Eyram Tawia and Natasha Skult have joined forces along with Asheshi University to launch Ghana’s first game development and design educational program.
A milestone for the country’s industry advocacy efforts and for Eyram Tawia (CEO and Co-founder of Leti Arts) a giant lap in his desire to counter one of the challenges faced by the local game development scene. Speaking in 2020 as he joined forces with Ghanaian Bluecrest College to launch a series of virtual online certificate courses aimed at those keen to break into the games industry, Tawia stressed the importance of education to the industry.
Education for that matter Academia plays a great role in taking an industry further. As an industry develops in a pioneering form like we have where most of us are self taught, getting our methods streamlined in a form where it is easily replicated to build up human resources is a great sign of growth. As it solves the one significant challenge we all face on the continent which is skilled human resources in games.Eyram Tawia
Co facilitator os the program, Natasha Skult is the CEO & Creative Director of MiTale, a game development company from Finland focusing on narrative-driven experiences in mixed reality and gamification. She is an active member of the Finnish and international games industry as a Chair-Emeritus of IGDA and Co-Chair of IGDA Game Art SIG. Speaking on the initiative she said,
“When Eyram approached me with the proposal to collaborate on developing the course for Ashesi University in Ghana, I was beyond excited for the opportunity, knowing what incredible talent Ghana has! As an academic and teacher at University of Turku for over a decade, where I designed the programs and courses especially for the game development and digital art production, together with Eyram we carefully designed the course program to fit the Ashesi University standards and curriculum as well as games industry principles and best practices.
We aim to work even harder on improvements and adjustments in the future of the games education in Ghana so that the game design and development course can benefit the students to reach their full potential and career opportunities in IT, media, business and game industries!”
The program which will take place over the course of a semester will be offered both in-person and virtually.