VJing: Engaging Ugandan youth in Technology for Development

Stories of UNICEF Innovation

Surrounded by his peers from TLC Youth Center, Venas re-narrates, and in that sense, co-authors a cartoon show through VJing using the device, weDub, as connected to a TV. Photo credit: Tina L. Zeng / 2014 Surrounded by his peers from TLC Youth Center, Venas re-narrates, and in that sense, co-authors a cartoon show through VJing using the device, weDub, as connected to a TV. Photo credit: Tina L. Zeng / 2014

Venas shouted into the microphone, “UNICEF na ki?” and then a response from the crowd came bellowing back, “Na lo!”

At a youth center in the slum area of Kamwokya, Venas was performing a live dubbing of media content in the local language over a microphone. This is a style of entertainment popularly known as VJing in Uganda. VJs, short for Video Jockey, are professional performers that translate and narrate over foreign films in makeshift shacks all over the country.

But instead of Hollywood movies, youths at this youth center were VJing to re-narrate a UNICEF cartoon.

Venas used an electronic device called weDub, which enabled him to interrupt the…

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