Thursday, 29 June 2017

SAFARICOM ANNOUNCES THE SECOND SEASON OF BLAZE BE YOUR OWN BOSS AFTER SUCCESSFUL DEBUT

Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has today announced the second season of  its youth network BLAZE Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) that will kick off with the first regional summit scheduled for this weekend in Meru County.


Following a successful first season that saw 43% of Kenyan youth join the BLAZE platform and 44,000 young people under the age of 26 attend the countrywide summits, the second season aims to inspire Kenyan youth through inspiration and guidance by some of Kenya’s most successful young entrepreneurs.
“We are glad that the first edition of BLAZE BYOB was a success. We now want to build on the learnings we picked to improve the second edition. Key among the changes, we will be introducing three new areas that will help participants in building successful businesses and appreciating the need to give back to the society,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Director -Consumer Business, Safaricom.
The theme this year will be Greatness Requires Internal Toughness (G.R.I.T). The second season of BLAZE BYOB will focus on three key areas; to mentor and train youth by giving them the tools required to be successful at BYOB Creation Camps
Secondly, to inspire youth to follow their passions and introduce them to relatable mentors who can talk about their personal journeys and how they found G.R.I.T to be successful at BLAZE BYOB Summits and lastly BYOB will introduce BLAZE CSR Fridays, a session aimed at teaching the youth to give back to the society.
The creation camps aims to have 350 participants with a pre-screening in Meru where youth will have the chance to give a 5 min elevator pitch about their business ideas to a panel of category experts with an aim to impart tangible skills onto the youth.
As the final part of the Creation Camp and ahead of the summit, all participants, mentors and performing artists, will go into five pre-identified high schools and have a 1-hour mentorship session, giving out a donation as part of the CSR projects.
Some of the mentors expected at the Meru summit are; Jibril Blessing-producer and videographer, Njugush- Comedian and actor, Abel Mutua- content developer, Julian- musician, Wycliffe Waweru- entrepreneur and bicycle manufacturer and Caleb Karuga, an Agribusiness entrepreneur.
BLAZE is a sub-brand of Safaricom and was created to give youth aged 26 years and below products, services and benefits tailored specifically to meet their everyday needs.
A first of its kind platform in Kenya, East and Central Africa, BLAZE was founded on what Kenyan youth say is most important to them: freedom, empowerment and success.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Africa Science Week aims to recalibrate innovation in Kenya


African Media Agency (AMA) The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, today announced the launch of NEF Africa Science Week in Nairobi, Kenya. Sylvia Mukasa, NEF Ambassador, ICT & Telecommunications Consultant and entrepreneur with a special focus on emerging enterprise technologies and Cloud Computing, together with local academic, science and technology champions, will lead the event.
The event aims to recalibrate innovation in Kenya with the right investments and incubator environment can lead to real economic dividends. The goal is to raise public awareness on the importance of science and technology (school age kids, general public, gatekeepers are most targeted). As well, is to foster collaboration among various research actors and initiatives so that there is coordinated public engagement around science and tech in Africa.
“We want to provide that platform for relevant discussions and monetary commitments towards research and development in Kenya”, say Sylvia Mukasa, NEF Ambassador.
According to Mukasa, no country has every developed without heavy long term investments in science research and development. Most African countries haven’t committed more than 1% of their GDP to research and development except South Africa, which has committed to reach 1% by 2020. This hampers Africa's ability to sustainable transform itself on a socio-economic level and compete globally.
“The NEF Africa Science Week is the first coordinated science week across Africa. Our primary objective is to develop tomorrow’s scientists and technologists by engaging children and young people in scientific activities like hackathons. Our activities will also demonstrate the critical impact of science to the general public. By bringing together key stakeholders from all sectors, we hope to catalyse investment in research and development and discuss best practices for attracting and retaining young people, especially girls and women, in the sciences,” said Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President and CEO and NEF Chair.
Africa Science Week in Kenya will witness exciting sessions such as hackathons, a Women in Science Day, hands-on demos but also panels on Agriculture and Technology and entrepreneurships with mentoring on financial planning.
“The weeklong signature event will also strengthen research networks and communities of scientists across Africa and we hope that the next few editions will see technology facilitate coordinated regional activities. We would like to thank our partners in the public, academic and private sector for supporting this initiative. Africa will only compete globally if there are coordinated sustainable investments in building the pipeline of researchers and innovators,” said Mr. Zomahoun.
Africa Science Week in Kenya is the first of a 13-country series. Looking to the future, the NEF will expand the reach of its Africa Science Week to 30 countries in 2018 and all 54 by 2020. Beyond numbers, the NEF hopes that Africa Science Week will grow to include major activities in schools and universities, and result in concrete collaboration between the research community and private sector. 
In line with the NEF’s Dakar Declaration, issued at the first biennial NEF Global Gathering, held in in Dakar, Senegal in March 2016, Africa Science Week will place public engagement at the heart of advancing Africa’s scientific agenda. The next edition of the NEF Global Gathering will be held in Kigali in March 2018 under the patronage of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.
Africa Science Week is funded by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Google and local sponsors in the each country.
Find out more on Africa Science Week in Kenya at http://nef.org/asw/Kenya/

