Few people know where Zambia is, let alone what it has to offer. Zambia is lumped together in the ‘country’ called Africa. Proud Zambians have no quality media content to prove that Zambia has more, it’s just a blank white space. Zambia is severely underrated. Zambia is an untold story and we appeal to you to help us change that.
It all started at the first Startup Hour in September at Smugglers Inn (courtesy of Matthew Grollnek’s Start-Up Junction).
Ngosa Chungu of Purple Tembo and some of us from the Best of Zambia were bemoaning the depressing lack of decent informative videos on Zambia. Light bulb moment — stop moaning and take action. A philosophy that runs deep through the veins of the Best of Zambia. We had the skills and the platforms to do this video thing. The missing resource was budget — we were afterall at an event called ‘start-up junction’!
Inspired by the Fest Gurus who successfully fund raised for their project through crowd funding, we felt this method would be the most appropriate means of raising funds, allowing us the creative independence we wanted.
A few weeks, several meetings and a promo video later, here we are with our first pitch for funding of the first video … Read more about the project, and partner with us to raise Zambia’s profile by donating any amount of money.
For too long, Zambia (and much of the rest of Africa) has been a blank. The Best of Zambia and Purple Tembo want to change this. We want to develop a series of short videos so we can showcase Zambia to international audiences — its landscapes and wildlife, its industry and agriculture, its society and institutions, its people and culture. The first Lusaka Markets Video is just the beginning.
The video will be orchestrated and created by Ngosa Chungu of Purple Tembo, a production company focused on creating proudly Zambian and positively African media content. This company has the local knowledge, as well as the flair and skills needed to film and produce the video.
With the first Lusaka Markets Video ‘under our belt’ we believe we will be able to get support for video content that’s further afield — Northern waterfalls, Solwezi the boom town, Kuomboka …. With your help, together we can ‘fill in the blanks’ of Zambia.
Just go to Kickstarter and press the green ‘Back This Project’ button on the top right of the page. You can donate £5, £10, £50 or £100. Every amount, large or small, will go some way towards making the first video possible. Thank you :) The last word from our friends at Kickstarter: “Backing a project is more than just giving someone money. It’s supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world.”
We have chosen Kickstarter, a crowd funding site, as our fund-raising platform. Kickstarter is currently open to creators based in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. So we’re working on raising £1,950 through the Best of Zambia’s Marketing and PR Director Sara Drawwater who is based in the UK. These funds will be used to shoot the first video that will capture Lusaka’s bustling market scene.
(Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding is scary, but apparently it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of Kickstarter projects have reached their funding goals.)
To Barefeet Theatre, Chosa Mweemba, Ngosa Chungu, Jacqueline Haankwenda, Asikana Network and Bongo Hive for their time and skills in getting us this far. Now we need your financial support to make the rest happen!