Earlier this week, we broke the story about a new gaming start-up called Kuluya which launched with a highly addictive and adventurous game called Monkey Run.
With over 100 game titles (as it claims) with African characters and themes such as Monkey Run, Bush Meat, Agbero, Ole, Point & Kill, Zulu and Mosquito, the Lagos-based gaming start-up which raised $250,000 in seed funding wants to provide an ultimate African gaming experience and change the continent’s gaming landscape.
Kuluya has brought together some of the country’s best graphics animators, illustrators and flash programmers coming from industries such as advertising, video animation and software development.
The Kuluya team is led by Chris Okonkwo (picture above) and ‘Lakunle Ogungbamila (picture below). Chris is a creative & animation expert whose experience and exposure spans across gaming, fine & digital arts and advertising.
Having graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) with a first-degree thesis in Animation and CGI in Movies and Games, Chris has been one of the most technically advanced Nigerian digital artists of his time.
Kunle describes himself as a proficient IT project manager with experience spanning across Oil & Gas, Banking and Technology Start-ups. A graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, Kunle started his entrepreneurial endeavours during his second year at the University. From being a computer hardware repair specialist to developing websites, Kunle has always been a geek.
We caught up with the super-creative and uber-talented team behind Kuluya this week to share their thoughts and experience in the gaming industry, learn more about the inspiration for the gaming start-up’s African themes and titles and understand where the African gaming industry is going from here.
Enjoy the interview here.
[Images courtesy of Kuluya]