Mobile services developer Kirusa has stepped forward and acquired Saya Mobile. Saya Mobile is a Ghana-based provider of instant messaging apps geared at African consumers.
According to the company, the acquisition is set to enhance Kirusa’s expertise and the reach of its InstaVoice mobile app across the African continent. The acquisition has placed Kirusa in control Saya’s technology, intellectual property and workforce, who will now be working on Kirusa’s mobile applications.
“Africa remains a top priority for our business,” says Inderpal Singh Mumick, CEO of Kirusa. “While there has been astonishing progress of the mobile industry, the biggest impact of mobile in Africa is yet to come. We believe there are advantages to building products specifically for this region and have made the strategic decision to acquire Saya in line with that thinking. Since its inception, Saya has focused on delivering compelling messaging applications that enhance the mobile user experience and are tailored to the mobile consumers in emerging markets, and more specifically, in Africa.”
Back in May 2014, Kirusa acquired Cooltok. The Cooltok team, based in Bangalore, and led by Founder and CEO, Sreenivas Karanam, has extensively worked on mobile messaging apps for smartphone platforms, and shares Kirusa’s vision for a mobile connected world. The Cooltok team, including the CEO, and co-founders Prakash Kaja and Thomas Mathew, have joined Kirusa’s office.
Since its inception, Saya has focused on delivering compelling messaging applications that enhance the mobile user experience and are tailored to mobile consumers in emerging markets, and more specifically, in Africa. Founded in 2011, Saya offers the real-time Street Chat messaging application. Based on highly scalable backend architecture, Saya’s platform includes social network integration, location-based and group chat across multiple phone platforms including J2ME, Android and iOS.
Kirusa has an active user base of over 70 million customers across the continent. The company is also based in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.