Ananse becomes first indigenous African Superhero to join the Legends on ComiXology

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Ananse: The Origin available on IOS, Android, Kindle Fire & Windows 8 via comiXology

 Accra, Ghana – April 17, 2015:  Leti Arts, an interactive media studio with offices in Ghana and Kenya, this month released the pilot issue of the Ananse: The Origin on comiXology. This catapults the African superhero, Ananse, to the ranks of comic legends such as Batman, Spiderman and Superman.

Ananse: The Origin is one of the first African published comics to be featured on comiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary that has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry. Comixology provides a cloud-based digital comics platform that simplifies discovering, buying, and reading comics and offers one of the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers and independent creators.

Ananse: The Origin #1 is the pilot issue from The True Ananse series which features Kweku Ananse the African folklore character from Ghana known for his skill of trickery and cunning. Leti Arts reimagines the story of Ananse as a superhero fighting crime in present day Africa. In the pilot issue, Ananse, the spider god, seeks prominence in the Sky Kingdom to ultimately become the God of wisdom.

The True Ananse is part of the Leti Arts’ Africa’s Legends franchise which intersperses popular African folklore and historical legends with fictional characters, as an elite group of superheroes and is available as digital comics and video games.

“ Merging the past with the present in a format that is exciting and compelling encourages audiences to be genuinely excited about African history and culture. Ananse: The Origin on comiXology is a major accomplishment for us and introduces one of the first true African superheroes to comic fans around the world. A bonus is the Guided View technology of comiXology, which is fits our vision to enrich the reading experience around our comics.
 Eyram Tawia (CEO, Leti Arts)

Find Ananse: The Origin (http://bit.ly/1NjatfE) on IOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 via the comiXology apps on these platforms.

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 listed as #5 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2015, an MTV Africa Transform Today 2014 Nominee and a Google Ghana Innovation Hero Winner.

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

CONTACT
Nana Kwabena Owusu
(+233) 020 121 5655
kobby@letiarts.com

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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

Leti Arts develops soccer game for MTN Ghana World Cup promo

The 2014 FIFA World Cup fever is nearing its peak and with it comes marketing promotions by brands and corporate entities to capitalize on the biggest sports event in the world.

MTN Ghana has a promotion dubbed MTN Go Rio which seeks to make people increase their ‘Bolaness’ by talking, texting and browsing more on MTN to win BOLA prizes.

Imagine watching all the football matches on a brand new flat screen TV, or travelling on an all-expense paid trip to Rio to watch the football matches live or better still driving around town in a Sleek KIA Rio.

Just show your ‘Bolaness’ today. Continue to use your MTN number and stand a chance to win Bola prizes including smart phones and other amazing prizes.

So feel the Bola passion…keep talking, texting and browsing and win BOLA with MTN Go Rio. Dial * 120# to check your scores now!

MTN Ghana as part of making this promotion truly ‘BOLA’ in every sense, has released a game to complement the offline promotion, dubbed the MTN Ghana Go Rio Game.

The MTN Ghana Go Rio Game is a penalty shoot-out soccer game available now for the web (Facebook and soon on the MTN Ghana website), with plans for a mobile version (Android) soon.

The gameplay is simple. Beat the goalie (who we have nicknamed at Leti Arts, BOLA) and become the best penalty shoot-out player in Ghana. Post your high scores to the Hall of Fame and retain bragging rights over your friends.

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HOW TO PLAY

  1. TAP any point in the goal post to choose where to shoot the ball
  2. Watch the Power Meter and TAP again to set how hard to shoot the ball (Aim for Green Zones or Dead Center to improve chances of scoring)
  3. You have ONLY 5 Misses during each shoot out. Level up to reset your misses!

TIPS for WINNING

  1. Aim for Green Zones of Power Meter. Red is too Hard, Yellow is too Low
  2. Dead Center on the Power Meter always equals a GOAL!!

What are you waiting for, go play the MTN Ghana Go Rio Game on Facebook and let your friends know who is BOLA!

