The Africa Digital Media Academy



Africa Digital Media Academy is a vocational training school in Kigali, Rwanda. We provide students with skills in 3D computer graphics, animation, motion capture and video production and more so they can work in all areas of the digital media industry.


Alex Lindsay, Executive Director

Alex  has been working in computer graphics and video production for over 25 years. Starting in Programming and Computer Aided Drafting, Alex has worked in print, games, interactive, broadcast, and film. He spent 3 years working at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic on "Star Wars: Episode 1" before starting his own companies, dvGarage and the Pixel Corps. 



Christopher Marler, Director

Christopher has been the Director of the ADMA since its inception in January of 2012. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President at Pixel Corps for 12 years, and earlier was the Director of Multimedia Studies for five years at San Francisco State University in California. Christopher has a B.A. degree in English from Grinnell College.

Dedicated Instructors With Real World Experience

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Ryan Yewell, Resident Instructor

Ryan started his career in the video game industry in 1997 working for Electronic Arts. He then moved into television production in 2005 as part of EP Media, writing, video editing, and creating motion graphics for nationally broadcast TV shows in the United States and Canada.

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Alfred Muchilwa, Resident Instructor

Alfred studied design at the University of Nairobi and worked in advertising as a designer and storyboard artist. He was later introduced to the world of animation after attending several UNESCO animation workshops, an experience that opened up the opportunity to work on "TingaTinga Tales", East Africa's first locally produced animation series for a global audience as a lead animator.


Wanjiru Kairu, Instructor

Wanjiru is a screenwriter, director and producer with over ten years of experience in film and television. In addition to producing media for the local industry in Kenya,  Wanjiru’s short films have been in official selections at several world festivals. In 2010 her short film Weakness, was nominated for a Kalasha Award and a 2011 Africa Movie Academy Award. Wanjiru has also trained aspiring filmmakers in script development workshops for the Kenya Film Commission, Kibera Film School, MFDI Swaliwood Script Workshop (in Dar es Salaam) and the Africa Digital Media Institute. 

Kevin Hansen, Instructor

After a rewarding career as an electrical engineer, Kevin moved from circuits to another childhood dream of a career in visual effects. Since discovering Pixel Corps in 2005, he has worked in 3D modeling and animation, motion capture, compositing, and live production. Kevin earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fresno and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

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Dolphine Emali, Instructor

Dolphine is multimedia producer with 15 years in the field. She started out at Metro TV in 2001 working on content production.  She later joined Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s technical team in 2006 before moving to Internews in 2007 to train TV and photojournalists in visual storytelling and production, many went ahead to win national and international awards. 

Dolphine has a diploma in Film and Video production from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Instructor

Laura is a photographer and filmmaker, primarily working with NGOs such as Catholic Relief Services, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and ActionAid UK. She previously worked as the Multimedia Manager at Bread for the World, where she led all the nonprofit's visual and audio storytelling projects. Laura earned her M.A. in journalism at the University of Missouri and her B.A. in communications at American University. She was a Fulbright scholar to South Korea.


Emmanuel Etim, Visiting Instructor

Emmanuel has over 10 years of experience producing media content and has been enabling companies, agencies and visual communicators to effectively convey their message to their audience. 

Experienced in filming, producing and editing documentary, narrative film promotional and corporate and government content for domestic (US), global, regional and niche audiences. Seasoned in documenting and educating on a wide range of video concepts and workflows through books, training videos and hands on lectures.  


Joel Foster, Visiting Instructor

Joel is a 3D character animator who has worked at companies such as Animal LogicRhythm & Hues, Ninth Ray Studios and Sony Imageworks.   He has worked as character animator on films such as "The Amazing Spiderman", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Green Lantern." 


Romain Côte, Visiting Instructor

Romain has over 10 years of experience in computer graphics working for companies such as Animal Logic,  Dr. D studios and Nightshift.  He has extensive  knowledge of the 3D production pipleline and is highly proficient at modeling, texturing, shading, hair grooming, lighting and rendering. He is conversant with Maya, Houdini, Zbrush, Mudbox, Mari, Photoshop, and Bodypaint 3d.

Amongst the feature films he has worked on include "The Great Gatsby", "Happy Feet 2" and "Despicable Me".


Kenji Kato, Visiting Instructor

Kenji Kato is an entrepreneur and technology evangelist, having founded two technology startups and worked at NASA Ames as a research engineer.  Kenji has taught courses at Stanford University ’s Professional Publishing Courses as the founding faculty member of the New Media Group, for CSUMB’ s Center for Interactive Media and Games (CIMGames), and helped to design the Naval Postgraduate School’s CHDS Distance Learning Program. Kenji has consulted for companies like Virgin America, Lexus and Consumer Reports looking to take advantage of viral marketing, online digital media, and podcasting.