Those Black Emojis You’ve Been Asking For Are Here, But Not Because Of Apple


Lately, several celebrities have voiced their concerns as to why there aren’t any black emojis (Miley Cyrus made sure she chimed in…). In response, Apple pledged to create more ethnically diverse mini faces to enhance your text conversations. Well, unfortunately for Steve Jobs’ company, another mobile service beat them to the punch.

According to International Business Times, Oju Africa — a division of African mobile company Mi-Fone — launched the 15-emoji collection this week in response to the publicized demands.

“We follow global trends but we are differentiated by our authentic African voice. So as a brand we wanted to do something that only Africa could pull off, something that could become so iconic that it would have the world talking. I believe what we have created will ensure that every African on the planet won’t be able to help but love it!” said Creative director Eserick Fouché.

As of right now, the new emojis are available for Android (search for “oju emoticon app” in Play Store). It will be released soon for iOS.

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