How Dancehall artist’s life in Kawangare got changed

Odibets has not only established itself as one of the leading betting firms in Kenya but a company that has the interests of the youth in the country, especially at the grassroots level.

The company is known for having the youths’ sports needs at heart, and this has been proven through their unwavering support; offering better betting odds or sponsoring local tournaments and kitting over 35,000 youths in the country.

Apart from these mega initiatives by Odibets to support the youth at the grassroots, it has now ventured into tapping into youngsters with musical talents.

A testament to this is one dancehall artiste Dennis Gakunga Njuguna, who goes by the stage name Machete Boloman, and hails from Nairobi’s Kawangware.

The renowned artist in Kawangware dropped a banger dubbed, Odibets. ‘Siwezi bet ka firm sio Odibets. Odibets mambo yote,” part of the lyrics by Machete Boloman.

This journalist reached out to the dancehall artist to understand what motivated and prompted him to unleash the song about the betting firm.

According to Machete, who formerly played football, he wrote a song to appreciate the good work Odibets has been doing in supporting upcoming talent, and asked one of their brand ambassadors in Kawangware, to have the Odibets management listen to the song he had recorded via phone.

A month later, he received a call that he was needed at the Odibets offices, where they offered to pay for five of his projects, both audio and visual.

In the deal, his song Odibets would be the first project to be worked on. He has worked with producer Magix Enga in producing the first song.

“There are two Odibets brand ambassadors from the hood who are my good friends, so I wrote the song, recorded on phone and I asked them to give to the Odibet management and after a month, I was told they needed me at their office and that was when I was given the deal, and I went to record at Magix Enga’s studio.

“They have paid for five of my projects and Odibet is only the first of the five. They asked me to look for a good producer and I went to Magix Enga. I have 4 other projects which are fully paid for and I’m grateful to Odibets, they are doing a lot for me as a youth. The deal includes audio and video,” said Boloman.

Asked about what his community thinks about the song, the dancehall artiste said that the reception has been good and people have been praising him for singing about Odibets, a company that is making a great impact in the community.

Punters in for a treat as the new Odibets app now comes with a bonus

Speaking to journalists, Odibets Country marketing manager Aggrey Sayi says that the new app is set to take punter’s betting experiences to a whole new level with the various new features and bonuses that come with it.

 

“We have launched the best betting app currently in the market and this is a one of a kind app as it comes with several new exciting features where will also be giving out various bonuses that one will get once they download the app,” says Sayi.

 

For one to install the app, one has to click on the link https://odibets.com/odiapp follow the instructions that entail installing the app.

 

One instantly receives a bonus of Sh50 after placing their first cash bet.

 

The Odibets app has features like streaming live games, sharing bet slips, light and dark mode options and four virtual leagues that will keep punters on toes. The app also pushes instant notifications on games; punters place their bets and follow up on bets they placed.

 

“We are happy to launch this new amazing feature that will help sports lovers enjoy the several games that are being played in the various leagues at the comfort of their homes,” said Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi.

Live Stream and Analysis Feature launched on Odibets

The return of sporting activities around has been a reprieve for not only football fans all over the world but for punters who were left desolate after several months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

However, a section of football fanatics still misses going out to various entertainment joints to hang out with friends as they watch football matches due to Government restriction of closing bars and the 9 PM – 4 AM curfew.

 

To all the sports lovers that have been affected, worry not as one of the leading betting firms in the country Odibets has launched a live stream and analysis feature on its betting website.

The feature is set to offer sports fanatics information and an in-depth analysis of games that are available on the Odibets platform. This will not only help better live betting on sports, but generally enhance the users betting experience.

 

“We are happy to launch this new amazing feature that will help sports lovers enjoy the several games that are being played in the various leagues at the comfort of their homes,” said Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi during the launch.

 

Kangemi man wins big after predicting all draws bet on Odibets

Was it a stroke of genius or the day the Lord had made for one John Matoke? We will never know this is after Mr Matoke won Sh1,173,000 on Odibets after placing two separate bets of Sh500 and Sh300.

