Leti Arts competes in Vodafone appStar 2014 Global Final

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Leti Arts competes in ‘Best Established Developer’ category, of the global final of the 2014 Vodafone appStar competition.

 Accra, Ghana – January 14, 2015:  Leti Arts, an interactive media studio with offices in Ghana and Kenya, is representing Ghana in the global final of the Vodafone appStar competition, at an event being held in Bengaluru, India on January 15, 2015.

“ appStar is the Annual Developer Contest conducted by Vodafone, for developers across several countries of African & Asian continent, to promote local talent & bring them to the international stage.

This year developers from five (5) countries, Kenya, India, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa are competing in the global final. Leti Arts is participating as the winner of the Best Established Developer category for Ghana, with their Android mobile content distribution app, Africa’s Legends.

The Africa’s Legends app, is a mobile content distribution app for delivering content related to the Africa’s Legends superhero franchise, to consumers worldwide. The Africa’s Legends superhero franchise reimagines African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as elite superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa.

As a mobile content distribution app, we know Africa’s Legends is innovative, and we are glad it has been recognized. We will continue to push Africa’s Legends in 2015, through innovative digital formats, such as games, digital comics and interactive apps.
 Eyram Tawia (CEO, Leti Arts)

Content available in the Africa’s Legends app include digital comics and games, with additional content (videos, wallpapers, ringtones) scheduled for future release. The Africa’s Legends app and its sister app, Leti Center, are available as a FREE download from the Google Play Store and Windows Phone Store.

Leti Arts, represented in the competition by Eyram Tawia, CEO of Leti Arts, wishes to congratulate the winners of the Best Upcoming Developer category in Ghana, ‘Vicinity App’. Vicinity app is represented in India by Abideen Adelu, on behalf of his team of three (3) Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EIT), from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra.

Leti Arts encourages all their fans to get involved in propelling Team Ghana to victory by sharing their messages on social media with the hashtag “#appStar” and to add ‘@vodafonedev’ specifically for Twitter messages.

About Leti Arts

Leti Arts develops cross-platform interactive media products based on African history and folklore, including digital comics and mobile games. As one of a handful of interactive media studios in sub-Saharan Africa, Leti introduces global audiences to African storytelling.

Leti Arts has offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya, and was founded by Eyram Tawia and Wesley Kirinya.

Visit us on http://www.letiarts.comFacebook, Twitter and Google+

About Africa’s Legends

Africa’s Legends is a superhero franchise from Leti Arts influenced by folklore and historic legends from across Africa.  In  Africa’ s Legends, Leti Arts  reimagines African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as elite superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa.

Follow Africa’s Legends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

About Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator program provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.

To date, the MEST Incubator has invested in over 15 companies and backed more than 35 co-founders. Our focus is on companies in the following areas: SaaS, Consumer Internet, eCommerce, Digital Media, and Healthcare IT.

More on MEST: http://meltwater.org/Facebook, Twitter

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Meet the Interns

Leti Arts as part of our commitment and passion to train and mentor upcoming artists, illustrators and game developers runs internship programs, as often as our work schedule permits us.

We believe in providing a platform for personal growth and to demystify and remove any barriers to dreaming big about what you can achieve right from Ghana.

We would like you to meet our current crop of interns as they come near the end of their internships. We had a total of three (3) interns this internship period, which run from June to Mid-August. Let’s meet the interns.

Samuel Agyeman

Institution: Ashesi University
Course: Computer Science
Personal Goal: Become better at 3D Design and Illustration within a game development context

Samuel at Leti Arts
Samuel wants to be part of the creative side of game development through 3D design. However, Samuel during this internship, has had to move out of his comfort zone and work primarily with our Creative Director on a project for a third party client.

The project required him to do illustrations and game artwork by tracing and colouring in-game elements and background scenes for the project from existing images or photographs. This included people, buildings and other in-animate objects. The project also taught him team work and organization which are essential skills in the creative industry.

Samuel also worked with the Online Marketing Lead and created graphics for social media content, especially themed content around Ghana’s matches for the just ended 2014 World Cup.

Here is a sample of some of the artwork Samuel has produced during his internship.

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George Essiful Assan

Institution: Ashesi University
Course: Computer Science
Personal Goal: Become better at Graphic Design & Illustration within a game development context

George at Leti Arts
George was assigned to the online marketing team primarily and worked with Nana Kwabena Owusu, our Online Marketing Lead.

He was tasked with creating content for the social media pages of Leti Arts, as well as our Africa’s Legends and The True Ananse franchise pages. Content ranged from themed content for the 2014 World Cup, themed content for our #LetiLikes, #SuperPowerTues, #ThrowBackThursday and #LetiFunFriday campaigns on Facebook, Twitter & Google+.

He was also tasked with turning existing Leti Arts comics into a format suitable for our proprietary Leti Center comic reader and additional third party platforms including Comixology. He worked on upcoming issues for both The True Ananse and Africa’s Legends and other third party comics.

He is also working on a project for a third party client, helping with the data model and structures for the backend of a game project.

