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Partnerships to position Kenya as creative hub

Thursday, May 16th, 2024 03:30 | By
President William Ruto. PHOTO/PCS
President William Ruto. PHOTO/PCS

Under the guidance of H.E. President William Ruto, the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy, and Sports has received explicit directives to execute the creative economy blueprint that will help revolutionise Kenya’s creative landscape.

With a bold vision outlined in the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto, the administration has identified the creative economy as a cornerstone of Kenya’s economic transformation.

At the heart of this transformative agenda lies the rollout of the flagship #TalantaHela initiative, a groundbreaking endeavour aimed at identifying, nurturing, and monetising talents across various sectors, with the goal of putting #PesaMfukoni (money in the pocket) and creating sustainable livelihoods for talented individuals. Indeed, #TalantaHela is already unlocking new opportunities and propelling Kenya’s creative industry to unprecedented heights.

Among the key interventions we are rolling out at the ministry is forging strategic partnerships with industry leaders locally and globally. Deals with prestigious entities such as Invention Studios of Hollywood and the Recording Academy, responsible for the Grammy Awards, signify a significant step towards providing Kenyan artists and content creators with a platform to showcase their talents on the global stage.

The recent announcement by the Recording Academy regarding its mission expansion efforts in Africa and the Middle East comes as a monumental boost to Kenya’s creative economy. Through strategic collaborations with ministries of culture in the region, including Kenya, the Recording Academy is poised to empower creators through education, champion strong Intellectual Property legislation, and fuel the music economy by championing music creators at all levels.

“The Recording Academy is dedicated to supporting music creators around the world,” said Panos Panay, Recording Academy president. “This expansion reflects our commitment to fostering a truly global music community.”

Therefore, this strategic move by the Recording Academy aligns perfectly with Kenya’s vision of positioning itself as a hub of creativity and innovation in Africa. As the Recording Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Latin Recording Academy’s establishment, this expansion into Africa and the MENA region marks the beginning of a new chapter in its mission to support music creators abroad.

Kenya takes pride in being among the pioneers of this initiative in Africa, and we are committed to leveraging this partnership to unlock the full potential of our creative economy. With the support of visionary leadership, strategic partnerships, and collaborative efforts, Kenya is poised to emerge as a global powerhouse in the creative industry.

As we embark on this journey, we remain steadfast in our commitment to nurturing and promoting the immense talent and creativity that Kenya has to offer. Together, we will shape a future where creativity thrives, talents are rewarded, and Kenya’s creative economy flourishes on the world stage.

- The writer is the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports

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