Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, CEO of Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), was the chief guest at Swahilipot Hub in Mombasa County today.
The Swahilipot Hub is an incubation centre in Mombasa County aimed at providing creative youths in the Coastal area with a facility to explore their talents in innovation, technology and the arts.
Dr. Ezekiel Mutua was received by Swahilipot Hub ICT Consultant Patron and Board Chair Mahmoud Noor. He and his KFCB team were given a tour of the facility.
During the event, Ezekiel Mutua admitted that the creative sector has suffered due to the pandemic that saw plans come to a standstill.
“Kenya’s creative sector was brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are collaborating with the stakeholders to come up with a framework for regulations and guidelines to revive the sector,” Ezekiel Mutua wrote.
Ezekiel Mutua discussed ways of collaborating with the management to identify and nurture talent and empower the youth with equipment and skills to further their talents as well as monetize their craft.
“Covid-19 has taught us that we cannot continue to do business normally.”
“We shall support the creatives and the Sinema operators through a framework that will cushion them from the pandemic’s economic effects,” Ezekiel Mutua vowed.
Ezekiel Mutua believes that the Coastal Region has a lot of untold stories that can be turned into films and that the future of Covid-19 recovery will be based on technology.
“KFCB is committed to identifying and nurturing of talents among the youth through the Sinema Mashinani flagship project with the aim of creating employment opportunities at the grassroots level across the country,” he wrote.