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It is hoped that mediating education through social networking will help reduce the significant numbers of school-age African children who are not receiving any formal education.ENTERTAINMENT A 2009 survey found that "entertainment and information" were the most popular activities for which mobile phones are used in Nigeria, in particular for dialing into favorite radio shows, voting in reality shows, downloading and sharing songs, photos and videos, as well as tweeting.
In 2007, President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, said: "In 10 short years, what was once an object of luxury and privilege, the mobile phone, has become a basic necessity in Africa." Watch video from Kenya on how mobile has changed Africa Below are seven ways that mobile phones have transformed the continent: BANKING M-PESA is a mobile money transfer service launched by Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile operator and Vodafone, in 2007.During the early years of mobile in Africa, the Short Messaging Service (SMS) was at the heart of the revolution.Today the next frontier for mobile use in Africa is the internet.The runaway success of M-PESA in Kenya is inspiring similar initiatives across the continent, from South Africa to Nigeria to Tunisia, as governments struggle to extend banking services to large numbers of the population -- across sub-Saharan Africa only one in five adults own bank accounts.Many Africans now use mobile money to pay their bills and airtime, buy goods and make payments to individuals, remittances from relatives living abroad are also largely done via mobile banking.Across the continent mobile phones are also bringing unprecedented levels of openness and transparency to the electoral process, empowering citizens from Cairo to Khartoum to Dakar to Lagos.
Nokia capitalized on the growing popularity of social networking in South Africa to launch Mo Math, a mathematics teaching tool that targets users of the instant messaging platform Mxit."Mobile is fast becoming the PC of Africa," says Osibo Imhoitsike, market coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa at Norwegian firm Opera, whose mobile browser is enjoying an impressive uptake on the continent."In fact there isn't really anything more personal than a mobile phone nowadays." Last October, for the first time ever, the number of Nigerians accessing the internet via their mobiles surpassed the number of desktop internet users, figures from Statcounter show. Most of those devices will be low-end Nokia phones, tens of millions of which have already been sold on the continent.Five years later M-PESA provides services to 15 million Kenyans (more than a third of the population) and serves as conduit for a fifth of the country's GDP.In Kenya, Sudan and Gabon half or more of adults used mobile money, according to a survey by the Gates Foundation and the World Bank.DISASTER MANAGEMENT Mobiles have been finding innovative uses in refugee camps, allowing displaced persons to reconnect with family and loved ones.