Leti Arts at MWC 2015

Leti Arts attends Mobile World Congress 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Leti Arts attends Mobile World Congress 2015 as Global Winner of the ‘Best Established Developer’ category of the 2014 Vodafone appStar competition.

 Accra, Ghana – March 3, 2015:  Leti Arts, an interactive media studio with offices in Ghana and Kenya, is attending Mobile World Congress 2015 as part of its winning prize for emerging the Global Winner of the 2014 Vodafone appStar competition.

“appStar is the Annual Developer Contest conducted by Vodafone, for developers across several countries in Africa & Asia, to promote local talent & bring them to the international stage.”

The 2014 edition saw developers from five (5) countries, Kenya, India, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa competing in the global final. Leti Arts emerged the winner of the Best Established Developer category, 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 part of the winning prize, Leti Arts is attending MWC 2015 to meet potential investors and partners across several industries including game publishing, content production and content distribution. Last year, Leti Arts met some exciting prospective partners during MWC 2014 and expects even more this year.

“We are excited to leverage our attendance of Mobile World Congress 2015 to find investors and partners to help grow our gaming portfolio across mobile and consoles via licensing and third party publishing and also partners who can extend the reach of our Africa’s Legends franchise into TV, Print and Merchandise worldwide.”
 Eyram Tawia (CEO, Leti Arts)

Currently content within Leti Arts’ Africa’s Legends franchise include two comic series and two games, across both Android and Windows Phone. A new casual game targeted at a younger demographic is scheduled for release on IOS in Q2 of 2015.

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.

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 is a Top 10 Fast Company Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2015.

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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Leti Arts competes in Vodafone appStar 2014 Global Final

PRESS RELEASE

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

WINNERS: Create an African Superhero Competition/Contest

Hi Everyone.

The Leti Arts Create an African Superhero competition ended on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who voted and participated in making the contest awesome!

Here are the winners below for the Superhero competition and the T-Shirt contest.

WINNER: Create an African Superhero Competition

The fans have spoken. Congratulations to David Quartey and his superhero entry, Linguiny. Here is a recap of David’s submission.

Liguiny: Submitted by David Quartey

Africa’s greatest superhero/super villain is called Linguiny. He is a 50 to 60 year old looking man, with a two very simple looking tools on him, a hoe and cutlass. who happened to spot this mysterious hole on his way to his plantation in the heart of the Congo rainforest.

His curiosity sends him deeper than he had wanted, later coming out with super powers of controlling the weather of the earth. Hoe is thrown into the skies brings rain, cutlass brings sunlight.

So what did David win?

Winning Prize:
1. One (1) Leti Arts T-Shirt
2. One (1) The True Ananse T-Shirt
3. Coloured Poster of Winning Entry
4. Ink Sketch of Winning Entry
5. Poster with Ink & Colour

And we didn’t forget our other participants, they get consolation prizes.

WINNERS: T-Shirt Contest

And now, here are the three (3) lucky fans who are the winners for our T-Shirt contest. Congratulations to:

1. Chirag Shah (Kenya)
2. Kojo Akoto Boateng (Ghana)
3. Gameli Adzaho (Ghana)

Thanks once again. Team Leti appreciates all the fans that helped make this work.

PS. Get ready! Brush up on your drawing and illustrating skills, who knows when you may need those skills… WINK, WINK…

Vote in the ‘Create an African Superhero’ Competition

Hi Everyone.

So over the weekend, we got feedback on the ongoing Create a Superhero contest which leads to this quick post to help clarify what the contest is about and how to participate.

What is the Create a Superhero Contest?

Last October, we asked fans to create the ultimate African Superhero and we got awesome entries from our fans. Our panel of judges (it may or may not have included some superheroes), chose the five (5) best entries from the bunch. We originally said three, but we expanded the list to showcase more of your ideas.

This public voting contest is to allow our fans, to select who becomes the ultimate African Superhero from these five (5) fan submitted entries.

The public voting will end on Monday, Feb 9, 2014 at 23:00. The superhero with the most votes wins! We will make this announcement officially and also announcements for those who win T-Shirts by end of Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014.

We’ve been told the path to actual voting is a bit unclear. We confused some of you guys with the awesome Black and White photos on our Facebook page.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. Go to the Vote for a Superhero app at the top of our Facebook Page (Click Here for Direct Link).
Hint: Tell your friends about it via this URL: http://bit.ly/letisuperherocontest

Screenshot: Vote For A Superhero App

Screenshot: Vote For A Superhero App

2. Read the awesome profiles of the Superheroes
3. Vote for your favorite superhero
4. Submit your details to enter the our contest to Win a T-Shirt.
Hint:Refer your friends to stand a better chance of winning.

