- A Nigerian-American woman, Omolabake Adenle, is on a journey to digitising African languages and she has been awarded for it
- Adenle, who is the founder of an app development studio, Ajala.ai, won the DEI In Voice award from Women in Voice
- The Nigerian-American woman built an Application Programming Interface (API) that could help people learn five African languages including Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa
A Nigerian-American woman identified as Omolabake Adenle has won the DEI In Voice award from Women in Voice (WiV) for building a voice recognition and speech synthesis software for five African languages.
It should be noted that speech recognition is the underlying technology behind Siri and Alexa.
How it started
Adenle's cousins were learning English alphabets via an app and the former decided to build one that could help them learn the Yoruba language, Techpoint Africa reports.
Young Nigerian boy wows many as he builds "ATM" that dispenses cash after inserting card, video goes viral
The woman thereafter thought of upgrading the app by adding a feature that allows children to say something to it and the app will tell them whether they said the word correctly or not.
How it's going
However, she decided to build something broader instead of limiting the new feature to the app. Omolabake thereafter built an Application Programming Interface (API).
The software will officially launch in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the languages it supports are Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Kiswahili, and Kinyarwanda.
According to The Cable, Adenle said that by digitising African languages, information will be more accessible to Africans.
Nigerian boy builds "ATM" that dispenses cash
In other news, a young Nigerian boy simply identified as Chigozie has wowed many with his creativity after building an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) that dispenses cash.
In a video that was shared on Facebook by Ayo Ojeniyi, the boy could be seen test running the ATM as a man interviewed him.
The man asked him of his name and what he has built, to which the boy responded. The man then asked him to test run the machine and the boy did to the amazement of the former.
An ATM card was inserted in the machine and the boy punched some keys on it. He then connected a battery and the machine dispensed naira notes.