Norwegian Based Afrobeat Duo Releases A Video Shot In Kenya



Fast rising Norwegian Afrobeats duo African Sunz will be releasing visuals to their third single of their debut EP on Friday 30th June. The song Sånn Går Det (that’s the outcome) is produced by Rumblin. The song rallies people to self believe in their actions to be successful. Rumblin is credited with the success of Stella Mwangi aka STL works including Haba Haba, Lookie Lookie and others.

African Sunz comprises of Balita Sunz and Kimani Sunz. The latter is the elder brother to Stella Mwangi. The group performs in Norwegian, English, French and Kiswahili. They have over the years built the reputation of being on of Oslo`s best live acts.

The previous releases from their upcoming EP are enjoying relative success in Norway with their second release Kinky hitting gold on Spotify. Their first release Mingele was a massive club banger in all of Scandinavia.

The music video is directed and filmed by high flying videographer Johnson Kyalo and features Kenya`s all female dance crew GQ dancers.

- “we chose to film the music video in the village where Kimani originates, to emphasize the charm of the surroundings that is the source of inspiration for the sound of Afrobeats.” 

Here is the song:
 AUDIO
https://soundcloud.com/african-sunz/sann-gar-det/s-RbFkN


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

SHOWMAX PARTNERS WITH ZIFF: PRESENTS GOLDEN DHOW AWARD








The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a partnership with Showmax to support the best in African filmmaking. For the 2017 edition of ZIFF, Showmax will be sponsoring the coveted ZIFF Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film with a cash prize of USD3,000.

This is the first time the winner of the ZIFF Golden Dhow Award will receive a cash prize and ZIFF thanks Showmax for its commitment to supporting excellence in African film. The award will be announced on the closing night of the festival, July 15th at the official Awards Ceremony taking place at the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Showmax is an internet TV service that aims to make internet TV accessible and relevant in Africa.  As the head of Showmax’s African business, Chris Savides, explains,

“For us to make Showmax relevant in Africa, we’ve tailored our apps to manage mobile data constraints, we build local partnerships, and we use local knowledge to deliver TV shows and movies that are right for each country.

“The success of our business depends on truly understanding local needs. You can’t remote manage that from another continent, which is why we’ve got people on the ground in East Africa and why we’re sponsoring the Golden Dhow award. It’s a great way for us to get closer to the industry and support African film.”

ZIFF is committed to creating partnerships that support and promote African film. The support of Showmax enables ZIFF to truly reward filmmakers and support their future development.

Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo explains further,

“We are committed to putting film at the centre of ZIFF. This year we received over 600 entries for the festival and the quality and caliber of the films received is amazing. The juries will have a difficult task in selecting this year’s winners, especially for the winner of ZIFF’s most prestigious award, the Golden Dhow.”

ZIFF will take place from July 8th -16th across the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. For all the screening schedules and more information, www.ziff.or.tz , on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZanzibarInternationalFilmFestival, and follow us on twitter: @ZIFF_Zanzibar

Drama Gallore: Fiiiirrreee..... Vera Sidika's Ex boo leaks out her nudes.


