Basil Okpara, a 9-year-old Nigerian boy has reportedly built over 30 mobile games.
Basil who lives in Lagos with his parents builds the games using Scratch 2 – a free programming application which allows users to create animations, games and stories, according to the CNN.
The boy, who aspires to become a scientist, spends about 30 minutes to create a new mobile game; disclosing his strong interest in building animal games, race games, and running games.
Meanwhile, Basil’s interest in creating games began two years ago when he was rebuked by his father for spending so much time playing games.
The senior Okpara while talking to the CNN disclosed that his son who was always playing games with his phone had shown serious interest in computers.
“He used to pick my phone to play games like candy crush, subway surfers, temple run, always playing games.
“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. Then I told him instead of playing all these games, why don’t you build your own games so other kids can play?” I said it out of annoyance but he took it seriously.
“So when I noticed he had a very serious interest in computers, I got him a laptop.”
Later in March, the father signed him up for a 5-day boot camp where he was exposed to emerging technologies like robotics and virtual reality. The boot camp was organised by Codefest International for children between 5 to 15 years.
According to young Basil, “I learned how to build games at a boot camp. Now, I build to keep me busy when I am bored.”
Although one of his games ‘Frog Attack’ will be available to the public on Google play store in August; but others are still in their raw forms and could only be accessible on computers that have Scratch 2.