The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua was among the key guests during the inaugural Twende Kazi Mobile Film Competition red-carpet Gala Awards held on Saturday 29th February, 2019 at the Nairobi Film Centre (NFC).
The Film Competition organized by the Nairobi County Woman Representative Hon. Esther Passaris is geared towards raising awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through video storytelling.
Speaking during the Gala Awards, Dr. Mutua reiterated that the Board is keen to working with like-minded institutions and leaders under the Sinema Mashinani initiative to create a facilitative environment for the youth to identify, nurture and showcase their talents for job creation in line with the Presidential Big 4 Agenda.
“As a regulator, we are doing everything possible to ensure that the film sector opens up more employment opportunities for the youth. Through the Nairobi film Centre and Sinema Mashinani, KFCB is providing opportunities for identifying and nurturing talent,” Dr. Mutua stated.
The CEO noted that NFC has become the centre of activities for the Creative industry in Kenya and the region, adding that the Board acquired the facility to provide a platform for the youth to showcase their talent at a convenient & affordable place within the CBD.
Launched in December, 2019, the competition also aims at championing for socio-economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion, all meant to inspire citizens to play a role in realization of SDGs.
In her remarks, Hon. Passaris lauded KFCB’s efforts towards identifying and nurturing of talent among the youth, noting that creative industry is one of assured sectors which can help to narrow down the unemployment gap.
Also present at the Gala Awards were; Israel Deputy Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Eyal David, the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) Chairperson, Hon. Regina Ndambuki, Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase, UN Women Country Director, Ann Mutavati among other key guests.