 

Next was news that the two had broken up as the Nigerian guy started showing up with a South African socialite.

Now that the two are no more an item, her ex boyfriend that she dumped for the Nigerian guy is allegedly leaking her nudes.

The undaunted man has gone ahead to post Vera’s boobs even showing her nipples. What is evident is Vera’s tattoo, that is proof enough that they are her nudes.

Keep it here for more as the  drama continues to unfold!!!!!!




Sad day for Team Mafisi: Here is the guy smashing Anita Nderu

The Capital FM presenter has for a long time kept her love life under wraps keeping many guessing as to who the lucky guy is. Well, yesterday was his boyfriends birthday and she went ahead to gush over him with a sweet social media post. And judging from the caption the two have been dating for eight years now. Little is known about the lucky man. All we know is that he is a Dj and goes by the name Dj Sunman.


According to Anita’s post and photos it is obvious that they are an adorable couple, full of adventure, deeply in love and fun company.
Read her message below;
  • anitanderuHappppppy Biiiiiiiirthday @sunmannagram I know I tend to get more excited about your Birthday than you 😅 but people worth celebrating don’t come by that often and when they do and they stay true over time, getting better with time, with them it is always a great time Lord knows you deserve to be celebrated and I am grateful for this far he has kept you and pray for many many more❤ 8 years on and you are still my favourite Gemini, my best friend, my favourite Deejay and still the worst person to argue with it’s pointless😂 Have an amazing Birthday today and a fantastic year ❤ Love ALWAYS❤ 🥂🥂

'At First I Did Not Want To Collabo With Khaligraph,' Confesses Rwandese Star

Top Kenyan rapper Khaligraph of the “Micasa Sucasa” fame will make a debut on Coke Studio Africa this year collaborating with Rwandese singer Bruce Melodie, another first timer on the show.

The pairing will be produced by superstar South African music producer DJ Maphorisa returning on the show for a second time, and recording several artistes including American R&B and pop star: Jason Derulo for Coke Studio’s upcoming Global Fusion Edition.

While exclusively speaking about his experience on the show in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Khaligraph said, “I am very happy to be part of Coke Studio this time round. So far, it’s a very good experience for me.”

About working with Bruce Melodie, Khaligraph says, “I’ve worked with different artistes but Coke Studio is unique as you work with an artiste closely and get to know them more beyond the music.

Plus it’s always good to link up with artistes from different backgrounds and countries. On Coke Studio, you are able to exchange ideas and come up with a proper mixture of ideas,” adding, “It’s a great look too.”

His collaborator Bruce said, “At first I didn’t want to collaborate with a rapper but after starting to collaborate with Khaligraph I got to know that the show’s producers and directors know what they are doing when they set up the pairings,” enthusing, “Khaligraph and I match perfectly and I like him because he is a hard worker.”

This year Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better Coke Studio Africa 2017.

Coke Studio Africa 2017 promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent. ​The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.

Adelle Is Giving Young Minds A Chance At Entering The Workforce Well Equipped Via #TeamAdelle


Kenya's top media personality Adelle Onyango has started an aggressive youth movement to empower young minds by providing them with opportunities to make it big after college.

Adelle is known for her various uplifting, inspirational and mentorship campaigns like Sisterhood. And now, she has started a registration drive on her website - http://adelleonyango.com/team-adelle/ - for anyone between the ages of 18 to 25 to join #TeamAdelle.

“By joining #TeamAdelle you have access to mentorship talks from skilled individuals in creative industries, apprenticeship - a chance to spend a day with these individuals, internships, a chance to be part of our charity events and memorable hangouts! And the fun stuff - the team Adelle merchandise and giveaways,” Adelle Onyango said.

Adelle describes #TeamAdelle as one that seeks to “solidify the team and build a movement of self aware young Kenyans - able to bring change in the country.”

