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Group Sayari revealed as title for Nationwide Geographic Children Africa Programme


 First-of-its-kind in Kenya, nature-based, tech-infused set design for 26-episode collection, based mostly in Nairobi

 NAIROBI / JOHANESBURG: 15 August 2022: Following discipline manufacturing commencing earlier this 12 months, as

nicely because the announcement of the native hosts, The Walt Disney Firm Africa, along with its venture companions, Nationwide Geographic, the U.S. Division of State, the U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) and WildlifeDirect have right this moment revealed each the title and the set of the extremely anticipated Nationwide Geographic Children programme.

Impressed by the programme’s purpose to inspire lasting, impactful behavioural change in younger viewers throughout the continent and create the following technology of environmental conservation leaders, the programme shall be titled Group Sayari. Incorporating the Swahili time period for ‘planet’, the title embodies the programme’s aim – to supply viewers with the information, expertise and instruments wanted to preserve and shield the pure world, in a enjoyable manner.

Within the collection, the younger presenters will go to the wild to fulfill African consultants in 5 international locations throughout the continent to discover, uncover, study our environmental challenges and be impressed to cut back their impression, shield and restore nature.

Filming has additionally commenced in a custom-built set in Nairobi, the Sayari Basecamp. A primary-of-its-kind in Kenya, the set embodies childhood creativeness and journey with a tree house-inspired hideout that’s regionally constructed and designed, together with African-inspired and nature-based motifs, coupled with components of superior know-how. It comes full with a mission management wall, a comfortable chill space and a energetic interview spot. The Sayari basecamp was produced virtually completely from recycled and upcycled supplies, true to the ethos of the present.

The central function is a huge tree, with a textured trunk named Funzi (derived from the Swahili phrase for studying) that includes interactive synthetic intelligence know-how and a DNA helix, and which imparts information in regards to the surroundings and challenges our younger presenters. To impart a way of motion, Funzi’s inside part spins slowly throughout interplay.

Wooden panelling, leafy foliage and porthole-style home windows full the atmosphere of a hideaway nestled in a tree, excessive within the sky. Upholstery on the furnishings, that was comprised of natural supplies, options dual-level African print, which offers layers of texture and pops of color. The set’s shelving is hand-crafted, including a component of quirkiness to the design. A live-edge desk the place the markings of the tree have been  preserved for a uncooked look, shall be dressed uniquely per episode.

At basecamp, Funzi provides the studio presenters, Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Shanah Manjeru (14), Railey Mwai (10) and Adarsh Nagda (12) missions to finish, laying the inspiration for the various adventures and enjoyable all through the episodes. It’s also from this intriguing surroundings that they’ll hyperlink with different presenters from East, West and South Africa.

Group Sayari is the results of a collaborative effort between Nationwide Geographic, The Walt Disney Firm Africa, USAID, the U.S. State Division and WildlifeDirect. The collection, produced by native manufacturing firm White Rhino Movies goals to have fun the surroundings and lift consciousness of conservation and related points in a enjoyable and relatable manner, will air later this 12 months on each Nationwide Geographic Wild and Disney Channel throughout Africa. There can even be participating digital extensions on social media platforms that may enable viewers to additional discover subjects addressed within the collection in addition to an outreach programme that may lengthen the attain of the programme into international locations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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For extra info, please contact:

For The Walt Disney Firm Africa:

c/o Jenny Griesel Communications


For WildlifeDirect:

Trish Sewe


For U.S. Division of State

The Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs:




About The Walt Disney Firm EMEA:

The Walt Disney Firm, along with its subsidiaries and associates, is a number one diversified worldwide household leisure and media enterprise that features Disney Parks, Experiences and Merchandise; Disney Media & Leisure Distribution; and three content material teams—Studios, Basic Leisure and Sports activities–targeted on creating and producing content material for DTC, theatrical and linear platforms. Disney is a Dow 30 firm and had annual revenues of $65.4 billion in its Fiscal Yr 2020.

The Walt Disney Firm has been in Europe, Center East and Africa (EMEA) for over 80 years and employs hundreds throughout the area. Between Disneyland Paris and its different iconic manufacturers, together with Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Nationwide Geographic, 20th Century Studios and ESPN, The Walt Disney Firm EMEA entertains, informs and evokes tens of millions of shoppers in additional than 130 international locations by the ability of unparalleled storytelling. Disney+, the corporate’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, is at present obtainable in 17 markets throughout Europe.

About WildlifeDirect:

WildlifeDirect is internationally acknowledged as a excessive impression Kenyan based mostly group that seeks to alter hearts, minds and legal guidelines in order that Africa’s wildlife endures endlessly. The mission of WildlifeDirect is to attach individuals to their wildlife and nature and encourage them to treasure it and act to preserve it. The group produces Wildlife Warriors, a well-liked wildlife TV collection about our wildlife heroes and heroines, and the animals that they’re saving. We purpose to rework and catalyse the wildlife movie making business in Africa. The collection is screened on nationwide TV in addition to in school rooms by the Wildlife Warriors Children conservation training program.

About USAID:

The U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) is the world’s premier worldwide growth company and a catalytic actor driving growth outcomes. Via our cross-sectoral programming, USAID works to deal with the world’s most pressing wants, together with biodiversity conservation, training, and financial growth. USAID works to assist carry lives, construct communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. nationwide safety and financial prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. President John. F. Kennedy created USAID by government order in 1961 to steer the U.S. authorities’s worldwide growth and humanitarian efforts.

About The U.S. Division of State

The U.S. Division of State leads America’s international coverage by diplomacy, advocacy, and help by advancing the pursuits of the American individuals, their security and financial prosperity.  Via its 270 diplomatic missions world-wide, the Division of State is dedicated to supporting public outreach efforts round key international coverage issues that assist construct peaceable relations between the individuals of the US and folks of different international locations, in addition to advance U.S. international coverage and nationwide safety targets.

The Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to extend mutual understanding between the individuals of the US and the individuals of different international locations by the use of academic and cultural trade that help within the growth of peaceable relations.  

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