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"Nairobi X " , the first African video game designed in Kenya

The first African video-game "Nairobi X" was launched  last June  in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the fruit of the imagination of a young man of 27 years, Andrew Kaggia .The idea for his first game germed from 2013 , after several years working in advertising. In the absence of animation school and available funding, Andrew Kaggia had to fund the project himself. Andrew had to invest 5000 dollars and lost 15 kilos for the 6 hours games.


Creating "Nairobi X" is not only for entertainment but it can be very profitable.  The video game industry could quickly become a very profitable business on the African continent. Nearly 80% of the 800 million inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa should have access to a laptop by 2020. The South African newspaper Mail and Guardian encrypts the video game market in South Africa for $ 163 million : a drop in an industry that was worth 66 billion euros in 2013, according to the think tank IDATE .
The launch  in June  was an immediate success . In mid- July , there were already more than 21,000 downloads. The #defendkenya hashtag went viral, beyond the borders of Kenya, Tanzania , Uganda, Ethiopia ... and even South Sudan to the greatest surprise of Andrew.
But Kenyan officials, unlike gamers and Internet users , still keep their distance from "Nairobi X" and success . During the passage of the US president in Kenya, Barack Obama's team contacted  Andrew Kaggia and production company Black Division. Till date  the Ministry of Culture has not given any sign of life.


All started when Andrew was playing games on killing aliens in the streets and on the rooftops of Los Angeles New York. And then one day he asked himself: why is it that the aliens always landed in the United States? ! Why is it that their ships never arise in Africa? Andrew i calling on the Kenyan Governement to invest in video games as they might contribute to the economic development of the country. Andrew has bigger dreams and one of them is to create institutions and schools to train young developpers. 

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