The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, has pledged the Board’s support towards youth talent identification and nurturing in the Coastal region as well as other parts of the country.
Speaking during a meeting with officials and members of the Coastal Region Filmmakers Association at the Swahili Pot Hub in Mombasa County on Thursday 15th October, 2020 Dr. Mutua said that KFCB is committed to identify and nurture talents as well create a facilitative environment for creatives to showcase their diverse art.
“As a Board, we are committed to identifying and nurturing talents among the youth through our Sinema Mashinani initiative with the aim of creating employment opportunities at the grassroots level across the country in line with the Presidential Big Four Agenda,” Dr. Mutua said.
The Board’s CEO noted that there are so many untold stories from the Coastal region which he said can be turned into film. “We can focus on films that speak about human values and make money,” he observed, adding that content does not have to be dirty/vulgar/obscene to sell or entertain.
He observed that the idea of content regulation is not meant to stifle creativity, stating that KFCB is keen on creating an environment where creatives can monetize their content for socio-economic empowerment.
Dr. Mutua further observed that the Board is working on a Post-Covid-19 Business Continuity Strategy aimed at cushioning the creative industry against the devastating effects caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
While touring the Swahili Pot Hub, an incubation centre in Mombasa County aimed at providing creative youths in the Coastal area with a facility to explore their talents in innovation, technology and the arts, the CEO pledged support for the centre.
He lauded the centre’s management for spearheading creativity and creating an environment for the youth to showcase their talents.
Dr. Mutua indicated that the Board will work with the Swahili Pot Hub management to identify and nurture talent and empower the youth with equipment and skills to further their talents as well as monetize their craft.
The KFCB CEO was in company of the Coast regional Manager Mr. Bonventure Kioko and the Board’s senior managers during the tour.
Swahili Pot Hub Board chairperson, Mr. Mahmoud Noor, and the facilities Creative Director, Ms. Stephanie Maseki, among other key guests were present at the event.