Little story of Yoruba Bible App Development
As at January 2015, we never imagined we will develop a Bible App. One of us was woke up with a clear dream with a divine direction to build a Yoruba Audio Bible App and 2 other major projects. Immediately on the same faithful day, Sanmi and Abiola connected on the phone to make arrangements for the recording of the Audio Bible. Only God can make this possible, we started recording in our in-house studio with Akinsola Ayodele which ended after 6 Months of non stop recording! Today, the Yoruba Audio Bible is now available for android and iOS devices and a web version on our website.
On the 25th of March 2015, I woke up in my office/room in Pullman, WA from a dream after praying in the night. Prior to this time, I have been working on several projects and business concepts that have been so confusing. I was praying to God to give me just one Idea that will transform my life. Having wrote a development plan for a Music App with no funding to kick start the prototype, this lead me into the simple prayer for JUST ONE IDEA. However, I heard a clear voice instructing me to develop THREE IDEAS and the Holy Spirit said I will only remember the other two ideas when I finish the first project. The first project is to develop a Yoruba Audio Bible App.
A Bible App? I have no plan for that. It sounds scary and has no business incentives! It is the divine word of God and I can not risk involving myself with it’s translation or transcription from one version to another. Being just a baby christian, I have read that anyone who adds to the bible or remove from it will face a huge consequence. Come to think of it, who can ever risk toiling or turning the bible, the Word of this Great Everlasting God, to a business model! I only wanted a business idea not a bible. My biggest expectation was to build a Dating Site, something I have always love to do. But to my own surprise as I write this content today, all this fear were no where to be found when I woke up from this dream. I just jumped up with great happiness with delight without thinking twice about what I am about to do. God said I should do it, am all for it, so far He says it, I am off my feet!
I enjoyed listening to English audio bible from a website. I quickly did my research and to my amazement, there is no OLD TESTAMENT for yoruba in audio version. People were not searching for it online which dropped my morale. To be honest, I said to myself, “let me do this as a side project, maybe God will make me remember the other solid ideas.” On that same very day, I connected with Abiola Oduremi in Nigeria, and we started work.
We assumed this will be so easy, little did we know the challenges we will face to achieve this. Recording a 3 minute song in studio can make any studio engineer sweat.But alas we are recording the word of God with some of the chapters spanning over 50 minutes! We have to read the chapter, understand it, record, cut, edit, re-record any rough part, final edit, mix and master! The recording session that we taught will be completed in just 4 weeks took more than 6 months! One big lesson I have learnt from this project, If God tells you the challenges you will face to attain your greatness, you will never ever take a step due for fear. During one our meetings, Biola and I said, “If we had gone to the extreme to know the details of what recording the Bible will cost us. we would not have done this lol” So I realize it is just better to stay in the dark, close your eyes and follow God’s lead. Even though you don’t have a clue where He’s leading to. Well, God won’t even tell you lol, He only wants you to obey in faith.
The Team Members
- Sanmi Ayotunde – Designed the App concept, funded the audio recording and app development, designed the web version, worked with other developers to produce the Android, iOS and Web version.
- Abiola Oduremi – Facilitated the studio recording and recited more than 90% of the Old Testament
- Demilade Adetuberu – Financial Officer in charge of our revenue, charity, donations and remote evangelism outreach with other Missionaries
We are happy for where God have brought us to thus far, we are amazed and surprised that in the first Month of launching the Bible App, we have over 50,000 downloads, 11,000 active monthly users without any Advertisement. We have successfully released several updates, fixed bugs.
YorubaBible.net is an open project to like minded people who really want to contribute to this app. Entrepreneurs, reciters, and developers. We are also interested in patrons who want to give a supporting hand to the upkeep of this project. We are presently recording other languages. We look forward to interested individuals, personnel and entrepreneurs who want us to work together on this project to take the Kingdom of God into every home on the planet.
Meet The Team
App Developer & Designer
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Where You Can Find Us?
In Spokane, WA
5214 South Stone Lane,
Spokane, WA, USA.
In Lagos, NG of course
9 Tolu Aluko Street, Morgan Estate,
Ojudu-Berger, Lagos, Nigeria.
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We have employment opportunities for Marketing Experts, Developers, Writers, Social Media and several other opportunities that you can contribute to YorubaBible.net