Acquire is a mission-led initiative by African digital media platform, Pin Africa. Acquire equips aspiring storytellers and journalists from Africa and the diaspora with the tools, resources, skills, network, and experience they need to tell authentic African stories to a global audience.

In addition, the platform serves as a research and development hub for the profession in Africa and its diaspora.

What We Do

Acquire provides tools, training, guided practise, mentorship, and networking opportunities over time through our programmes and e-learning platform. Acquire also assists with portfolio development through a mandatory "apprenticeship" period at Pin Africa.

Our programmes and campaigns are carried out in collaboration with relevant industry enablers, development partners, media outlets, and government agencies.

Our programmes raise awareness of Pin Africa while also dominating global digital media with original stories from Africa and its diaspora.

Acquire’s SDGs

To shape the narrative of Africa, Acquire directly contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 8, 10, 13 and 16.

Decent Work and
Economic Growth
Peace, Justice and
Strong Institutions

Our Mission & Vision


To create a global platform for original African stories told by Africans and facilitate the dominance of authentic African stories and storytellers in the world.


A world where Africans own the narrative of Africa and inspire pride and aspiration in Africa and the diaspora.

Statement of Change

Our Theory of Change argues that if we empower African storytellers and journalists to gain skills, capacity, and knowledge, we will be able to communicate more original African stories to a larger audience, break stereotypes, and eventually shift Africa's narrative to one of pride and aspiration; advancing increased editorial leadership and African agency over our narratives.

Our Team

We are a global team of Africans working together towards one ambition.

Benedicte Kalombo

Managing Director

Benedicte is a multimedia journalist, producer, and media entrepreneur with extensive understanding of digital audiences on a global scale. The Congolese-born mother of two has spent many years working in journalism and with many reputable international media organisations. Benedicte’s organisations, Pin Africa and Pinned Media, are dedicated to elevating and showcasing the voices and stories of Africans and their diaspora through multimedia storytelling.

Janette Daramy

Operations Director

Janette is responsible for developing and managing student experience on the Acquire platform. She ensures the successful participation of students and manages the development of the Acquire alumni. Janette has project management experience and has been involved in supporting skills training for journalists in busy global newsrooms for many years.

Ney Lody Tshilanda

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager

Ney plays an integral role in Acquire by Pin Africa’s mission to empower the next generation of African journalists to promote positive narratives of Africa. Ney’s expertise in language services and strategic collaborations enhances our ability to work in diverse contexts, particularly bridging the gap between French and English speakers. Beyond linguistic abilities, Ney contributes a wealth of knowledge in sectors such as mining, oil, energy, and health. As a testament to her leadership, Ney recently completed a dual MBA and Project Management degree.

Junior Badila

Director of Programmes
and Development

With over two decades of experience in media, including work with the BBC and Al Jazeera, Junior Badila aids DRC newsrooms in innovation and journalist up-skilling. His work promotes media reform, transparency, and accountability, contributing to the development of a sustainable information ecosystem in the DRC, Central Africa, and the wider French-speaking region.

Adele Animashaun

Development & Strategy Officer

Adele assists with the strategic development of new business opportunities for Pin Africa. A Meta and YouTube creative alumna, she coordinates and aligns the content of our editorial team with marketing strategies, as well as supporting the development of potential collaborative projects.

Aderonke Ibironke

Programmes Manager

Aderonke Ibironke is a social advocate who enjoys working on projects that amplify diverse voices. She has experience supporting public and private organizations through project management, program development, and research. Aderonke also enjoys writing and has served as a contributor to lifestyle publications. As the Programmes Manager, she develops the training pathways for the Acquire platform and works with partners and stakeholders to create educational content.

Partners & Supporters

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