Meet the 12-year-old Ghanaian mobile game developer who is making the headlines

Meet the 12-year-old Ghanaian mobile game developer who is making the headlines

A 12-year-old Ghanaian IT enthusiast is earning wide praise after he was able to create his own games from the scratch using his computer.

Gerard Nweje, a 12-year-old high school student in Ghana has made the headlines after he decided to delete all the games on his computer to build his own games.

The young man's parents enrolled him in Codetrain, a special school in Ghana that trains app developers, after which Gerard took things into his own hands.

At Codetrain, he discovered coding skills and as Rachel Anane-Antwi reports, Gerard went on to realise his dream of building his own mobile games.

To get to the level of building mobile games at Codetrain, he was taught the required technologies such as Java, XML, Android Studio and within a few months, he had already started building his first mobile app.

Gerard is quoted as saying: “When I started, it was quite challenging, but I got a lot of mentoring from my teachers at Codetrain, and in less than six months, I started to employ my own game ideas into my Android apps”.

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Gerad Nweje

Gerad Nweje showing his creation to a team. Photo credit: Ghanaweb.com
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As fate would have it, Tino Mavunga, a Zimbabwean software entrepreneur and media strategist, took notice of Gerard and suggested that he met with Eyram Akofa Tawiah, CEO of Leti Arts.

Leti Arts is an award-winning Ghanaian game development and digital comics company and were prepared to use their platform to further the dreams of young Gerard.

Leti Arts recently released Karmzah (the world’s first cerebral palsy superheroine) in collaboration with Farida Bedwei, a celebrated Ghanaian software entrepreneur.

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Gerard reportedly showcased one of his games at a recently held "Demo Day", an event where students of Codetrain showcase their apps to companies and the general public.

The next demo day is scheduled for April 26, 2019.

The hope is that young Gerard will be able to develop his game and become an acclaimed developer.

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At least, he has the support of Codetrain CEO, Richard Brandt, who quipped: “I believe that our young ones are equally talented as other kids from any corner of the world, and with the right training programs and mentoring, we can help them unleash their talent so that they can do great things and Gerard’s success proves that."

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