Monopoly has been the staple of family game nights for many a childhood that to this day I’ve
never seen so many kids hustle for fake money as I did growing up. Although I was much more interested in planning outfits for the school disco than playing Monopoly when I was younger, I couldn't help but be excited by my invitation to the release of The City Of Lagos Edition of the game at the Park Lane Hilton.
Disappointingly we didn't actually get to play the game, but it was interesting hearing the CEO of Bestman Games, Nimi Akinkugbe, talk about her experiences and challenges launching The City Of Lagos Edition. She hopes that the Lagos edition would allow African families to get together more often, while learning about personal finance literacy, a major issue in Nigeria, in a fun and interactive way.
After all the fun and games, the event did get me thinking about how much something like a board game can impact
Africans in Africa? Launch organiser Cornelia O’Dwyer
stated that since the game' released in December 2012, their sale figures
have exceeded their expectations with 25,000 copies sold and 13,000 more to be
distributed, not only in Nigeria but across Africa, particularly Ghana, so the demand for African branded games is obviously there.
If you are planning a trip to Lagos anytime soon, it might be worth playing the game first to familiarise yourself with the hot spots and the laws of the land. From it you'll learn that Banana Island is the equivalent of London's Mayfair and Makoko the cheapest place to rent. Plus if the Chance Cards are anything to go by, you'd better be on your best behaviour as driving in traffic will get you sent to local psychiatric ward.