The French Embassy is partnering with Technology and Art centre SwahiliPot Hub to nurture talents in the Coast region.
France Ambassador to Kenya Arnaud Sequet says the move will empower more Coastal youth and create space for them to grow their talents so that they reap from them.
Addressing the media during his first visit at the SwahiliPot Hub in Mombasa on Friday, Sequent commended the work being implemented at the technology and art centre and promised to join hands in directly benefitting the youth.
According to the Ambassador, SwahiliPot Hub through the stewardship of a renowned youth mentor Mahmoud Noor has already transformed the lives of the youth in the region and specifically Mombasa youth, adding that the state of the art sound and light equipment will enhance vibrant talent growth.
“I am delighted to see the already progress and development at the technology and art centre and we are here to support these efforts so that youth dreams are realized,” said H.E Sequent.
He promised to support the centre so that it not only absorb many youth but transforms, nurture and empower them so that they become self-reliant.
“We have been working with other centres including the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi and I must admit that SwahiliPot Hub is an icon for youth transformative change in the entire country,” he said during the launch of the state of the art sound and light equipment.
On his part, SwahiliPot Hub Patron Mahmoud Noor noted that the Ksh.7 million investment from French government has modified the amphitheatre with quality sound system and lighting, needed for nurturing artistic talents.
“We have been able to train sound engineers who are from very humble background and who are now living decent lives,” said Mr Noor.
He noted that the centre has enabled youth to redefine themselves and grow their talents.
“Over 11,000 youth have passed through this centre and are now in different professions through our continuous training, hundreds of them have been able to develop their talents and are directly earning from them, while a section are now renowned entrepreneur in various parts of the Coast region and beyond,” he disclosed.
[France Ambassador to Kenya Arnaud Sequet together with SwahiliPot Hub Patron Mr Mahmoud Noor joins youth in dancing during the launch of the upgraded Amphitheatre. Photo/Courtesy/SwahiliPot Hub/Nov’ 27, 2022].
SwahiliPot Hub being one of the Creative Arts Spaces in Kenya (CASiK) and supported by the French Embassy is a site where theatrical and artistic productions come to life.
Others centres are located in Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Lamu counties.