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Scientist and entrepreneur - 13. Mamadou Sidibé: a vocal network for oral culture countries

Lenali is the first fully vocal social network that speaks African languages.

"In France, people mainly speak French. In the United States, mainly English. In Mali there are a multitude of languages. And no one fully masters all these languages.

Finally, orality is a culture in our countries, especially in Mali: we have the griots. Someone said "In Africa, when an old man dies, it is a library that burns". There are many things that are still being said and translated orally.

These are all the reasons why current social networks, although very popular, are only for the easiest and most connected part. If you look at the figures, theoretically more than 50% of the Malian population can access the Internet. But only 10% are active users of social networks. This is a disaster!

Not for the worst of social networks. But let us make it a real tool for sustainable development, literacy, awareness campaigns against violence, AIDS, whatever you like.

From there, Lenali creates the first social networks in the world that takes into account the oral nature of culture. All this to make web 3.0, the semantic web. We will explain things to people more simply and in their own language with appropriate content.

With a simple picture, some voice, a simple text, we might be able to do it. There is pedagogy behind it. Lenali is the first social network in the world that is totally vocal and speaks local African languages. What is totally vocal? That is, at the beginning you choose the language you understand.

The guy who handed me his phone, he certainly didn't install Viber himself. So we start with simple things. We give you voice guides in your local languages: recorded voices. It's simple, but it works! And then the cleaning lady who doesn't know how to put her profile can now do it vocally."


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