Ayoba is your free all-in-one app that offers instant messaging, voice and video calling, and lots of news and entertainment channels. What’s different about ayoba? You can chat to anyone regardless of whether they have the ayoba app or not - they will always get your message via SMS.
Our instant messaging platform is free to use - allowing you to securely send and receive text messages, voice messages, videos, images, audio, and other files with any of your contacts using your mobile internet connection (data).
Made in Africa for the world, ayoba celebrates the diversity of Africa by providing a world-class application available in more than 22 languages!
Always keeping you in the know - ayoba allows you to subscribe for free to channels where you can read articles about everything from fashion, sports, music, education to current affairs.
Free data for MTN customers: Limited free data is offered every day in certain territories.
Text and voice messaging: Instant and free to all your contacts
Voice and video calling: chat to your contacts via voice or video all in the app but for MTN users this is not covered by the free data.
Secure Messaging: End-to-end encryption means that messages in a conversation cannot be read by anyone else.
19 languages: Experience ayoba in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Hausa, Afrikaans, Igbo, Jula, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Pidin [Cameroon], Pidgin [Nigeria], Portuguese, Sesotho, Setswana, Swahili, Twi, and Yoruba
Chat with everyone: Send messages with anyone in your contact list, whether they've installed ayoba or not. If they don’t have the ayoba app installed - they will receive the message via SMS.
Group Chat: The more the merrier! Set up group chats to easily communicate with friends and family in a single chat. Note that Group Chats do not include SMS message continuity - everyone in a Group must have the app to send or receive messages.
Sharing is Caring: Share videos, images, audio, and other files with your contacts.
Read the News: Browse our channels to find articles about all your favourite topics like sport, fashion, music, celebrities, education, current affairs and more. Read it in your own language too.
MTN Momo: Make and receive payments via MTN Mobile Money in certain territories.
Status: Set your status for all your contacts to view.
Customised avatar and about you section
Text chat between ayoba and non ayoba users
P2P messaging and group texts
SMS continuity for non ayoba app users
Voice notes and multimedia sharing in chat
Video and voice calling
Sharing statuses (like stories on Instagram or WhatsApp)
Block unwanted users
Mute channels and users
Create your own groups
Browse channels listed by categories
Sharing inside of ayoba and in other apps
Music player for MusicTime playlists
Access to local and international music
Full screen mode
Adult and kids games
Money transfers on P2P chats only on enabled countries
Full records of transaction history
Report inappropriate content
Virtual assistance Aya (Onboarding helper)
The success of ayoba has been recognised across the continent as ayoba is proud to be named Mobile App of the year 2020 in the Africa Digital Festival 2020. As an app that prides itself on digital innovation - it is an honour to be recognised as the mobile instant messaging app of choice for Africans.
Ayoba has also been recognised as the OTT Brand of the Year 2021 at the Marketing World Awards
Download ayoba and start chatting now!
For help: email@example.com or join our community at
Facebook: Ayoba Instant Messaging
Ayoba! Many bugs died in the delivery of this release. We’ve also delivered performance improvements - enjoy!
Ratings and Reviews
Made In Africa For The World
I love Ayoba ❤️❤️❤️
Developer Response ,
We love you too Makaudi and welcome to the Ayoba family. Africa United! (KM)
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- Progressive Tech Holdings
- 65.8 MB
- Social Networking
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
English, Afrikaans, Akan, Dari, Dyula, French, Ganda, Hausa, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Nigerian Pidgin, Pashto, Portuguese, Sesotho, Setswana, Swahili, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu
- Age Rating
- © PTH Pty (Ltd)
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.