control and several certificates in English, making her bilingual. These certificates have helped her offer her clients a quality service through her entrepreneurial and creative profession. She has further worked in different countries after getting her degree, but her dream has always been to rather see her clients as bosses than work for anybody.

 

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

 

The Africanism in Perlicious

 

 

Perlicious is one of such brands that you don’t have to look too far before spotting the Africanism in it. Growing the brand into one that disrupts the global market with its taste of Africanness can be seen as deliberate. Let’s take a quick look at some of these things that make it purely African:

  • Sarah makes use of semi-precious stones all over Africa and ensures that through her work lies the story of beads, pearls, and stones to suit the client’s personality
  • At least two materials from two different African countries are used to make a necklace
  • The brand, which is primarily based in Benin, currently teams with about two Nigerians to teach some skills and to help with pro-activeness in fast mass production
  • They team up with Kenyans to make bracelets and bags
  • Tailors are from Senegal and Nigeria
  • The designer is Beninese, Sarah Codjo herself
  • The marketing manager is from Ivory Coast

The fabrics used are sourced from Turkey or Dubai.

Sarah Codjo, while speaking with ISOKO Africa points out that it’s not just about the brand or fashion but about a global vision with Africa coming first, hence the need to spread wings and cut across as many African countries as possible and even beyond Africa. With this vision in mind, Sarah ensures her brand teams up with almost everybody, which includes Africa and the world and she understands the need to mix with culture to bring the best out of her brand and add a little spice to African fashion

What Does the Future Hold For Perlicious?

 

 

Perlicious is certainly growing to be one of the most enviable African brands in the world, as it doesn’t seem to be relenting on the top-notch Africanism that has been built into it. With the increased use of technology in the world today, we can guess that Sarah Codjo makes quality use of the Internet. Perlicious do not only get orders from their Facebook page, which is their main social media platform, but also on an online store that’s focused on Europe and America.

Sarah attests that she invests a lot in attractive content and this includes the use of good visual and models on social media. She believes that with a good content, one can easily pull in more clients, which is very realistic. In addition to that, the Perlicious brand makes use of models of different sizes and colours, to let others know that they can rock the brand in any way they’d like to and shouldn’t be limited by their size.

 

With consistent posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Perlicious has been able to get a lot of clients and even vendors. Sarah Codjo has been able to represent Benin at fashion shows, exhibitions and cultural meetings in a number of countries, including Benin, France, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Malawi. She has also won a number of awards in the last 5 years, giving Perlicious a promising future, provided she doesn’t relent.

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