The African Social Enterprise Fund
The African Social Enterprise Fund (ASEF), is a long-lasting philanthropic opportunity to enable outstanding Africans to create positive social change. The ASEF aims to support entrepreneurs working in Africa in the creative industries, to become socially minded entrepreneurs.
The creative industries in Africa especially around manufacturing and fashion have the potential to be game-changing on both social and environmental fronts. The ASEF was launched in London on December 3, 2016 at an Award Ceremony hosted by Sotheby’s and Arts Global. Prominent leaders, investors and creative industry pioneers gathered at Sotheby's to celebrate creative African talent and to launch three ASEF awards in Fashion, Music and the Arts.
In 2019-20 ASEF will focus on Sustainable Fashion in Kenya where the UNDP has placed the country's youth unemployment rates as the highest in East Africa. Yet conversely, Kenya is also regarded as the ‘hub’ of East Africa. Its creative sectors have attracted widespread investment from IBM, Google and Microsoft to "silicon savannah", bringing new infrastructure to bolster micro SMEs in the digital and creative sectors.
The creative sectors pose a huge opportunity for Kenya’s youth population. In particular, we believe that the CISCA model will bring together the power of Kenya’s creative sectors and the talent of Kenya’s youth population to create opportunity for all. The Award will incubate business and set the benchmark of sustainable fashion in East Africa to enable it to be transformed from niche to norm.
We are delighted to introduce you to the winners of the 2016-17 ASEF Awards.
Bernadin Segbo (Bernie Seb) is a 31 year old from Burkina Faso, now based in Paris. A former KPMG auditor and chef, Bernie is the Founder of fashion company De La Sebure. He won over our interview panel with his creativity and business acumen, as well as his socially and environmentally minded approach to fashion, and his determination to achieve positive social change.
Under the Award, he has received;
Professional mentoring from Industry leaders
Two week international leadership training in Italy
Attendance of Short Course on Sustainable Fashion at Central St Martin’s, London
Spoken about his work at the Fashion Africa Conference
Received a £3,000 cash Award to buy production equipment
Employs 26 people in his Burkina Faso Workshop.
Has revolutionised production of fabric by investing in a professional loom.
Is gaining brand recognition and recently had a pop up store in Paris’s prestigious Galleries Lafayette and been interviewed on France Radio London about the ASEF.
Daniel Diangoli, stage name IDYL) is from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. He released his debut single “Turn Me On” in May 2015 which was highly acclaimed and marked the beginning of a fruitful musical career. He has since released a number of new tracks which have proven his versatility as an artist, seamlessly moving from traditional instrumentals and native dialect to smooth Afropop consistently impressing audiences with his vocal range.
Daniel was encouraged, empowered and enabled by his ASEF mentors to apply to Nigeria’s most prestigious music competition –The Voice Nigeria. In September 2017, he was crowned the winner after receiving over 10 million public votes. His prize includes a Recording Contract with Universal Music Group
His award included:
Trainingby music professionals
Musical tuition at Nigeria’s premier musical academy, the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON).
The Award is held in Partnership with The Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund
Fulufhelo Mobadi is a 31 year old Artist from South Africa. She is a graduate of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at Market Photo Workshop 2012 and has a Diploma in Art and Design from Central Johannesburg College. Her personal work consists of street photography and arranged portraits.
Fulufhelo has been supported throughout the Award with mentoring, leadership training, and funding for art materials. She completed a six week Artist In Residency programme in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked with our partner organisation Access AFYA, and ran community workshops with young mothers in the slums of Mukuru. In addition to creating her own body of work, Fulufhelo produced and curated a public exhibition entitled, “To the Women I have Never Met”. The exhibition provided a unique and sensitive reportage of life in Nairobi’s slums from a female perspective. It showcased 400 images of women’s lives in Mukuru, taken by workshop participants, and aims to highlight the challenges they face, particularly issues of sexual health, female empowerment and young mothers.
She produced her debut solo exhibition "In-Between" in London in December 2017.She spoke about her work and the impact of the ASEF at an Industry Preview in Mayfair on 5th December 2017.
Lionel Richie Garang is a 26 year old Artists from Nairobi, Kenya. He began his artistic career doing graffiti on Public Service vehicles in Nairobi, but has since evolved to sculpting and painting.
He has a studio in Nairobi at the Kuona Trust where his debut Solo exhibition - The journey of the Mask- was held in 2014. The exhibition resulted in collaborative work for Richie, and his work has since been showcased both nationally and internationally. His work is also displayed at the British High Commission in Nairobi.
Lionel has done a great deal of outreach work using the arts as a tool for social change. He specialises in outreach work with youth groups and the marginalised. He is currently working with mixed media using wood and recycled empty spray cans. He is also experimenting of new media including spray pains and Nylon sacks.
We very much look forward to staying in touch with Lionel and to assessing how we can collaborate in the future.
Robert Muñuku is a 33 year old visual artist, writer & independent filmmaker from Nairobi, Kenya. Mũnũku is also the Founder of Mau Mau Collective which is an organization that seeks to create a strong network of independent visual artists, filmmakers & performing artists on the continent with the shared goal of independence and art-driven, community-based creative education.
Since founding the Mau Mau Collective in October 2015, Robert has brought together over 200 African Artists to champion the use of the Arts for Social Change. Robert says
The arts-music, traditional art, graffiti, digital art, film, poetry, spokenword, photography, literature & much more- still occupy an emasculated space in our country and it is often the case that those who bear these abilities never get an opportunity to transform their lives or their communities. This much coveted ability is what some call the 'creative economy' and is one of the core tenets of our organization. Mau Mau is in the process of demystifying the arts and re-calibrating the system allowing access to creative resources from being a reserve of the few privileged to a right for all.