Zain Verjee’s Amplify Fellows’ to Graduate First Cohort in Nairobi


Amplify, Africa’s first paid-fellowship for content creators, heads to Nairobi on Friday 7 April 2017, to celebrate the inaugural graduation of the program’s first cohort. The 25 Amplify fellows from Nigeria, Rwanda and Kenya, have spent the last six months receiving training and mentoring in content creation and media, as well as working together on digital projects for aKoma. Launched in September 2016, and in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Amplify’s mission is to develop a fellowship of young, dynamic multimedia content creators who will craft compelling stories about Africa.

To celebrate Amplify’s first graduation, Rwandan Fellow Cynthia Butare has produced a short film, that chronicles the Amplify experience, describing the journeys of some of the fellows and how the experience has brought them together as a community.

aKoma co-founder, Zain Verjee credits the fellows for, “creating stories, owning them and showcasing images that we don’t typically see in international media.”

As a final project, each country cohort has been tasked to create a digital campaign for aKoma’s brand partner and Amplify sponsor, GE Africa. The Fellows will face each other in a final presentation event in front of an African who’s-who panel of tech, business and media judges, comprising Professor Bitange Ndemo, Pamela Sittoni of Nation Media Group, Patricia Obozuwa of GE and Google Kenya’s Charles Murito.

The final presentations will take place on Friday 7 April 2017 between 3-5pm at the Villa Rosa Kempinsky in Nairobi, Kenya.