Calling All Content Creators to Join Amplify’s Africa’s First Paid Fellowship

aKoma Media, a content platform and storytelling company focused on Africa has launched the inaugural session of Amplify, a media and content creation program in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.
Amplify wants to develop of young, dynamic multimedia content creators who will craft compelling stories about Africa. Successful new joiners will be immersed in a six-month holistic and individualised instruction program that starts to fill a much-needed media and storytelling talent pipeline in Africa, providing access to job opportunities. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend and digital hardware as part of their program benefits.

aKoma CEO and co-founder, Zain Verjee is spearheading Amplify which will launch in Kigali (Rwanda), Lagos (Nigeria), and Nairobi (Kenya) in September 2016. “Amplify is a great platform to find and nurture talented Africans who want to create amazing content, acquire and develop creation skills, and distribute their work globally.” The former CNN anchor adds that aKoma sees Amplify as an added weapon to “develop an exclusive network of multimedia storytellers who will be able to tell universal stories about Africa, and armed with the skills to work for major media outlets, freelance, or start their own storytelling shops.”

aKoma is seeking applications for their inaugural class. Written, photo and video content creators based in Nairobi, Lagos and Kigali are the targeted applicants for the programme. aKoma is looking for the most committed candidates who are up for a fun but challenging experience. The Fellowship selection process will be rigorous, and a total of only twenty-five Fellows will be chosen.

The programme is founded by CNN alumni Zain Verjee and Chidi Afulezi who have both enjoyed a prolific career iin media and technology, aKoma is an open source content platform and storytelling community where a combination of user generated and original content about Africa and its diaspora are created, published and shared with the world.

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