Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
225 Quest - Protecting Abidjan with the spirit of Nanan
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The location-based game “225 Quest” takes you on an adventure through Abidjan. Guided by the spirit Nanan, you go on a quest for five elements to protect the city.
An Urban Legend from AbidjanLet us tell you a story. About Abidjan – the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire, the cultural crossroads of West Africa. According to a legend, the name “Abidjan” was born of a misunderstanding: An old man returning from the field, his arms full of branches, meets a European explorer who asks him the name of the nearest village. The man, however, thinks he was asked what he was doing and answers: "Min tchan m'bidjan", meaning "I have just cut leaves". The white man, thinking he had the answer to his question, later recalls the name of the place to be “Abidjan”.
Social and Environmental ChallengesToday, what was a village then, has turned into the most populated city of Francophone West Africa. Characterized by strong industrialization and urbanization, Abidjan attracts more and more people – and faces a number of social and environmental challenges. Unemployment, insecurity and the decimation of sacred places are among them, just as deforestation and flooding. However, game thinking teaches us: Problems are there to be solved in a creative way. So, let’s go on a journey with the Enter Africa game from Abidjan!
The StoryEburnie's adventurer returns to Abidjan. He has only one desire: he wants to visit the places of his memories – which were once so beautiful and mysterious. Suddenly, he hears a voice telling him:
"Akwaba Eburnie's adventurer! I am Nanan, the protective spirit of the city of Abidjan. Our city is threatened by insecurity, insalubrity, unemployment, deforestation, poaching, flooding, demystification of sacred places and many other problems that can hinder its present and future development. Help me to solve the problems of every municipality in our city. I will guide you and protect you so that you can restore the city of Abidjan."