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Kenyan Student Develops African Game Focused On Matatus

“I’ve been playing games since I was young but I have never found a game made for Africa by Africans” – Zephania, Kenyan Computer Science student says. Zephania Sirime is a computer science student in Kenya who has developed a game for Africans focusing on the Matatu culture in the country. For those who don’t know, Matatus are Kenyan private taxis or buses.


A screenshot of the Matwana Madness game developed by Zephania Sirime. Photo: CGTN


The love for gaming simulations and computer pushed Zephania to develop racing games for Africa. The game allows a virtual experience of Nairobi streets in vehicles. “Since I love art and I love matatus, I decided to learn game development and coding and I thought maybe I should try it. I am happy it turned out the way it did,” Zephania commented.

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The game is yet to be successful, but gamers in its locality believe on the potentiality of its success in and across the country. Zephania says the game has been downloaded more during the Covid-19 lockdown, as everyone had to stay indoors.


“This game is fine. The first time I saw it on PlayStore I decided to try it out. When I played it, I liked it,” said Demas Mutai a game player.


“The creator of the game has incorporated features of the Nairobi matatus into it. What I like most about the game is the racing bit. The matatus have also been branded very well,” Kelvis Cheruiyot, another game player said.


Zephania hopes the game plays a vital role in keeping players entertained as we await a seemingly second wave of the Covid-19.


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