CHICO, Calif. -- Technology can make it easy for people all around the globe to connect and stay in touch.
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough recently caught up with a young entrepreneur based in Africa; a young man she met in Chico almost three years ago.
His Nigerian-based online business platform is gaining traction, landing media attention with Nigerian media and even the BBC.
It turns out his project has a direct link to Butte County!
22-year old Dominic Dominic goes by his middle name; Kachi. This young business student is on a mission to change the narrative of popular children’s story books to include values he believes are more timely and valuable for today’s world.
“We try to make our characters as diverse and inclusive as possible,” explains Kachi.
That’s why he created Akiddie. It is an online platform delivering children’s stories via download and they are translated into other languages as well as several African dialects.
“We make stories about black children, about non-black children, children with disabilities, about Christian children, Muslin children; about every sort of people because we believe stories should be diverse.”
Yarbough spoke with Kachi, via Skype, from Nigeria about Akiddie. Kachi says he realized that many of the stories his young niece was hearing perpetuated ideas he believes are outdated. Primarily, that life will be good once Prince Charming arrives. He calls such stories not only sexist but also harmful.
“I felt children deserve better stories that teach values that are modern.”
Instead, Kachi wants young girls and boys" to hear stories about inclusion, diversity, technology, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and environmental awareness of climate change. He says the Akiddie stories and characters revolve around those topics.
"The value system we should be teaching students are reflective of the times we live in," says Kachi.
Where did Kachi fine tune his business sense? For the past several season, international students have spent several weeks on the campus of Chico State University, learning. Yarbough met Kachi during the summer of 2017 during a business boot-camp for entrepreneurial students visiting Chico State University. The group took part in a program known as S.A.G.E. which teaches students how to craft a business, prepare a business plan and effectively make funding proposals.
He says the skills he learned from accounting and business professors at Chico State, helped him craft his current project.
“Akiddie would not exist without Chico,” explained Kachi. “Being at California State University at Chico gave me the refinement and the structural process to be able to understand how do you create a business.”
Launched in early 2019, Kachi and his team of co-creators are now ready to take Akiddie to the next level.
He envisions the program expanding throughout Nigeria, to other African nations and even going global. He says already, the concept has several thousand subscribers, accessing stories, via mobile apps for Android and Apple.
Kachi says the Akiddie platform will help prepare the next generation of youngsters for the diverse, interconnected and tech-filled world that lies ahead.