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Storytellers in Sub-Saharan Africa to Benefit from Netflix’s $1Mn Scholarship Fund 

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American media-services provider Netflix Inc has announced a $1 million Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film and TV students in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The fund is part of Netflix’s global Netflix Creative Equity Fund launched in 2021 to be allocated to various initiatives over the next 5 years. 

The fund is scheduled to roll out across the region in the academic year commencing in 2022, starting with an open call for applications in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. 

Fund administration partners for East Africa and the West and Central Africa regions will be announced in due course. 

The scholarship fund in Africa will cover the costs for tuition, accommodation, study materials and living expenses at institutions where beneficiaries have gained admission to pursue a course of study in the TV and film disciplines in the 2022 academic year. 

“Netflix is excited by the potential of the next generation of storytellers and we’re committed to investing in the future of African storytelling in the long-term,” says Ben Amadasun, Netflix Director of Content in Africa. 

“We believe there are great stories to be told from Africa and we want to play our part by supporting students who are passionate about the film and TV industry so they too, can ultimately contribute to the creative ecosystem by bringing more unique voices and diverse perspectives to African storytelling that our global audiences find appealing.”

The following countries are eligible for the first call: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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