Africa's Talking FAQ

Getting started with the Africa's Talking USSD API

Africa's Talking enables developers and businesses to quickly build communications services via their robust API. Get a Free USSD code and build your own USSD code application.

Africa's Talking provides one of the simplest ways to build USSD applications.In this tutorial we will take a look at how to build and deploy your own USSD application via Africa's Talking Sandbox API's. We will also show you how to get a Free Africa's Talking Shared USSD code to test your application.

How to create your own USSD app on Africa's Talking API.

Signing up to Africa's Talking Sandbox
  • Create Channel

    Once logged in, find the "USSD" menu option, click to find the "Create Channel" menu on the left hand side.

    Populate the values and click on the Create Channel button.

    For the "Callback URL" use
Creating a Sandbox USSD code.
  • Next you need to add your USSD code to HelloDuty.

    Go to and sign up.
  • Once you are signed up,
    click on the gear icon,
    then Assets from the left hand menu.
Navigation to the USSD app
Setting up your Asset
  • Add your new Sandbox Asset as shown below.
Setting up your Asset on HelloDuty
  • Finally configure your flow to receive and respond to the USSD code requests.

    You can use one of the pre-created USSD flows on HelloDuty.
Setting up a channel to run a USSD flow on HelloDuty

Building a USSD app on HelloDuty is easy.

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