Africa is an immensely blessed continent with great achievements in various endeavours of life. Africa has some of the finest brains in human achievements – global leadership, science and sports. Africa has produced sports superstars who have excelled and dominated their fields of endeavour, globally. Names of such African greats easily come to mind – Dick Tiger, George Weah, Raber Madja, Roger Milla, El Hadji Diouf, Mary Onyali, Benny McCarthy, Abedi Pele, Hossam Hassan, the mercurial Jay Jay Okocha, The Maputo Express, Maria Mutola, Frankie Fredericks, Didier Drogba, Anthony Joshua to name just a few. The digital space is also one that Africans are beginning to make their mark despite the challenges of participating in global events. However, the resilient African gaming community continues to thrive. Along the line came a brotherhood of African countries that have been engaging closely among themselves for over five years and this has now inevitably evolved into something bigger.
What is the ESFA?
We are proud to announce the formation of the representative body for esports and gaming in Africa, the Electronic Sports Federation of Africa (ESFA). It’s the culmination of years of engagement, planning, connection and networking among the leaders in esports and gaming from over 40 countries across the African continent.
Why the ESFA?
Before now, there hasn’t been any advocacy group for Africa and Africans. This continental body now carries the aspirations of millions of these eager Africans ready to show the world what they’re made of.
Over the years, there has been events in regions such as LATAM (Latin America), SATAM (South America), NA (North America), SEA (South East Asia), EU (Europe), etc. but none for Africa. We envisage such events will now have Africa (AFR) as a participating region.
Goals of the ESFA
Foster brotherliness and unity across Africa using esports as a positive tool of engagement
• Using esports as a positive tool to tackle socio-economic challenges for the African youth who make up the vast majority of the continent’s population
• Developing the esports ecosystem in Africa and enable it achieve global recognition
• Have esports officially recognized as a medal event at the Africa Games (AG), Africa’s own Olympic.
Source: Esports Afreeca