The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, on 23rd July, 2020 hosted a videoconferencing meeting for Dr. Ida Odinga to discuss collaboration in setting up a Library, Research, Innovation and Resource Centre at Ogande Girls in Homa Bay County, where Mama Ida schooled over 50 years ago.
The meeting chaired by Mama Ida Odinga, brought together Dr. Mutua, Heroes Council of Kenya, CEO, Ambassador Yvonne Khamati, Dr. Shem Ochuodho of the Diaspora Alliance of Kenya and Mathare Constituency MP Hon. Anthony Oluoch among other senior officials.
During the meeting, Dr. Ida Odinga said that the key objective of the resource center is to give the girls’ proper education while empowering them with the right virtues.
“The Ogande Girls’ is the pilot project but the long-term objective is to replicate the same across the counties” Dr. Ida said.
On his part, Dr. Mutua, lauded the planned resource center, stating that it will be key in learning and also taping students’ talents.
The CEO said that KFCB is collaborating with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in establishing Youth Empowerment Centers across the country under the Board’s Sinema Mashinani initiative and the Studio Mashinani programs respectively.
“KFCB and KBC will collaborate in setting up a Creative Arts Centre at the Dr. Ida Odinga Library, Research and Innovation Centre with the objective of identifying and nurturing talents among the students as well as talented young people from the community,” the Board’s CEO said.
While lauding the Creative Arts Economy as the frontier for job creation in the country, Dr. Mutua said that KFCB is keen on supporting programs that are geared towards talent identification and nurturing.
On her part, Ogande Girls’ Principal, Ms Andedoh Jenipher Apondi said that the library will rekindle the reading culture among students.
Homa Bay Town Constituency MP Hon. Peter Opondo Kaluma and Ogande Girls leader of Alumni, Ms Ruth Olawa, were also present in the meeting among other key officials.
The planning committee was honored to have the Rt. Hon. former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, join the meeting briefly to greet them and pledged his support for the initiative.