The art and business of developing indie software, games, and web applications

Ajamu is a software, game, and web application designing, developing, and programming company founded in 2015 by André Akinyele. Ajamu plans to be a pioneer in developing, designing, programming, testing, and modifying secure gaming, software, and web applications on various platforms, including in the Cloud. As a brand that plans to transcend generations and audiences, the company hopes to be globally recognized for its multi-platform, interactive entertainment, and products. The company’s products will help define the electronic entertainment industry, as well as the Internet, for years to come.

Founder and Owner

André Akinyele is the founder and owner of Ajamu, a pioneering software and gaming development company. Akinyele, the lead software engineer and developer, methodically develops software, gaming, and web applications within the company’s programming and special gaming products. Akinyele has developed numerous social media apps, websites, and gaming apps including Chicken Scratch™ and Primitive Aliens™. Akinyele began his career in Alexandria, Virginia working as an independent software engineer, developer, designer, and programmer, and in 2015 enrolled in the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Master’s degree in Information Technology program where he studied modern software methodologies, relational database systems, software design implementation, software engineering, software requirements, software verification and validation, and usability engineering. In 2015, Akinyele founded Ajamu to develop, design, program, test, and modify secure gaming, software, and web applications on various platforms, including in the Cloud. As the owner, Akinyele has worked on projects, not only for the company but for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Paisley Park, Esperanza Spalding, Miles Davis Estate, and Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU). In 2017, Akinyele graduated with a Master of Science degree in Information Technology: Software Engineering from UMUC and is an honorary society member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).

As an author, Akinyele authored the 5-Star rated book, 'So, What's the Big Deal About Scrum? A Methodology Handbook for Developers' (2019). This book is designed to help developers, managers, and students understand the Scrum method for improving collaborative productivity in app, game, software, and web development. It covers iterative and evolutionary development, agile development, key motivations for iterative development, implementing an iterative or agile method, and why projects fail. The book explains what Scrum is, its emphasis, history and origins, classification, life cycle and process, roles, practices, sprints, meetings, the value of Scrum meetings, and its work products and artifacts. It lists Scrum's values, strengths, benefits, contributions, challenges, failings, misunderstandings, and advantages and disadvantages. The book provides key Scrum adoption strategies, applicability, areas where it is appropriate, managing releases, application and product focus, scaling Scrum for large projects, risk management, and recommendations. This book is the definitive Scrum method handbook for developers, managers, and students as the book explains what it is, how it works, how to implement it, and why you should. Akinyele is well-versed on topics of modern software methodologies including the Waterfall method, Rational Agile Development (RAD) method, SCRUM method, Extreme Programming (XP) method, Unified Process (UP) method, Project Management-Evolutionary (EVO) method, Lean Software Development method, Test-Driven Development method, Feature-Driven Development method, Crystal method, Rational Unified Process (RUP) method, and Dynamic Systems Development method.

André Akinyele is also a musician and recording artist for Orange River Records, an author for Orange River Books, and graphic designer with Akinyele Design Firm. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music Technology from Foothill College, a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and Master of Science in Information Technology (IT): Software Engineering from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Additionally, he has a Paralegal Certification from Howard University and Waves Audio Technician Certification from Foothill College.

Company Profile

Industry: Software, Mobile Game, and Web Application Development

Status: Private

Founded: September 2015

Founder and Owner: André Marcel Ajamu Akinyele

Platforms: Android/Google, iOS, and Cloud

Game Engine: Unity

Favourite Quote: “Just take the big step” and do it! — Steph Thirion, Game Developer (Creator of “Eliss”)

Company Slogan: The Art and Business of Developing Indie Software, Games, and Web Applications

Company Colors: Red, Black, and White