Who we are


An anonymous old proverb says:

"A dream without a plan is just a wish, but a dream with a plan can change the world."

That’s precisely what the Media Innovation Centre (MiC) — Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya is about. The MiC supports young upcoming media entrepreneurs who are devising unique start-ups driven by exciting forms of storytelling. We offer tailor-made training, mentorship, coaching and start-up grants of up to $20,000 (€17,800) to assist media entrepreneurs transform their ideas into the next big thing.
We aim to build a strong community across eastern Africa which comprises media innovators and practitioners, investors, techies, journalism students, academics, NGOs and government regulators with a passion for quality journalism.

 

To achieve this, the MiC organizes a wide range of events, such as Fireside Chats, Bootcamps, Masterclasses, online training and Meetups, in which we invite eminent persons to share their vision for the future of journalism in East Africa.
The MiC together with DW Akademie and the Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) are the brains behind the East Africa Storytelling Festival (EAST project), which is planned to take place in 2021. The festival provides an opportunity for the smartest media innovators in the sub-region to meet, exchange ideas and explore new ways of storytelling. The cornerstone of the festival is set online in the EAST section of our website, as a virtual meet-up space for media innovation in East Africa. EAST offers a broad range of online-sessions and aggregates the best content and learning resources on innovation for media viability in the region.
The MiC is part of the Media Futures EA Project and is fully funded by the German Development Bank (KfW Entwicklungsbank). The key objective of the project is to strengthen the long-term viability of quality media in East Africa.

MISSION


To be the leading media research, training,
and innovation hub in East Africa.

VISION


To work towards media viability in East Africa
by supporting quality journalism and innovation.

What We Do


By collaborating with our development partner DW Akademie, we nurture a culture of innovation in which we support, train, mentor and coach media innovators working on exciting ideas. We accomplish that through the following activities:

The Team

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Dr Chege is the Director, Innovation Centre at the Graduate School of Media and Communications- Aga Khan University. The Innovation Centre is aimed at enhancing media viability in East Africa. Based in Nairobi, the center provides training, coaching and mentorship to media innovators in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Njoki has over 9 years’ experience in the media as a journalist, columnist and editor. As the Editor, Lifestyle (Pishi) at Nation Media Group, she was responsible for Pishi, an innovative lifestyle content project. Her research interests focus on media innovation and sustainability.

Dr Njoki Chege

Director



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Caleb Chuma is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating communication plans to support the goals of the Media Innovation Centre. Having previously worked for six years in the Public Relations sector, Caleb accumulated immense experience serving different corporate clientele in finance, insurance, motor industry, fashion, oil and gas and government.

Caleb Chuma

Communications Officer



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As Grants Administrator, Clare’s role is to provide financial and administrative advice and support services. She is tasked with obtaining newly available information on funding volume, the timing of reports and compliance with regulatory and contractual requirements under the grant. Before joining the MiC, Clare worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya, where she was involved in projects and grant management for various donor-funded projects.

Clare Boyani

Grants Administrator



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Hesbon Hansen Owilla works at The Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) as the Research Associate. As part of the GSMC team at the Media Innovation Centre (Media Futures EA), Hesbon works with the team in researching innovations and Media Viability.

Hesbon Hansen Owilla

Research Associate



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Benson Mutahi Githaiga is responsible for community needs and the creation of a vibrant, diverse and dynamic Media Innovation Centre. As the face of the centre, he supports operations as well as building partnerships. He has over 11 year’s working and has experience in public relations, human resources, project and account management and innovation and as an online show host (iHub News).

Benson Mutahi Githaiga

Community Manager



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Tulinagwe Mwampanga commonly known as Miss Tully is the Community Manager, Tanzania. Ms Tully has over 5 years experience in Programs Management, PR, Strategic Partnership Building, Communications and Innovation Hub Management. Ms Tully championed the establishment of the 1st Innovation Hub for female-led start ups called Ndoto Hub. She loves reading, writing and traveling as the part of learning.

Tulinangwe Mwapanga

Community Manager, Tanzania



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DW Akademie is Deutsche Welle's center for international media development, journalism training and knowledge transfer. DW Akademie strengthens the human right to freedom of expression. Together with partners, it plays a leading role in the development of free media systems, creating access to information, setting standards for education and independent journalism. As a strategic partner of the Aga Khan University GSMC Kenya, DW Akademie has partnered with the MiC to provide professional curriculum and expert training for innovators in East Africa looking to actualize their ideas for the media market.