Matoke, who knew about Odibets through a friend, placed his bets that entailed draws just before the weekend games.

“A friend of mine introduced me to Odibets and before my big win I had been always trying my luck on various games from the different leagues that had resumed,” said an elated John as he spoke to journalists.

The office administrator who is an ardent soccer betting fan went on to explain how he was overwhelmed with joy his congratulatory message on his win from Odibets.

“When I got the message that I had won, I jumped up and down with excitement not knowing that there was more to come as a few hours later I received another message that I had won again,” said John as he received his cheque from Odibets Country marketing manager Aggrey Sayi.

John who placed his bet via SMS said that he intends to build a house with his winnings and also help better the lives of his family.

Early this month, it was a dream come true for one John Githaiga after he won Sh505,692 on Odibets after placing an 11-team multi-bet prediction that sailed through.

A jovial Githaiga mentioned that he had predicted over 2.5 goals for all the eleven matches in his bet slip.

Comedian Njoro battles depression, talks contemplating suicide

 

Popular comedian Njoro, has been battling depression and even tried contemplainting suicide three times. The comedian opened up about his story revealing that he has been under medication

‘maisha imenitandika sana. I contemplated suicide three times na zote zimefail but that’s God’s plans. Hadi mathee akasema hapana huyu kijana anaenda…’ he said,

Adding,

‘Truth be told siko poa. Mimi it drained me mpaka nikaingia depression and it was bad. I’ve been on medication but things arent good. My dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer, I have four kids to take care of…and lost everything’

Njoro, who cracked our ribs whenever he featured on churchill show went ahead to share disturbing details.

‘October, November, and December last year nilikuwa mbaya. Instagram yangu sikuwa napost anything because I was in a bad state. I wanted to commit suicide at viewpoint but god sent someone. I was saying my last prayer when a truck driver heard me. He put a towing rope on my car and after I was done with prayers, I was ready to die but the car wasn’t moving. He told ‘hutwafanya hio kitu’ and we attracted a crowd,’ he recounted.

The father of four continued,

‘The first suicide attempt I took rat and rat and the second attempt I bought dawa ya ng’ombe (chemical used in cattle dips to clean animals) and another time I tried chopping off my wrist, but they all didn’t work. I lost everything, friends and that’s what triggered depression.’

Photo of distraught Njoro mourning at Papa Shirandula’s grave moves Kenyans

He admitted that he stopped taking alcohol and would like to visit trained personnel in mental health to counsel him and asked well-wishers to give him a job.

‘Sahii comedy no. Kama kuna mtu ako na kazi aniite hata kesho nitaanza.’

His revelation comes after comedianne Zeddy came out to say that Njoro and comedian Wakimani were depressed. Wakimani has since sought help.

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Taxi driver scoops half a million after 11-team multibet

A dream come true, these are the words of one John Githaiga after winning Sh505,692 on Odibets after an 11-team multi-bet prediction that sailed through.

A jovial Githaiga mentioned that he had predicted an over 2.5 goals for all the eleven matches in his bet slip.

“At first I thought I was dreaming when I saw the congratulations message on my phone, I had placed my bets two days in advance and hoped to win though I wasn’t sure if I would,” said an elated John as he spoke to journalists.

Githaiga, who boasts of having placed his bet via SMS, stated that he was going to better the lives of his family and expand his taxi business with his winnings.

“I placed my bet of 11 matches to end at over 2.5 goals each just for the fun of it as I am an ardent football fan and it went through much to my surprise,” said Githaiga as he received his cheque from lead bookmaker Daniel Macharia.

SMS betting is quickly gaining traction among punters in the country and this has seen betting firms venture into the SMS betting bandwagon and Odibets clearly has not been left behind.

You need to be registered to place a bet via SMS. And this can as well be done online or using the SMS shortcode by provided by the company. You need to do the following;

SMS the word ODI to 29680 to register for an account. You will receive a message on your successful registration and how to activate your account.