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+

WSA 2013 Nominee

Leti Games selected as World Summit Award (WSA) 2013 Nominee

WSA 2013 Nominee PRESS RELEASE

True Ananse series from Ghana receives nomination for UN-based Award in Sri Lanka

The Grand Jury of the World Summit Award examined almost 500 of the world’s best e-Content Websites and ICT projects from August 29 to 31. The True Ananse series by Leti Games from Ghana is one of them.

Accra/Salzburg, August 28, 2013

The Leti Games True Ananse series from Ghana has been nominated by an international jury of ICT experts to enter the next round of the 2013 World Summit Award (WSA) in e-Entertainment & Games. The Leti Games True Ananse series will compete against almost 500 outstanding e-Content products and applications from 168 countries in front of the WSA’s Grand Jury from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31 in Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn.

The True Ananse series is the first instalment in the African Legends initiative from Leti Games, based on Kweku Ananse, a folklore favorite from West Africa. The initiative involves a series of interactive games and comics that present stories of recognized Historical African heroes. It brings them into the 21st century through compelling high quality graphics that communicate the true ambience of African culture.

“The goal of merging the past with the present in a format that is exciting and compelling is to encourage younger generations to be genuinely excited to learn and read about African history and culture. We believe making history and culture in education relevant through interactive content is a better long-term bet for preserving our heritage.” Eyram Tawia – CEO, Leti Games.

In the first round of the international competition, an online jury will now evaluate the ventures, creating a shortlist of 15-20 projects in each of the eight categories.

After this, in a three-day process in late August, the WSA Grand Jury, consisting of international renowned ICT experts and industry leaders, will meet in Tallinn/Estonia to evaluate the submissions from the remaining nominees and select the 40 best products. The jury members of the Grand Jury come from all continents and have backgrounds in the creative industries, telecommunication, advertising, journalism and research, as well as in teaching. The jury will be hosted by national partners such as the Estonian ICT Cluster.

Finally, the 40 world’s best e-Content applications (5 products in each of the WSA categories) are selected to present their products in front of an international audience in Colombo/Sri Lanka from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25.

The categories of the World Summit Award (WSA)

The categories of the World Summit Award (WSA) are: e-Government & Open Date; e-Health & Environment; e-Learning & Science; e-Entertainment & Games; e-Culture & Tourism; e-Media & Journalism; e-Business & Commerce; e-Inclusion & Empowerment

The True Ananse series is nominated in the e-Entertainment & Games category.

WSA World Congress 2013 in Sri Lanka

After the selection in Estonia, the 40 WSA winners will get the chance to present their products at the WSA World Congress in Sri Lanka, Oct. 23 to Oct. 25. The event will offer a platform for high level experts, industry leaders and government representatives to discuss innovation in mobile content. At the event, an on sight jury will again evaluate the products to select eight overall winners: The WSA Global Champions 2013.

“With the winners from World Summit Award in e-Content, Colombo will host the best digital producers, interaction designers and content developers from all around the world. They will demonstrate the richness and diversity of the content industries. With Estonia, a country where the access to free internet is a fundamental right of the people, we are glad to have found the perfect location for the Grand Jury.” (Peter A. Bruck, chairman of the World Summit Award)

About Leti Games Limited

Leti Games is a privately held company with offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya that develops cross-platform mobile games, comics and interactive applications. Leti Games develops games on contract for third party clients and also its own in-house games and comics, based on popular historical African Legends and charcaters from African folklore.

Our clientèle span across several industries including multi-nationals, NGOs, telecoms and marketing agencies. Our client list includes Vodafone, Publicis West Africa, Afroes.

Visit us on www.letigames.com, facebook.com/LetiGames and twitter.com/LetiGames

About the World Summit Award

The World Summit Award (WSA) is the global follow-up initiative of the United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM), Salzburg, Austria. It partners with the key UN organisations and agencies in the framework of the UN Geneva Agenda and the Tunis Action Plan and se-lects and promotes the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications; to date more than 160 countries are actively involved. Through national pre-selections and con-tests together with a global jury process, WSA demonstrates the local diversity and rich creativity of ICT use. WSA is a global hub for everyone who values the crucial im-portance of local content to make today’s information society more inclusive.

