5 Modern Mancala Style African Games


Mancala games are two-player turn-based strategy board games played by moving small stones, beans or seeds across holes on a wooden board or tiny pits on the earth. 

Let's explore 5 African game studios that have developed modern Mancala-style games.

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Learn How to Learn with Dr. Tegan Bristow


Dr Tegan Bristow works in the Digital Arts Department at the Wits School of Arts at the University of Witswatersrand located in Johannesburg. She works at the intersection of art, science and technology.

The intersection of art and technology entails the practice of art within a technological space for instance animation, gaming or virtual reality. While the intersection of art and science involves looking at art as a research encounter and how science can benefit from art.

The following is the story of how her love for art and its intersection with technology and science started.

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Meet Ken: Learn Challenges 3D Animators Face in Kenya


Kennedy Kyalo's work exudes excellence. It is so good that he got to work with a famous Kenyan musician called Juacali because his followers could simply not help but recommend him as one of the best animators in the country. 

I got a chance to chat with him on his journey as a Kenyan 3D Generalist and I'd like to invite you to join me in learning more about him. This is part 4.

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Meet Ken: Learn How He Worked With Juacali


Kennedy Kyalo's work exudes excellence. It is so good that he got to work with a famous Kenyan musician called Juacali because his followers could simply not help but recommend him as one of the best animators in the country. 

I got a chance to chat with him on his journey as a Kenyan 3D Generalist and I'd like to invite you to join me in learning more about him. This is part 3.

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Meet Ken: Learn The Tools He Uses in 3D Animation


Kennedy Kyalo's work exudes excellence. It is so good that he got to work with a famous Kenyan musician called Juacali because his followers could simply not help but recommend him as one of the best animators in the country. 

I got a chance to chat with him on his journey as a Kenyan 3D Generalist and I'd like to invite you to join me in learning more about him. This is part 2.

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Meet Ken: One of The Best 3D Animators in Kenya


Kennedy Kyalo's work exudes excellence. It is so good that he got to work with a famous Kenyan musician called Juacali because his followers could simply not help but recommend him as one of the best animators in the country. 

I got a chance to chat with him on his journey as a Kenyan 3D Generalist and I'd like to invite you to join me in learning more about him. This is part 1.

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Gamification in Finance


Gamification is key when it comes to experiential learning, this is because gamification is the use of the game concepts and aesthetics that make games fun in non-game environments in this case finance to positively motivate behaviour.

In this video, we will explore why simulations help learners recall 90% of what they learn through doing and look at how a fun financial "game" from Africa is doing just that.

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Game Development Training in Refugee Camps


This video is under the impactful stories segment. It follows the inspiring story of Lual Mayen a Sudanese refugee who is making a difference in refugee camps.
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Funding Opportunities For African Game Developers

In this video, you will learn about more funding opportunities for African Game Developers, when and why they started and most importantly how much they offer.
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5 Funds for African Game Developers


To read this piece head on over to Games Industry Africa through this link

If you prefer watching then you are in luck. Use the YouTube link below to learn about 5 invaluable funds for African Game Developers.

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Gamification in Conservation


To read this piece head on over to Games Industry Africa through this link.

If you prefer watching then you are in luck. Use the YouTube link below to learn about what Internet of Elephants is doing with gamification in conservation.

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An Introduction to Extended Reality(XR) and It's Growth in Africa (Video)


In this video, I take you through an introduction to extended reality (XR), explain what it is and how it is growing on the African continent.

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5 Great Gamification Examples in Education From Africa (Video)


In this video you will get to learn about 5 gamification solutions from the Global South with examples from some African countries and Mexico.


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What is Gamification in Education (Video)


This is a 4-minute animated video on gamification. You will learn about gamification and some popular gamification examples.

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Storytelling: How To Create Games That Resonate Inter-culturally. (Videos)


I recently started an animated YouTube channel where I convert my written content into video format. This piece was posted on my medium follow the link below if you prefer reading, and enjoy the videos if you are like me and love animations.




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Blog to Vlog

I recently started a Vlog. It is an Animated YouTube Channel and is something that I have wanted to do since 2017.

You can see what I envisioned it as on my profile in the Creative Entrepreneurship class I attended that year.

It took longer than expected but the most important thing is it eventually happened. The following are the first two vlogs I have created so far and I'm super excited!

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My interview on Prosearium


It feels great to be celebrated and it was such an honour to get featured on the Prosearium website. Prosearium is an initiative started by Sithe Ncube a Zambian based in South Africa to document 1000 African women of all backgrounds and their experiences creating and contributing to games. Prosearium.net is taking a step forward to increase the participation of African women in game development. 

Again thank you to Sithe and the team for the lovely feature. You may read the article here.

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Kesho Pia Ni Siku

Kesho pia ni siku is Swahili and loosely translates to tomorrow is a new day.

