Meet man who created app to understand text messages from mom in local language

Meet man who created app to understand text messages from mom in local language

- A young man, Bonaventure Dossou, has found her way to understand his mother local language by building a power Artificial Intelligence technology

- Bonaventure said he is not fluent in Fon language and can only speak French, a language his mother does not understand

- With the help of a Nigerian friend, they were able to come up with their kind of translation programme that solved the issue

A young Beninese man, Bonaventure Dossou, has been able to use to the power of technology to bridge the language gap between him and his mother.

He said that she always sent him voice messages in Fon, a Beninese language when he was in Russia studying but he does not understand the language completely, BBC News reports.

"My mum cannot write Fon and I don't speak the language very well but I'm fluent in French. I frequently ask my sister to help me understand some of the phrases mum uses," he said.

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With the help of a Nigerian named Chris Emezue, they were able to develop an AI that could be likened to Google Translate, a programme they named FFR.

A collage of the bot developer. Photo source: BBC News

A collage of the bot developer. Photo source: BBC News
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BBC reports that the two students are among many students who are using the power of AI to drive the understanding of human language.

If not for the coronavirus lockdown, both would have made a presentation of their work ICLR in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian in the US and a publisher, Taiye Olayemi, revealed how the American government has been taking care of them during the lockdown.

In an interview with the Legit TV video team, he said that the govt gave them $1200 (N468,168.00) as palliative so that they do not go hungry during the pandemic.

Apart from that, he said the US government has been working hard investing in the country's food bank.

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On how the food bank works, he said anybody could go there and register and some necessary food items would be given to them.

Taiye also said that though the money that was given to them cannot be compared to how much they earned when they go out to work, it is still something as it has kept many afloat in taking care of basic needs.

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In other news, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Wednesday, April 29, gave much hope as he said that Nigerian would overcome the battle against coronavirus.

The monarch said a traditional vaccine for the virus has gotten to an advanced stage and the public would soon see the result.

Oba Adeyeye made this known to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun state where he had gone to donate two motorized fumigators to the government.

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