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Friday 7 August, 2020

Six-year-old creates video telling the story of emancipation

Ki Millard tells the story of emancipation via his YouTube channel

Ki Millard tells the story of emancipation via his YouTube channel

A six-year-old boy has created a video explaining emancipation to children.

My Emancipation Story sees Ki Millard narrating the story of emancipation accompanied with illustrations and music.

The story is on his YouTube channel.

Millard was inspired to add this latest story to his channel after his First Year teacher from Regulus Academy, a private school, asked him to do an emancipation project.

 “She had them doing research and I realised they didn’t know much about emancipation so I decided since he does YouTube videos he would do one as a dedication to our fore parents and get children more involved,” explained his mother Petriann Trancoso-Millard

Trancoso-Millard said she read a lot of stories to her son when he was a baby and as he got older he would add to the stories with his own scenarios, sound effects and voices.

“That's when I realised that he had a talent for storytelling,” she told Loop.

“He loves reading like a news anchor and has always shown his interest in creating online content since the age of two. It wasn't until Ki expressed to me that there were no superheroes that looked like him because he didn't have yellow hair that I decided to fuse his love for reading with my skills as a musician and software developer. Together, we began learning online on how to create 2D and 3D animations every day after school, to create our own content.”

Trancoso –Millard has been working in the digital space over a decade, creating websites and doing digital marketing for companies.

She said what started as just uploading content to YouTube quickly emerged into a vision for creating  Caribbean Storytelling combined with technology, music, fashion and the arts. 

She created a new YouTube Channel called Caribbean AMP Studio under which she published the first Animated Storytelling Project.

My Emancipation Story was supported by friends and family in the music and arts industry. Dayo Bejide Organic Music Movement and Freetown Collective provided music and Kaila Knight did the illustration.

Trancoso-Millard said we need to use more of our creative talent to develop local content for our children.

She said: “I realise there is a need for Trinidad and Tobago to have music, technology and the arts come together and create content that can be published online that is entertaining especially to children and put us on the map when it comes to culture. We have a rich culture and history, so instead of using music only when Carnival comes around we can use it in to create content for children.”

“With the occurrence of COVID-19, Netflix Inc. stock has been rising. We are all daily viewers of online content and with the onset of the pandemic, the frequency has significantly increased. Our mission is to combine Caribbean talents to produce high quality and quantities of educational and yet entertaining digital content.”

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