Social Media giants Facebook, has celebrated the achievements of African software developers in an annual conference in the city of San Jose, California.

They include Asoriba, an online church management platform, mPedigree, which has built a system that uses your mobile phone to be used to detect counterfeit and Rancard, a mobile solutions company.

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The rest are Esoko, which connects farmers with businesses and NGOs and mPharma, which has built a system to helps poor people accesses high quality but expensive drugs.

“We’re partnering with many African developers to launch products that not only meet the needs of their local markets, but which are also ready for the world stage,” says Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa.

“Events like F8 are a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how we will work with partners to do more with our platforms. As importantly, they are a forum for us to get feedback from our ecosystem and to showcase our partners’ work to the world,” he adds.

Kenyan and Nigerian-made start-ups also featured prominently at this year’s conference.