My mentor Ng'endo Mukii over the December holidays hired me for some transcription work.

I have done a couple of transcription work for her but this one was a little special.

I got to listen to her conversations with her mother a strong and very inspiring woman entrepreneur.

The stories shared were deep and emotional and I am humbled to have had a chance to listen to them raw as they were before they were trimmed into a few minutes.

As an entrepreneur, it inspired me to keep on going and as a woman, it taught me how resilient women can be and to literally keep at it. 

The following is the beautiful output by Ng'endo of these beautiful conversations coloured by the beautiful African fabric that Njeri Mereka sells. Click the image below to open the clip. Enjoy!

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Keep It Simple Stupid

We won! 

What a way to start 2021.

Over the years, on my journey in the Game Development Industry, I have been blessed with great friends. So when I found out that we as the Moran StoryLab would be participating in an all-female XR Hackathon this month I reached out to my friend Roy for some advice. 

Roy had participated in the previous XR (extended reality) Hackathon by the same company BlackRhinoVR and their team had won an award. I went through some ideas with Roy after which he gave me a task to research a few things. And one of those was the parable of the talents in the Bible.

I found this a strange way to approach finding Tech solutions but I trust Roy so I went ahead and looked for the parable to refresh my memory. That is when I saw the correlation between the message of the parable and the theme of the XR Hackathon which was "Eradication of Systemic Corruption using VR/AR Solutions".

The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. 

Then he went away. He who had received the five talents made five talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.

Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, "Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more."

His master said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master."

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying. "Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours."

But his master answered him, " You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The overarching issue we noted as a team when it comes to corruption is mismanagement of funds so this parable resonated. However, while we went through our ideas as the Moran StoryLab team, we realized there is a need for people to be educated on various important issues such as the fact that we have paid taxes since we were children through everyday goods. Therefore even if some of us don't pay taxes directly from our salary, we still need to care how the funds are used. 

Another learning opportunity was that there are ways unknown by most that one can report corrupt officials anonymously while protecting themselves and their loved ones.

At first, our idea was jumbled up. We had so many problems we wanted the solution to solve. But thanks to the witty message by Brian Afande the Managing Director of BlackRhinoVR keep it simple stupid we decided to simplify our solution. So on the first day of the Hackathon when all the other teams hacked away, we went back to the drawing board to simplify our solution and bring some form of clarity.

The team going back to the drawing board

These were the most trying moments during the Hackathon but we somehow pulled through. Using the resources we had at our disposal, we saw it fit to make an educational augmented reality experience that teaches the user how to report corruption cases anonymously so as to protect their identities as witnesses.

We called our solution Whistle Blowing 101

As we've learnt from the parable we are all given responsibilities according to our abilities. We as a team,  after the short training we had received from BlackRhinoVR mentors, were able to come up with a simple solution that would help in solving a crucial problem. A problem so crucial that lives have been lost as a result.

During the presentation of our solutions, we made sure to mention a few of the many lives that were affected due to lack of knowledge on how to protect themselves. Those examples included John Githongo, David Munyakei and Boniface Mwangi who upon revealing corruption underwent some grave repercussions. 

Upon revealing the Anglo Leasing scandal, John Githongo sought exile in the UK due to claims of a threat to his life. After exposing the Goldenberg scandal, David Munyakei was sacked from his job at the Central Bank of Kenya. As a result, he was not able to buy some medicine he needed and later succumbed to the illness. 

Boniface Mwangi, on the other hand, had to send his family to the United States because his activism against corruption put them all in danger. As seen in his award-winning documentary film Softie the move affected his relationship with his family including his firstborn son almost denouncing him as a father.

It is as a result of such stories that people turn a blind eye to corruption because we do not know how to protect ourselves. There is so much to lose as individuals. However, now with our solution, people will know there are more secure ways of reporting corruption cases such as going through the Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) website and filling in forms anonymously. 

In the parable, the "unfaithful servant" accused their master of some form of impunity but did not seem to have any evidence. Such accusations even to date fall on deaf ears; that is why to further our solutions upon funding, we would like to come up with a platform where people can upload videos and photos as evidence which will go through some form of fact-checking among other procedures.

In the spirit of keeping things simple stupid, we made our prototype the simplest and most straight forward way we could. We avoided making a prototype of how we envisioned the future software solution to look and resorted to stating it during the presentation. I loved how easy it was to explain what our solution was about and how when the judges sent questions our way we were all able to assist one another in answering them. 

The synergy throughout the Hackathon was amazing. Our bond as a team grew in leaps and bounds and now I look forward to working on a 360-degree video shoot together later this year. 

After the Hackathon, we had a Protecting Your Intellectual Property talk organized by BlackRhinoVR on the following Tuesday to prepare us for the future should our projects get funding for further development. 

