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Kenya Film Corporation to establish a talent hub in Nyandarua

Kenya Film Corporation will establish a hub in Nyandarua County to enable youths from the area to exploit their talents in film creativity.

KFC Chief Executive Officer Timothy Owase has urged the County government to collaborate with the Corporation to set up the hub as soon as possible.

He said the Corporation has a film funding programme and urged 50 youths from the County, who underwent a week-long training on film production, to form vibrant groups that can benefit from the funding.

Mr. Owase was speaking in Ol Kalou on Saturday when the trained youths, drawn from across Nyandarua, received their certificates.

“My key message to all participants is to form an organized group and possibly register a company that can be supported in a very organized manner,” Owase said.

He added that KFC has programmes geared towards supporting youths in storytelling and advised the youths to be on the lookout and apply whenever the corporation sends out calls for film funding.

Joseph Muragu, speaking on behalf of the youth, said the skills they have learned will help them exploit the contents that are abundant in Nyandarua to put the County on the film industry map.

Terming the film industry as a multibillion-shilling business, Paul Ochuki, the Assistant County Commissioner from the County Commissioner’s office, challenged the youth to exploit the filmmaking skills they learned to earn a living.

“There is much to gain in the film industry, and some actors are earning much more money than even presidents,” Ochuki said.

Deputy Governor Mwangi Mathara, who was the chief guest during the closing ceremony, challenged the trained youth to think of recreating the Mau Mau war film, saying Nyandarua was the epicenter of the freedom struggle in the Central Kenya region.

The training, which attracted young people from Nyandarua’s five sub-counties, is aimed at equipping the participants with basic filmmaking skills in line with Governor Moses Badilisha Kiarie’s transformative youth agenda.

By Antony Mwangi

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