“I have always liked solving puzzles of any type and Vanguard actually played a big role in my puzzle adventure,” says the creator of the Nigeria map game, Femi Akinseloyin when asked what inspired his invention of an interactive game app otherwise known as the “Nigeria map Jigsaw.
According to him, he has always been a hardcore reader of Vanguard newspaper with a keen interest in solving the crossword (game) at the back page of the paper.
This was made known during an interview with Hi-Tech on Saturday where Mr. Akinseloyin disclosed what informed his creation of a map game that would be the first of its kind in Nigeria.
“In 2017, I decided to go to Uyo in Akwa Ibom to watch the Super Eagles; that was my first time going to that part of the country and I was shocked at what I found out, the culture, beautiful people. From then on, I decided I was going to tell the story of Nigeria in a fun and easy learn the way and draw attention to the untapped tourism in Nigeria.”
Akinseloyin, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin while speaking on the usage and benefit of Nigeria map Jigsaw to the users, said: “The map Jigsaw is in three levels of easy, medium and hard. Its section aims to teach players mostly students about the geography of Nigeria. Arranging states in their positions on the Map will help players learn about the states, the people and their geopolitical locations, boundaries, and their languages.
“The trivia question sections have fun, educational, entertaining, and easy to answer questions, the questions are about our rich cultural heritage and history as a nation. The app tells a story of our rich cultural heritage and history in a game format, which is a very relaxing and easy-to-learn format. The game has the capacity to enhance national unity and patriotism. The app is free to download for both Android and iOs on google play store and App store respectively.”
While convincing Nigerians on the need to adopt the map Jigsaw as their choicest interactive map game, the technocrat said: “I tell you, it’s always a thing of joy when people can tell their own history, there is not an app game on play store about Nigeria like Nigeria map Jigsaw. We carefully told the story of Nigeria in 300 easy-to-answer questions all about the cultural heritage, history, and geography of Nigeria; communicating all these through the Nigeria map Jigsaw.”
He added: “The questions are about important historical dates, beautiful tourist attractions, festivals all over Nigeria with a view of uniting us as a country by learning about other people’s beautiful culture and festivals. It’s fun, entertaining, and educational and easy to play.”