Meet Wanangwa, a law student and game development enthusiast. She was a participant in the Ubongo Game Lab Games Plus Girls workshop in 2018. Ubongo Game Lab hosted Games Plus Girls annually to increase women’s participation in game development. Get to know Wanangwa and her experience at the event.
Tell us about yourself Wanangwa.
My name is Wanangwa Gondwe. I’m a Christian Believer and I live in Lusaka, Zambia. I’m a student at the University of Lusaka studying Law. I am in my second year and I’m really enjoying it.
When and how did you discover your interest in game development?
I discovered my interest in gaming in the year 2017 while I was in grade 11 at David Kaunda National Technical School. I was taking Computer studies at the time and the school had a teacher that was active in computer programs so as a class we had the opportunity to be exposed to several programs. We were visited by Hackers Guild who ran a 3-day program that enabled us to learn how to create several games, websites, and phone applications. I was instantly charmed by the idea of creating games and wanted to know so much. I let everyone know that I had found something I liked to do and called home to ask for a laptop so I could do more. It was just so amazing!
You took part in the Ubongo Game Lab Game Plus Girls event, did you get a chance to create any games for the workshop?
When I came across the Ubongo Game Lab Game Plus Girls event a few months after the school visit, I did not hesitate to sign up for it. I got the chance to create games, more games than I had created while in school and they were different!
Tell us about your experience taking part in the workshop.
I liked that they had much more to do than what I had done earlier. I felt like a kid in a candy store! It was there that I learnt that gaming, and I found that creating games was much more fun than actually playing them. I also liked that games could not only be fun but could educate as well without being so boring. While there, I connected with other young ladies with so many other talents and interests that encouraged me. I loved everything about the event.
What are some of your favourite games?
My favorite game is Quern – Undying Thoughts. I like it because it’s a bit challenging, you don’t know if you have to really think or guess in the game. The graphics are some of the best I have come across, it gives me a nostalgic feeling. I would definitely recommend it.
If you could create a new game, what would it be about?
If I could create a game it would probably be one that is similar to Quern or maybe one that would be helpful to a law student. I played a game I can’t remember now that would give me a case before the court and I had to either defend or prosecute and use authority. I actually liked it, not only did it help revise my actual school work but it helped me relax in my field, strange, I know. But I would do something similar or just a simple snake game but with a twist to it. Whatever game it would be I know for sure there would not be any violence.
Sithe’s note: I suspected the game was Ace Attorney but Wanangwa has confirmed that the game is Argument Wars. Wanangwa sounds really interested in playing Ace Attorney, and I’m going to try out Argument Wars!
Have you ever wanted to live in a world from a game? If so, which one and why?
Unfortunately, I haven’t ever thought of living in a game. Unless I’m playing Candy Crush and I just want to move my candy so I can finish the level with the right moves. Maybe GTA, several people have suggested it and now I’m eager to find out what actually goes on in the game and why they would actually want to live in it.
What would you like to see more of in game development in Africa and globally?
I’d like to see more gaming studios, especially here in Africa. I have seen not more than 10 or so and I would like to see more in the future.
Anything else you would like to tell us? A fun fact about yourself?
A fun fact? I think I can run faster than Usain Bolt… in my head.
You can watch a short video about the Games Plus Girls initiative below.