Here is a sample of some of the artwork he has produced during his internship.

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Prince Kwashie

Personal Goal: Gain experience in the role of a Creative Director
Institution: Takoradi Polytechnic
Course: Graphic Design

Prince at Leti Arts
Prince as a graphic design student has had the opportunity to learn more about digital art and illustration under the guidance of our Creative Director, Eugene Kwame Akoto.

The main project he has been working on is a game for a third party client. The project has allowed him to explore what it means to be a creative director in a game development environment and the relationship between the design team and the programming team.

It has also allowed him to discover new ways of illustrating and colouring digital artwork including tracing from existing images, tracing from photographs for unique poses and illustrating using a Wacom tablet. Team work and organization are additional essential skills he has been exposed to as part of his internship.

Here is a sample of some of the artwork Prince produced during his internship.

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The Leti Arts team has enjoyed having this crop of interns here and will continue to enjoy the last days with them until their respective internships end. At the end of it all, we hope they had fun and have progressed in their respective pursuits of greatness.

 

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Leti Arts Nominated for 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA)

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Leti Arts nominated in the ‘Transform Today’ category for the 2014 MAMA Awards

 Accra, Ghana – April 17, 2014:  Leti Arts, an interactive media studio with offices in Ghana and Kenya, has been nominated for an award in the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), in an event held in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 16, 2014.

Leti Arts is nominated for achievement in a non-music field, in a new MAMA Award category called ‘Transform Today by Absolut’.

“ Transform Today by Absolut, is an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative talents who use their imagination to fuel social transformation and bring positive attention to the continent.

Leti Arts is proud to have been nominated for this award and wish to share the honour with all current and past team members and well-wishers who have helped propel the vision to its current state.

We are happy that our passion to entertain global audiences using our African superhero franchise, Africa’s Legends, through interactive digital formats such as games, digital comics and interactive apps has been recognized by the nomination panel for the 2014 MAMA Awards.

 Eyram Tawia (CEO, Leti Arts)

 Leti Arts congratulate their fellow nominees in the ‘Transform Today by Absolut’ category for their achievements in propelling African entertainment forward. They also extend congratulations to fellow nominees from Ghana (Sarkodie, Fuse ODG, Efya, R2bees) and Kenya (Lupita Nyong’o, Sauti Sol, Amani), and wish them the best of luck in their respective award categories.

Voting for the MTV Africa Music Awards is open from 16 April 2014 until midnight on 4 June 2014 via the official voting website: http://bit.ly/1j6UYYN

Leti Arts encourages all our their fans to get involved in the public voting for the 2014 MAMA awards and to vote for the nominees from Ghana and Kenya to push them to the top of their respective categories.

To get more info visit www.letiarts.com.

About Leti Arts

Leti Arts develops cross-platform interactive media products based on African history and folklore, including digital comics and mobile games. As one of a handful of interactive media studios in sub-Saharan Africa, Leti introduces global audiences to African storytelling.

Leti Arts has offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya, and was founded by Eyram Tawia and Wesley Kirinya.

Visit us on http://www.letiarts.comFacebook, Twitter and Google+

About Africa’s Legends

Africa’s Legends is a superhero franchise from Leti Arts influenced by folklore and historic legends from across Africa.  In  Africa’ s Legends, Leti Arts  reimagines African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as elite superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa.

Follow Africa’s Legends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Leti Arts at MWC 2014

Leti Arts at Mobile World Congress 2014

Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile technology exhibition and conference worldwide and is organised by the GSM Association (GSMA). Mobile World Congress is heald annually in Barcelona, Spain in late February.

This year Leti Arts is being represented at MWC 2014, courtesy of Intel. Intel is showcasing Android apps optimzed for Intel Architecture through apps from Leti Arts and Momentum Core.

Intel will showcase its comprehensive portfolio of tools and resources that help developers create innovative applications and services based on Intel® architecture. Intel’s App Planet presence will feature demos on Android* and Windows*, Internet of Things, services and APIs.

Intel Newsroom (Intel in App Planet)

Leti Arts is showcasing an Intel branded version of our content distribution portal for digital comics and games, Leti Center. The Intel branded version is called Africa’s Legends. Momentum Core is showcasing  their gaming app, Simiyu the Chicken.

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Wesley Kinrinya, CTO of Leti Arts is our anchor person in Barcelona and we will be following him on the journey and documenting as much as we can from his experience. We will supplement our own coverage with the coverage of media organisations and blogs from around the world.

There are two well written posts about what Intel is seeking to achieving through this partnership from tech sites, Tech Moran and Ventureburn. We also previously highlighted our partnership around our Africa’s Legends franchise with Intel.

TechMoran: CEO Weekends: Momentum Core & Leti Arts to Showcase their Intel Architecture Apps at Mobile World Congress

VentureBeat: Momentum Core and Leti Arts bring African apps to Mobile World Congress

We excited to be at Barcelona and to share our experience with developing on Intel Architecture for Android. We will also be definitely exploring the excitement that is MWC 2014 and bringing you tidbits when we can.

Hola!