Published on: Sep 17, 2018

It’s been exactly a year since we published our first issue with Pinky Gelani as our cover. We all appreciate her confidence in us. Our magazine didn’t have a confirmed name at the time, just a plan and a dedicated passionate team. From Pinky, to Avril to our most recent cover, we have always tried to do our best with limited resources but limitless dedication. We didn’t want to fail, so whenever we felt that we were about to give up we reminded ourselves that we didn’t want to fail. The thing is, if you keep trying, even if you don’t hit your target on the first, second, or hundredth time, you only fail if you stop working at it.

“I think it’s okay to feel lost in your life. I think it’s okay not to reach that final goal (in your life). You may earn things while being lost or could make something out of it through the emotions you feel. I think it should be your judgement. You don’t have to make someone else judge the satisfaction of your life. I hope that you don’t feel too anxious about feeling lost in your life.” KJH

We have a bunch of plans, goals and no resources except ourselves. We try not to look at the negative side of things, but we are confident that our hard work will pay off in the end. It’s definite that every creative faces that breaking point every day in their career, but it’s how you handle that one of countless moments that will determine your success in the future.

Our very first cover on our first pilot issue

The lack of local financial support is a major impediment to the growth of Africa’s creative economy. According to the UNESCO report, financial institutions are rarely at ease with the sector’s innovation-driven character, notably when its copyright content is high. Venture capitalists, if they exist, are not interested in providing small loans and have a tendency to control rights so that remuneration to producers is lower. The business sector still provides only limited support and in any case prefers larger organizations. Governmental financing is also limited and its grant-based models often lead to unsustainable, subsidy-dependent development. In its Creative Economy Report 2008 UNCTAD observed that businesses in the creative sector face capital rationing at all stages. Start-up financing is often difficult to access because of the uncertain prospects in markets for creative products; forecasting demand for creative goods such as films is generally more difficult than for more standardized products so public and private investors often look upon projects in these areas as too high risk.

Pilot #2 cover with Avril and Pinky. Cover art by Reynolds Mungai

In 2019, we will be launching a project just like Be Afrika Discovered, where it will heavily rely on community. It will be the first step to all our shared dream: lack of resources and financial support in the creative industry becoming a thing of the past.

Till then always remember, to work hard for you and it will benefit your community.

We will be featuring one Creative and an Organization or City a day during this, our anniversary month, to give updates on where they are now and their current projects… Stay and Discovered African Creatives!

Check out all our issues to date here