When children entertain the admiration of mythical super heroes via the consumption of comic books, cartoons, or video games, they identify with racial images and subconsciously label what is positive and negative at a very young age.
For an example, if a white-owned cartoon production company casts black characters as villians and white characters as heroes, black children who consume this entertainment on television will automatically perceive themselves as bad and see their fellow white children as better than them. They’ll also view white people in general as their saviors.
Studies have shown and reality continues to reveal that the images children are bombarded with in various channels of entertainment ultimately influence how they perceive themselves and others. What they see in video games, on televisions shows, or read in books can make them either hate themselves or love themselves.
When it comes to black children in particular, it’s important that they see people in their own race as producers of the mythical stories they grow up idolizing. It is fair to surmise that black children deserve an alternative form of entertainment consumption that is produced by people who look like them.
Such producers know how to cater to their own kind a lot better and they relate to the black children they seek to inspire. A great example of a man who is doing this in the video game industry exists today. Meet Madiba Olivier (pictured above), a young man from the African nation of Cameroon who is a successful video game developer.
Recently, in an exclusive interview with Good Black News, Olivier unveiled his latest innovation, which is a video game called Aurion: The Legacy of Kori-Odan. Olivier is also the founder of Kiro’o Games, a video game development compnay that excells at creating entertainment specifically geared toward black children.
Kiro’o Games also built the very first video gaming studio in the history of Central Africa. “The history of our continent is rich. We took inspiration from local Cameroonian traditions, like the Ngondo festival celebrated by the Sawa people, and we also incorporated symbolism adapted from that of the Akan people of Ghana, specifically the Adinkra writing style,” said Olivier in his interview.
Such a video game is perfect entertainment for black children as a reward for completing their homeschooling activities. For more information and a step by step guide on how to transition your children and family to homeschooling,