By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
“Chronicles of Klinu”, a digital game developed by a group of young graduates and tertiary students with support from Goethe-Institut Ghana, was last week launched with a vibrant ceremony in Accra.
Launching the game, which forms part of a project dubbed “Enter Africa” – the director of the Goethe-Institut Heike Friesel – revealed that the Goethe-Institut has been supporting the creation of similar games in fifteen countries throughout Sub Saharan Africa.
She added that Enter Africa is a project initiated by the Goethe-Institut, which involves many partners including game design / gamification experts, architects and urban planners from Germany and Ethiopia as well as other stakeholder organizations from different African countries.
Countries involved are Senegal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Namibia, Togo, La Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ghana, which has Prince Andrew Ardayfio, Matthew Hansen and Louis Makafui at the helm of affairs.
The game is set in Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra noted for dumping and burning of e-waste. A player embodies Klinu, a space commander who works for a cooperation that is responsible for sanitation in N’evulandi, a distant utopia far advanced in technologies and the spheres of science.
However, the company made mistakes in the disposal of hardware and electronic waste. Klinu loses his wife to Lera, a creature who emerged out of the old electronics as a result of improper disposal of waste. In an attempt to seek refuge, Lera flees N’evulandi to Earth, forcing Klinu’s hand.
The games being created in all the fifteen countries anticipate a transformation process of cities and envision future scenarios, which include challenges for infrastructure, culture, environment and how they awareness would be created and solved in a playful way.
Consequently, all participating countries will identify joint topics and create one analogue African game with a focus on borderless frontiers and the promotion of African cultures, which would be made accessible to the general public throughout the continent and beyond.
Indeed, this project has generated a network of creative, innovative and young professionals across the African continent – the Enter Africa Community. Together, hey will employ the use games and game thinking to realize colossal visions for Africa’s future.
“Chronicles of Klinu”, which was tested at Agbogbloshie by a participants of a film workshop organized by the Goethe-Institut, will be presented at Gamescom, a games festival, which would be held in the German city of Cologne in August 2019.