Black Success Stories (Chapter 3, p. 9)

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Chapter 3 : Page 9 of 11

It was like I was living in a dream and something woke me up. Something very spiritual happened to me in that pub, because the whole pub fell silent. I just took my bike and walked home with this molasses and malt fermenting on my face. And I sat at home, in the dark, with this stuff on my face. For hours.

That changed a multicultural, fun-loving, 'We're all equal' individual into a Black revolutionary overnight. I had always been told, "Jak, you need to wake up!". So I then began to research information about myself. That was the beginning of the journey of Nubian Jak.

I started learning all this stuff that blew my mind. My quest for Black books and Black information took me to the other side of the Atlantic. This was years later. I ended up in warehouses of booksellers and distributors. By then, I had done the prototype.

To be fair, there were African American board games like African American Bingo, African American Experience, and Identity. They were all about African American achievers, which was fantastic. That was the key that influenced me to do a game which highlighted Black European achievers, because obviously, that had not been done.

Two years later, in 1994, Nubian Jak was born. Then I did the global version. And to this day, no one else has cottoned on to do that.

I was the sort of person that would not stop. Because I was creative, I channelled that creativity into a game. I was not coming from an intense Black trip. I was coming from, right, I need to address this information and make it creative! Make it exciting, make it entertaining. And so all those ingredients gave birth to this game.


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