Twenty five-year-old Computer Science undergraduate Kayode Sowole holds a laptop looking at his application in Lagos on April 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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On the streets of Lagos and across God-fearing southern Nigeria, it's not uncommon to see people with a leather-bound Bible in one hand and a mobile phone in the other.The computer science student is the brains behind a series of new smartphone applications to make the word of God available in the country's four main languages at the touch of a button.Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and even pidgin English downloads are available, catering to the masses of devout Christians in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile phone markets.Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa versions of the Bible have long been in existence and date from the time of the first missionaries to Nigeria in the 19th century.Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa versions have both the Old and New Testament, while the pidgin app only has the latter for now.Sowole is now working to develop other smartphone applications to suit the Nigerian market, convinced the country could one day provide the world with the next technology tycoon.
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