Toyin Aimakhu Announces Yoruba-Themed ‘Teemoji’ App

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An estimated six billion of the digital shorthand icons are sent daily worldwide, and its popularity contines to explode, which translates into mega-bucks.

Kim Kardashian’s Kimoji app launched in 2015 nearly broke the Apple store, with 9,000 downloads per second at a cost of $1.99 (USD) translating into one million dollars per minute.

So it makes sound business sense that popular Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu would put out her own line of emoji with a Yoruba-twist, according to NET. After all, she has a new reality show coming out called “Keeping Up Toyin Aimakhu.” Could Kim K. be her role model?

The actress, who picked up a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards, announced plans to release “Teemoji” on Instagram Wednesday.

She writes:

 It’s in Yoruba, let’s promote our culture and with this I promise I will be able to help a lot of my fans, coming soon, u can download it: Yoruba smileys, Yoruba expressions, Yoruba emojis. Pls support this movement and hope u all are proud of me…We’ve a lot of expressions and I promise, I pledge with this, I will be able to empower a lot of my fans. You will love it.

The subscription-based, emoji app will feature a set of cartoon-like replicas of Aimakhu’s facial expressions paired with colloquial Yoruba phrases. View examples of the emojis on Okayafrica here: