Meet the arts, culture and media organisations that have been awarded Africa No Filter Operational Support Grants to support their work in narrative change. They're based in Africa and the Diaspora.
Sue Williamson - ArtThrob
ArtThrob is South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication, reporting on the national arts scene and the involvement of South African artists in the international art world. ArtThrob has two missions:
Lucy Kanu Hopper - Changing Narratives Africa
Changing Narratives Africa is committed to shifting narratives about Africa by celebrating the continent's contributions to the global food ecosystem, showcasing innovations, and cooking methods, amplifying and scaling proudly African food and beverage brands, and ensuring that more people globally experience the diversity and richness of Africa's gastronomic heritage and exciting future.
Emmanuel Mushy - Visual Aided Stories
Visual Aided Stories (VAS) is a youth-led enterprise of creatives, entrepreneurs and civic innovators using art and storytelling as tools for social change.
Sharon Makotsi - Journalists for Justice
Journalists For Justice is a not-for-profit foundation working to advance improved African journalistic capacity for social justice causes and public accountability through training and effective online platforms as well as social media engagement.
Dr. Njoki Ngumi - HEVA Fund
HEVA has generated insights, rolled out investments, and innovated financial models specifically for the growth of the creative economy in East Africa since 2013. The organisation has invested in more than 40 creative businesses and directly supported over 8,000 creative practitioners in the fashion, digital content and television, live music, cultural heritage, and gaming value-chains.
Nasro Abdirizak Ahmed - Women in Media Initiative Somalia
Nasro Abdirizak Ahmed founded Women in Media Initiative Somalia in 2017 to provide networking and capacity building opportunities for Somali women in media and highlight the socio-economic challenges facing women, children and vulnerable groups through media and communication.
Basim Dawoo - SOWT
Sowt is a digital audio network based in the Middle East and North Africa. They’re on a mission to tell more stories that connect the rest of the Africa to North Africa; a region that’s still disconnected from the continent.
Sipho Kings - The Continent
The Continent is an award-winning pan-African weekly newspaper noted for disrupting how mainstream African media tells African news and reaches audiences, including being available on WhatsApp.
Wilfred Kiumi - Vumicentral
Vumicentral is a multimedia content platform that provides African cinema, television, music, mobile video game, and entertainment news to global audiences. It was founded by Wilfred Kiumi of the Africa Digital Media Group. Vumicentral’s Organisational Support Grant will be used to keep building the platform and license content from across Africa.
Esinam Damalie - Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art Tamale
Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) Tamale is an artist-run exhibition space, research hub, cultural repository and artists’ residency based in Tamale, Ghana.
Wacera Njagi & Peter DiCampo – Everyday Projects
The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world by creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognise the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us. It’s led by journalist Wacera Njagi and Peter DiCampo, who is a documentary photographer.
Koleka Putuma & Robyn-Lee Pretorius - Manyano Media
Manyano Media is a multidisciplinary creative company established to create employment and development opportunities and platforms for South African independent black queer women storytellers. It was founded in 2019 by theatre practitioner and poet Koleka Putuma and co-led with business partner Robyn-Lee Pretorius.
Adenrele Sonariwo - Rele Arts Foundation
Rele Arts Foundation is a non-profit aimed at engaging and driving the practice and reception of contemporary art in Nigeria while exploring the role of art as a tool for social change and positive impact.
Victoria Cooke - AYA Academy
AYA Academy was by Victoria Cooke and Carina Kanbi to address the lack of women in the creative industries in Ghana and West Africa through education, empowerment, and economic development.
Wale Lawal - The Republic
The Republic provides in-depth coverage of underreported stories and issues affecting Nigerians and Africans at large. It has been recognised by Al Jazeera, Quartz and Reuters for offering serious journalism from an African worldview. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, The Republic works with more than 100 contributors from Nigeria, Africa and the diaspora.
Asif Sheikh - A24 Media
A24 Media is a pan-African media agency founded by entrepreneur, Asif Sheikh. It has become a leader in narrative changing and how the continent is perceived. A24 Media's Project Support Grant will support Yebo, a Video On Demand platform that delivers African shows, documentaries and features.
Liz Kilili - Creatives Garage
Creatives Garage is an arts collective and agency that was founded in 2013 with the aim of bringing together Kenya’s creative and artistic community. Today, the agency has a community of 13,000 (and growing) creatives that they connect to work and business opportunities. It was founded by Liz Kilili.
Lesedi Mogoatlhe - African Podcast Workshop
The African Podcast Workshop trains and mentors African storytellers, journalists, and creatives to develop a wide range of podcasting production and business skills.
Sylvia Arthur - Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora
The Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) is a decolonised private library, archive, writing residency, and museum dedicated to the work of African and Diaspora writers from the late 19th-century to the present day
Ayodeji Rotinwa - African Arguments
African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. The platform seeks to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices. While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news.