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Staff Sayari revealed as title for Nationwide Geographic Children Africa Programme


 First-of-its-kind in Kenya, nature-based, tech-infused set design for 26-episode sequence, based mostly in Nairobi

 NAIROBI / JOHANESBURG: 15 August 2022: Following area manufacturing commencing earlier this 12 months, as

nicely because the announcement of the native hosts, The Walt Disney Firm Africa, along with its mission companions, Nationwide Geographic, the U.S. Division of State, the U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) and WildlifeDirect have right now revealed each the title and the set of the extremely anticipated Nationwide Geographic Children programme.

Impressed by the programme’s intention to encourage lasting, impactful behavioural change in younger viewers throughout the continent and create the following technology of environmental conservation leaders, the programme shall be titled Staff Sayari. Incorporating the Swahili time period for ‘planet’, the title embodies the programme’s objective – to supply viewers with the data, expertise and instruments wanted to preserve and defend the pure world, in a enjoyable manner.

Within the sequence, the younger presenters will go to the wild to satisfy African consultants in 5 international locations throughout the continent to discover, uncover, find out about our environmental challenges and be impressed to cut back their impression, defend and restore nature.

Filming has additionally commenced in a custom-built set in Nairobi, the Sayari Basecamp. A primary-of-its-kind in Kenya, the set embodies childhood creativeness and journey with a tree house-inspired hideout that’s domestically constructed and designed, together with African-inspired and nature-based motifs, coupled with parts of superior know-how. It comes full with a mission management wall, a comfy chill space and a full of life interview spot. The Sayari basecamp was produced virtually solely from recycled and upcycled supplies, true to the ethos of the present.

The central characteristic is a huge tree, with a textured trunk named Funzi (derived from the Swahili phrase for studying) that includes interactive synthetic intelligence know-how and a DNA helix, and which imparts data in regards to the setting and challenges our younger presenters. To impart a way of motion, Funzi’s internal part spins slowly throughout interplay.

Wooden panelling, leafy foliage and porthole-style home windows full the atmosphere of a hideaway nestled in a tree, excessive within the sky. Upholstery on the furnishings, that was made out of natural supplies, options dual-level African print, which supplies layers of texture and pops of color. The set’s shelving is hand-crafted, including a component of quirkiness to the design. A live-edge desk the place the markings of the tree have been  preserved for a uncooked look, shall be dressed uniquely per episode.

At basecamp, Funzi offers the studio presenters, Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Shanah Manjeru (14), Railey Mwai (10) and Adarsh Nagda (12) missions to finish, laying the muse for the various adventures and enjoyable all through the episodes. It is usually from this intriguing setting that they may hyperlink with different presenters from East, West and South Africa.

Staff Sayari is the results of a collaborative effort between Nationwide Geographic, The Walt Disney Firm Africa, USAID, the U.S. State Division and WildlifeDirect. The sequence, produced by native manufacturing firm White Rhino Movies goals to have a good time the setting and lift consciousness of conservation and related points in a enjoyable and relatable manner, will air later this 12 months on each Nationwide Geographic Wild and Disney Channel throughout Africa. There may also be partaking digital extensions on social media platforms that may permit viewers to additional discover subjects addressed within the sequence in addition to an outreach programme that may lengthen the attain of the programme into international locations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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For extra data, please contact:

For The Walt Disney Firm Africa:

c/o Jenny Griesel Communications


For WildlifeDirect:

Trish Sewe


For U.S. Division of State

The Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs:




About The Walt Disney Firm EMEA:

The Walt Disney Firm, along with its subsidiaries and associates, is a number one diversified worldwide household leisure and media enterprise that features Disney Parks, Experiences and Merchandise; Disney Media & Leisure Distribution; and three content material teams—Studios, Basic Leisure and Sports activities–targeted on creating and producing content material for DTC, theatrical and linear platforms. Disney is a Dow 30 firm and had annual revenues of $65.4 billion in its Fiscal Yr 2020.

The Walt Disney Firm has been in Europe, Center East and Africa (EMEA) for over 80 years and employs hundreds throughout the area. Between Disneyland Paris and its different iconic manufacturers, together with Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Nationwide Geographic, 20th Century Studios and ESPN, The Walt Disney Firm EMEA entertains, informs and evokes tens of millions of shoppers in additional than 130 international locations by means of the facility of unparalleled storytelling. Disney+, the corporate’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, is at present obtainable in 17 markets throughout Europe.

About WildlifeDirect:

WildlifeDirect is internationally acknowledged as a excessive impression Kenyan based mostly group that seeks to vary hearts, minds and legal guidelines in order that Africa’s wildlife endures without end. The mission of WildlifeDirect is to attach folks to their wildlife and nature and encourage them to treasure it and act to preserve it. The group produces Wildlife Warriors, a preferred wildlife TV sequence about our wildlife heroes and heroines, and the animals that they’re saving. We intention to remodel and catalyse the wildlife movie making business in Africa. The sequence is screened on nationwide TV in addition to in school rooms by means of the Wildlife Warriors Children conservation schooling program.

About USAID:

The U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) is the world’s premier worldwide improvement company and a catalytic actor driving improvement outcomes. Via our cross-sectoral programming, USAID works to deal with the world’s most pressing wants, together with biodiversity conservation, schooling, and financial improvement. USAID works to assist carry lives, construct communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. nationwide safety and financial prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. President John. F. Kennedy created USAID by government order in 1961 to guide the U.S. authorities’s worldwide improvement and humanitarian efforts.

About The U.S. Division of State

The U.S. Division of State leads America’s overseas coverage by means of diplomacy, advocacy, and help by advancing the pursuits of the American folks, their security and financial prosperity.  Via its 270 diplomatic missions world-wide, the Division of State is dedicated to supporting public outreach efforts round key overseas coverage issues that assist construct peaceable relations between the folks of america and folks of different international locations, in addition to advance U.S. overseas coverage and nationwide safety objectives.

The Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to extend mutual understanding between the folks of america and the folks of different international locations by way of instructional and cultural change that help within the improvement of peaceable relations.  

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