So, why is Adelle doing this? To what end? “Because I'm passionate about my fellow young people! We are so misunderstood and I want to create a space where young people celebrate their individuality instead of having it labeled as being wrong,” the Radio queen said, “And also to give wholesome access to industry stakeholders that can really teach those of us at the beginning stages of our journey a thing or two. I want to build unity amongst young people.”

She continued: “After campus I did not have a similar opportunity to grow myself. That is why I think it's important for these opportunities to be there. The programme will impleimplemented in bi-yearly calendars with different activities and talks.”

Qritical Has A New Jam Dubbed Won't Tell



Chocolate City Music Kenya signed artiste Qritiqal releases the visuals for his latest single “WON'T TELL".

 The Dance-hall prowess in Qritiqal is one that has gained him fast recognition on the air waves and among music lovers.

“Won't Tell” is the second release after “Malkia” and was produced by Motif on the Beat and visuals shot in beautiful city of Nairobi, Kenya by Kevin Bosco Junior.

KENYA TOURISM BOARD PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR THE WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) and the IAAF World U18 Championships Local Organizing Committee (LOC) have today made formal their partnership to support the upcoming IAAF World U18 Championships – which will be held in Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium from the 12th to the 16th of July, 2017.  

“The IAAF World U18 Championships will afford Kenya the opportunity to host more than 2,000 athletes from more than 130 countries from varied parts of the world. We see this as an opportunity to cast a spotlight on the best that our country to a global audience as Kenya will have the privilege of hosting more than 300 local and international media. We will, therefore, seize this moment to prime Kenya as a sports destination,” said KTB CEO, Dr. Betty Radier.

KTB has pledged Kshs. 20 million that will go towards supporting the event in a bid to create a positive alternative narrative to the rest of the world ahead of the August polls.
First held in 1999, the IAAF World U18 Championships (formerly named the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics up to November 2015) is a global athletics event comprising track and field events for competitors who are 17 or younger. The biennial event is organized by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The first edition of these championships was held Bydgoszcz Poland in 1999 and the event was hosted for the first time in Africa by Morocco in 2005.

“We are proud to be in partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board. The World U18 Championships are a great opportunity for us to honor our youth and promote the best of Kenya. Preparations are in high gear and I would like to urge all Kenyans to turn up in high numbers and support our athletes,” said LOC CEO, Mwangi Muthee.

Kenya is the second country in Africa to be accorded the opportunity to host the event. During the first event - held in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 1999 - Kenya displayed an extra sterling performance and topped the medal standings. In 2014, Kenya placed and won the bid to host 2017 IAAF World Under 18 Championships with the defining slogan and proposition statement “Home of Champions”.

King Baudouin Foundation awards 2016-17 African Development Prize to three young, African tech-entrepreneurs










 Today, The King Baudouin Foundation will hand the 2016-17 King Baudouin African Development Prize to the founders of BarefootLaw (Uganda), Farmerline (Ghana) and Kytabu (Kenya) at a biennial award ceremony in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