How to place a bet via SMS:

Mainly we’re talking of placing the normal three-way bet which has the Home (1), Draw (X) and Away (2). The format for this is:

GAMEID#PICK#AMOUNT

Game ID is the unique identifier of the game for instance for 40001 Man United vs Arsenal with ODDs (1 = 2.99; X = 3.52 2 = 2.99) to bet on this match for Manchester United you will place a bet as follows: –

SMS 40001#1#200 to 29680 where 200 is the total Stake and 1 for the home team.

The above are simple ways to get started on the SMS betting scene that is steadily becoming popular among punters in the country.

Birthday photos of Rayvanny’s baby mama leaves fans in awe

Fahima aka Fahyvanny is baby mama to bongo singer Rayvanny. She just turned a year older and has treated fans to absolutely gorgeous birthday photos on her social media.

Wishing her the best, Rayvanny, wrote

“More life , more blessings, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mama Jaydan @fahyvanny Enjoy your Day 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹”

Fahima is a fashionista and a CEO of her own fashion company. She came into the limelight thanks to her celebrity boyfriend.

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Greatest African guitarists of all time

There is no continent in the world that has contributed so much to music and creativity than Africa. Africans have traditionally been known to have created wonderful rhythms and all modern forms of music like blues, rock, jazz, r&b, soul and disco lead back to this wonderful continent.

The American blues was known to have originated from the African slaves working on the vast plantations. For them, music was an escape mode from the tyranny of slavery. Even though African string instruments included traditional kora, the guitar came from the Western world only much later. Although there are many famous African guitar players in the West like BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry, not many people are aware of guitar players from the continent of Africa.

Here are a few guitarists from Africa you should be aware of. Check them out.

Ali Farka Toure

One of the most famous African guitarists of all time, Ali Farka Touré came from Mali and enthralled audiences around the world. He was known to mix traditional African music with the blues and more contemporary guitar style. He’s collaborated with big names like Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, counts Martin Scorcese as a fan and has won a couple of Grammys.

He died in 2006 leaving behind a great legacy although in 2012 Mali was taken over by extremists who banned everything from his music to simple pleasures like online gambling. People who played something as harmless as blackjack which is not just gambling but a game of skill were put in prison. Thankfully, that ended in 2016.

Diblo Dibala

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Diblo Dibala is a Congolese musician who was often called Machine Gun because he was incredibly fast on the guitar. He is a soukous musician which is a dance genre that originated in Congo. His style of music became very popular in France in the 80s where he formed a band called Loketo.

Diblo still plays his trademark music in a band called Matchatcha so don’t miss it if you ever get an opportunity.

Etran Finatawa

Etran Finatawa is a band from Niger. The members come from a nomadic tribe and their style of music is popularly known as desert blues. Their harmonies have a very traditional dance vibe to them making them a very popular band in the international festival circuit. Their skills have found listeners across the world including the USA as one can tell from this NYT article.

Franco Luambo Makiadi

One of the forerunners in the African guitar scene, Franco Luambo Makiadi was an influential musician of his time. He started playing guitar from the age of seven on his homemade guitar and it is said that he used to play at his mother’s bread stall to attract customers. He was known for mixing Cuban and Congolese styles of music through his band OK Jazz. He died in 1989 leaving behind a wonderful catalogue of soukous and rumba music.

The world of African music is vast and deep and it will serve you well to start digging in to discover some real treasures. The above mentioned names will be a great way to begin.

‘From a salon business to ‘simu ya jamii,’ Jobs Rayvanny did before fame

Before fame and money, most celebrities have struggled to make it to the top. It’s no different with Tanzanian singer Rayvanny who recently revealed his property was stolen while trying to make ends meet

I loved to do business even before I started singing. I worked in the phone kiosks and they stole what was mine,

Adding that;

I ventured into a salon business and started other businesses. So when you see me in the music industry also know that I have other things that I do on the side but music is in my blood.

Rayvanny is currently one of the most sought after singers in East Africa with a BET award.

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EXCLUSIVE: WCB’s Mbosso presents ‘Haijakaa Sawa’

WCB signed artiste Mbosso has a new song out dubbed ‘Haijakaa Sawa’. The singer says he wrote the emotional love song intentionally for this season to encourage people.

