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Playfre, Nigeria’s answer to Spotify, achieves 100,000 streams two weeks after its launch

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Chika Nwaogu, CEO and creator of Playfre
Chika Nwaogu, CEO and creator of Playfre

Playfre, Africa’s first indigenous music streaming platform, has recorded 100,00 streams just two weeks after it launched. Playfre was launched on 1 May 2019 as a free music streaming platform that allows Africans to access over 45 million songs.

The platform was created by Nigerian entrepreneur Chika Nwaogu, who is also behind popular African social network platform LAGbook. When asked what his reason was behind creating Playfre, Chika said “Spotify and many other big music streaming platforms have not yet opened their doors to most African countries because of the weak intellectual property laws in these parts of the world, thus making these awesome apps unavailable to the African demographic. Those who have opened their doors to us, still charge monthly to stream unlimited music.”

“We have been developing what will become Africa’s first real answer to Spotify. We at Playfre are trying to bring the over 45 million songs on Spotify to you at no charge, with the same Spotify experience and guess what? We did it!” Chika further added.

Nwaogu stated that Playfre will soon be releasing the ‘Playfre for artist’ service that will let musicians put their songs on the platform at no extra cost. In addition to the streaming platform, an extension called myPlayfre was released as a way for African artists to monetize their music.

Playfre is available for download on computers and on the Google Play Store for Android smartphones.

Edited by Kojo Essah

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