Ever heard the name Hugo Obi?
That’s the man behind Nigeria’s first online gaming company, Maliyo Games. Guess what kind of theme he chose to feature in his games? Strictly African! How cool is that?
They develop online titles with an African theme, sharing a typical African’s everyday experiences with the global audience in the coolest way possible…from millennial POV that is.
Anyway, back to Hugo.
Like any ordinary kid, Hugo grew up in Lagos with a dream of becoming the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Ironically, he became his own original and now kids all over Africa also want to be like him.
From a young age, young, Hugo was fascinated with tech gadget, gaming consoles and the wonders the big tech industries of the world kept rolling out year after year. To a long and well-known story short, started by sharpening his knowledge of the industry.
First, with a diploma in computer engineering/science at a West African tertiary institution thinking he had the tech part of his vision in the bag. He soon realized though that there was a gaping hole in the tech industry when in came to gaming from an African POV.
I’m sure you can guess what he did next…
Oh yes, the go-getter changed gears and decided to tackle the business side of the industry by studying International Business, Finance and Economics degree in the UK and his academic portfolio now goes even beyond that.
Obi soon returned to Nigeria to become a part of the mobile/social gaming phase of the technological expansions brewing in the country.
With his African/Nigerian experience, the games his company creates are playfully quaint featuring relatable titles like ‘My village’, and ‘Okada’ which is Nigeria’s famous motorcycles considered as one of the most significant street transportation. This is all local content cooked into tech innovations and social interaction.
As the leading form of entertainment today, video games are an integral part of American and African culture. There are approximately 2.2 billion gamers in the world, which means that the demand for games is high, indirectly meaning the demand for game developers is high too.
Generally, it sure is a fun industry, imagine designing and creating your vision into a reality; although there is a lot of work that goes into it for that final WOW product.
Game development is similar to a lot of industries in that the pay is based on experience and talent. However, video games increasingly generate cash for months or even years after their release, earning developers a superior return on their time and resources.
Besides creating an African game, Obi believes games can be educational too, instead of ‘just’ fun and adrenaline. In his game, as you move up the levels, there are educational questions that one must answer.
You too can be the next, Hugo Obi, and enter the market of around 44milion Nigerian internet users from a digital stand point.
But Remember Hugo started by buttressing his knowledge base.
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Any one of these courses can get you a foot hold into this obviously lucrative market.
Such a course can secure that you enter into fields like the video gaming industry among many others in the tech-world.
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