Basil Okpara is a 9-yr-old Tech Geek and aspiring scientist. Basil Okpara the Tech Geek uses programming applications to build mobile games. So far, he has created more than 30 car racing, running and hide and seek games.
CNN Featured Basil Okpara’ The Tech Geek
The young Tech Geek was building a hide and seek game, using a free programming application called Scratch 2.
Scratch 2, the language that allows users to create games, animations, and stories online or offline, has enabled Basil Okpara to create more than 30 mobile games. In a feature by CNN, the Tech Geek explains how he got the skill saying, “I learned how to build games at a boot camp. Now, I build to keep me busy when I am bored.”
After showing interest in learning how to make his own games, Basil’s father bought him a laptop and registered him to learn the basics of building games.
“I learned how to build games at a boot camp. Now, I build to keep me busy when I am bored,” Basil Okpara told CNN.
This may still sound almost impossible for you but this is reflected also by his father who signed him up for the boot camp organised by Codefest International in an effort to give kids the access to emerging technologies like robotics and virtual reality.
At just 4, Basil Okpara the Tech Geek, who wants to be a scientist in future, was already getting abreast with some of these tools, his father said.
How It All Started For The Young Tech Geek
“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 said.
His interest in games changed to just playing them to wanting to build them at age 7 after his father scolded for playing too much.
Okpara Sr 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.”
From that day, the Tech Geek Basil Okpara started to care about wanting to learn how to make his own games. His interest prompted his parents to buy him a laptop. They later registered him at a five-day boot camp organised by Codefest International for children aged 5 to 15 back in March 2019.
His games are, at the moment, titled based on what they are about and can only be accessed on computers that have Scratch 2 installed.
One of his games, ‘Mosquito mash’ is available on Google play store. 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.
The Tech Geek Basil Okpara is among a number of exceptional african youths who have broken the status quo and achieved the unthinkable in technology.
Basil Okpara had previously won a trip to Egypt for AFCON after winning in Visa Nigeria’s Unstoppable Stories Initiative, where Visa Nigeria referred to him as a serial game developer.