A tool to translate more than 2,000 African languages: www.obtranslate.com


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There are over 2,000 languages in 54 countries in Africa. A new online tool aims to translate these languages, break communication barriers and ease access to global markets.

A digital platform called OBTranslate, which was launched in May 2019, aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to bring African cultures together and boost the continent’s trade. Moreover, it aims to enable self-driving cars, speaker devices, smartphones, linear robots and wireless technology to communicate and interact with human beings in African languages. 

According to Emmanuel Gabriel, the inventor of OBTranslate, the platform is built in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 9, “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”, and also in accordance with the Africa Continental Free Trade (AfCTA) goals. 

OBTranslate is an online Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tool, built on machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analysis. It has a "corpus-curating” feature which curates the collection of occurring trillions of texts (in spoken or written languages) by its unique algorithms. People of African descent can take up these trillions of texts as a "task" by translating them into their African native languages and earn a reward for each task.

There is also a "content moderation" feature, built for African language research experts and scholars, to ensure that the compilation of the translated datasets is properly trained and analysed in various ways to establish patterns of grammar and vocabulary usage.

OBTranslate runs an advertising affiliate marketing platform.

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