In South Africa, the term lobola is the first step to a couple’s unity in marriage prior to signing the legal document. When a man wants to make his girlfriend’s family aware that he wants to marry her, he sends his uncles to the girl’s house to make them aware of his intentions. His uncles will tell the girl’s father and her uncles that they have spotted a beautiful flower in their garden and would like to pick, the girl’s family then begins to negotiate till a settlement is met. The trickiest part of these negotiations is how do you as a family put a price tag to you daughter?
Well, in this age of high tech, Software Developer Robert Matsaneng has developed an app which, wait for it… Calculates how much a girl/woman is worth. Yep its that simple, of course I had to test this for myself to see how it works and what I’m worth, of course every woman wants to know.
So here is how it works.
Step 1. Download the app on your device (Lobola Calculator)
Step 2. Answer all the questions, employment, age, education etc.
Step 3. Press Calculate
And viola, the app gives you the worth in both money and cow value.
Robert says he developed the app for fun and is not in it for the money. It is a great app and could open many innovators minds to other possible ideas, ones that will help the social ills and global problems faced on a daily by a click of a button.
Now of course an app like this will not be loved by everyone, merely because it steps on a few toes when it comes to traditions. It still makes for good entertainment. Of course I may not be in agreement with my results but hey, its just an app right?! If you have more interesting apps developed in Africa, tell us about it and who knows, yours could be published next.