That’s It!!

PS. Got questions, send us a message on Facebook and we will answer as soon as we can.

Afrinolly Short-Film Competition

Empowering African Filmmakers: Vote in the Afrinolly Short-Film Competition

Leti Arts values and respects innovation across all disciples of the creative arts in Africa. We know and understand that the creative arts industry in Africa must grow together, in order for our passion of interactive digital entertainment to succeed.

We love highlighting the endeavours of others in the industry whenever we can, as we did in our post on Ghanaian Illustrators. We are pleased to tell you about The Afrinolly Short-Film competition, an initiative we find refreshing and we salute the organisers.

The AFRINOLLY SHORT-FILM COMPETITION is a Unique, Innovative and Youth-focused Competition, with singular concentration on the next generation of African film makers. This Competition is designed to expand the conversations on issues about the African continent by Africans, motivate and reward young and emerging filmmakers who exhibit exceptional narrative skills using short movies and documentary as a medium.

This competition is conceived entirely as an online challenge open to Africans from across the world creating or have created short films or/and documentary films of not more than 15 minutes.

Our core objective is to empower African youths to tell their own stories from their own perspective and eliminate financial barriers to movies production. We look forward to ultimately creating a new generation of content providers in the Africa movie industry and facilitating business model based on sub-15 minutes contents.

AFRINOLLY SHORTFILM COMPETITION

The competition is being championed by the people behind Afrinolly (also known as MTN Afrinolly), a cross platform African entertainment app and past winner of the Android Developer Challenge in Africa. The total prize money is $100,000 with first prize in each category garnering, $25,000. Not bad at all! In the previous season of the competition, Joseph Samuel Akwasi Akiwumi from Ghana took third prize in the documentary category with Black and Gold.

Kudos to the partners of this edition of the AFRINOLLY SHORTFILM COMPETITION (MTN Nigeria, iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival, Goethe Institut), for enabling Afrinolly to encourage creative filmaking in Africa.

We have gone through a good number of the entries (still going through) and we are loving the short films and documentaries. We are pleased to see one animated short film,Imodoye, in the shortlist of finalists. Imodoye, is an interesting take on a popular foklore theme, a wise character overcoming a powerful foe. A similar theme can be found in parts of Ananse: The Origin (Read in Leti Center), the pilot issue of our African superhero series, The True Ananse. We are hoping more and more animated entries come through next year.

There are ONLY 2 DAYS left in the voting, so head over to the competition website and vote for your favourite short films and documentaries.

Enter the Leti Arts “Create an African Superhero” Competition!

One of the best things about being a comics and gaming company is that we get to bring our wildest imaginations to life. Now it’s your turn!

HOW IT WORKS

Send us a description of the most incredible superhero (or supervillain!) you can think of. We’ll turn the best three descriptions into gorgeous colour illustrations of your creation!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LETI ARTS “CREATE AN AFRICAN SUPERHERO” COMPETITION!

Does your character absorb power from the sun to shoot fire out of his hands? Does she control machines with the help of an ancient staff? Maybe he’s a stranded cyborg from a future where the greatest space-faring civilizations explore the universe in spaceships shaped like pyramids. The more imaginative, the better!

THE RULES

1) Contest runs from October 1st to October 12th.
2) To enter, like the Leti Arts Facebook page and submit a description of your superhero on this page.
3) Description should be anywhere between 10 to 200 words.
4) The character must have an explicit connection to the African continent.
5) Competition is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.
6) There is no limit to the number of characters entrants can submit.
7) After October 12th, Leti Arts co-founders Eyram and Wesley will select the three best entries.

THE PRIZES

1) The three best submissions will be brought to life as colour illustrations by Anadan, Leti Arts’ own in-house artist.
2) The three winners will receive VIP tickets to the official launch event of The True Ananse comic in mid-October, where they’ll be presented with signed printouts of the character illustrations.
3) The winners will go home with a physical print of their creation, as well as “The True Ananse”-themed goodies such as T-shirts and stickers.
4) One of the three characters will be selected to appear in a Leti Arts comic! That character will be selected at the launch event.

CONTESTANT RELEASES

Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use winners name and winning entry for promotional purposes.
Contest entry constitutes permission to use winning submissions on Leti Arts website and its affiliated websites and social media accounts without further compensation. Furthermore, entry constitutes permission to archive your winning entries indefinitely on any webpage.

Contestants agree that the sole and final judgment as to all matters concerning contests and interpretation of contest rules are at the sole discretion of Leti Arts, its owners, and its staff.

ABOUT LETI ARTS

Leti Arts (letiarts.com) develops cross-platform interactive digital comics and mobile games based on African history and folklore. 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.