Afro-centric Emoticons represent diversity

The new Afro-centric emoticons come out of the idea of emoticons that should represent more diversity and were released for Android April 2014.

Bring in Alpesh Patel of Uganda.

Alpesh Patel, CEO of African-based emoji company Oju Africa said “Why can’t we have some smilies, or some emoticons, that are more relevant to the people that we supply to?”

Patel’s company created a palette of emoji’s that are plenty diverse and fun. I personally like the Bob Marley looking one.

Miley Cyrus may have spearheaded the idea in her December 2012 tweet, along with many other people on Twitter that complained that Apple’s existing emoji set lacked racial diversity.

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Apple released a palette of emoticons to developers for OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 on February 23, 2014. You can now click and hold on any emoji to change the skin tone. Emoji Picker

We can only hope that everyone is happily represented.

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