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AWA Foundation (Animation West Africa Network) was born out of the desire to see the West African Computer graphics (CG) and Interactive media industry evolve to match the wealth of skill and potential skills available.
In our years of existence AWA Foundation has been to able establish many initiatives to harness and pool together the digital creative artists within the region and most notable of it all is setting up the ‘Animation West Africa Network’ community also know as ‘AWANetwork’, the which idea is to create that platform where creatives can not just meet online but also to form a physical pool that will begin to shift the paradigm and stereotype of the industries represented within, create the needful exposure and above all help build confidence in the minds of every member when they see the strides being taken by their mates who exist under the similar environmental circumstance as them.
In 2008, the founder Debo aka ‘Sen’ as known to many, living in Capetown, South Africa at the time as, received several requests from people contacting him requesting support and mentorship due to their perception of his insights and understanding of the industry from a more exposed and experiential point of view, with time he realized a gap needs to be bridged, a gap between the assumed levels of skill and the acceptable skill level based on global standard.
The process started however not until 2009 that the founder really connected a few like minded individuals from West Africa and at different times and under different circumstances and having sold the idea to as many of them that are open to understand it, the idea for Animation West Africa Foundation really began to take shape.
While we understand that a lot of things would need to take shape more, we are where we are today and we keep looking forward together as an industry.
AWA Foundation itself later became incorporated a few years after and is the entity that supervise and manage the various outlets for of the vision and aspirations for the local industries that come under her… West Africa.
Perhaps the ultimate purpose is to be part of and help create that environment where digitally creative practitioners within their industries can have a stake towards their own sustainability and industry development, we aim to where funds are available, provide infrastructure both in physical hardware like render farms, computer hardware, cheap or free working space, production facility on the go etc and also in strategic support areas like meaningful events and workshops where skill-set and knowledge are transferred.
Intentional meetups where face to face cohesion can begin, a union to support self employed creatives or those working in studios for others, adequate representation in other parts of the world, internship arrangement outside the localities that these creatives have come from to expose them to standard working practices, providing the opportunity to work on client jobs where the tangible part of the proceeds are going to the pockets of those who work on such jobs, negotiating for them on behalf of clients and also seeking funding, donations, grants and any income generated through service offered.
All of these towards the furtherance of those desires that make the artist do what they are skilled to do and also afford same people live a better life which they can be proud of.
We invite you today to consider support for us where you can, let’s talk and explore options to support us. While it is good to donate to causes towards people lacking food, clothes or shelter or even suffering from an ailment or diseases, we believe it is is also rewarding to donate and support causes like ours where already skilled people are enabled to earn from their own work and provide for themselves, their family and secure a future for them by empowering them and their industry even mo
About the founder
Chief Servant / Creative Director
Debo known as Sen has been part of the AWA Foundation Community since the beginning as the Founder although considers himself to function better when in the role of a Chief Servant.
Having studied Information Management in UK and equipped with hands-on computer graphics and animation industry experience working in Capetown, he has along the line realised the need to support the local industries with the right kind of support and the result is AWA Foundation.