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KaiKai News Trains Young Sierra Leoneans to Make Documentaries

Training to make documentaries. April 4, 2015. KaiKai News Facebook page.

Training to make documentaries. April 4, 2015. KaiKai News Facebook page.

KaiKai News is a media organisation in Freetown, Sierra Leone, that hires and trains young Sierra Leoneans to produce documentaries that focus on the country's creativity and culture.

Rising Voices Director Eddie Avila spoke to the founder KaiKai News, Trevor Young, who said:

We don't have a detail training system in place right now. We are putting together a plan as we execute. Right now have a team of four reporters/producers/editors. We used mini docs from Vice News as our model and watch one everyday and discuss various elements we like and dislike. The four members of the team have no video editing experience so we started training on Moviemaker, which is very user friendly. At the pace the four are learning we will very likely progress to Adobe Premiere for editing within the next two months.

Young's project has posted several finished videos to YouTube:

Making country cloth

Dominic Monrovia shows how Sierra Leone's traditional “country cloth” is made:

Making a Sierra Leonean cooking stove (a coal-pot)

Rugiatu Jenneh Sesay, a young reporter with KaiKai News takes a look at how Sierra Leone's cooking stove, better known as the “coal-pot”, is made:

Spotlight on a young agriculturalist in Freetown

Dominic Kalokoh from KaiKai News spotlights a young agriculturist in Freetown.

Juice production in Freetown

Salifu C. Kamara and a news crew travel to the east end of Freetown to document a juice-producing company:

The making of a Sierra Leonean snack

Dominic Kalokoh travels to Dwazark in Western Freetown to document the making of Kanya, a Sierra Leonean snack made from gari, groundnuts, sugar, and salt.

Apart from their website, KaiKai News is also on Twitter and Facebook.

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