We won 600 dollars by practising simplicity and now our 2021 is off to a great start. I would like to challenge you to find ways to simplify the things you do. Ease into them and find ways to relieve stress. Simplify the goals you have so that you have tiny little habits you do regularly towards the achievement of the larger goal. When you get the chance read the book Atomic Habits. And on that note. I wish you the very best this new year and remember to keep it simple stupid

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Let Yourself Be Perfectly Imperfect.

I remember watching my desk mate and fellow classmates walk past me during assembly to the front of the podium to receive gifts for doing well in exams . While this happened I would wonder when it would ever be me. At times I would daydream walking up the podium to get my Cadbury chocolate for grades well earned. Yet again and again, I would wake up and find myself in the same place leading on the other side, with no chocolate in sight apart from the occasional generous friend giving me a kionjo.

In the afternoon, after class, I would stay in behind longer than usual while my deskmate went for Hockey practice so that I could catch up on some reading. I would do the same during the weekends when she and other high performing students would go out of school for Sports competitions. 

I did not let myself get into Sports because I was scared that my grades would deteriorate even further. If only I knew what I know now as someone working in the Video Game Development Industry, on the importance of play in activating the brain for learning and strategic thinking. 

Anyway, I digress; my daydreams were the closest I got to receiving such a chocolatey gift. I know, I know you must be thinking gosh how petty. All the same, I am a human being and coupled with my raging teenage hormones at that time I was allowed to feel that way. 

Most schools did not have such gifts and students still did well. However, that was not my reality and for that, I felt inadequate. 

The fusion of art and tech is the future; creativity is getting more on demand during this time of accelerated digital transformation -- Wendi Ndaki

Don't get me wrong I had my strong points. I remember being awarded the second position for drawing a portrait during an inter-house competition. But now looking back, I realize no one saw it fit to give us brilliant creative students chocolate as recognition for our creative genius. It tells you a lot about the education system and the solutions for these ingrained mindsets that the sciences are the most important and should be given priority at the expense of the arts.

Anyway, I laboured through high school and ended up with a good enough grade to do a Diploma so as to qualify to do my Degree. This only happened because I am blessed with caring parents who made sure I went through my University education. 

I ended up in IT and I decided to embrace it. I eventually fell in love with it which led to me starting this blog and joining the gaming industry where I feel most at home because of how art and tech fuse seamlessly.

To be honest, one must be strong-willed and passionate about art to go through such experiences and still be at it. And because of that, I celebrate myself.

Having gone through the hardships I did during my time in High School, I have come to appreciate applications that gamify learning such as Mavis Beacon for typing and Duolingo for learning foreign languages. Because I love learning new things. It's just the method of learning I used in High School that did not work for me.

I learn best by doing practical stuff that is why Art was my favourite subject in High School and IT grew on me in Uni. 

I used to attend classes during the day and work in the ICT department in Uni at night. I would juggle that with doing assignments and also being an active member of a student-run organisation called AIESEC where I would eventually get elected as a Vice President. I even got to travel to Rwanda as a web design volunteer teacher in a High School in Huye through AIESEC.

My alma mater USIU-A made learning fun and my time on campus was full of adventure. I still remember the 24 hour ride from Nairobi to Kigali by bus for that volunteer opportunity. And how we would go to the Rift Valley region for leadership conferences on a regular, both through AIESEC and USIU-A as student leaders.

As I sit here writing this, my life still has its challenges but I feel like my past experiences ground me. I am more appreciative as my life takes shape and as I establish myself as a Creative Entrepreneur. 

I currently have clientele from both the Arts and Tech industries. I have travelled to numerous countries fully sponsored because I chose to be bold, follow my heart and do what I love. I recently spoke in a panel with CEOs and influential people in Kenya and I almost did not recognize myself. I received a good sum of money for winning as a team at the Hack Ur Culture Hackathon. My team Hack Circle also received funding from the Goethe Institute Joburg to further develop another solution we created at the same Hackathon.

I have found my calling in the fusion of the arts and technology and I intend to share this passion through the work I produce and hopefully make a difference through inspiring stories that encourage those hesitant to follow this path that it is possible to succeed in it.

It will be tough at times but totally worth it. Let it be imperfect as you start and watch it improve as you go. We are always on a journey towards an elusive perfection, so let yourself be perfectly imperfect. And try try try. Apply for those opportunities and then let go, meanwhile count your blessings and stay positive. All will be well.

I never got that chocolate in High School but I tried my best. Now I can buy myself all the chocolate I want with money earned doing things I absolutely love. What more could one ask for? I did my Diploma while my classmates were doing their Degree I felt low in the beginning but when I went to do my Degree I achieved more than I thought I would. And so can you, that thing that is putting you down right now will make for a great story in the future. Be kind to yourself and those around you and let yourself be perfectly imperfect.

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