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What Industry Professionals & Graduates have to say about
MoFORCE Training for Television & Film, a project of
The Mohamed Amin Foundation

“Like her predecessors (Andrew Mungai, Lanoi Maloi, Peter Murimi, Frank Odweso), the quality of work and standard of performance that Trupti showed during her tenure with us was of the highest calibre. She is consistently passionate about her work, enthusiastic in undertaking any new assignment and has a fine understanding of technology which makes her able to meet new challenges”

Quote about the 2005 Bloomberg Scholar, Trupti Shah, from Barbara Rafaeli, Executive Producer at Bloomberg Television London.

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“The quality of education the students receive in one year at the Mohamed Amin Foundation surpasses any programme I have seen in the United States.”

Quote from an article written by Mike Beardsley in the International Centre For Journalist’s magazine, Knightline.

Mike Beardsley is the Fred Jones Greer Chair in Media, Business and Ethics, Louisiana State University. Mike has been a news director at 8 major market television stations across the United States and spent 3 months, as a Knight Fellow, working with the students of the Mohamed Amin Foundation’s Training Centre (2003).

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“But you know the best part of it? When I'm working with these guys, I realize that they can understand me and vice versa. I mean, the technical guys talk TV and I'm talking TV. They use equipment that I've used, you know, Avids, 2800's, Betacam 300's & 400's, so I really feel confident about working with them.

I'll be working on a few features with a producer beginning tomorrow, then next week I'll be working in the TX. I'm proud of the training that I got at MoFo because it really sets me apart from the other guys who are interning here with me. Most of them do not have the skills that you taught us and I'm really glad to have been trained the way I was.”

Andrew Mungai, MoFORCE 2, 1999
An excerpt from a graduate’s email while interning at Bloomberg Television in London, (2000).

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MoFORCE, with its extended partnership, does give one a road map to the industry and this helps keep us ahead of the pack.

Frank Odweso, MoFORCE 5, 2002 An excerpt from a graduate’s email while interning at Bloomberg Television in London, (2004).

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What we see in Peter Murimi's piece is a dispassionate, non-judgmental, objective, journalistic piece of work. This is encompassed in the beauty and sensitive nature of the filming, the beauty of the scenery and because you consistently understand how the story is developing and what is going on. (2004)

Dr Doyinsola Abiola, chairperson of the judging panel for the 2004 CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Award, said of Peter Murimi, MoFORCE 4 and Bloomberg Scholar 2003

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Being here as a student has helped me to discover myself more; now I am certain of what I want to do. (2002)

Peter Murimi, Freelance Director, Producer & Cameraman, CNN Award Winner – MoFORCE 4, 2002 and Bloomberg Scholar 2003

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I can only admire your combined energy, enthusiasm, vision and determination in the name of Mo's brilliance. You all deserve to succeed. (2003)

Nik Gowing, Presenter BBC World

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I think my confidence has grown not just in the TV world, but in the world in general, because there’s one thing that we learned and that is to ‘act out of your comfort zone’. When you get out of your comfort zone, you can find that you can attack a whole lot of different things, heads on and in a different way. Carrying that through to a lot of other things you do in life, really does work. My confidence really has grown. (2002)

Mujo Masindi, Producer Africa Journal, Reuters, East Africa - MoFORCE 4, 2001

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Eric Okoth, David Kaigi and Liz Cheruto (All MoFORCE 2, 1999 and all employed in key roles at Nation TV, Nairobi) are our mainstays in terms of their areas of specialization. I think what comes through from these three who are articulate, confident and resourceful in terms of offering ideas; they have the capacity and ability to make a difference in whatever job you put them in, and I think that says a lot about Mohamed Amin Foundation’s Training Centre to train people whose abilities and capacities are able to show off a lot of successes. (2002)

Cyril Nabutola – MD Broadcasting, Nation Media Group

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Training at Mofo helped me because it gave me a lot of confidence that I can do it. I would understand the technical aspects, if for example they needed a simple cable, a BNC cable or an operator for the tele-prompter, I knew exactly what they wanted. My colleagues looked at me as someone who knows, who understand the medium – The confidence I got at MoFo, inspired me to learn anything and master it all. (2001)

Liz Cheruto – Technical Director of Live News, Nation TV - MoForce 2, 1999 and now also a graduate of the New York Film School, LA campus.