The Prize recognises the stand-out achievement of three young, African tech-entrepreneurs driving social change across the continent. By empowering those at the heart of social enterprises to advance, the Prize endorses a new model of global development that views entrepreneurship and local leadership, rather than traditional aid, as the key to sustainable change.
For the first time, the Prize will be awarded to three organisations to recognise the growing number of socially minded tech-entrepreneurs across the continent. All three organisations share the underlying principle of using simple technology to connect people with essential knowledge. Each tech-platform enables communities to access and share information in fundamental areas: education (Kytabu), legal rights (BarefootLaw) and agriculture (Farmerline).
·         BarefootLaw is the first online legal service in East Africa. Of Uganda’s approximately 2,600 licensed lawyers, the majority are based in Kampala, leaving millions of citizens with hardly any access to legal services. The organization offers free-of-charge services that help those who are in need, especially the most vulnerable, to understand and defend their basic rights.
·         Smallholder farmers are the backbone of African economies, but many are held back by a lack of readily available information. Farmerline connects over 200,000 farmers with market information, peers and larger organisations. A study conducted with fish farmers revealed that, farmers who subscribed for Farmerline's information services for an entire season have seen revenue grow by over 50%.
·         Kytabu developed an innovative textbook content-leasing app for students. The app makes school-reading accessible to 11 million students in Kenya to break down the high rate of students currently without access to textbooks (1 in 10).
The Prize includes an award of €75,000 for each organisation and access to a wide network of stakeholders who will support them as they grow.
The Chair of the King Baudouin Foundation, Thomas Leysen said:
“By enabling local, creative initiatives focused on social good to grow, we promote a culture of self-sufficiency and empowerment, not dependency. Traditional foreign aid and donating funds have proven theirs limits if what we want is to create long-term change on the continent. The Foundation believes in recognising and supporting local entrepreneurs who are passionate about finding solutions to local development challenges. Our winners have set a new precedent on how technology can change lives across Africa.”
The Chair of the Prize Selection Committee, Koen Vervaeke, said:
“Expanding the Prize to recognise three winners instead of one is a reflection of the abundance of tech-entrepreneurs driving social change across the continent. Young entrepreneurs are changing the economic landscape on the continent. They represent the future, a future that is happening now. Illustrating this in three key sectors was the only way of doing justice to the diversity of this transformation.”  
BarefootLaw Founder Gerald Abila based in Uganda said:
“I am humbled by this award and the recognition of BarefootLaw’s work. In 2012 we set out with the goal to demystify the law and empower people to understand their rights. The few legal practitioners in Uganda are based in the capital city, making it difficult for people both in urban and rural areas to access legal services. Our journey is just starting. With the money and mentorship offered through the Prize, we will be able to grow and support more people to protect themselves, their families and communities from legal wrongs.”
Farmerline Co-founder Alloysius Attah based in Ghana said:
“We are excited to grow and expand with the support of the African Development Prize. Agriculture is central to African economies. We see the impact that technology is having on local communities; our ambition is to connect even more smallholder farmers with direct access to global markets, information and finance. We are building the operating system for small-scale farmers in Africa. Hopefully, this will make them exponentially more successful.”
Kytabu Founder Tonee Ndungu based in Kenya said:
“Quality education is at the heart of human development. Many students miss out and are held back because they cannot afford books that are curriculum required. Our app changes that. We are the alternative to textbooks. It is solutions like this that will transform our communities and enable people to build more prosperous lives. We are proud to be a part of a new wave of development across the continent and looking forward to developing the platform further through the Prize.”

CALVO MISTARI AND BOBBY MAPESA RELEASE “NAWAPENDA WOTE”

Kenyan music duo BC: Bobby Mapesa and Calvo Mistari release NAWAPENDA WOTE new single and video featuring Opips and Jardel. This is BC’s third single off their upcoming self-album, BC, co-produced by Gift and Dillie and mastered by acclaimed producer Eric Musyoka of Decimal Records.

Speaking about the dope track, Bobby said, “Our fans love lyrical content and wordplay – I am sure they will definitely enjoy this!” Calvo says, “This song is BC’s perspective,” adding. “A lot of people will relate to this song because they must have dated different people from different backgrounds.”

The sexy club song is set to rock dancehall and hip-hop lovers alike. Set in Huruma and the upmarket Kitusuru parts of Nairobi, NAWAPENDA WOTE’s video is directed by Odibz and perfectly captures the duo’s different perspectives on dating girls from opposing backgrounds and the conclusion is that no matter the case - they like both girls on different days. It brings out the different sides of the divide.

BC is already planning an exclusive listening party soon for their fans to celebrate their upcoming album, set for release in September 2017.

 Have a listen:



Monday, 19 June 2017

Adidas Opens Doors in Mombasa County

Adidas franchise holder in Kenya, Deacons East Africa Plc, have opened their 4th Adidas store in Mombasa county at the City Mall in Nyali. The new store, opened by Deacons East Africa Plc CEO, is part of the company’s strategic expansion plan to open more Adidas stores across the country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deacons East Africa Plc CEO, Mr. Wahome Muchiri, said that the new store would go a long way in creating new business opportunities and market its products in the regional areas, as the company sets to open more stores out of Nairobi to serve the growing demand for international brands in the country. 

