This is the advice M. BASSANGNA Jean-Yves, Co-lead project of Kiro'o Games gave at the African Fellowship conference which held on April 23, 2014, at the head quaters of the Saint Jérôme Catholic University Institute (IUCSJD) of Douala.
This conference was on the theme '' Which models for a sustainable development ''?
This conference started at one thirty PM with an introductory word from the representative of the UCAC Rector, followed by that of the president of the student's union.
The sub-theme of the conference was ''Inspired by the African culture''. It was an opportunity to show various participants how and why Mr. MADIBA Olivier (Lead Project) and his team drew inspiration from the African culture to realise Aurion: Legacy of Kori-Odan ?
The answer given by the Co-lead highlighted the fact that the research carried out on this sector of activity's environment reveal that the African culture has not yet, if not never been truely exploited in this industry.
To achieve this, we tapped from our cultural resources such as oral tradition (stories, proverbs, etc.), written materials (books which value our culture, among others), movies, customs, African traditions, etc. to create Kiro'o Tales (the stories of Kiro'o), a new genre of video-entertainment based on African Fantasy, which presents a new vision, a sublime vision of the African culture.
He precised that through this game we intend to create an inner awakening among players, especially among young African players who will learn much about the human personality, behavior in society, morals, vertues; in short, learn the African culture which, to be frank is loosing its value by the day.
In addition, we have discovered that storage media produced by Africans to value our culture such as books, cinema and music do not yeild expected results. That is why we thought of elevating this culture through video games since they draw and captivate the consumer's attention, teach them a new history and require their interaction.
We very much appreciate this initative taken by the African Fellowship Group and hope that the promotion of the African culture and youth's entrepreneurship, their leitmotiv will be a solid basis for the sustainable development of our societies.
This conference started at one thirty PM and ended at five PM with a cocktail. But after the cocktail, Mr. BASSANGNA had a thirty minutes discussion with the students of this Institution's computer club and they were very interested by the creation of video games. Some actually affirmed that they will enter this sector of activity after their studies. We were therefore happy to learn that many youths hope to follow on our footsteps.
Medias were not left out...
It was a very warm and cordial moment and we hope to be part of the party next year in order to maintain this cultural awakening in everyone's spirit.