In an exclusive interview with Classic105.com reporter Kalondu Musyimi he said

‘The song is about a typical African family. Not all African families but most of them where you have to go to work and sometimes come back angry but then you might fight with your partner and later on patch things. It’s a life that involves getting or not getting, it’s a situation that comes and one must hope that it will pass, that’s the meaning of this song.’

The ‘Tamu’ hitmaker says he has counted losses after his show in France was cancelled due to the pandemc

‘I had a couple of shows in France and they were all cancelled. I was supposed to get a lot of money. The corona pandemic has affected everyone.Things are now at a standstill’

Mbosso who is well known for his numerous hits says he is set to gift his fans with a surprise

‘Please expect something good from me. I have good news. Anytime from now, I’ll be announcing something to my fans cause I have a gift for them. I feel like I have just started my year afresh’

‘Why I left Yamoto Band’, Mbosso reveals

He reminisces a time when he was supposed to perform in Malindi, which unfortunately never happened

‘Last year, I had a show in Malindi but the organizers failed to met their end of the deal. At the airport, they told my manager that they would pay the rest of the amount at the hotel. When we go there, they said they’d pay after the soundcheck. After that, they said they don’t have the money. When we informed the management in Dar Es Salaam but they refused. I was ready for the show but the management refused and the organizers weren’t anywhere to be seen. To say the truth, I was hurt that I disappointed my fans in some way. I apologized and I thank God that they understood me.’

He and Kenyan boy-band Sauti Sol were supposed to do a collabo ‘ Yes, We were supposed to do something together but both our schedules were tight and I still want to do a collabo with Sauti Sol cause I know they are my brothers and I know they’ll agree so fans should not think that there are differences between us, maybe the time is not yet’

He went on to thank Kenyans for their undying support for him

‘I thank Kenyans for supporting me and even when I come for shows, you welcome me with love. I’m happy and I pray that you continue to support me. I love Kenyan people’

Mbosso joined WCB in 2018 after exiting the boy band ‘Ya Moto Band’

List of Celebs who have slapped their names on headphones

Ever since Dr. Dre released his Beats in 2008, it’s been the fashion for celebrities to slap their names on a pair of headphones.

  • Beats By Dre

  • Tim McGraw On-Ear Head-Phones

  • Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator [Jay-Z]

  • Sony X [Simon Cowell]

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  • Sol Republic Deadmau5 Headphones

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  • House of Marley Liberate [Rohan Marley]

  • Sync By 50 [50 Cent]

  • Pace [Timmy Tdat]

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List of East African male celebs who have dyed their hair [PHOTOS]

Dying of hair was considered feminine back in the methuselah ages but today men have redefined that and made it a trend among themselves.

Celebrities colour their hair as a form of identification and to also standout among the crowd.

Most of the celebrities have made it a signature trend among themselves.

Below are some of the men who have changed the norm:

MasterPiece
Eric Omondi
Ommydimpoz

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Harmonize
Willy Paul

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‘The game has never been the same,’ Zari pays tribute to ex-husband three years on

Zari Hassan’s ex-husband Ivan Semwanga aka The Don died on the 25th May 2017.

Three years down the line, Zari reminisces on how Ivan had been doing his things.

The mother of five says nothing has been the same since Don’s death.

‘You still the G.O.A.T even after 3 years of your passing. The game has never been the same since you left, December’s are nolonger the same, obubalaza here in SA aint the same, pop bottle games not the same, your giving heart was never matched. You were the ‘UN office for all’. Everyone else is just clowning or chasing clout. Your shoes are too big to fit/fill,’ she wrote

Adding that;

‘Continue resting in peace champ, 3 years already but it seems like yesterday. We love you and miss you always #TheDon’

Ivan Semwanga’s son with Zari mourns, ‘May the angels sing in the most joyous way’

Ivan and Zari had been married for about 12 years and the two parted ways years before his death.

Semwanga was a well known millionaire with businesses across Uganda and South Africa.

