CUKIA KIMANI

Co-founder, Nyamakop

Cukia “Sugar” Kimani is a co-founder of Nyamakop, a game development studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since forming Nyamakop in 2015, Cukia alongside fellow co-founder Ben Myres have built their studio into “one of the most promising studios in African game development” as described by Polygon. Forbes Africa also included Cukia in their esteemed 30 under 30 list of 2018 for his work building Nyamakop.

Nyamakop released their debut title, Semblance in 2018. Semblance, is the first African IP on the Nintendo platform ever. Semblance has been nominated and won for several awards and exhibited all around the world.

Before Nyamakop, Cukia created Boxer. Boxer won the inaugural A MAZE. / Johannesburg Award in 2015. He is also a public speaker having spoken at various events around the world including GDC, A MAZE. / Berlin and Respawn.

Cukia was born in Kenya but has lived all over Africa and holds degrees in Computer Science, Maths and Digital Arts.