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The Strange Nature of the Nigerian App Market 110

zacharye writes "With 100 million mobile subscribers, Nigeria stands among leading mobile markets in the world. Its mobile content sector is quite fascinating — this is a market where $100 apps can debut at the No.3 position on Apple's list of top iOS apps. Bible and Quran apps are a major feature of the Nigerian mobile content market. The evergreen 'Message Bible' was launched globally in December 2009 at almost the same time as 'Angry Birds.' While the raging avians achieved greater global success, 'Message Bible' was a smash in Nigeria, recently returning again to No.15 among the top grossing iPhone apps. In the United States, the app didn't even crack the top 600 at its peak."
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The Strange Nature of the Nigerian App Market

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  • 419 Scam? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ApplePy ( 2703131 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @03:12AM (#41007275)
    None conned so easily as the con man, they say.
  • by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @03:23AM (#41007335) Homepage Journal

    "9 out of the 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in America are free."

    it's clear that americans go for nigerian scams easier than nigerians who like to pay up front.

  • Re:419 Scam? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 16, 2012 @03:28AM (#41007353)

    And there is no greater con than God, which explains these Bible and Qur'an apps.

  • Re:419 Scam? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by icebraining ( 1313345 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @04:44AM (#41007797) Homepage

    Nope. Religion stills takes the cake.

    When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

    But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit! []

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