He left behind three sons, Pinto, Raphael and Quincy.

He died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa where he died undergoing treatment after a stroke.

He was airlifted to his home Uganda where he was buried.

Issa lie! Juliana Kanyomozi’s son not fathered by President Museveni’s son

Juliana Kanyomozi recently welcomed a baby boy, Baby Taj.

Well, many Ugandans have been speculating that the baby if fathered by Uganda’s first son Gen Muhoozi.

Muhoozi is a Ugandan military officer and  the son of President Yoweri Museveni. Muhoozi has served as Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations since 2017.

But singer Juliana Kanyomozi through her social media asked fans to treat every rumour as a lie. She took a screenshot of a blog and wrote,

‘THIS IS A HOAX!!!! Treat it with the contempt it deserves!!!! Thank you’

After welcoming the baby, Kanyomozi wrote

IT’S A BOY!!!! Say hello to Taj 12-05-2020. We are thrilled!!. To God be the glory.

Juliana successfully kept her pregnancy on the down low. This is her second baby as she lost her first born in 2014.

‘Say hello to Taj’ Juliana Kanyomozi welcomes baby boy

‘If its money, she better not get saved,’ What DJ Mo told Size 8 before salvation

DJ Mo and Size 8 have debut their family show ‘Dine With The Murayas’ on TV and on Monday, the ‘Afadhali Yesu’ hitmaker shared her story of coming from the secular world to gospel music.

The singer says she had everything she wished for but was not content because she wanted to serve God.

‘Immediately I got what I wanted I started slipping into depression. I can never explain it. All that I was a secular artiste I never took alcohol. Naenda kwa bar sina tabu hapo mbele nakunywa pekee yangu, my relationships are not working.I was glowing everywhere but I am not myself. I’m so under pressure to perform better than what I used to do or previous performance’

Adding that,

‘I didn’t have real friends. I started becoming a person I didn’t really like and I remembered that happy girl who was in state house girls so bubby and I missed that girl born again girl – linet munyali. I just miss being loved for linet and not for size 8’

After she decided to start doing gospel music, Size 8 was then faced with more criticism after she announced her salvation with the song ‘Mateke’.

‘I knew I was ready for the economic downfall. But I got so much hate on social media and I was really hearttbroken. I didn’t know that that was the beginning of all the negativity I have seen on social media. There’s is a time I trended and memes were everywhere. The name propelled and became more famous than I was in the secular world’.

Her husband DJ Mo cautioned her before getting into the gospel industry that she should not do it for money

‘I told her, if she wanted to get into this side because of money, she better not get saved but when she said she was serious, I knew t wasn’t about money.’

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‘Woman, take courage,’ Ali Kiba’s wife Amina Khalef advices

Lately, Ali Kiba’s Kenyan wife Amina Khalef has been showering fans with encouragement on her social media pages.

She stepped out in a black elegant dress as she asked women to take courage.

‘The best protection any woman can have is courage😊,’ she posted

During Eid, she shared a photo of herself and son Keyaan Ali as she wished patience and kindness to everyone who was celebrating

‘May you be blessed with kindness, patience and love. Eid Mubarak to all❤️’

Before that Amina had been posting cryptic messages. This is after a Tanzanian radio presenter Diva The Bause revealed that she had been dating Ali Kiba even when he was married to his Kenyan wife.

She posted pall-bearers carrying a coffin once Ali Kiba and a Tanzanian presenter started trending over their affair.

In another post, she shared a book about turning trials into triumphs.

‘It’s their right…’ Diamond responds to Hamisa Mobetto and Ali Kiba’s chemistry

Things people born after 2000 will never enjoy nor have to deal with

 

Children born in the 1980’s and early 90’s had  fond memories of the things they used to do, but are long forgotten. Here are some things children born in the new millennium will never experience

1. A Compact disk player

Back then this was used to play music by inserting a disk. It had features such as forward, pause and rewind and it was only for the chosen few who could afford it.

2. Old School TV

Back then there were no smart TV’S with a  wide selection of channels. The old style TV was the only thing one would watch and at specific timings since it only had one channel.

