Who is Basil Okpara Jr
Basil Okpara Jr Bio
He is a 9-year-old child from Nigeria, who has built more than 30 mobile games using a free programming application. He uses a free programming application called Scratch 2.
— CNN (@CNN) August 6, 2019
Basil Okpara Jr Father
His father said I bought a tablet for my son when he was only 4 years old. I saw that Basil was always grabbing phones to play games with. He played Candy Crush and Temple Run a lot.
Basil’s interest in creating his games grew at age 7 after he got scolded for spending all of his time playing.
How He Creat Game ??
His father said, There was this day he was on the tablet, as usual, he was so carried away with the game he was playing that I got upset with him.
“Out of annoyance, I said to him, ‘you are always playing games, can’t you think about building your own games so others can play yours too?’.
I was angry when I said it, and I did not know he took it seriously.
Since then, He actively showed interest in learning how to make his own games, prompting his parents to buy him a laptop and register him to learn the first steps of building games.
Basil, who wants to be a scientist in the future, titles his games based on what they are about.
The games are still in their raw form and can currently only be accessed on computers that have Scratch 2 installed.
But according to his father one of them, titled Frog attack, will be available to the public on Google play store in August.
Africa has the largest youth population in the world, and like Basil, this population is taking the lead when it comes to innovation on the continent.
Two Nigerian 12-year-olds were recently celebrated for using codes to build robots to sort out their house chores.
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.