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.
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 www.wsis-award.org, facebook.com/WorldSummitAward and twitter.com/WSAoffice
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