Call for Applications: African Culture Fund Bootcamp for Female Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurs

Call for Applications: African Culture Fund Bootcamp for Female Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurs
Call for Applications: African Culture Fund Bootcamp for Female Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurs

The African Culture Fund is launching a call for applications, in partnership with the Institut Kôrè des Arts et Métiers (IKAM Ségou), with a view to selecting 16 female artists and cultural entrepreneurs from West Africa and Central Africa to take part in BOOT CAMP #3 scheduled in Ségou from March 2023.

This call aims to contribute to strengthening the leadership and competitiveness of 16 female artists and cultural entrepreneurs from West and Central Africa through the organization of a professional training camp including capacities in cultural management, leadership, personal branding, and emotional intelligence (which will be followed by a mechanism of mentoring and coaching for one year).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 21 and 40 years old
  • Be a female artist (regardless of discipline) or entrepreneur with at least five years of experience, practicing and residing in Africa
  • Be a national of one of the West African or Central African countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea–Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Chad.
  • Be available from March 2023 to participate in the various LEWO Program training and networking activities.


  • This third boot camp (training camp) of the ACF ACADEMY, will offer participants innovative educational content, coaching, and mentoring adapted and focused on specific leadership skills, during 2 weeks, in the creative city of Ségou (Mali).
  • In the program, there will be thematic workshops, practical case studies, and scenarios, but also one–to–one sessions with recognized African personalities in the field of culture and entrepreneurship.


  • This boot camp will provide young professional entrepreneurs in art and culture with tools and keys adapted to contribute to their empowerment.
  • Participants will benefit from a Professional Aptitude Certificate called Kôrè–Qualité at the end of the ACF ACADEMY training, providing them with the skills necessary for the professionalization of their profession. The Kôrè–Quality Certificate is recognized by the IKAM network and its partners in all regions of Africa.
  • At the end of the boot camp, the program will grant a scholarship of 2,000 euros to each of the winners and the monitoring of their development will be done for a year in the form of mentoring, provided by experienced professional men and women, great managers and leaders from all parts of Africa.

How are applicants selected?

The candidate selection procedure has five (05) steps:

Registration and filing of files

Administrative review of applications

Evaluation by the selection committee (Jury)

Approval of the list of candidates

Announcement of the list of successful candidates

Applications will be evaluated by an independent selection committee made up of experts and professionals working in the cultural sector and familiar with the artistic and cultural realities of West and Central Africa.

Application Deadline – November 25, 2022

How to apply: 

Applicants are invited to send their file to the email address, no later than November 25, 2022.

The file must be written in one of the following languages: French, English

The file should include:

  • Resume
  • Copy of your identity document or other equivalent documents (indicating Surname and First name, Nationality, Date of Birth)
  • Cover letter (350 words maximum)
  • Brief presentation of the artistic approach (for artists) or biography (for entrepreneurs)
  • Portfolio: presentation of works and/or photos of previous projects (12 pages maximum)

For more info, visit the official website.


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