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Meet Our 2017 African Filmmaking Fellows

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Asmerate Hilesilasse Gebresilasse

Country: Ethiopia

Title: Broadcast Journalism Lecturer

Institution: Addis Ababa University

Asmerate is a lecturer at Addis Ababa University, School of Journalism and Communication, Broadcast Journalism Department in Ethiopia. She is also a radio production practitioner but aspires to establish a documentary film making production company to tell stories through her perspectives and immerse herself into the fascinating world of storytelling.    

Asmerate’s engagement however is not limited to broadcast journalism. She is currently working as an in-house ombudsperson or public editor for the English weekly business newspaper, Fortune. She had served the same newspaper as reporter and freelancer.

Asmerate is married and a mother of one baby girl.

Hawi Negussie Bussa

Country: Ethiopia

Title: Radio show host/MA Journalism and Communication student

Institution: Addis Ababa University

Hawi is a radio journalist at 105.3 Afro FM, the only English speaking radio station in Ethiopia. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A in English and Literary Studies from Haramaya University, Alemaya in which she later became a lecturer in the same department. She is currently pursuing her M.A degree in Journalism and Communication at Addis Ababa University, particularly focusing on documentary analysis, social change and intercultural communication.

As an aspiring film maker, she hopes to focus on social issues that are often ignored in Ethiopia.

Blessing Tapiwa Jona

Country: Zimbabwe

Title: Journalism and Media Studies Lecturer

Institution: National University of Science & Technology (NUST)

Blessing is a Journalism and Media Studies lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He lectures fundamentals of film and video production, media texts and audiences, and other related courses. Blessing’s key strengths are in scriptwriting, directing and editing.  He has produced a melodrama titled Intentions and has supervised students in various documentary and fiction film projects. Some of the interesting documentaries where he was Executive Producer are Angels of Gomorrah, July 31: The Undertaken, Silent Culture and The NUST Odyssey, just to mention a few.  

His research interests are in media, culture and politics with critical focus on the role film plays in influencing political, socio – cultural and economic outcomes in society.  Key to his research interests is how the film audience interacts with films.  Blessing is interested in reception analyses of power positions advanced by film to a film audience which equally has power to reject, negotiate and/or adopt messages in films.

Makhosi Nkanyiso Sibanda

Country: Zimbabwe

Title: Journalism and Media Studies Teaching Assistant/Producer

Institution: National University of Science & Technology (NUST)

Makhosi has recently been employed as a teaching assistant in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo and specialises in broadcast and film courses. He has extensive experience as a broadcast journalist and has also written and produced numerous short documentaries in Zimbabwe.

Joyous Lusanji Begisen

Country: Kenya

Title: Communication Specialist/Master of Arts in Development Communication Student

Institution: University of Nairobi

Joyous is a wild mind with a disciplined eye. She believes everything is a story. An ardent writer and a photographer, her passion for telling empowering African narratives has seen her document stories of communities across Kenya; from advocacy, humanitarian and development perspectives, telling the story of how development actors are working with communities. Notably her work has been instrumental in influencing policies and fund-raising. 

While her documentation has mainly been achieved through written narratives and documentary photography, she has a keen interest in film making and has been part of video production teams either as a script writer, producer and lately in shooting short videos using self-taught basic skills. 

A Communications specialist, Joyous currently works at the United Nations Development Program in Kenya. She has also been part of the creation of award winning Advertising and Communications campaigns while working as the creative copy editor for Africa’s leading Marketing Services Group, Scangroup. She began her career at Kenya’s State Broadcaster as a Television News Reporter. 

Joyous is currently writing her thesis towards the attainment of a Master of Arts in Development Communication at the University of Nairobi and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication & Public Relations from St. Paul’s University, Kenya. 

Carol Wairimu Ndung'u

Country: Kenya

Title: Film Production Officer/Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication Student

Institution: Egerton  University

Carol is a film production officer, working at the Department of Film Services in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Public Relations from St. Pauls University and now she is pursuing her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at Egerton  University.  She is a professional Film maker with over 8 years experience. She is a two time winner of Kalasha International TV and Film awards (2011, 2014) for best documentary films.

