Amplify

aKoma is making a call for applications for Amplify, a paid Fellowship program for talented African storytellers and creators. Amplify is a partnership between aKoma and MasterCard Foundation, who have been awesome in working with us to make this happen.  

This is a really great time to be a content creator, storyteller or fan of content in Africa. And aKoma is all about all of it. aKoma has a simple and clear mission: to make Africa come alive. When Zain and I crafted our product and business strategy, we knew we wanted to do this by fostering a vibrant community and operating a storytelling platform where a combination of user generated and original content about Africa and its diaspora are created, published and shared with the world. 

aKoma is built with a fundamental question - who do we want our members and creators to be? The aKoma team recognizes and empathizes with the aspirations and constraints of the African narrative and story, looking to secure its place on the global stage. aKoma aims to transform the lives, the jobs, the habits of our members and creators, enabling them to coalesce and commune around the stories and conversations that they have on our platform. We envision our members as world-class content creators and storytellers, and Amplify will enable our Fellows to reach that goal.

So, we are excited to be partnering with MasterCard Foundation on the inaugural session of Amplify, a six-month paid Fellowship program where twenty five Fellows from the continent are selected to receive training, projects and mentoring in content creation and media. Our call to action to candidates and potential Fellows is this:

Do you want to make a difference for your community and country, but don't know how? Do you have a burning desire to contribute, but don't know where to start? Do you need help mastering new storytelling skills and tools, but don't know where to turn to? Do you have the creative energy, the ideas, the compelling stories, but don't have access to the networks to get your voice heard?

aKoma is here to help. We will provide you with a platform to have your voice heard and your stories shared with the world. As an Amplify Fellow, you will be exposed to the craft plus techniques to help you succeed in the digital age, connecting you with a circle of mentors to provide the necessary guidance in constructing your personal stories about Africa to appeal to a wider audience.

You can ask me or Zain...it is extremely hard to break into media, and creating stand-alone content shops is a daunting prospect for anyone on the continent or anywhere. Programs like Amplify are very rare in Africa, but are much needed to boost the quality and variety of content created in our constellation of 54 countries. What makes Amplify stand out is that we are particularly focused on transforming our Fellows into world-class content creators, who will present Africa in powerful and authentic voices. This translates to content creation that rivals that of western media outlets, while focusing on an underserved market that has nothing but upside. Even after the official program ends, the Amplify platform will continue to evolve and grow as the needs of the Fellows and the general creator community expand.

For this session, we are targeting motivated applicants from Kigali (Rwanda), Nairobi (Kenya) and Lagos (Nigeria). We are looking for young, aspiring content creators 21-34 years old that show significant upside and looking for careers in media and content development. We are looking for at least 8-10 hours a week commitment for Amplify. 

I personally am excited to meet the Fellows when we kick off in September as we have some cool yet challenging things planned for this cohort. 

If you are up for it, if you think you are Amplify Fellow material and ready to do roll up your sleeves, apply for the program here. (update: the applications process for Amplify is now closed. The response to Amplify has been incredible, and we will inform selected candidates on September 12th).

If you know someone you believe should be an Amplify Fellow, please send this to them. You will be doing them a huge favor. 

Let's do this. 

Chidi.




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