Kenya: Patrick Mungai develops mobile educational games via mSwali

By : Melchior Koba

Date : jeudi, 27 octobre 2022 13:14

He spent a large part of his professional career in the entertainment industry. Two years ago, he founded a startup to combine his passion for teaching and his experience in the entertainment industry. 

Patrick Mungai (photo) is a Kenyan accountant and entrepreneur. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the game development firm mSwali, founded in 2020. The firm develops and promotes mobile games that build users’ skills. 

The firm’s flagship product is mSwali Quiz, a game that can be played either by dialing a USSD code or directly on its dedicated platform. The quizzes are focused on African countries and various rewards are offered to the best players. 

“There are very few mobile-based learning games focused on the African adult population & instead, we currently have a proliferation of hundreds of betting & gambling platforms across the continent. mSwali aims to counter this by attracting this population through adopting its learning games to the existing user behavior,” Patrick Mungai said in 2021.

This year, he registered mSwali at the MEST Africa Challenge to attract additional financing to take the firm to its next development stage.  On October 22, 2022, it was among the 10 semi-finalists in the competition, which would entitle the two winners to a check of US$50,000 each. 

Since 2013, the entrepreneur is the director of the training institution Dimension Business Institute. He started his professional career as an Assurance and Advisory Associate at the professional services network KPMG. In 2006, he joined the network’s IT advisory team. 

In 2011, the entrepreneur became the executive director of the South African marketing company WSI-BIZ. About three years later, MultiChoice Group hired him as head of DStv Digital Media for West Africa. During his time with the broadcasting company, his team developed and rolled out digital entertainment products such as DStv Now, Box Office, and Explorer Decoder's Catch Up. From 2017 to late 2020, he worked for on-demand video service Showmax, as head of growth in East Africa.

Melchior Koba


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