5 of the top-selling apps in Africa you've never heard of - including one that links rich men to 'hot girls'

Multi-millionaire Nigerian preachers are in there, while you can also decorate a bakery shop without eating cakes. What's the point?

YOU can tell a lot about someone by their home screen. A teenager may have more games than an older millennial, who may have more social networking apps than a much older person.

There are also differences among nations. Apple’s App Store has users registered in 155 distinct countries and territories, and although such apps as Candy Crush are top-sellers the world over, some regions have wildly popular apps that barely rate a mention in other markets.

Here’s a look at some of the highest-grossing iPhone apps in Africa, as measured by Apple, around the globe on June 24. 

They are ranked by how much money they make, either from the cost to download them or from in-app purchases.

1: Pastor Chris Digital Library

Rank:#1, Zimbabwe Seller: Christ Embassy
Cost: Free In-app purchases: Yes

Pastor Chris Digital Library is an app that allows users to purchase audio and video recordings of religious messages delivered by Chris Oyakhilome, a Nigerian minister who goes by, you guessed it, “Pastor Chris.” Oyakhilome has made a fortune through his company, Christ Embassy. 

In 2011, Forbes estimated his net worth at between $30 million and $50 million. The messages cover a variety of topics, including health, prayer and finance. The latest version lets users stream the messages to their TVs using Chromecast.

2: Muslim Pro

Rank:#17, Algeria Seller: Bitsmedia Pte 
Cost: Free In-app purchases: Yes

Muslim Pro is a collection of practical applications designed to help users observe the traditions and rituals of Islam. It includes schedules of daily prayer times and fast times during Ramadan, a complete copy of the Koran, and a compass that always points toward Mecca. A premium upgrade removes banner ads and includes audio recordings of the Koran.

3: SupportGirls

Rank:#14, Egypt Seller: Harlex Projects
Cost: Free In-app purchases: Yes

This social networking app promises to connect “amazing, hot girls” with “successful, rich men.” According to the app’s description, it’s for women who “want to be spoiled and treated like a princess” and for men who “want to be excited with your life and have a princess next to you who will make you happy and give you an ocean of unforgettable memories and emotions.” The app is free, but a one-month subscription to the service is $49.99, which is cheap, as oceans go.

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4: Bakery Story

Rank:#7, Swaziland Seller: Storm8
Cost: Free In-app purchases: Yes

Bakery Story is a game that offers players all the fun of designing, decorating, and running a bakery without the trouble of having to eat delicious donuts and cakes. Players choose their own chairs, wallpaper, and artwork as well as their menus. 

Successful bakeries earn gems, which can be used to purchase additional items. Gems can also be purchased with real money, but concerned parents can turn off in-app purchases. If you get bored, you can download some of the company’s other games, such as Farm Story, Nightclub Story, Pet Hotel Story, Fashion Story, Restaurant Story, Dragon Story, Castle Story, Home Design Story, and Farm Story 2.

5: Blinkist

Rank:#11, South Africa Seller: Blinks Labs
Cost: Free In-app purchases: Yes

Blinkist promises to make you smarter while encouraging you to read less. It’s a digital library of nonfiction books condensed into summaries that should take about 15 minutes to read. The collection includes mainly business and self-help books but also biographies and more. A three-day trial is free, but afterward users must choose a paid subscription plan. The premium plan includes audio versions. 


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