How We Are Creating Impact With African Stories Through Digital Storytelling

"A story is worth nothing without an audience." - Unknown

That single quote captures the context to the first phase of our, Genii Games, Digital Storytelling showcase.

In a previous article, I shared the background to the Digital Storytelling Showcase. Briefly, its primary aim is to inspire the next generation of content creators among primary school children in Nigeria as well as identify young talent relative to their interests and skills for various roles in the value chain.

With that, we couldn’t be more inspired to share with these children what is possible on this turf as well as their roles.

We weren’t alone.

The Yaba Mainland Local Government Education Authority of Lagos State had given its authorization to cover over 50 public primary schools in its fold. OneDot Photography pitched in to provide coverage, thus ensuring the memorable experience is preserved. The CCHub provided us with a handy projector screen and sound speaker.

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Attentive school children listening to Adebayo Adegbembo of Genii Games | OneDot Photography

Volunteers, Mercy and Idris, also joined in, setting the stage for an interesting experience barring any odds. Not like we were going to be deterred anyways.

Hitting The Road

March 2016 was a busy month for Primary Schools in Nigeria so we were constrained to the first 2 weeks of the month.

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Primary School Children | OneDot Photography

In that period, we covered eight public primary Schools despite falling short of the twelve schools we’d planned to cover in the first phase. Our first stops were St. Agnes, St. Patrick’s and St. Dominic Primary Schools in Sabo, Yaba.

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Primary school children watching a Genii Games cartoon | OneDot Photography

Next, we covered MyHoung Military, Hussey Military and Army Children Primary Schools, Yaba. Finally, we wrapped up with Morocco Military and Military Primary Schools, Yaba.

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School children laughing during screening of Genii Games cartoon | OneDot Photography

While we encountered a number of challenges along the way, to focus on them would be to sour the sweetness of the larger experience from the point of view of our primary aim.

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Attentive school children during screening of Genii Games cartoon | OneDot Photography

If you’re anything like me, these aren’t negative. Rather, an excitingly challenging experience considering we braced through the challenges to make the children smile. And we don’t have to wait for decades to see its fruits.

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Primary school children during screening of Genii Games cartoon raising hands to answer questions. | OneDot Photography

It’s already playing out! It’s playing out in dozens of volunteers among the pupils already penned down to audition for subsequent works from us.

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Primary school children with Adebayo Adegbembo, Lead Programmer at Genii Games. | OneDot Photography

On to the next phase!

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