It’s always a beautiful moment when new games are introduced in to the world. Even better (no offense) if it’s a game from Africa!
We recently received news of the official releasing of SPELL Nigeria card game at this year’s edition of the Convention this weekend in Abuja. We are thrilled that a new designer – two new designers will be joining the community and they have gifted us with an amazing social game about Nigeria.
Here is an official press release!
It is always exciting to see a new game launch in the Nigerian tabletop game space. The latest entry is ‘Spell Nigeria’, which takes a fresh look at trivia. It is a trivia and spelling card game combined, designed by Anita Eboigbe and Gabriel Omin.
The designers, who love trivia, designed the game to add fresh layers of excitement to the genre as a way of getting people to test their knowledge about the country. According to Eboigbe, it is easy to find people who are unaware of some of the beauties hidden in plain sight around them in Nigeria – including the food, the language and the places. We wanted to find a unique game play that helps them rediscover Nigeria amidst everything going on right now.
The game – Spell Nigeria – is a stack of carefully researched cards that contain trivia plays on Nigeria’s history, cultures, states, tourist attractions, film industry and music industry.
The goals of this game are simple. The first being the creation of a portable fun art piece that can positively present Nigeria and the government to its teeming young population.
The second goal is tourism-focused and seeks to present an easy way to have tourists connect with the country as well as expose foreigners to Nigeria’s unique qualities through fun.
Eboigbe said, “We believe that to change certain narratives, people have to be presented with new materials to reach new conclusions. With a table-top game, people do not feel like they are being forced to process new information unlike motion pictures or music. Games help people bond and hold hands to win.
“With ‘Spell Nigeria’, we intend for people to feel like they are holding hands with Nigeria as they travel down memory lane and also connect with the good realities of the present,” she added.
True to its name, for a player to win a round of ‘Spell Nigeria’, he/she has to win enough cards of letters that can actually spell Nigeria. It is always fun to see a young person focused on winning, and trying hard to recall a lot of great things about Nigeria so he/she can win enough cards.