Latest article on The Huffington Post: “How Zain Verjee is ensuring that “stories made@africa” are being heard”

Zain Verjee is surely a household name in the media world. After 15 years at CNN, interviewing prominent political players and covering some of the biggest stories, Verjee realized it was time to go on a new path to create stories and to ensure narratives that were unheard did not fall to the wayside. With this inspiration, she started aKoma, an African open source content platform where African stories are created, discovered and shared, with her Nigerian co-founder, Chidi Afulezi. Seeing a dire need for African storytellers to have creative spaces to generate stories from their perspectives, Verjee, who is from Kenya, also launched a paid pan-African, six month fellowship called Amplify Fellowship for Content Creators, that identifies and nurtures storytellers and content creators who craft compelling content about Africa. With the company tagline being “stories made@Africa”, Verjee is catalyzing the next generation of African storytellers with Amplify, which is in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and GE, where fellows receive training and input from media industry’s experts on content creation on the continent; technical, creative and business skills; and tips on how to carve a career in the media. Read more at The Huffington Post.

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