In the News: Week of 31 October

Sony Music is investing in West Africa — and has plans to set up shop in Nairobi

Small and mighty: The rise of the Compact Business Model

How did Nigeria become a success in the Gaming Industry?

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-6-27-57-amSouth African animation nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards


In the News: Week of 24 October

Interview with Eyram Tawia, CEO and Co-Founder of Leti Arts that creates locally-relevant content and games based on African superheroes. Tawia is a participant of the Slush Impact Accelerator Program for changemaker entrepreneurs.

Q: What is your company’s biggest challenge?

A: Lack of skills in the market. We want to use local expertise to create games that can compete globally. But we’re facing a challenge. We have to build an industry, not just a company. We must invest and train individuals in order to have people to work at our company.

The Importance of African Storytelling in Film


An interview with Nigerian fashion designer, Deola Ojo

Listen: Karoni Foli ….exploring the roots of bass Music with a very african sound design

First Kenyan producer to work at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong studios


In the News: Week of 17 October

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Malika: Warrior Queen, a fifteenth century West African queen and military commander will be the protagonist of a graphical novel

Mentoring spurs tech innovations in Kenya

Kwaito culture spawned a number of cultural industries including magazines, fashion, radio stations, websites and television shows.

Infographics for cultural and creative industries in Africa and the Middle East

Industry Insight: The Future of Storytelling Festival

The Future of Storytelling Festival, #fostfest2016, took place this weekend in NYC.

Here are some highlights featuring innovative projects in the field of fiction, gaming, animation, journalism/education, and music.

Please click on the project to get more information/a demo.

  • REMINDER. This music video uses gaming aesthetics and Virtual Reality (VR) tools to create a dystopian musical experience.
  • THE DEEPER THEY BURY ME (award-winner).This is an interactive encounter with one of America’s most famous political prisoners.
  • CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF. Innovative music video by Santigold which uses the camera of your computer or mobile device to incorporate you into the video in real time.
  • CLOSE YOUR. A first-person game that uses webcam-based face detection to take you through another person’s life every time you blink.

  • FLIPPAPER. You can draw and actually play your very own pinball machine using only markers and paper.

In the News: Week of 3 October


AKE participant Atieno Makkosiri will perform the opening act for the next Women In Music Concert Series, Sat, 15.10.2016 7:00 PM Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Africa’s Cultural and Creative Revolution: A Saga in the Making

Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko launches IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants


“It’s a great time to be an African right now.”The SA Music Awards- winning Maleh says she is still hungry for world domination and believes that being an African is a plus.


Joseph Izang Azi: Appraising the Role of Afrimation (African- Animation) in Promoting Africa’s Rich Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age. International Journal of Computer Graphics & Animation (IJCGA) Vol.2, No.2/3, July 2012