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Hidden Gems: Meet Errol Anderson of Popongo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Errol Anderson.

Hi Errol, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Born and raised in Jamaica, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to complete some of my education in England. I was raised with one brother, Marvin, and one sister, Dahlia, by our mother, Rose. As a single mother, she worked very hard at two jobs. She was very strict and made sure we were in school every day and attended church every Sunday. We had a small, close-knit family and took care of each other. At 14 years old, I made myself a promise that one day, with hard work, I would make sure she does not have to continue working that hard. I would lay on my roof and look up at the stars, and in Jamaica, they seem very close. I would focus on the brightest one I could find, and I would think, “if anyone in America can see that star that I am looking at, then one day I will make it to where they are.” That was the first step toward accomplishing my dreams. To a young Jamaican, America was the land of opportunities. I figured, one day, I would get my turn. I have accomplished getting to America, and I am very eager to carry out my mission.

Eventually, I became a partner and Co-CEO of Legacy Management Group. I have been with this company since 2004. I also independently started and own several other business ventures outside of my day job, with Popongo being the newest and most fun venture so far.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The development of Popongo was slow and methodical and took months. Figuring out how the game would look and the logistics of how people would play it was a long and slow process but so much fun as it came together bit by bit. The biggest challenge for me occurred when we were figuring out how to market the game. When it came time to develop a social media and PR plan for Popongo, I didn’t realize my communications team would want me to be the face of the company. I do not have much of an online presence and was keen on staying out of the public eye. However, through coaching and strategic planning, I developed an online presence and put myself out there to raise awareness for Popongo and elevate my game’s story. The very first video we completed was a tutorial on how to play the game.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Last year during the COVID pandemic, I reimagined traditional backyard games to bring a fun and challenging lawn game into the market. When communities started to open back up, my friends and I got together for a backyard barbecue. It was then that I realized there were not any new, exciting or engaging games available on the market, so I set about creating one that would spur more competition and provide hours of fun. The ideation for Popongo was born!
How the game works: Players take turns tossing foam balls into multicolored cups which have different point values. The goal is to collect as many points as possible and be the first to get to the winning score that was set at the beginning of the game. If you’re ahead, stay focused because your opponent can sink a great shot and take over the game at any given time. Popongo is a game where anyone can win no matter how often or little you have played.

The most meaningful part for me was the decision to give a nod to Jamaica (my beautiful, proud people), our Caribbean neighbors, and our African roots by incorporating color representations into the design of the game. The Jamaican flag is black for the people, yellow for our golden sunshine and green represents our amazing, luscious vegetation. The red represents our African roots and the blue for our beautiful blue waters and skies that we share with our Caribbean neighbors. It is an amazing feeling knowing that fellow Jamaicans can share my pride in our culture and celebrate it by playing this new game I invented.

My dream is for Popongo to become an entertainment staple in homes throughout the entire world.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
I am happy when other people are happy. I am a people pleaser and have always been that way ever since I was young. I used to be in a dance group called Vogue dancers in my teen years. It was the most amazing feeling when we would perform, at either the hotels on the weekends or in national competitions and see how the audience reacted when we did some awesome routines. My mom would have friends over for a party, and she would add me to the entertainment for the evening. They would form a circle, and I went to work. I loved it but mostly loved how proud she was.

I feel I am continuing that desire to make people happy through the creation of Popongo. This game will create memorable moments in the lives of people across the world. Players will remember playing during a first date, meeting the neighbor for a game, beating a sibling (older or younger) or breaking the ice with coworkers during a friendly and fun competition. There is a mother who shared that since getting a Popongo set for her autistic son, he has been way more social and ready to challenge anyone to a game. I am truly honored to be able to contribute to people’s positive feelings of nostalgia worldwide. Not a lot of people can say that about their jobs, and I feel blessed to be one of the few that can.

Pricing:

  • $139

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Image Credits:

Jordan Arcibal Elevate Advertising and Dark Side Photography and Christina Cookson Photography

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