Digital Lab Africa is set to honour top African digital arts innovators at its Fakugesi Digital Arts Festival.

DLA is an initiative of the French Institute and the French Embassy in South Africa and is supported by the Agence Française de Développement, the French Embassy in South Africa, the French Embassy in Nigeria, SACEM, and TV5Monde, among others.

According to a statement, the initiative is an incubation hub for emerging digital arts innovators in animation, video games, and extended reality on the continent.

DLA Programme Manager, Eduardo Cachucho, said, “The Digital Lab Africa remains one of the most exciting opportunities for digital creatives in the countries of Africa.

“Now in its fifth year, the DLA has an alumni group of 48 recipients of incubation, showcasing the best minds and projects in digital from across the continent. This year’s seven projects from five countries range from an AR museum showcasing Africa’s rich cultural heritage to a video game of an intrepid businesswoman from Lagos delivering food – there’s something for a curious mind in each project.

“We are also looking forward to sharing more about our DLA 2022 opportunities which will launch in February 2022.”

Seven Africans would be awarded, three of whom are Nigerians, according to the statement.

DLA added that winners were chosen from more than 140 applications from 30 African countries.

It said the French Embassy in Nigeria was its special supporting partner for this Digital Lab Africa 2021.

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