100 youth have received scholarships to advance skills in animation, software engineering and
artificial intelligence through a partnership between Family Bank and Adanian Labs.
Speaking during the commissioning of the beneficiaries of the ICT project Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi noted, “There is no industry that is alive to the digital revolution like the banking sector. The COVID pandemic and innovations in the sector such as mobile money have
been key accelerators in the uptake of digitization in Kenya. We believe
that through these scholarships we can build capacity for our youth in
key skills that will add value to the digital economy.”
The five-month-long training program seeks to drive the growth of the creative and tech industries that are experiencing rapid growth globally in both entertainment and commercial value. The training collaborates with both local and international trainers from the U.S.A, U.K., among
other countries to bridge the skill gap, build robust solutions and deploy smart solutions.
“We are looking to spur the creation of over 300 startups in Africa by
creating a movement of young people who will transform this continent
and in turn own value and create more jobs. This can only happen through
a mental shift to believe enough that we can do formidable, phenomenal
things,” said Adanian Lab CEO & Founder John Kamara.
The Treasurer of the Association of Animation Artistes Kenya and the Lead Faculty at Africa Digital Media Institute Dennis Mbuthia further added, “I am more confident that when Disney and other productions outside Kenya knock at the Association’s door, we can confidently say here’s our talent and local content. This is a great opportunity for
us to be stewards of African content that can be taken up not only just
here in Kenya but globally.”