Eyram Tawia

2017 Dartmouth Mandela Washington Fellow
Ghana

Eyram’s love for comic books and games instilled his interest in game programming at an early age. He co-founded LetiArts on his conviction that Africa will make a salient contribution to the world of games, a vacuum that Africa needs occupying to spark new professions and boost the continent’s collective GDP. He is the CEO for LetiArts – a company that builds exciting games and comics based on historical African heroes and folklore to encourage younger generations to learn and read about African history, thus reigniting the continent’s diminishing rich culture. LetiArts also builds serious games that NGOs use for advocacy purposes. Challenged with scarce African game development skill sets, Eyram initiated an internship program that has trained over 150 students from junior to tertiary levels. He published his biography, Uncompromising Passion: The Humble Beginnings of an African Video Games Industry, documenting his journey, inspiring young Africans to tell their stories. He holds a Computer Science degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with several recognitions for his contributions towards the African gaming industry, including “Most Heart for Africa” an African Entrepreneurship Award in 2015. Eyram isn’t building just a company, but a whole new industry. Following the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he will leverage knowledge and connections gained to scale LetiArts across Africa.

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