Visit us on http://www.wsis-award.org, facebook.com/WorldSummitAward and twitter.com/WSAoffice

Leti Games Partnership Cocktail sets the agenda for partnerships

Leti Games last Thursday, June 27, 2013, set the agenda for conversations and action plans around potential partnerships through an event at the British Council. The event was held in collaboration with the British Council and the Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme of the British Council, which Eyram Tawia, CEO of Leti Games, emerged the 2012 winner.

Leti Partner Event

Leti Games brought together people from across a range of industries to expose them to ideas and case studies around the market opportunities inherent in gaming, mobile comics and interactive applications. The invited guests included creative and marketing agencies; brands and corporate companies; public institutions; mobile operators, content distributors and device manufacturers; publishing and printing companies and retail companies.

The event was attended by individuals from private and public organisations such as IPMC, SMSGH, NAFTI, MUSIGA, The US State Department and the European Delegation to Ghana.

Eyram delivered a highly entertaining and interactive presentation, focused on ideas to get business and public institutions present thinking differently about what they do. The presentation began with an impassioned introduction from Eyram which embodied the tone and nature of the event, a snippet of which is quoted below.

We need to know you. We need to know what you do. We need to know what you can do. We need to do things differently. We know you want to do things differently.

We need to redefine advertising. We need to define telecoms, we need to redefine monetization, We need to redefine education. We need to redefine sports, governance and employment, all through interactive entertainment.

Infrastructure is ripe for innovation to happen. Leti is this innovation.

Thank you to all our guests and their organizations for gracing the occasion and making it a success. We are delighted to have made new acquaintances and reiterated our commitment to existing partners and friends of Leti Games.

Leti Games is ready and open for business. Let the partnership conversations begin.

The True Ananse: Synopsis

Kweku Ananse is one of Africa’s most popular legends. The Leti Team as part of our African Legends initiative is creating a super hero, based in part on Ananse. Our story of Ananse the superhero, has two main thematic settings, Ancient Africa and Present Day. We give you a glimpse into the world of Ananse, The True Ananse.

The True Ananse: The Story

The Story

Long ago in the skies reigned gods under whom men dwelled. All authority was in the hands of Odumankoma, king of the gods. Four wings of rulership existed under him but yet only three gods ruled with Odumankoma. The three paramount gods: “Esuo”, the god of water; “Asaase Yaa”, the goddess of earth and “Oja”, god of fire.

The True Ananse

Kweku Ananse, the spider god, crafty and cunning by nature, had ambitions to be powerful and mighty, a legend among gods and men. He pleaded before the king for an opportunity to prove himself worthy to rule as a paramount god.

Odumankoma as a just king allowed Ananse to go on a quest to prove himself. Ananse returned to the sky kingdom victorious in his quest. Ananse was deemed worthy and crowned the god of wisdom, the final wing of paramount rulership bestowed by Odumakoma. His duty was to serve as a mediator between the gods and mankind.

With time, greed and ambition took over his heart and in his lustful quest to rule the earth, he created confusion between man and the gods. Ananse’s conspiracy was discovered. In a state of deep anger, Odumankoma pronounced the ultimate punishment on Ananse, banishment from the sky kingdom.

He was cast unto earth, a cursed statue, forgotten by all until recent days. The cursed statue of Ananse is discovered and worshipped until fate brings Ananse and an innocent boy, Selasi Rockson together, his vessel for reawakening.

Ananse vows to find a way back to his former glory, as a paramount god in the sky kingdom. Odumankoma sensing Ananse’s awakening tasks his paramount gods to recapture the traitor Ananse. Faced with a society built around modern technology (not the power of the gods), riddled with crime and corruption, Ananse decides to use his powers for good, his chance to regain his place.

Will Osuo, Oja and Asaase Yaa recapture Ananse before he can prove himself worthy of pardon? What will his vessel Selasi do, when he discovers he is possessed by a god? How will the society react to Ananse and the powerful three, forces forgotten as folklore. The adventure begins….

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