 Francis Mwangi Irungu

Country: Kenya

Title: Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Film Studies Student/Producer

Institution: Department of Film Services

 Francis is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Film Studies. He holds both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degrees in Theatre Arts and Film Technology. He also holds a Diploma in Film/Video Production in addition to certificates in audio-visual and Film Laboratory Techniques, among other administrative certificates. 

He is working in the Department of Film Services (DFS), State Department of Arts and Culture, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts. He has many years of work experience in the Film Industry.  Presently, he heads Nakuru Regional Film Office where he is in-charge of eight (8) counties, namely, Nyandarua, Baringo, Laikipia, Samburu, Nakuru, Kericho, Bomet and Narok. The region has a total area of 72,576 square kilometers and an estimated population of 8-10 million people. He directs, produces, co-ordinates, budgets, and supervises film productions especially those that touch on informing and educating citizenry.

He formulates internship programmes for college/university students pursuing Filmmaking career. He is also a Film Scholar and researches on Film Techniques and Film Industry in general.

Emmanuel Kawooya

Country: Uganda

Title: Filmmaker/Field Tutor

Institution: Kampala Film School

Emmanuel is a field tutor in the Documentary Film production at the Kampala Film School, he supervises practical shootings of the students while in the field of their production for documentary short films, He holds a masters degree in Mass Communication. He is a professional film maker with over 2 years experience across a range of core professional fields including Producing, Writing and Directing for both Fiction and Documentary Film. His passion lies with learning as well as passing onto Film knowledge with emphasis on African story telling as a concept of African growth through Film as a means of communication. His first Short documentary as a director “ Just Roll It ” won (audience favourite) at the Zuka International Students Film Festival 2011; He is currently working on a short fiction drama Long Way To Go which is at an advanced sound design level and due to release by end of January 2018.

Andrew Nyombi

Country: Uganda

Title: Filmmaker /Production Manager/Student

Institution: Kampala University

Andrew is a film graduate from Kampala Film School & Kampala University. He has  worked on different documentary and fiction films including “Misconception’’  directed by Jessica Yu, an Oscar award winning documentary filmmaker, Imperial blue a feature film produced in Uganda but directed by a British director. Andrew has been to IBTC a film institute in Rwanda as a film tutor where he gained skills and experience in teaching and usually holds workshops to introduce youth in the filmmaking industry.

Currently Andrew is pursuing a Master’s degree at Kampala University and working with OLa Visiualz Studios renowned film production company in Uganda as a productions manager. His passion for film has seen him persistently work in the industry gaining more experience and skills as a filmmaker.  

Meschtride Izahapu Mathias

Country: Namibia

Title: Ohangwena Regional Head

Institution: Namibia Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology

Meschtride is the regional head of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in Ohangwena Region in Namibia. She has been working in the media industry for 16 years.

She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication with Namibia University of Technology and is currently, pursuing a Masters in Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Lusia Ndapandula Uupindi

Country: Namibia

Title: Producer/Editor

Institution: Namibia Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology

Lusia worked as an assistant video editor at the Namibian Film Commission before she joined one of the top commercial radio stations in Namibia as a radio presenter for two years. Currently, she is responsible for video production at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in the Ohangwena Region, Namibia.

Samuel Onyije Igbedion

Country: Nigeria

Title: Filmmaker /Media & Communication Lecturer

Institution: Pan-Atlantic University

Sam is a media enthusiast whose love for film and photography has aided in charting a career rich with experience in audiovisual content production and photography.

A Masters’ degree holder in media and communication from the School of Media And Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Sam has worked as a studio manager, cinematographer, director, editor and producer of various audiovisual projects including documentaries, promotional videos, short films, video commercials and radio shows. 

Sam’s quest for excellence in the field of media production has also fuelled his desire to change the world by positively impacting the lives of the next generation of media content producers with his knowledge and skill set. To this end Sam shares his decade old knowledge in media production as a lecturer in the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, where he teaches courses such as audiovisual design and production, introduction to audio, video and graphics editing packages, and photography techniques.