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Innovative! Nigerian Man Builds AI Portal To Translate Over 2,000 African Languages

Africa is a continent with over 2000 dialects being spoken by different tribes and people and this difference has been a barrier to achieving financial improvement. As such, the absence of interpreted data is regularly the key missing component among help and the general population it’s proposed to help.

To solve this problem, Emmanuel Gabriel, a Nigerian engineer embarked on finding how to connect these language boundaries and make life simple. His solution has brought about an informing stage that is fit for interpreting more than 2,000 African dialects.

The global Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform, known as OBTranslate, is the first of its kind, and is intended to create massive jobs for Africans, said Gabriel Emmanuel, the Information Communication Technology (ICT) expert and brain behind the platform.

Emmanuel, who is the CEO of OpenBinacle, an Europe-Africa based technology company, said OBTranslate technology was built on machine learning, AI and big data analysis which identified language patterns and tasks.

41-year-old Emmanuel, from Edo State, Nigeria, studied ICT and Robotics in India and began computing at the age of 18 when he built his first software to analyse petroleum crude oil seismic data, according to local media.

In 2017, his company, OpenBinacle, developed OBTalker which is a messaging app similar to Whatsapp and Telegram. The app is a real-time cloud-based messaging platform that supports voice and video calls, said a report by technext.ng.

Originally, OBTalker supports text to speech feature and is capable of translating into 26 languages. But the newly created OBTranslate, which is built on the existing design of OBTalker, is expected to have a wider reach with the many more languages in its system, the technext.org report said.

“Our goal is to break language communication barriers in rural and urban areas in Africa. It will enable self-driving cars, smartphones, linear robots and wireless technology to communicate and interact with Africans in their dialects,” said Gabriel. “Also, farmers will be able to trade their goods and services without language communication barriers,” Emmanuel told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an email.

While this will be a major breakthrough in voice recognition and interacting with the different African accents, the project also has the potential to create jobs for millions of Africans.

According to Emmanuel,

“The major task of the portal includes voice recognition and accent, messaging protocol, African-based programming languages, natural language processing, education materials, television subtitles and music lyrics, among others.

Our machine language, AI algorithms with neural network connections, have curated billions of task waiting for Africans who can teach our machine their local dialect.

The first phase of the project comes with nine billion tasks, and the second phase comes with 12 billion tasks. These are projected to hire about 100 million Africans, with a passive income projection of 3.6 billion USD for Africans with the capacity.”

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