The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, on
14th July 2020 held a meeting with the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) CEO,
Mr. Mohammed Gullet, Kenya School of Government (KSG), Director-General, Professor
Ludeki Chweya, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Devolution Programmes
Manager, Ms. Mary Njoroge, and Huawei-Kenya, Deputy CEO, Mr. Adam Len, for discussions
on the development of a youth empowerment Centre in Isiolo County.
The Board is partnering with KSG and UNDP to establish a Creative Arts Centre in Isiolo
County for youth empowerment under the Sinema Mashinani initiative.
During the meeting, Dr. Mutua reiterated that Sinema Mashinani initiative aims at creating job
opportunities for the youth in line with the Presidential Big 4 Agenda for Development under the
“Sinema Mashinani entails a process of identifying and nurturing talent at the grassroots by
supporting creation, distribution and exhibition of films whose themes promote Kenya’s culture,
moral values and national aspiration,” he added.
He further added that the initiative is about empowering our people to tell their own stories
through their own languages with the aim of promoting our culture.
On his part, Mr. Gullet stated that through the Isiolo Youth Empowerment Centre, the partners
aim to direct the energy of the youth into more useful ventures
“Through the empowerment Centre, the partners will provide a platform for identification,
nurturing and showcasing talents and innovations among the youth of Isiolo and the neighboring
countries,” Mr. Gullet added.
Mr. Gullet further noted that the components of the Isiolo Youth Empowerment Centre include:
Building Capacity, coaching and mentorship, one-stop information centre, youth innovation and
Professor Chweya on his part noted that by empowering the youth, they will contribute more
positively to the economy by investing and creating jobs for others
“The formal employment space is shrinking hence, need to equip our youth with more
entrepreneurship skills,” Professor Chweya stated.
Adams Lane on his part indicated that the project will focus on innovation and training as there
is a huge need for innovation projects in the ASAL areas
“Huawei will also empower the youth through Research, marketing & advocacy, technical
support, training &mentoring,” Lane added.
On her part, Mary Njoroge from the UNDP said that the Isiolo pilot model will be replicated
progressively in the other FCDC counties.