A Nigerian Has Created A Watch Face That Tells Time In Her Local Language


We just love how Africa is breeding more and more innovative youths. A Nigerian called Moyinoluwa Adeyemi has built the first ever wristwatch that tells time in Yoruba — the Yoruba Watch Face.

The Yoruba Watch Face is an Android Watch Face which was updated to suit the non-conventional Nigerian who would rather have their time displayed in one of Nigeria’s majority tribe language, Yoruba.

Moyinoluwa Adeyemi is a computer science graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. She secured a job at Swifta Systems as a software engineer. She also works as an organizer at Google Developers Group.

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On the inspiration for her Yoruba watch, Moyinoluwa stated that it all happened on an evening after work. She had looked at a clock and wondered about having one that could tell the time in Yoruba, her native tongue.

“The world has plenty of dreamers, but it’s the ‘doers’ that shape the world”

Like the saying goes, the difference between dreamers and doers is that the former are always stuck at the ‘idea stage’. Clearly, Moyinoluwa does not fall in that category as she sought to make her idea come to fruition.

She carried out extensive researches as well as consulting her friends for ideas to make the Yoruba Android Watch Face a reality.

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The finished product is a watch face that displays the time in digital style, the date, and battery percentage. Taking a big part of the left corner of the Watch Face is an illustration of a man/woman in traditional Yoruba attire created by Justin Irabor. On centre screen, the time is displayed in written Yoruba. The Yoruba Watch Face can be used on all screen types.

The app is available for free download on the Google Play Store for phones running on Android 4.4+ or Blackberry (BB10 OS) or Kindle Fire.