Keeping Up With the Continent: The First Kugali Comics Anthology

Following the instalment of annual events awarding iconic comic artists in Africa and the diaspora is the new innovation that is the Kugali Magazine. It is a monthly magazine by Kugali Media complete with over 60 pages of exclusive art, interviews and a selection of the best comics from across the continent.  Continue reading “Keeping Up With the Continent: The First Kugali Comics Anthology”

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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”

The Accra Roadshow Launches Today!

The MTN App Challenge Accra Roadshow starts today at the Mensah Sarbah Hall at the University of Ghana from 10am and we’re eager to taste what tech enthusiasts and especially animators have been cooking.

While tech folk in Accra have had the opportunity to pit their ideas against each other – in an attempt to scale their projects, enjoy a challenge and hopefully make some money thanks to initiatives like the annual MTN App Challenge – animators, not so much.

But that’s about to change.

In its fourth year, the MTN App Challenge has introduced two new categories that has us break-dancing on stilts: animation and the internet of things.

The MTN Apps Challenge is a competition aimed at unearthing brilliant local app developers who create mobile apps that are both locally relevant and have a global appeal. Past winners include Oware 3D , Buzztrick App and Wheelo

We’re ecstatic that Ghanaian animators, through thin budgets, sheer tenacity and an unquenchable passion have carved a niche for themselves that’s getting the attention of corporate Ghana.

The challenge kicks off with a national roadshow (Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Cape Coast) where techies and animators alike can showcase their projects.

The animation category calls for animated videos between 30 seconds and a minute. Rather short, but a start. Hopefully, longer videos will be considered next year.

The Internet of Things (IoT) category will see developers submitting applications that leverage the power of the internet to interact with physical objects. Think smart homes, wearable tech, heart monitors and so on. Check out this comic book for a much better explanation.

There isn’t a lot of info on issues such as selection and judging criteria for example, but that’s what today’s Roadshow is for. Come out and support when you can.

We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening as much as we can, promise.

By Kadi Yao Tay

Help Kweku Ananse!

Kwaku Ananse, the beloved character from Ashanti folklore needs your help becoming best friends with Adinkra symbols, folklore, math and his all-time favorite, puzzles. Kweku needs badly to cross over into children’s hands to enrich their lives with his masterful storytelling through a fun and educative mobile game, Ananse’s Well Rescue. Continue reading “Help Kweku Ananse!”

Become A Game Tester

You love games and/or occasionally dabble. Yes? Good.

Have you ever played a game that left you wondering if it went through any testing? Or have you always wanted to be one of the testers whose candid feedback shaped game releases?

Or do you just love the thrill of early access to multimedia, especially games?  Continue reading “Become A Game Tester”