 

 

 

3. Old School phone

Thank God for whoever invented smart phones. Back then there were no smart phones,  so Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were unheard of. For you to use this phone you had to have a directory to be able to dial

4. Old school camera

Unlike now when phones are affordable, back then only a few people had cameras and were used by the village photographers  who used them to run their business. Selfies were unheard of and such cameras used film to store photos unlike now where cameras have inbuilt storage space and memory card slots.

5. Cassette

This was used to record music and programs one would like to listen to later. There was no You Tube or Live Blogs and this was the only way of survival.

 

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6. Radio

Unlike now when radio’s are more improved with smart technology, back then they were controlled manually and they used batteries to keep them  on during broadcasting. They also had an antennae to help with the network and frequency issues.

 

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African games developers to watch out for

With the obvious barriers to internet access and even an occasional blackout holding African game developers back, a new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, founding their own game development companies, and making it their mission to meet the demand to see African-centric titles and characters appear on the worldwide gaming scene.

Here are some of the best African firms out there, working on everything from augmented reality (AR) projects to mobile button bashers.

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Playstation Controller

Augmented Reality Gaming Comes to Africa

Until now AR and VR games were a staple of huge tech and gaming giants from the US, Europe, and Asia, who have long been developing the games and headsets needed to make them happen, with everything from VR casinos to Pokémon Go coming from their intricate developmental pipelines.

However, when it comes to augmented reality gaming in Africa it is the Kenyan based gaming firm Internet of Elephants that leads the way, recently garnering worldwide media interest from their new game Wildeverse, which takes players into the habitats of wild animals regardless if they’re walking in their backyards or just playing at home. The game was fine-tuned by the team in the jungles of Borneo and Congo, where the developers learned all they could about the animals and habitats they wished to portray in the game.

Mobile Gaming Makes Sense for Africa

With very few of the continent’s inhabitants having access to computer terminals or steady internet connections, it makes sense that the future of gaming in Africa is likely to take place on mobile devices. It is therefore not a surprise that some of the most innovative African gaming companies are focusing their attention on the mobile sector.

Leti Arts is one of these companies, which originated in Ghana but ultimately settled in Kenya. Their flagship titles include Africa’s Legends and Reawakening, both of which draw heavily from various blends of African folklore and legend to create unique gaming experiences. This makes a welcome change from bungled appropriation leaning attempts by foreign gaming companies who tend to resort to boring stereotypes when creating Africa-themed games and characters.

For Francophone gamers, there’s a company doing similar things in Cameroon. Kiro’o Games’ main title is Aurion: The Legacy of the Kori-Odan, which looks to African cultural heritage for inspiration.

Meanwhile, many African mobile gaming companies are finding new ways to monetize their often free-to-install gaming apps. One example of this is a Nigerian company Gamsole who has partnered with Diamond Bank, that wishes to educate and engage potential new clients, knowing full well that games are a perfect vehicle for customer satisfaction. This is a trend that will no doubt grow this decade, with developers likely wishing to diversify their offerings to markets where there’s a lot of money to spend. Who knows, the next time you go to top up your phone credit or even use your Oddschecker mobile casino bonus you may find yourself coming face to face with an African-made mobile game.

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Games Keyboard

African Games Demanding Space on Major Platforms

Another promising advance for budding African developers is that some have already begun to make inroads into the world’s biggest gaming platforms. This has been evidenced by South African company Nyamakop featuring their wonderful game Semblance on non-other than the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers all over the globe to play a game whose roots are firmly planted in African soil.

Another example of this is Tunisia’s DigitalMania, one of the continent’s most experienced game design houses, who have racked up a whole backlist of games that are consistently played by millions of users on platforms as huge as Facebook, Google Play and the Apple Store.

By the time gaming producers in Europe, Asia, and the US wake up to the potential of gaming in Africa they may find they’re too late because the homegrown talent in this field is only set to grow. We’ll still have to wait for a couple of years to see if these seeds will bring fruit, but the potential is hard to ignore.