“The fashion industry in Kenya is growing exponentially with international brands tapping into numerous opportunities offered in the market.  As such we are targeting to fill this market gap by opening more Adidas stores in more cities,” said Mr. Muchiri. 

He noted the growth in disposable income in the county has contributed to demand for international franchises and brands. Mombasa town has a large urban population who constitute 26.9% of the county’s total urban population.
“This emergent trend is mostly encouraged by the growth in gross indispensable income and the increasing taste of international brands by the high and middle class group in Kenya,” added Muchiri.

Mombasa County’s strategic placement makes it a popular tourist site, which is characterized by high traffic from local and international travelers. It also comprises of a large number of youth who constitute 37% of the county’s population and are amongst our major target consumers at Adidas. 

We strategically chose Mombasa County as it is one of the largest Counties in Kenya and the fastest growing economic hub in the Coastal region. We are similarly targeting the high traffic of travelers that come to have their vacation in Mombasa and the Coastal region,” he said. 

The new outlet is expected to contribute to the growth of the County’s economy through employment of local residents.

Mr. Muchiri further added that the Mombasa store will offer the same high quality service and variety of Adidas apparel to its customers, stating that extreme measures have been taken to ensure the quality of service is of the highest standard.

Local residents were delighted with the opening of the store, with one resident sighting that there no longer exists a need to travel to Nairobi to get Adidas clothing and shoes.

Resident said: “We have been enjoying the stores in Nairobi while desiring our own outlets here in Mombasa. I can speak for many people and say we are all delighted with the new Adidas store that has now made it easier to access the quality sporting gear and shoes offered by Adidas.” 

Deacons promises lifestyle solutions to its customers in East Africa through its; fashion brands: 4u2, Angelo, Mr. Price, Truworths, Babyshop, Bossini,
sports & fitness brands: Adidas, Reebok, Life Fitness and home brand: Mr. Price Home.

Kenyan artists have urged politicians to desist from using the youth to foment electoral chaos



The artists spoke ahead of the release of a track dubbed JIACTIVATE later today and the

impending launch of the JIACTIVATE Youth Declaration. The artists called on political leaders to

make a commitment towards building a society that recognizes the youth as dominant

stakeholders in the nation’s future.

The artists, Nick Mutuma, Fena Gitu and Redfourth Chorus have joined an ongoing nationwide

campaign dubbed JIACTIVATE to encourage youth to actively participate in politics and lobby

for policy making that is friendly to the youth agenda.

Fena who is known such hit songs such as ‘African King’ and ‘They Don’t Know’ together with

the Redfourth Chorus will mobilize youth to be part of the movement working towards forming a

youth declaration to be presented to all political parties ahead of the elections.

“Undoubtedly, social instability and increase of crime, mainly in urban but increasingly also in

rural areas are often attributed to economic marginalization of the youth. Our quest is to build a

just and more inclusive society where the youth are dominant stakeholders in the nation’s future”

said Nick Mutuma, one of the proponents of JIACTIVATE.

Though Kenya is demographically a young nation; with 78 percent of the Kenyan population

under 35 years of age, the youth have largely remained marginalized in political decision

making and policy formulation.

Inspired by the belief that Kenya’s greatest resource is its youthful population, the musicians are

composing a song on the issues affecting young people across the country, in their quest draw

the youth into the political decision making orbit.

The song is set to be released mid June 2017 and will form part of the theme in the JIACTIVATE

campaign. "As a musician who aims at inspiring society through my music, my quest is to

encourage the youth not to resign themselves to the disempowering notion that politics is for a

chosen few. The youth can judiciously vet and elect representatives their interests at heart,” says

Fena Gitu.

“The idea is to transform Kenyan youth into active ambassadors in their communities and to

encourage to shun electoral violence. Youths have to be involved and it goes beyond elections,

or forming a declaration. There must be reciprocity between the youth and the leaders we

elect,” Said Redfourth Chorus Music Chairman, Philip ‘Filah’ Tuju.

