A group of metaverse builders are creating virtual environment with purpose for web 3 users in Africa, Costa Rica and Ukraine, to raise social awareness.
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Africa can be accessed virtually in Ubuntuland, a Metaverse platform that houses a land called Africarare. Mic Mann, co-founder and CEO of Africarare, told Cointelegraph that Africarare connects Africa to the global digital economy:
“Africa is one of the fastest growing populations in the world, and by 2050, it’s predicted that it will be one of the biggest populations. Therefore, we thought this was the perfect time to upskill Africa’s youth for this new world. Africarare aims to create the future of work for Africans and organizations who wish to connect with people across this continent.”
Mann added that Africarare has secured a 12×12 village, or 144 plots, of virtual real estate in Ubuntuland to establish its visibility. He explained that users are defined by digital avatars, which can enter Africarare’s “central hub” land to partake in custom experiences. “These range from art to education and include experiences like galleries, live performances, stand-up comedy, video content channels, film festivals, safaris and more.”
Although Mann believes that Africarare will enable a sense of virtual tourism, he pointed out that the project is meant to create improved work and educational opportunities for the African population. “We believe that the Metaverse is the world’s greatest equalizer. Through Africarare, we can allow Africans to partake in this new space and thrive,” he said.
In order to ensure this, Mann explained that the World Data Lab — a data enterprise based in Austria — recently acquired a 6×6 village in Ubuntuland to develop their presence and connect to other organizations within this part of the Metaverse.
According to Mann, World Data Lab plans to use this collaboration to raise awareness of key-impact topics through virtual initiatives. “This includes developing a data science “metaversity,” to better understand Africa’s growing population.” Mann further commented that companies establishing a digital presence in Ubuntuland will seek to recruit a digital workforce from the platform’s user base.
Mann noted that users in Ubuntuland will use the UBUNTU token as its currency, which is built on the Ethereum blockchain and will be made available later this year. In the meantime, Mann remarked that art galleries across Africarare have already been established and are dedicated to showcasing Africa’s prolific creativity.
“Over 15,000 users visited the platform during an alpha launch we did in October 2021 with our Mila Gallery,” he said. Based on this success, Mann noted that the Mila gallery, which means “tradition” in Swahili, will continue to host curated collections by some of Africa’s foremost artists. He also shared that Africarar’s Inuka gallery — Swahili for “rise” — will feature works by emerging African artists. “Both galleries will stage various exhibitions on an ongoing basis with art pieces being sold as NFTs,” he said.
While Ubuntuland is focused on Africa’s metaverse, a project known as Alóki will allow users to virtually experience the Central American country of Costa Rica. Bartek Lechowski, chief operating officer of Alóki, stated that the platform reconnects people to nature through blockchain technology. “This play-to-own metaverse will enable users to do good for the planet and help build a sustainable future for society at large,” he said.