Ma-Otero: This Kenyan Animation is a Throwback to Childhood Role Playing Fun

Ma-Otero, which is sheng (Kenyan slang) for heroes is a short afromation about a group of friends saving their city, in superhero fashion (in all its forms, clothing and purpose).

The short is based on a comic created by Mmbasu Mbwabi and directed & animated by Salim Busuru. The afromation (African animation) stars Otero Prime, Otero Blue, Otero Small, Otero Buff and a big bad monkey.

While this 2d short isn’t in English, it’s really easy to follow the story and interpret the dialogue. This is all thanks to the clean animation style and simple story. The art is easy on the eye and delivers a wonderful experience.

This 2D afromation  was produced by Avandu formerly Urban Design Kings), a  Kenyan art studio responsible for comics such as Dunamis and Rovik as well as games like Kade:Ule Mtoi Mrui and this fascinating African superhero project.

See the hearty nostalgia below and check out this delightful review.

Happy #ThrowbackThursday. Squirt Creativity!

 

Get Your Game Face On – This Is Global Game Jam Accra 2017

What’s up Ghanaian game gbees (lovers) and developers? The 8th Global Game Jam is happening this weekend and you should attend. What’s the, hang on, let’s roll with the 3 W’s. 🙂

What’s the Global Game Jam?

Good question. Before that, what’s a game jam? I recently found out. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours.  Global Game Jam? Continue reading “Get Your Game Face On – This Is Global Game Jam Accra 2017”

LETI ARTS IS HIRING

Are you a keen and critical gamer with an understanding of game design and mechanics, storytelling and the will and ability to work full-time in Nairobi?

Then you’re needed at Leti Arts. The team is looking to hire you as their JUNIOR GAMEPLAY IMPLEMENTER. They’re looking for someone special to work with on their biggest release yet; an epic, story-driven adventure game, set in a near-future Africa.  Continue reading “LETI ARTS IS HIRING”

What’s Up With Squids in 2017?

2016 is technically our sophomore year in sharing content around African comics, animation and games although it does feel like freshman year. It was a testing the waters kind of phase that we’re thrilled to have experienced.

Promo image for Anthill Studio's Plaything
Promo image for Anthill Studio’s Plaything

An experience that has us pumped for 2017 which promises to be a fantastic year following all the incredible creative output and interactions from last year. Continue reading “What’s Up With Squids in 2017?”

Africa Needs Warriors And Not Superheroes

It’s a beautiful day in the park and everything is going just fine. Kids are flying their kites, old buddies laugh as they reminisce the good old days. There’s a teenage couple making out in one corner and forcing the singles to either look on enviously or cringe in disapproval thinking,  sheesh, can’t they get a room already?!

Then suddenly, boom! You look around and it’s this whack job with crazed out powers ranting on about his superiority and blasting everything, and everyone in sight. He notices a scared and lost looking little girl. He slowly moves towards her while the crowd flees in selfish terror and you can’t help but empathize with the little girl. All hope is lost. Or is it?

A quick blur strikes back against the villain out of nowhere! You turn around and before you is somebody in colorful spandex, buffed up and if you’re lucky, probably rocking a cape – a mask could work as well.

He looks a tad scrawny, but cape or not, you know he’s gonna deal a beating beyond any creature’s pain threshold. Oh he’s so gonna help that whack job with a GPS to jail.

Cool story but one problem, you conclude. Does Africa need this? Continue reading “Africa Needs Warriors And Not Superheroes”