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FILM AND CREATIVE ECONOMY IS THE FRONTIER FOR JOB CREATION IN AFRICA, SAYS DR. MUTUA

Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) was the key partner in hosting the 4th Edition of the Machakosfest 2019 that was geared towards creating a facilitative environment for the youth to identify and nurture their talents for job creation.
The KFCB’s partnership with the Machawood is linked to the Board’s Sinema Mashinani rollout project and other programs in the Creative industry aimed at job creation in line with the Manufacturing Pillar under the Big Four Presidential Action Plan that focuses on job creation for the youths.
The partnership also aims to link Kenyan filmmakers with renowned Hollywood and Nollywood filmmakers in efforts to create job opportunities for the youth in line with the Manufacturing pillar of the Presidential Big Four Agenda.
Speaking during the Gala Award Ceremony held at the Machakos Peoples Park, Machakos County on 14th December, 2019, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, KFCB CEO reiterated that Kenya’s Creative Arts industry has the ability and capacity to compete with the likes of Hollywood and Nollywood.
Dr. Mutua added that Machakosfest evidences that Kenya is home to unrivalled flora and fauna, golden talent and citizenry and has the potency to produce globally acclaimed filmswhich can help to bridge the unemployment gap among the youth.
“The future of the African film industry lies in collaborations between the different nations in the continent. The creative industry is the next frontier for job creation in Africa and if well embraced it can bridge the unemployment gap among the youth in Kenya and Africa at large,” the CEO said.
The Glitz ceremony featured delegates from across Africa. Among those present was the Nigerian National Film and Video Censors Board Executive director Adedayo Thomas and the Envivo boss GbengaObadina, a leading partner in the Nollywood film industry – who was one of the main partners during this year’s ceremony.