Narrative Change Organisations

Meet the arts, culture and media organisations that have been awarded Africa No Filter Operational Support Grants to support their work in narrative change. They're based in Africa and the Diaspora. 

Oludamola Adebowale - ASIRI Magazine

Oludamola Adebowale founded ASIRI Magazine to create a digital repository of Nigerian history, arts and culture. “The impact of the grant is going to create an overall impactful effect not just on the ASIRI Magazine brand but also uplift the work and its effect on the ecosystem and the community of history lovers in Nigeria and in Africa.

Bird story news agency

We’re taking back the pen with bird - Africa’s first and only news agency for stories of innovation, creativity, arts, culture, tourism and human interest.

Sue Williamson - ArtThrob

ArtThrob is South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication, reporting on the national arts scene and the involvement of South African artists in the international art world. ArtThrob has two missions:

Emmanuel Mushy - Visual Aided Stories

Visual Aided Stories (VAS) is a youth-led enterprise of creatives, entrepreneurs and civic innovators using art and storytelling as tools for social change.

Lucy Kanu Hopper - Changing Narratives Africa

Changing Narratives Africa is committed to shifting narratives about Africa by celebrating the continent's contributions to the global food ecosystem, showcasing innovations, and cooking methods, amplifying and scaling proudly African food and beverage brands, and ensuring that more people globally experience the diversity and richness of Africa's gastronomic heritage and exciting future.

Sharon Makotsi - Journalists for Justice

Journalists For Justice is a not-for-profit foundation working to advance improved African journalistic capacity for social justice causes and public accountability through training and effective online platforms as well as social media engagement.

Basim Dawoo - SOWT

Sowt is a digital audio network based in the Middle East and North Africa. They’re on a mission to tell more stories that connect the rest of the Africa to North Africa; a region that’s still disconnected from the continent.

Nasro Abdirizak Ahmed - Women in Media Initiative Somalia

Nasro Abdirizak Ahmed founded Women in Media Initiative Somalia in 2017 to provide networking and capacity building opportunities for Somali women in media and highlight the socio-economic challenges facing women, children and vulnerable groups through media and communication.

Dr. Njoki Ngumi - HEVA Fund

HEVA has generated insights, rolled out investments, and innovated financial models specifically for the growth of the creative economy in East Africa since 2013. The organisation has invested in more than 40 creative businesses and directly supported over 8,000 creative practitioners in the fashion, digital content and television, live music, cultural heritage, and gaming value-chains.

Sipho Kings - The Continent

The Continent is an award-winning pan-African weekly newspaper noted for disrupting how mainstream African media tells African news and reaches audiences, including being available on WhatsApp.

Wilfred Kiumi - Vumicentral

Vumicentral is a multimedia content platform that provides African cinema, television, music, mobile video game, and entertainment news to global audiences. It was founded by Wilfred Kiumi of the Africa Digital Media Group. Vumicentral’s Organisational Support Grant will be used to keep building the platform and license content from across Africa.

Esinam Damalie - Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art Tamale

Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) Tamale is an artist-run exhibition space, research hub, cultural repository and artists’ residency based in Tamale, Ghana.

Wacera Njagi & Peter DiCampo – Everyday Projects

The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world by creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognise the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us. It’s led by journalist Wacera Njagi and Peter DiCampo, who is a documentary photographer.

Wale Lawal - The Republic

The Republic provides in-depth coverage of underreported stories and issues affecting Nigerians and Africans at large. It has been recognised by Al Jazeera, Quartz and Reuters for offering serious journalism from an African worldview. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, The Republic works with more than 100 contributors from Nigeria, Africa and the diaspora.

Victoria Cooke - AYA Academy

AYA Academy was by Victoria Cooke and Carina Kanbi to address the lack of women in the creative industries in Ghana and West Africa through education, empowerment, and economic development.

Adenrele Sonariwo - Rele Arts Foundation

Rele Arts Foundation is a non-profit aimed at engaging and driving the practice and reception of contemporary art in Nigeria while exploring the role of art as a tool for social change and positive impact.

Koleka Putuma & Robyn-Lee Pretorius - Manyano Media

Manyano Media is a multidisciplinary creative company established to create employment and development opportunities and platforms for South African independent black queer women storytellers. It was founded in 2019 by theatre practitioner and poet Koleka Putuma and co-led with business partner Robyn-Lee Pretorius.

Asif Sheikh - A24 Media

A24 Media is a pan-African media agency founded by entrepreneur, Asif Sheikh. It has become a leader in narrative changing and how the continent is perceived. A24 Media's Project Support Grant will support Yebo, a Video On Demand platform that delivers African shows, documentaries and features.

Liz Kilili - Creatives Garage

Creatives Garage is an arts collective and agency that was founded in 2013 with the aim of bringing together Kenya’s creative and artistic community. Today, the agency has a community of 13,000 (and growing) creatives that they connect to work and business opportunities. It was founded by Liz Kilili.

Sylvia Arthur - Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora

The Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) is a decolonised private library, archive, writing residency, and museum dedicated to the work of African and Diaspora writers from the late 19th-century to the present day

Ayodeji Rotinwa - African Arguments

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. The platform seeks to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices. While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news.