A new Social Network, “Amunzi” is Born in Zambia
Online social networks have become a part of almost all internet
users. With many major social networking services being offered by
counties outside Africa, Zambians have relied on international social
networks for sharing digital data and communicating with friends and
With the birth of Amunzi (www.amunzi.com),
Zambians now have a local product with international standards that
they can use(even browse in their native language) and boast about.
Amunzi is the first, biggest and fastest growing Zambian online
social network that gives people the power to connect with old friends,
family, meet new people and discover interesting places around them.
While most social networks are about people meeting people, Amunzi’s
main goal is to connect people to events and places of their Interests,
and keeping them up to date with their followings.
The site allows users to create personal profiles where they can
share photographs, music, videos, blogs and stickers. It is packed with a
lot of interesting features for everyone, including a dictionary,
bible, games, anonymous questions and some fun applications to keep the
site interesting. In addition the site’s users can add members to
Communities and exchange text messages, stickers and update their boards
to notify their community members.
Describing Amunzi as the African Facebook, means understating
Amunzi’s unique features and capabilities and its leadership in the
Zambian (and soon African) Social media Sphere. With more than 3000 sign
ups on its official launching date of October 2012, Amunzi is becoming
an essential platform to all Zambian Internet users.
Amunzi was founded by Tresford Himanansa II (born February 4, 1987)
in June 2011, in his bedroom at his parents’ home in Ndola. Tresford, an
Evelyn Hone College graduate who is the current President and C.E.O. of
amunzi’s parent company XyPNET (a software development, web designing
and hosting company), is responsible for all operations of the site and
setting the overall direction, product strategy and goals for the
website. He is the main man and leads almost the entire design of Amunzi’s service and development of its core features, technology as well as infrastructure.
With no question in mind that the mobile space will be the next
battleground in the world for social networks, the website was given new
and improved form, structure, or appearance to meet the International
Standards of a modern day social network. Amunzi has invested much of
its effort in creating a mobile website to give the users a great social
networking experience regardless of the device being used.
The website’s name “Amunzi” comes from a Bantu word Munzi which means
Community. The website allows any member who is 13 Years and above to
become a registered user of the site.
Amunzi allows its users to enhance their personal profiles by adding
multimedia and text content on their Boards. Users can also exchange
private messages as well as use the Chat feature. The members can also
Join default groups like Cooking, Politics, Jokes, Parenting, Soccer
To mollify concerns about the users, Amunzi in their new website
allows its users to control who sees the information that they share on
the website as well as who can find them in search results, through
their Privacy settings. The site is totally free to its users, and it
generates its revenue from advertising, such as banner adverts, text
adverts and a mixture of both.