Ananse’s Well Rescue: Help Kweku Ananse Out of His Pickle!

September 6, 20163 min read

Kweku Ananse, the beloved character from Ashanti folklore needs your help becoming best friends with Adinkra symbols, folklore, math and his all-time favorite, puzzles.

Kweku needs badly to cross over into children’s hands to enrich their lives with his masterful storytelling through a fun and educative mobile game, Ananse’s Well Rescue.

For the uninitiated, depending on which story you have access to, Ananse is a talented West African storyteller who’s either a god or a mischievous and cunning fellow with an expansive reservoir of life lessons children especially, can learn from.

Ananse math-themed gameplay for Ananse's Well Rescue

Helping Kwaku Ananse on this all-important mission is Project Ananse, a team from Ghana and the UK excited about connecting the legendary spider god with kids all over the world through culture, responsibility, creativity and arithmetic.

Ananse comic book by Kiaski Donkor

Leading the team is Kiaski Donkor, an illustrator whose re-imagination of Ananse is not only bold and colorful but important as Africans own and experiment with their narratives.

Project Ananse looks to use African culture and heritage in a modern and innovative way to instil cultural pride – mainly in children and young people – and to explore nw ways to share these cultural treasures and encourage creative thinking and knowledge.

Ananse at Chale Wote Street Art Festival

Project Ananse needs £5,000 to make this dream a reality. This involves coding, artwork and scoring. The team launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money and features some cool rewards depending on how much you pledge.

The team if successfully funded, expect to have a playable version by the end of 2016. It will be available on Android, iOS and Windows.

With just a few more days to go, the campaign needs you now more than ever and as is said in Ananse’s original tongue, ketewa bi ensua (anything, no matter how small, is something).

Follow the campaign here and follow Project Ananse on all socials: Tumblr,  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Kiaski Donkor

Kiaski Donkor is a London-based Ghanaian illustrator. Born and raised in Ghana, before moving to the United Kingdom in his teens, Kiaski Donkor is a London-based freelance creative with a B.A (Hons) in Illustration from The University of Arts London. He has worked on various projects ranging from storyboards, comics, animations, with his personal work drawing inspiration from African culture, folklore and Japanese anime.

Follow his work on Instagram and Behance.

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