Tsiaro Manuela from Madagascar emerged victorious in the inaugural African Female Swahili e-sports Championships, held at the Sarit Center Expo in Nairobi.
Attracting competitors from Benin, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Kenya, the competition showcased the diverse talent in the African esports scene, with TEKKEN as the chosen battleground.
Manuela claimed the top spot, earning a well-deserved cash prize of $1000. Queen Arrow secured the second position with an impressive performance, receiving a cash prize of $500.
Feble and Black Angel demonstrated their prowess, walking away with $300 and $200, respectively.
The event was attended by CS Sports and Culture Ababu Namwamba and Desire Koussawo, President of France Esports and Founder of SAGES, among other dignitaries.
Namwamba stressed the importance of exploring the creative economy to create opportunities for young people, noting that esports could become a critical contributor to Kenya’s GDP.
Koussawo expressed excitement about the tournament, reaffirming the French embassy’s commitment to supporting esports in Kenya.
NAICCON, a platform for African creatives in the digital arts, collaborated with the Swahili Esports Champions 2023 to empower and showcase the untapped potential of female esports players in Africa.
Ann Ndanu, Co-Founder of NAICCON, highlighted the tournament’s success, with over 2500 Kenyan gamers, animators, and gaming creators in attendance over the two-day exhibition.
The Swahili E-sports Champions 2023 aims to stimulate entrepreneurship within the esports scene, with a specific focus on female entrepreneurship in gaming across the continent.
In addition to the TEKKEN competition, the NAICCON Convention dedicated a day to insightful discussions and professional meetings focused on the growing esports sector in Africa.
The event featured distinguished guests from various sectors of the esports ecosystem, fostering a comprehensive dialogue on the challenges, successes, and prospects of female entrepreneurship in the African esports landscape.