Africa No Filter and Meta Announce The Winners of the Future Africa Grant for Extended Reality Creators

Africa No Filter and Meta Announce The Winners of the Future Africa Grant for Extended Reality Creators


Africa No Filter and Meta ( are excited to announce today the six finalists of the ‘Future Africa: Telling Stories, Creating Worlds’ programme – concentrated on harnessing and investing in the future era of Prolonged Reality (XR) creators in Africa. The winners, selected from Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Cameroon, and Kenya, will incorporate the innovative uses of music, multimedia installations, films and sculpture to explore jobs all-around spirituality, heritage, the cosmos, creativeness and memory and masculinity into their prolonged realities jobs – all with a focus on telling persuasive African stories that are up to date, narrative-shifting, and immersive.

The six collaborating storytellers are: 

  • Pierre-Christophe Gam, Cameroon: A multimedia artist who is functioning on a hybrid artwork set up that fuses VR, movie, images, and mixed-media sculpture to think about the long run of Africa from the standpoint of an African family residing in 2070.
  • Xabiso Vili, South Africa: A writer, performer and new media artist, Vili’s visual album is a speculative fiction piece that explores reconciliation and healing. Vili hopes to flip poisonous masculinity into compassionate masculinity.
  • Nirma Madhoo, Mauritius: A fashion filmmaker, XR creator and Ph.D. prospect, her operate explores African cultures as systems, which she illustrates through historical practices like cultural astronomy. 
  • Michelle Angawa, Kenya: A movie editor XR creator, this development centres about a quick tragicomedy that depicts a day-in-the-life of a Nairobian boda boda rider, discovering want and the complexities of Nairobian life. 
  • Malik Afegbua, Nigeria: A multimedia artist who is centered on curating a virtual heritage expertise of the Kofar-Mata dye pit, a cultural and historical web site in Kano, Nigeria.
  • Lara Sousa, Mozambique: A director and producer, this creation utilizes the journey of Lemanjá, the Afro-Brazilian goddess of wisdom, to examine the ocean as a sacred web page of spirituality.

As part of the ‘Upcoming Africa: Telling Tales, Making Worlds’ programme, each creator will be supported with funding of up to $30,000 and also take part in XR-field activities to increase their creativeness and push fascination in their initiatives. They will also access mentorship from Electric South and Imisi3D. 

Jessica Hagan, Arts and Tradition System Lead at ANF, claimed, “It’s reassuring to see the quantity of unbelievable XR talent on the African continent. The creative imagination and innovation we encountered in the selection method has been quite fascinating. It reveals that Africa is also on the pulse of international innovation and tech developments that are redefining how tales are told and knowledgeable. XR content creation is pricey, but African creators are not slipping behind.”

Sherry Dzinoreva, Meta’s Public Plan Systems Director, Africa, Middle East, and Turkey, stated: “This specially curated plan is an possibility to aid African storytellers who are leveraging the electricity of the up coming evolution of social engineering, even though also shining a highlight on the wonderful, inventive, and various expertise pool we have right here on the continent . We recognize the power of Extended Actuality and how it can be employed to inform tales that change narratives about and within the continent – and we’re fired up to see these visions arrive to daily life.”

Dispersed by APO Group on behalf of Meta.

Enquiries and interview options: 
Africa No Filter: [email protected]
Meta: [email protected]

About Meta:
Meta builds technologies that aid individuals hook up, find communities, and expand businesses. When Facebook released in 2004, it adjusted the way people today connect. Applications like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp even more empowered billions all over the globe. Now, Meta is transferring beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and digital reality to support make the upcoming evolution in social technologies.

About Africa No Filter:
We’re a donor-collaborative shifting stereotypical and harmful narratives within just and about Africa as a result of exploration, grant-producing, neighborhood developing and advocacy by supporting storytellers, investing in media platforms and driving disruption campaigns. Our funders are Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Basis, Luminate, Open Modern society Foundations, Comic Aid, the Hilton Basis, the British Council and Hewlett Foundation.

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