Aki and Pawpaw have added a new feather in their hats by becoming the first Nollywood characters to have their own video game.
Developed by Play Network Studio, in collaboration with Blueportal Software, the ‘Epic Run’ game sees the rambunctious duo go on an epic run in an attempt to escape trouble.
The pair appear to be voiced by the Nollywood actors behind these comic characters, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme.
Charles Okpaleke first announced the game in 2021 writing, “We are happy to announce that in line with our exclusive exploitation rights to the brand ‘Aki & PawPaw’, we are at the final stages of the first ever Nollywood Game, Aki & Paw Paw Epic Run, powered by @playnetworkafr and @playnetworkstudios..”
His studio acquired the rights to the Aki and Pawpaw brand back in 2021 and produced a remake of the Aki And Pawpaw movie which was released in the same year. The movie opened with ₦30 million before landing a licensing deal with Netflix.
Ikedieze and Iheme first took on the Aki and Pawpaw roles in the 2002 Aki Na Ukwa movie.
Over 20 years later, they have become Nollywood household names, hilarious memes, and Nigerian pop culture icons.