Artistic mentorship for African Youth

In our eyes, the richness of Africa is not solely in its natural
resources. We believe that the continent's   greatest asset is in the energy of the nations youth.

By acknowledging that, the Initiative hinges on two key points: high end education and local work development.

We want to help the youth reconnect with their history and enable storytelling, by facilitating  education at the highest standards.

We are also building a network of well renown Animation and VFX studios that will help provide a sustainable production demand. This will allow the young africans to work from the continent and not have to move to 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


WHAT is it?

The African youth is manifesting an on growing passion for storytelling and the visual art. They are creative, full of energy and eager to learn.   All that is missing is a high-end education program designed to master the cinema industry modern tools and the ways to produce outstanding pictures. The purpose of the Third Pole Initiative is to provide a way to meet, to exchange and to be mentored by renown artists of the VFX and Animation Industry. So that our youth can develop the skillsets needed to tell their own stories their own way. 

HOW will it unfold?

The Initiative is a 4 steps project

1- Selection
A group of 30 people will be selected from different countries every 9 months, and given access to soft and hard wares gathered in one facility. Each group will be from one country at a time, so that we can ensure that we manage its members according to their local realities. 

2- Online schooling.
It will be a 2 years program.Through our partnership with an US Accredited Online school, their lessons will be provided online by professionals working in places like Pixar, Disney, Weta Digital, ILM, Dreamworks and many more. 
In addition to that, the students will receive a local storyteller, that will relate the legends or stories that we hope will inspire their creativity.

3- African cultures lessons
Once a week the students will be taught about the cultures, the legends and the history of Africa .  By weekly, they will also be given script writing classes. 

4- Mentorship
The students will once a week be in an online conference meeting with a mentor that will talk to them directly for an hour and answer all their questions. The mentor (one for 10 students) will also be responsible for grading the students’ weekly assignments. Via a partnership with World top Studios, we will have the students to meet physically with experts once a year. A month internship in one of the partner studio facility, is also available for one student every year.

WHO lead it?




I am an award-winning Animation supervisor for WETA DIGITAL with over 15 years experience in the Animation and VFX Industry. My credit includes movies such as Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, Paddington, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers End Game, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Jungle Book and many more…
As a young Congolese, I would have given everything to have a chance to see my work presented and reviewed by an expert.   With a strong network of artists, producers and studios, I am now in a position where I can provide that support. A way for our young ones to grow artistically, make a living from their lands and help shape a new form of animated storytelling. From Africa by Africans. 




I am an Executive Director of the Draper Venture Network, a global alliance of early stage venture capital funds. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife and two daughters. I am also a professional Afro-soul musician. 
I m motivated by the bringing together of the arts, science and business fields and the connection between the youth and ancient African stories.
The Third Pole initiative is exciting because investing in young African talent, and creating opportunities for them to realize their value to the world is one of the most important things we can do for the development of our continent.

I am a Tech Professional with over 26 years of experience working for global companies as both a Software Engineer and Data Storage Professional. I live in the hamlet of Chappaqua in New York with my wife as empty nesters.
My passion is to empower the African youth to tell their stories from their perspective. My close ties to youth in Africa motivates me to pursue initiatives that strive to create opportunities for them and to give them a platform to share with both local and global communities.
The Third Pole initiative is important to me because it fulfills my life’s desire to make a meaningful contribution to African Youth by uplifting them and highlighting their potential.




“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