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Experts predict massive growth for Nigerian board game industry

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Board game experts have predicted large scale growth for the Nigerian board game industry in the coming decade, beginning from 2020.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the experts stated this as part of the panel discussion at the just concluded 2019 African Boardgame Convention (Ab Con) in Abuja.

Ab Con is an annual gathering of board game enthusiasts from around the world to discuss ways to improve the industry and network over gameplay.

Speaking on the topic ‘Analysing the growth of the board game industry in the last decade’, speakers Kenechukwu Ogbuagu and Joy Sani noted that the industry has achieved sizeable growth in the present decade.

Ogbuagu, who is the creative director of gaming company NIBCARD games, said that the Nigerian board game industry had been able to achieve great milestones such as producing more made-in-Nigeria games.

He also noted that the opening of the first games café in Nigeria by NIBCARD was another major highlight for the industry.

According to him, the next decade will see more players enter the industry in various capacities to contribute their quota to building it, adding that it will be massive because of the power of collaboration.

Ogbuagu advised guests to key into the sail of the industry, especially at this point where a lot of pioneers are needed in various sectors as the industry blossoms.

On her part, Sani said that the industry has thrived on the power of community and needs that same power to expand in the coming decade.

“The beauty of board games is its ability to build people together in some of the most amazing ways. It is easy to find a community with board games and this has added its expansion.

“I believe that we can do more with it and double the energy for the coming decade. It has been amazing to watch our growth up till this point,” Sani said.

NAN reports that the 2019 convention also featured the unveiling of some Nigerian games, children chess competition, and live game demonstrations.

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