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The YEDF Board Chairman, Mr. Ronald Osumba, has reiterated the Fund’s commitment to support youth in the creative economy. Mr. Osumba said that the Fund recognizes the critical role of the creative economy in providing numerous opportunities for youth to use their natural talents and creativeness to make a livelihood and contribute to the overall growth of the country’s economy.
He said that the Fund in consultation with young people is in the process of reengineering its loan products and developing new ones that are more impactful and relevant to their needs.
“The Fund will ensure that the youth participate in developing creative products that can benefit them and others in this county. “I have had consultations with wasanii wa pwani in literally all fields; music, film, models, dancers, poets and visual artists on how to support them commercialize their talents.”
“I urge young people not to be held back by failures of others. Grab available opportunities and capitalize on them” he said.
Mr. Osumba further promised to create a national data base for talents and help the youth explore available opportunities especially in the creative culture industry. He also urged the youth to take advantage of the products and services offered by the Youth Fund for personal development. Mr. Osumba was speaking during a Creative Culture meeting held on 3rd Saturday 2016 at Fort Jesus in Mombasa County. The meeting brought together youth and various other stakeholders in the creative industry to discuss the critical role of the industry in Kenya. Also present in the meeting was the Principal Secretary for Arts and Culture in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Joe Okudo, the Director General for National Museums of Kenya Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, and the Mombasa County Senator, Omar Hassan.