Since the mobile apps market started to gain prominence in 2008, Africa has remained an underperformer in mobile apps development. Recent strides in the mobile innovation world in Africa have seen more mobile apps and games developed on the continent. And more interestingly, children and teenagers have gotten into this field at very tender ages.

As the old adage goes, “learning without playing makes Jack a dull boy,” it is important for app developers to create educational children’s apps while keeping them exciting and game-oriented. However, most African children’s games seem to fail in realizing this aspect.

Developing games that children could use for learning is one great idea which Ethan Theodore Yona has set out to accomplish.

Recently, a 6-year old Tanzanian student has built an Android game called EthanMan. The game is a mobile learning game which features Ethan Yona as the superhero character of the game, talented at writing inspirational books and creating learning games for children.

EthanMan is based on a real life character of a multi-talented superhero kid. The game character, EthanMan writes inspirational books, share motivational content and takes kids on learning adventures presented in the form of a game around the world while inspiring them to dream and pursue greatness.

A few screenshots of the superhero game reveal the young creator’s astonishing skill when it comes to programming and gameplay.




Ethan, the creator of this unique children learning game believes that every child has a superhero, “There is A Superhero Inside You Too!” according to his tagline. The game aims to encourage kids to interact more with learning platforms that will add value to their educational lives.

Many children will be more willing and interested in studying this fun-filled educational game since it is a game created by a ‘kid for kids.’


The game was developed in a Zanzibar playground to mark the celebrations of the Day of the African Child which took place on June 6 this year.

According to Ethan’s mother Irene Kiwia, the young lad started working on this game at the age of five as a result of his passion and interest in games and learning. She decided to assist her son to pursue his ambitions by registering Ethan in an education technology company, i-Learn East Africa that helped him create his first animated book called “When I Grow Up.”

EthanMan game is available for download on Google Play Store for children who wish to learn while entertaining themselves.




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