Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

Jun 27, 2011

Vincent Urges Support for Josphat Keya, his role model

Josphat Keya with Vincent Oduor Filming in Kibera
Josphat Keya with Vincent Oduor Filming in Kibera

My name is Vincent Oduor Ochieng’. I live in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa.  I am 19 and currently I’m studying filmmaking at Kibera Film School.

I want to share about a close friend of mine - Josphat Keya, the Program Manager of Hot Sun Foundation, who is a great influence of my life. He is that one person who has made my passion in filmmaking grow to the level that it is now. Just recently Josphat selected me to be one of  the trainees that were taking part in a movie set. In that set I was to be a set runner. After some days with the pieces of advice and motivation Josphat was giving me daily, I worked hard to an extent where I was elevated from just being a set runner to a third Assistant Director! When Josphat heard of this he congratulated me and told me to forge ahead.

In class Josphat was my first script teacher. He also gave me directing tips while I was doing my first project which he was my main character too The project came out to be the best.

Josphat started influencing me by drawing me closer to him first and creating that friendship bond. After which he took me through life practical examples of successes and failures, we discuss this together. I still need his guidance in my daily life.

To me Josphat is my role model. The responsibilities that lie in front of him daily at Hot Sun Foundation are so much that they need someone who can be able to steer everything well without rocking the whole organisation. I have seen him handle difficult situations that I thought he’d give up.

Now that he has this scholarship to Ghetto Film School, New York, it is a great opportunity to him. And through him it is a great opportunity to me too. Josphat has given up many things for the sake of this filmmaking industry. He has total belief in it. One thing, whenever Josphat talks about his future in filmmaking he doesn’t think of it as him alone, but also how he can help other fellow youth learn and be transformed. This is going to be a great opportunity for Josphat as a filmmaker, being that he is a promising writer and director. He is disciplined to make it through. Josphat is exceptional.


Thanks to everyone who contributed  on 15 June Matching Day!                                                                            

Thanks to you, Josphat is only US$850 from his goal to raise the funds needed for his housing and food in New York during his film training at Ghetto Film School.  Not just Josphat, but many young aspiring filmmakers like Vincent will benefit.  Josphat only has till 1 July to raise the funds. 

Contribute today at

Everyone contributing $25 or more will get a postcard from Josphat! 

Thanks for supporting talented young filmmakers like Josphat, who can inspire and train others!  

Josphat assisting Vincent during filming
Josphat assisting Vincent during filming
Josphat and Vincent at Hot Sun Foundation office
Josphat and Vincent at Hot Sun Foundation office



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Nathan Collett

Nairobi, Kenya

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