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.
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.
From 2017 – 2018 she worked as a software developer for a world leading group of museums, designing solutions to increase visitor engagement and interpretation within museum galleries. Prior to this, she completed an MSc in International Heritage Visualisation from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art where she graduated with a distinction. Her undergraduate background is in Computer Science, with a BSc obtained from Jomo Kenyatta University
From 2013 - 2016 she founded 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.
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.