Interview with Eyram Tawia, CEO and Co-Founder of Leti Arts that creates locally-relevant content and games based on African superheroes. Tawia is a participant of the Slush Impact Accelerator Program for changemaker entrepreneurs.
Q: What is your company’s biggest challenge?
A: Lack of skills in the market. We want to use local expertise to create games that can compete globally. But we’re facing a challenge. We have to build an industry, not just a company. We must invest and train individuals in order to have people to work at our company.
KNOW YOUR MARKETS! This is what makes up South Africa’s massive R3.7 billion videogame industry
Young women in Senegal are pushing cultural and gender boundaries, using coding and entrepreneurial skills to enter the mobile technology industry
“Thanks to animation films, the more young people will be able to understand where they came from. Today, most of the films make reference to animals that is, it uses the animals in place of people. But if you go a back in history, you will see that this begun in Africa from our stories…” Steve Ndoumbe, Cameroonease director ( at Cameroon and animation film business )
GREAT NEWS FOR CREATIVES: Kenya asks broadcasters to air at least 40 % local content starting July (thank you Simon for alerting us!)
#SheHiveNairobi hosted a “bootcamp for women creatives and entrepreneurs: The bootcamp will help Kenya’s go-getters grow their businesses, and advance their careers by providing an opportunity for them to learn business skills, network with their peers and connect directly with potential mentors and investors.“
Protecting Biodiversity using space-based technologies! The United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management just finished din Nairobi
Tomoyuki Tanaka is a master draftsman! Check this hand drawn cross-sections of major Train Stations in Tokyo
Interview of Daniel Snaddon – co-director of the animated short film, Stick Man, which won Le Cristal at the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival – unpacks the animation industry’s highs, lows and the must-haves to be a successful animator in South Africa.
It has been fascinating to get all these images ! Thank you for allowing us to share some of the insights, passions and learning opportunities you have had. As usual is very enlightening to notice the variety of interests, skills and motivations that we have when learning.
Here the complete collection of the image probes we got back. They all talk about the energy that circulates when learning, in all aspects of our lives. Enjoy
Mercy: The photo attached below shows how important it is to take care of young animals and young children. At birth,the calf shivered,it was cold. I had to take a blanket and cover the calf, give it a hold and affection, eventually it slept off. The child’s mother left the baby crying, I gave a hold to the child and a motherly affection, the baby stopped crying and slept off. As human we assume that animals don’t need as much care but they do. Their mothers can’t give a hold or as much affection but we can. I felt the affection and connection, give it a trial and you will feel the same and view it my way.
Albert: This week I have thought about knowing what you want and going for it.
Olipha: The photo was taken during learning time with my fellow students. I was drawing a character animation that is, so i paused to take a photo.
Edna: This is a photo of me learning how to use the wacom for last week’s project which was to make a storyboard for an advert.
SparkMyke: Having a good time in the new studio
Maurice: Here are several attachments based on the things I’ve learned and what i am in the process of doing. The first several images of a person hitting a table right from the first pose to the pose where he hits the table hard. The image is just a sketch of how the real product shall be. The second is a complete drawing of a character alias dee dee which i use for my training purposes.
Soire: In the past few weeks, I have learnt to use my immediate environment as a source of inspiration to create backgrounds for 2D animations. Below is an example of reference image from our classroom window and it’s unfinished 2D render that I am working on.
Immaqlate: I added the score board and scores appear after each and every pin you hit to my bowling game in the woods.
Andika: Working with logic as a professional D A W…Never used a mac computer before to make music and now the whole experience is becoming professional to me.
Makossiri: In the past few weeks we’ve been learning a lot about our cultures and identity and this inspired me to visit the Kenya National Theatre in search of musical instruments from my ethnic tribe(luo). This is me playing the Nyatiti, an 8 stringed lyre from the luo community originally played by men.
Mista: This week I was working on a football penalty game as shown on the photo….I was able to get a character with animations controls plus I added some script to it for the target score.
Francis: I have been learning how to use Wacom for better drawings in Animation.
Nancy: I learnt how to put characters in a box. My character is one with attitude but still graceful and cultured. Using lines to express one self.
Kahama: Team work!
Stephen: I was able to come with the game functionality such as hitting the golf ball. That has been achieved through some of the skills I earned over the last week.
Ruth: I have been working on a common game I used to play while young, called Rounders’. I placed my scene at our famous Uhuru Park that’s right at the center of the city. I used to the cubes as safe areas in the game and my character needs to step on them to be safe from getting hit by the ball. Though challenging when it comes to scripting, its coming up well and soon will be done. It awakens great memories and am happy that it’s coming to life.
Kevin: no caption
Willis: The activity I’ve been up to this week, including yesterday, was doing some aerial shots with my new Dji Drone at Kiambu Tea Farms and the Great Rift Valley.
Andrea: I discovered that it is not so good idea to put to much glue in the circuits of an electronic embroidery… makes it difficult to repair 🙂