Itumbi, Churchill, Radull, and Azziad land government jobs in bid to revitalise the creative industry

The Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports, and the Arts has announced the establishment of the Talanta Hela Council and its two technical committees, one for sports and one for the creatives.

The comittees and council were announced through a gazette notice by the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, the Arts, and Sports, Ababu Namwamba

The CS will lead the council which will also include the Principal Secretary of the State Department of Sports, the Principal Secretary of the State Department of Youth Affairs and the Arts, the Principal Secretary of the State Department of Basic Education, and representatives from the Council of Governors.

In addition to these government officials, the Council also includes notable figures from both the sports and creative sectors, such as David Langat, Debra Mallowah, Abraham Kipyego Mutai, Charles Gacheru, Claudia Naisabwa Leshomoo, Nobert Ouma, June Chepkemei, and Dennis Itumbi.

The Council’s term is set to last for three years and its terms of reference include providing vision and policy direction, ensure commitment to the initiative at the highest level of government, review progress, and approve necessary policy frameworks.

The Sports Technical Committee is led by Carol Radul as Chairperson and comprises of 11 members. The members are Boniface Ambani, Julius Kiplagat Yego, Neddy Kutsuru, Alfred Makotsi, Sammy Tiyoi Shollei, Collins Kale, Kevin Mutai, Shilovelo Winna Shilavula, Daniel Nakeor Losiru, Staicy Shariffa Ochieng.

The committee will serve a term of three years and will be responsible for a range of activities, including promoting the growth of sports, supporting the Kenya Academy of Sports, using technology to identify and nurture talent, establishing a framework to monetize sports and expand employment opportunities, managing the annual bottom-up football tournament, and supporting the Harambee Stars and Harambee Starlets in their respective pursuits.

The Creatives Technical Committee is led by Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill) as Chairperson and comprises of 10 members, including Akinyi Odongo, Jimmi Gathu, Catherine Kamau, Esther Akoth, Kizito Makhande, Azziad Nasenya, Rosemary Wahu Kagwi, Awadhi Salim Awadhi, Douglas Kipkirui Langat, and Susan Ekasiba.

The committee will serve a term of three years and will be responsible for proposals related to the collection and distribution of royalties, implementing the National Creatives Economy Plan, managing the National Creatives Awards, monetizing the creatives sector, upgrading arts facilities and infrastructure, and promoting Kenya as a top film-making destination.

The Council and its Technical Committees will be supported by a Secretariat that will be established by the Cabinet Secretary. The Secretariat will manage day-to-day operations, conduct research, prepare reports, establish a sports library, handle protocol and public relations, and perform other duties as assigned by the Council.

The Implementation Framework will be prepared by the Council and its Technical Committees within 21 days of appointment.

The Talanta Hela initiative is a bold step by the Kenyan government to support the growth of the country’s sports and creative economy, create employment opportunities, and position Kenya as a destination of choice for sports tourism and film-making.



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