Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, talks about the danger of a single story , and we know that this danger has often seeped into the depiction of African history. Our role as a young generation of Africans is to use technology to deconstruct these singular narratives and portray accurate representations of who we are and where we come from.
FOUNDER / LEAD TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Chao Tayiana is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and emerging digital humanities scholar. Her keen interests lie in digital documentation techniques, increasing access to digitised collections, and capacity building within under-represented and under-funded cultural industries. She is the founder of African Digital Heritage which seeks to technically empower African cultural institutions and is a co-founder at the Museum of British Colonialism where she leads digital engagement and documentation.
From 2017 – 2018 she worked as a software developer for one of the UK’s leading group of museums, designing solutions to increase visitor engagement and interpretation within museum galleries. Her interactive applications have toured museums in England, Scotland and Wales. Prior to this, she completed an MSc in International Heritage Visualisation (2016 -2017) from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art where she graduated with a distinction. Her research work explored the possibilities of embedding intangible histories in 3D digital environments and the relationship between tangible, intangible and digital .
From 2013 - 2016 she run the Save The Railway project in Kenya - a nationwide campaign to photograph and digitally archive more than 70 abandoned/dilapidated railway stations and the stories behind them. She is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship for women in technology (2016) having demonstrated outstanding leadership and passion in the tech sphere.
With 5 years experience running a series of self-initiated, donor funded and professional cultural projects, her work in Kenya and the UK offers unique insight into the challenges and opportunities faced when implementing digital technology in cultural industries of varying expertise and resource levels. In May 2018 she was awarded the Endangered Archives grant by the British Library and Arcadia fund to restore and catalogue the Railway Museum Archive in Nairobi. In September 2018 she was also selected as the Lead consultant in a British Council project to research and deliver training on skills needed within the cultural industry in Kenya.
COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH MANAGER
Mutanu Kyany'a is an Outreach and Communication manager with experience in advocacy, communications, capacity building, collaboration and networking. She has previously worked for Africa's largest online platform Jumia and renowned nature conservation group, WildlifeDirect. Through her previous posts, she has proven track record in program management, audience growth, community participation and many more.
As an advocate for community structures and mobilisation, she believes that the only way to build a strong community is to effectively pass down its cultural and historical tenets. She brings to the organisation her experience in communication and management, and her passion and dedication for the subject.
Digital heritage is a new, exciting, multi-disciplinary field. For this reason, we bring together professionals from different backgrounds on a project to project basis. This includes researchers, developers, architects and many more, depending on the scope of the project and expected outcomes..