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African Fantasy Video Game 'Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan' is Getting Made Into a Hollywood Movie

Cameroonian video game developers Madiba Olivier and Kiro’o Games' 'Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan’ is headed to the big screen.

If anyone deserves a high five this week, it’s Madiba Olivier and his team at the Yaoundé-based video game studio, Kiro’o Games. Olivier is the programmer and game designer of Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, a 2D African Fantasy Action-RPG (role playing game) that draws deeply from African culture, myths and lores.


Aurion is already leaving an extraordinary mark on the gaming world as one of Africa’s first role-playing games. In April, it was released for download on Microsoft Windows via STEAM.

Less than two years since operations took off, the Cameroonian video game developers are ready to shake up Hollywood.

Aurion, we now know, is headed to the silver screen. According to Hollywood Reporter, Good Fear Film, the U.S.-based production company run by Chris Bender and Jake Weiner, have picked up the rights to the game.

“This is an incredibly unique entry into the fantasy genre and we are as inspired by Madiba as we are in the world that he has created," Bender and Weiner said Monday in a joint statement.

“My team and I are very excited to see our game become a movie in Hollywood. It is something we’ve dreamed about since the beginning,” said Olivier.

Screenshot from Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan.

While we don’t know too much else about the project, we presume it will follow the adventures of Enzo Kori-Odan, the Prince of Zama, who suffers a coup d'état from his brother in-law on the day of his coronation and marriage with Erine Evou. The game itself revolves around the royal couple’s journey to reclaim their rightful throne.

And if the movie is anything like the game, there will be plenty of food for thought along the way.

“The story of Aurion focused on the inner, but those who play the game can read between the lines. It’s a conflict analogy to the general African history about the quest of independence, the new colonization, but not as a victim point of view—that the problem is always the fault of others. No, it’s a conflict that’s a reflection of our generation about what is our place in the world? What can we offer to the world when we see the global stakes?” Olivier said in an interview with Okayafrica earlier this year.

“Africa is the center of the world, so we are in between the political, the economic, the material fights in the world. How can we be the convergence, center of all the interest? Maybe invent the next step for humanity. That’s what the game is talking about most, even if it’s on another planet, in another world.”

Screenshot from Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan.

Also like the game, we expect the movie’s female characters to kick ass. “We didn’t want to make another game where you had to save the girl. We wanted to give this African image of the woman not behind, but at the side of the king, and in the game they are a real couple relationship. That’s something we’ve not seen most games, the mature view of the couple,” Olivier said in that same interview.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on the Aurion movie as the project progresses. It’s definitely one to look out for. In the meantime, who’s your pick for Enzo Kori-Odan and Erine Evou?

Read: This Exciting Afrofuturist Role-Playing Game Is Revolutionizing the Video Game Industry in Africa & Beyond

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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