The story behind ADMI’s state-of-the-art campus today began in 2011, when Wilfred Kiumi launched the Jamhuri Film and Television Academy (JFTA). Wilfred, our Founding Director, is passionate about promoting the education and empowerment of young people. He created JFTA to transfer knowledge to young and enthusiastic filmmakers in Kenya.

Classes at JFTA began in February 2012, initially with just five students taking courses in Film and TV Production. By 2013, JFTA had gained an excellent reputation and built successful partnerships with organisations such as FilmAid, Kenya Film Studios and SuperSport Studios.

Things have grown quickly. As our education offering increased, and our pan-African vision crystalised. JFTA formally rebranded to ADMI in 2015, reflecting this exciting progress. Today, our extremely qualified and experienced staff teach more than 300 students from across Africa, supported by a strong board and a highly respected Advisory Council.


  • 2011 – The Jamhuri Film & Television Academy is founded in by Wilfred Kiumi
  • Early 2012 – Classes begin with just 5 students taking Film & TV Production
  • Late 2014 – first ADMI campus established in Nairobi through a partnership with JFTA
  • Early 2015 – JFTA formally rebrands to ADMI
  • Mid-2015 – Course offering deepens to six main diploma courses
  • Early 2016 – Student enrolment increases to over 150 students with students coming from over 10 countries
  • Mid-2016 – ADMI expands to a new, state-of-the-art campus in Nairobi’s CBD to accommodate growth
  • Today – ADMI has more than 300 students from around the world, and is continuing to grow