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First-of-its-kind in Kenya, nature-based, tech-infused set design for 26-episode sequence, based mostly in Nairobi
NAIROBI / JOHANESBURG: 15 August 2022: Following area manufacturing commencing earlier this yr, 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 Improvement (USAID) and WildlifeDirect have right now 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 subsequent era of environmental conservation leaders, the programme can be titled Workforce Sayari. Incorporating the Swahili time period for ‘planet’, the title embodies the programme’s purpose – to offer viewers with the information, expertise and instruments wanted to preserve and shield the pure world, in a enjoyable means.
Within the sequence, the younger presenters will go to the wild to fulfill African specialists in 5 international locations throughout the continent to discover, uncover, find out about our environmental challenges and be impressed to scale back their influence, 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 domestically 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 full of life interview spot. The Sayari basecamp was produced nearly solely 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 concerning the setting 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 gives 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, can 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 muse for the various adventures and enjoyable all through the episodes. It’s also from this intriguing setting that they’ll hyperlink with different presenters from East, West and South Africa.
Workforce 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 sequence, produced by native manufacturing firm White Rhino Movies goals to have fun the setting and lift consciousness of conservation and related points in a enjoyable and relatable means, will air later this yr on each Nationwide Geographic Wild and Disney Channel throughout Africa. There may also be partaking digital extensions on social media platforms that can enable viewers to additional discover matters addressed within the sequence in addition to an outreach programme that can lengthen the attain of the programme into international locations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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WildlifeDirect is internationally acknowledged as a excessive influence Kenyan based mostly group that seeks to vary hearts, minds and legal guidelines in order that Africa’s wildlife endures perpetually. The mission of WildlifeDirect is to attach folks to their wildlife and nature and encourage them to treasure it and act to preserve it. The group produces Wildlife Warriors, a preferred wildlife TV sequence about our wildlife heroes and heroines, and the animals that they’re saving. We purpose to rework and catalyse the wildlife movie making trade in Africa. The sequence is screened on nationwide TV in addition to in school rooms by the Wildlife Warriors Children conservation schooling program.
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