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Bookbeak: This Innovative App tells African bedtime stories

20 May 2019 EDUCATION


By Zuko Komisa

The need for African writers in both the upbringing of South African children as well as the curriculum is a conversation many parents have been exploring. With a flood of western fairy tales in bookstores, the need for traditional stories is on the rise.

Breakfast with David had a conversation with Co-founder, and developer of a new app called Bookbeak, Kamo Sesing who shared the vision behind this innovative idea.“At the core of Bookbeak is a platform that allows people to tell their stories, we believe everyone has a story to tell and we wanted to offer a platform for them to do so.”

BookBeak is the first app-based platform that aggregates African short stories from published and unpublished writers and then serves those African stories to a global subscriber base.

Telling African Stories 

Sesing says the need for the platform arose from parents who wanted their children to learn more African stories, through content that was more representative of the continent. The platform offers a vast inventory of stories allowing parents to return to the platform on a regular basis.

Bookbeak: This Innovative App tells African bedtime stories

Through subscriptions the app shares the revenue with content contributors, helping them make a living from their unique storytelling talents. The app attracts parents who can’t find the right stories to read to their children and who have decided to write their own stories for their children.

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The app also has a function called create your own, where parents can choose a story and replace it with their child’s name as the main character.

“Kids must be able to identify with the characters in the stories they are reading which makes it more personable”

Listen to the full conversation here:


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