The Kenya Film Classification Board Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua on 22nd July, 2020 joined other Government officials from the Ministry of ICT for a Ground Breaking Ceremony of Studio Mashinani at the Kirwara Youth Empowerment Center in Gatanga, Murang’a County.
Studio Mashinani is an initiative by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) aimed at enhancing availability of accessible recording studios and enhancement of self-employment opportunities for artistes in the robust creative industry.
In his remarks, Dr. Mutua said the Board in partnership with KBC will set up a Sinema Mashinani Centre in Gatanga Constituency to tap talents and create job opportunities for the youth.
He stated that the Board is committed to creating a facilitative environment for the youth to utilize their talents for economic empowerment.
The Board’s CEO observed that artistes are the mirror of the society and vehicles for social change, urging them to focus on creating clean content.
Dr. Mutua said that the Board in collaboration with KBC will make Gatanga Constituency a shining star in Creative Arts.
“KFCB will continue to support artistes who are keen on creating clean content that inspires hope, promotes peace, moral values and national aspirations,” Dr. Mutua added.
On his part, KBC Chairman Hon. David Were urged creatives in Gatanga to fully utilize the facility once it’s completed in 14 weeks’ time.
He said the facility will be fully equipped with audio, video recording and other state-of-the-art facilities.
Speaking at the event, KBC Managing Director (MD), Dr. Naim Bilal reiterated the Corporation’s commitment to work with other Government agencies in creating job opportunities for the youth.
On his part, Gatanga Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Julius Nduati, said the constituency is the home of music and Creative Arts in Central Kenya and has over 3,000 registered musicians.
“In Gatanga constituency, we are implementing the Talanta Mashinani initiative to tap youth talents for job creation,” the MP said.