Akintunde (Ah-keen-TOON-day) Omitowoju has been a close friend to Pennie and the wizard for about 10 years. Seven years ago Akintunde moved to Kyoto, Japan to work more closely with Nintendo. While there, he became very fluent in Japanese. He also fell in love. Slightly more than a year ago he returned to Austin.
For the past 12 months, Akintunde’s world has been dominated by two things:
1. Red tape. (It’s far harder to get a fiance’ visa than you might think,) and
2. Programming Nintendo’s new Donkey Kong release for the Wii (see video below.)
Akintunde married Masami at Chapel Dulcinea on November 13, just a couple of days after his company delivered the final game to Nintendo for worldwide duplication and distribution. The game is selling extremely well.
Akintunde is a proud member of the Fearless Flyers.
Each of the Fearless Flyers boarded a jet to Austin shortly after air travel was resumed following 911. The jets in which they flew were virtually empty. Eighteen people were scheduled to attend the Magical Worlds Communications Workshop that week. Only 4 showed up: Dr. Kevin Ryan (Salt Lake City,) Dick Taylor (Massachusetts,) Chet Hunt (Burlington, Iowa,) and Akintunde Omitowoju (Nigeria.) Click the Fearless Foursome to see Masami and Akintunde’s wedding photos… 120 Nigerians and Japanese – each in the traditional dress of their nation – have a party.