Basil Okpara Jr , A 9-year-old Nigerian has built more than 30 mobile games. Basil uses a free programming application, Scratch 2 and has created more than 30 car racing, running and hide and seek games

Scratch 2 allows users to create games, animations, and stories online or offline. “I learned how to build games at a boot camp. Now, I build to keep me busy when I am bored,” Basil told CNN

In March, his father signed him up for a five-day boot camp for children aged 5 to 15 The camp, organized by Codefest International, was put in place to give children like Basil access to emerging technologies like robotics and virtual reality. “I bought him a tablet when he was 4 years old because I saw that he was always grabbing phones to play games with. He played Candy Crush and Temple Run a lot,” the father told CNN.

In May, team Acrobot, a Ghanaian all-girls high school team won the 2019 Robofest competition by programming robots to stack boxes. And with Africa experiencing increased investment from tech giants like Google and Microsoft, Basil and his peers are on their way to becoming future coding stars.


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