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It’s an honour to pass through MoFORCE. So many people wanna come here, and everyone you talk to, when you say you are in MoFORCE, everyone goes like WOW! How did you get there? Because very many people want to come here but they know how rigorous it is to make it through.(2002)

Liz Mbogo, Producer, Blue Sky Films, Nairobi - MoFORCE 5, 2002

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It’s the way they train the students to make film that makes the difference. They are not dependant on the equipment that is available at the time; all they want to know is what equipment is there, and they can use that, with whatever limitations it has, to make the dream that they see, possible. (2002)

Ken Olembo, Film Director

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Coming to Mohamed Amin Training Centre was knowing what I wanted to do. Starting the course was what I wanted to do. I enjoy it, I love it. This is a lifestyle. This is my life. (2001)

Christine Gitau, Producer children’s programmes UNESCO – MoFORCE 4

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The Mohamed Amin Foundation’s Training Centre is really putting them on the right way, the right discpline, and can I say, the right enthusiasm, that’s what I’ve noticed, and that’s what you really need when you’re up against the wire at midnight trying to get one last shot in before the curtain falls. (2002)

Patrick Tucker, UK Director (East Enders) after working on a project with the students.

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It opens your mind. When you come to learn the equipment it’s like it knows you and you know it and you know how it operates, and you can work with it to your advantage. (2002)

Philip Murungi, Freelance Avid Editor - MoFORCE 4, 2002

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“At least with the MoFORCE training and my equipment I can go out there and come back with product. At this film school (which he attended afterwards in South Africa) skills are more people skills and learning to think in terms of feature length and the obstacles involved along that road but you can come out of here and go nowhere, you can’t finish with MoFORCE training and not have something to make a living from.”

Arjun Kohli, MoFORCE 6, 2003
An excerpt from a letter from a Graduate of The Mohamed Amin Foundation’s training and now a student at the top film school in South Africa. (2004)

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… the students seem very committed and strong and exactly the people we will be looking for (to work alongside with)…(2004)

Vibeke Windelov, Cannes Award Winning Producer for Lars von Trier, Zenatropa Films, Denmark

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I also thank you for your committed efforts to train us, within a short time, in filmmaking, as a profession we had so little knowledge of…(2008)
Muctar Hersi Mohamed, Somali Short Course student, 2005. Documentary Filmmaker, Somalia.

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I am grateful for the short course which was well designed for professionals who wish to prosper in dealing both with the media and be part of the media in practice. The achievements were enormous because the practical was superb for professional elevation. I thank the entire staff of Moforce for providing the necessary support during the study at the institution. The institution has a vision for the industry. (2008)

Milton Mwaivu, Short Course student, 2008

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GTV is set to spark lively debates in households across the continent with the launch of the cutting-edge talk show, ‘Hatua’, on G Africa on 5 June 2008. The programme has already taken live audiences by storm in its native Kenya and will for the first time have an international platform through GTV.

“Hatua is unlike any other talk show and is a fantastic addition to our ever-expanding choice of African programming. ‘Hatua’, Swahili for ‘action’, breaks the talk show mould. Focusing on everyday social issues and human rights, the programme provides an empowering and stimulating forum for discussing contemporary issues that matter to real people. There is full audience participation, ensuring that every 45-minute show is lively and highly vocal.

Each show features a passionate debate between guests and a live audience facilitated by dynamic hosts Jimmy Gathu, a popular and talented broadcaster, and Anne Mitaru-Mumina, a respected human rights lawyer. In addition to its stimulating content, Hatua’s visual appeal and trademark live street band have received critical acclaim, helping to make the show as entertaining as it is informative.

The programme is created and produced by The Mohamed Amin Foundation’s MoFORCE Training for Television and Film, one of Africa’s leading Broadcast and Film academies.


Julian McIntyre, GTV Founder and Managing Director, 2008

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I just wanted to say thank you so much for having me at your school and allowing me to do a lecture. I love to teach and I found your students very attentive and hungry for knowledge. Furthermore, they really asked the right kinds of questions, which is always a good sign.

Marius van Graan, RED, Director of Photography. 2008

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One of the most interesting aspects of the Amakula International Film Festival is the “focus” shorts. Each country in East Africa presents a run of about 5 short films. It allows budding movie to showcase bite-sized pieces of work. Perhaps the pick of this year’s festival was Kenyan entry: The Key by Marie Mulli; a simple but outstandingly presented story about missing what is right under your eyes.

Marian Grace Wooley, Suite101.com Writer, 2008

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I watched HATUA and I simply was over-joyed! Its truly a project that shall bring such vast transformation to our society.
Anne Njogu, Director CREW. 2008

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