Kamatana translated from swahili means to hold together.
Just as the year 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development at the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Kamatana was founded to develop the underpriviledged creative youth in Kenya starting with the Lake Victoria region.
“The interface between creativity, culture, economics and technology, as expressed in the ability to create and circulate intellectual capital, has the potential to generate income, jobs and exports while at the same time promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development.”
The creative economy covers the knowledge-based economic activities upon which the ‘creative industries’ are based. The different programs within the Kamatana development centre including fashion, music, art and media are strategically tied in to the creative skills available within the African creative youth today. This opportunity allows Kamatana to advocate for continental and global attention towards the cause of investing in the creativity and innovation of its youthful population which can play a key role in the continent's economic transformation.
The creative economy has a cultural and social impact that is likely to grow.
Who we are
We are the creative economy evolution pioneered by the youth in Africa.
We are 100% female-run creative development center.
We have over 40 years local and global experience within the creative sector.
To provide the necessary professional and interpersonal sustainable development strategies and opportunities that enhance knowledge, develop skills and enrich the young African creative transform the African creative industry into a thriving creative economy pioneered by the youth.
We are working towards fighting poverty and unemployment amongst the youth in Africa.
To make the most of our natural creative talent and potential by informing, educating and inspiring out creative youth to supersede their potential in an environment that challenges yet supports their creative growth and development.
What we do
We empower and nurture the creative industry by providing skills transfer and development to young talented creatives.
We identify and develop outstanding creative talent within our communities by focusing on the natural resources and skills of the local community.
We develop and facilitate skill transfer amongst the creative youth through our creative program curriculum.
We identify organisations who are open to collaborate with us to enhance & develop the creative economy and talent within our communities.
We identify mentors that can work with the creative youth hand-in-hand to elevate their skillset.
We have developed an education curriculum that covers the creative sector within specific programs; fashion, music, art, media and digital.
We work towards fighting poverty and unemployment among youth in Africa.
We create export opportunities for our local products and services.
Creative economy development