Digital Lab Africa Announces Competition Finalists

Digital Lab Africa Announces 30 New Generation Of Talent In Creative Industries Finalists

Digital Lab Africa’s (DLA) digital content industry experts chose 30 finalists to compete in the DLA Online Pitch Competition. The finalists best represent the new generation of talent in creative industries, ranging from virtual reality, web creation, digital music, video games and animation.

Digital Lab Africa is a springboard and an incubation platform for African creatives in digital content. Initiated by the Embassy of France and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) in 2016, the programme has been managed by Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct since 2018. This year, the third edition of DLA, is a fully-fledged programme of the Digital Content Hub of Tshimologong, which is supported by the Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD).

The DLA#3 competition had around 500 entries from over 30 sub-Saharan African countries, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Republic of the Congo, Mali, Senegal and Gabon.

Lesley Williams, CEO of Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and director of Digital Lab Africa, said that the digitisation of Africa will only work to the benefit of the continent if there are more contributions from talented content creators. ‘We would like to thank all the candidates who applied for the DLA call for projects. We recognise the importance of taking ownership of the narrative in our own stories and we’re delighted that so many candidates stepped up to the plate.’

Fans and followers can watch and vote for their favourite video pitch via a dedicated online platform. Developed by Zakhele Technologies, a Tshimologong based IT company, the platform is open until 28 April. In addition, all video pitches will be housed and showcased at the Tshimologong Source Code Gallery for the duration of the competition.

The project with the most online votes will be awarded the DLA Audience Award, which includes an invitation to a prestigious DLA industry event in France or in the sub-Saharan African region.

Chosen by the DLA Selection Committees, the 10 winners of the Pitch Competition will be revealed on 30 April. The 10 winners will each receive a guaranteed R42,000 cash prize and a tailor-made incubation programme to accelerate their project development with mentors from French and sub-Saharan creative industries, a residency period in France within a digital cluster, and participation at industry events in France as well as in the sub-Saharan African region.

The 30 finalists in the DLA Pitch Competition are:

Virtual Reality

• I Am A Woman Defined/Stories About Her by Charmaine Chitate (Zimbabwe).
• Phendula by Gugulethu Duma & Regina Kgatle (South Africa).
• Siya Khumbula by Isaac Zavale & Antonio Marin (South Africa/Mozambique).
• The Afrocyborg Vr Film Collective by Shmerah Passchier & The Afrocyborg Collective (South Africa).
• TRVLR by Komborerai Chapfika (Zimbabwe).
• The Crossing by Tafadzwa Hove (South Africa/Zimbabwe).

Web Creation

• Cartographie Des Régions Musicales Du Mali by Tiécoura N’Daou (Mali).
• Man Walks Into A Bar by Matthew Cuthbert (South Africa).
• Meet The Artist by Okuhle Magcaba (South Africa).
• Pendo by Wako Sefara and Muendo Mullei Muindi (South Africa).
• Re/Member Your Descendants by Xabiso Vili (South Africa).
• Reunion by Bokang Lehlokoe and Nomonde Jele (South Africa).

Digital Music

• Akulele Programme by Tabitha Karaba (Kenya).
• Frontline Session by Norton Nyandeni (South Africa).
• Jokko Text by Mamadou Dione (Senegal).
• Streambeats Live by Cédrick Mezui Beckdan (Gabon).
• Sunkambe by Shaka Ramulifho (South Africa).
• Swaggify by Marvin Madyara (Zimbabwe).

Video Games

• Ahkunobi by Ebube Ofili (Nigeria).
• Mancala Plus by Setriakor Nyomi (Ghana).
• Precious Cargo by Simone Beneke-Graham, Shannon Bennetts, Rowan Brough and Niall Graham (South Africa).
• Riziki by George Ahere (Kenya).
• Wahenga – The Lost Ancestors by Salim Burusu (Kenya).


• Baba by Justus Macharia (Kenya).
• Frozilla by Komborerai Chapfika (Zimbabwe).
• Herbbeings – The Mind Tea Leaf by Abisola Aboaba (Nigeria).
• Little Little Orishas by Archange Kiyindou (Republic of the Congo).
• Ringa Mzansi by Lwazi Msipha (South Africa).
• Uzi by Naddya Adhiambo Oluoch-Olunya (Kenya).

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