As an indication of their commitment to the campaign’s goals, young Kenyans are encouraged

to sign up on the official JIACTIVATE website page: https://jiactivate.org/ and declare their

messages about the ideal Kenya they want to see.

Birmingham Police Announce Arrest of An 18-year-Old In Connection With Mike Mulwa’s Murder

On Saturday night, two weeks ago, Mike Mulwa was going about his business at a store he owned in Birmingham, Alabama when he was accosted by robbers. According to police report, there was a holdup that ended with Mike being shot. He died in the wee hours of Sunday Morning.

And now, Birmingham police have announced the arrest of 18-year-old Chandler Bryant of Birmingham in connection with Mike’s murder that occurred during the robbery at the Citgo service station on Parkway East. The teen also has an outstanding robbery warrant with another law enforcement agency in Jefferson County.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. that Saturday. Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton said East Precinct officers were dispatched to the store on a robbery alarm. When they arrived, they found two people consoling Mike, who had been shot one time. He would later die in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Mike lived in Acworth, Georgia. His mother, Violent Mueni, and father, Councillor Ngangi, live in Kenya, as well as his only surviving brother, Vincent Mutuku. His cousins living in the U.S. include Erik Sukulu in California, Lilian Musyoki in Tennessee and Eunice Munyiva, in Georgia. All of his other cousins and family remain in Kenya.

He leaves behind a wife and three children, said Sukulu. “Mike had the entrepreneurial spirit that guided him in his pursuit of the American dream,” Sukulu said. He moved to the U.S. in 2008, and worked in various department stores in Atlanta before landing a job with Shaw Industries.

“His ambition and thirst for success led him to open a cultural clothing line, “254,” and he traversed the country selling his merchandise to his Kenyan-American target market during major sporting events,” Sukulu said. “He was an outstanding citizen who knew that the path to success is a treacherous one but, step by step, one can get there through hard work and commitment.”
Family described him as soft-spoken and kind – a man of the people. 

“His smile was contagious. He lit the room,” his cousin said. “His demise is one that has sent waves through the Kenyan-American community.”

Authorities haven’t said how they identified Bryant as the suspect in Ngangi’s killing. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
It has also emerged that the robbery that would put a stop at Mike’s promising life was not the first that he had to deal with.

According to his close friend and business partner Kelly Ochieng, Mike called him on Saturday morning and told him he had been robbed at gun point the previous night (Friday), and that the robbers warned him not to call or inform cops.

On a Facebook post on his timeline that also captures what would be Mike’s recorded interactions with his friend(s), Kelly further notes that Mike was growing weary of the never ending robberies that he had to endure, and was looking to relocate his business if the owners of the building did not address the situation:

https://awmagazine.org/birmingham-police-announce-arrest-of-an-18-year-old-in-connection-with-mike-mulwas-murder/

AGENCY5VE - VERSE5VE'S NEW VENTURE/RECORD LABEL.

After the most recently concluded Famous5ve event, which hosted Multiple Award Winning American Artist - Sho Baraka, Verse5ve is on a roll as it announced operations of their new label - Agency5ve - today. Agency5ve, which is set to release its first product in the next few days, will majorly deal with all its artists' brand management; marketing; music publishing; touring & merchandising; major partnerships and new business ventures for the brands on its roaster. 

Agency5ve will officially be home to newly signed multi-talented rapper/artist Muhanjii in label. Muhanjii is a former member of The T412 Rap group and recently featured on Verse5ve's recent Famouse5ve’s Open Mic Session(Class of 2017) Powered by Boom Play Music and begins his solo career on a high with an untitled project already in the works and everyone literally waiting to hear and see him maximize this major career move. 
 
