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Animation and VFX education for young Africans

In our perception, the wealth of Africa extends far beyond its natural resources. We firmly believe that the continent's greatest asset lies in the boundless energy and potential of its youth.

With this understanding as our foundation, the Initiative focuses on two vital aspects: delivering top-notch education and fostering local job opportunities.

Our aim is to assist the younger generation in rediscovering their cultural heritage and empowering them with the skills necessary for storytelling through exceptional educational programs.

Additionally, we are actively establishing a network of renowned Animation, VFX, and Game studios. This network will create a sustainable demand for production work, enabling talented young Africans to pursue their careers and contribute to the industry right from their home continent, eliminating the need for relocation abroad.


“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”

- Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal

Connecting Dots


The Third Pole Initiative is centered around a partnership with a prestigious American educational institution. It encompasses a dual objective:

        1. To provide to a meticulously selected groups of young Africans  a high-end education program, and

        2. To showcase to Western studios the abundance of talented individuals in Africa who possess the skills and capabilities to work on their productions.

The African youth showcases an ever-growing passion for storytelling and the visual arts. They are brimming with creativity, energy, and an eagerness to learn. The missing piece is a top-notch education program tailored specifically to master the modern tools and techniques of the cinema industry, empowering them to produce exceptional visual experiences.

The vision of the Third Pole Initiative is to facilitate connections, foster exchange, and provide mentorship opportunities with renowned artists from the VFX and Animation industry. Through this collaboration, our youth can develop the necessary skillsets to tell their own stories in their unique and authentic ways.

“Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution -- more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.”

- Lisa Cron, Wired for Story

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