Web information in Africa is costly. With Internet infiltration in Africa having a development rate of an expected 8,497% expansion from the year 2000 to 2017, discovering routes around how to have shoddy web get to is constantly invited
Emmanuel Nyantakyi is a 15-year-old Ghanaian who simply finished Junior High School. Baffled by how much information he expended watching recordings on the web and “wandering” via web-based networking media, Emmanuel asked his sibling, Nana Kwame Nyantakyi who is a Software Engineer to figure out how to dealing with his information.
However, his brother declined his request and gave an even better option considering how a bid to promote tech in Africa in on an increasing high.
“This is going to be your first project (in software engineering),” Nana Kwame told his 15-year-old brother Emmanuel.
So the hard work towards data management begun for Nyantakyi. With no knowledge of coding, Emmanuel had to be guided in learning code languages as part of a process that ‘felt difficult’ for him in every aspect.
“Everything felt so difficult for me. The language seemed a little bit confusing and I suffered a lot to make DataBank,” Emmanuel Nyantakyi tells Business Insider SAA.
“I stayed up late at night to programme. Sometimes I cried when my brother scolded because the language completely left me at sea. It was just a matter of time before I adapted to the language I knew all those sufferings was for a good cause.”
DataBank is designed to give any user who downloads the app total control over managing their data.
For a 100MB data plan, a user can choose to dedicate 70MB for use and save the other 30MB due to the inputs into the app. The 30MB is saved on the phone at shared preference once the plan is activated.
DataBank also has an option to record live data use you give an idea where the data went. Notifications are also sent when 50% and 80% of the data is used respectively.
After 95% of the data is used, Android versions KitKat and below will have data connections turned off automatically. For higher Android versions, the app will notify the user if they want to turn off their data.
The Junior High School graduate spent a month building up the application. His senior sibling’s commitment to building up his application was to instruct the coding dialect and demonstrate to him how things functioned in the Android studio. When he stalled out, Nana Kwame will take Emmanuel through how to get out.
Sorry Apple users, the app is on Android only with no immediate plans due to Apple’s complicated work studio for a beginner.
On his education path, Emmanuel Nyantakyi who is yet to enroll in a Senior High School has not decided yet if Computer Engineering is the path he wants to take. For him, it’s just one step at a time.