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Leti Arts Wins World Summit Award

Sylvana Lewin, Wednesday January 23rd 2019

We’re excited to announce that MEST company Leti Arts has won a World Summit Award in the Culture and Tourism Category. Leti Arts was the very first funded MEST Portfolio Company, and they are following in the footsteps of Qisimah Audio Insights who were selected as the Best National Digital Solution for Ghana in 2017.

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The World Summit Awards (WSA) ‘selects and promotes local digital innovation with high impact on improving society’. WSA was established by the UN World Summit on the Information Society and works to put UN-WSIS goals into action. About 180 countries participate in the awards, and it has become a quality seal for digital content with societal impact over the past fifteen years.

Leti Arts creates platform for Pan-African digital artists and gamers

Founded in 2009, Leti Arts is the first gaming company from the African continent. Seeking to preserve African heritage and culture from all over the continent, while shedding light on some of the prevalent issues on the continent, the team produces mobile games and comics that present stories of historic African superheroes brought into the 21st century. Recently, they launched the comic, Karmzah, which features a heroine with cerebral palsy.

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Their application, Afrocomix, which has received the World Summit award, features authentic Afrocentric content created by Africans. CEO Eyram Tawia explained that the Afrocomix goals align with UN Sustainable Development Goals 8, 9, and 17, which focus on decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and partnerships for the goals. He stated, “We believe in the power of technology and African creativity working together to grow Africa to the next level and are working very hard to bring to this light with our Afrocomix app.”

A self-proclaimed geek and gaming enthusiast, Tawia believes that the gaming/comics industry has the potential to have a significant impact on the economic development of the continent, while also preserving and celebrating culture and history.

When asked what Leti Arts plans to do after winning a World Summit Award, Tawia stressed they would continue to work harder than ever. Over the next five years, the team plans to focus on growing Afrocomix as the publishing portal of quality Afrocentric interactive content with the goal of solving some of the fragmentation and monetization industries the creative industry in Africa has faced. He said, “Our hope is to have people be genuinely excited about Africa when they come in touch with our continent.”

Interested in learning more about Leti Arts and CEO Eyram Tawia? Check out this article!