With their A - List team already executing major moves ahead of Muhanjii's first single release scheduled for next week, Agency5ve cannot wait to see the success of this relationship and looks forward to the addition of other new and fresh artists to add to its roaster as time goes by. Asked on why Agency5ve settled on Muhanjii as the first artist under the Label, "Muhanjii has the thrill, Zeal and Energy new artists should have. I believe he can be a game changer in the Kenyan Christian Hip-Hop Industry and if everything works as planned he might actually make a mark African audience.
 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Fena and Redforth Chorus Collaborate on campaign calling on youth participation in politics and Governance

Fena Gitu and Redforth Chorus have joined an ongoing nationwide campaign dubbed JIACTIVATE to encourage youth to actively participate in politics and on governance issues affecting them.  Fena who is known such hit songs such  as ‘African King’ and ‘They Don’t Know’ together with the Redforth Chorus will mobilize youth to be part of the movement working towards forming a youth declaration to be presented to all political parties ahead of the elections.

Inspired by the belief that Kenya’s greatest resource is its youthful population, the musicians are composing a song derived from the issues affecting young people across the country to pass on a positive messages. The song is set to be released mid June 2017 and will form part of the theme in the JIACTIVATE campaign.

"As a musician who aims at inspiring society through my music, it's my duty to empower young people to take action in addressing the issues that affect them. This is an opportunity to reach many young Kenyans and be part of voicing concerns as active and conscious members of the society” says Fena Gitu. "As a role model to young people, I will use the tool best known to me to empower young people and educate them about their civic rights and duties." she adds.

Fena and Redforth also urge politicians not to use young people to commit acts of violence or political hooliganism as has happened before, during the elections period. By informing youth about their civic rights and responsibilities, they will seek to sensitize youth to make active, positive and peaceful contribution to the campaigns and additionally help in educating their communities on political and social issues in regards to the election campaigns.

“The idea is to transform Kenyan youth into active ambassadors in their communities and to encourage a peaceful environment surrounding the country’s general elections. Youths have to be involved and it goes beyond elections, or forming a declaration,” Said Redfourth Chorus Music Chairman, Philip ‘Filah’ Tuju.
As an indication of their commitment to the campaign’s goals, young Kenyans are encouraged to sign up on the official JIACTIVATE website page: https://jiactivate.org/ and declare their messages about the ideal Kenya they want to see.

Colgate Palmolive to give financial aid to needy students

 Colgate-Palmolive is committed to giving Kenyans and their children a future they can smile about. The global consumer goods company has been living this commitment through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has been reaching children around the world with oral health education for the past 25 years.
 
“As part of our ongoing commitment to children’s health and education, we are launching this scholarship campaign to give Kenyan families the opportunity to win a scholarship to help ease the financial costs of educating children. A total of 16 scholarships will be awarded across Kenya, helping to give children a brighter future,” said Cheslin Twigg, Colgate East West Africa Professional Relations Manager.
 
Scholarship prize money totaling $12,800 USD will be split among the 16 winners, in all schooling phases for children ages 7 to18 years old. Winners will receive the money to use towards tuition fees, stationery or textbooks.
 
Speaking during the launch of the campaign, Professor Loice Gathece, Formerly Dean, University of Nairobi, School of Dental Sciences, said students must be free from oral disease such as dental carries, periodontal disease, dental fluorosis. She adds these diseases are preventable yet still remain prevalent not only in Kenya, but the world.
 
“These diseases are known to cause many conditions including to low birth weight, pre-term births, loss of school hours which in turn affects children’s performance, poor quality of life because a child is unable to chew, sleep or concentrate, low self-esteem among other things,” said Professor Gathece.
 
In the campaign, a winner will be randomly selected every week from 05 June through July 2017. Follow the Colgate Kenya Facebook page at www.facebook.com/colgatekenya/ for a recap of the weekly winners as well as T&C’s. 
 
There is nothing more uplifting for a child than the feeling of being crowned a winner.
 
To enter, consumers must purchase any Colgate toothpaste and SMS the last four digits of the barcode to the number, 20332. The scholarship giveaway will end at midnight on 30th July 2017.






See Julie Gichuru's reply to Kenyans after being insulted online

Dear Kenyans, I will say this as simply as I possibly can, we are in this nation together. If you cannot see the progress that has been made you have clearly chosen not to. 

 Yes, there has been progress. Are there challenges? 

 Yes, of course there are and both Ndinda Mutoko and I speak openly and widely about them - from corruption to tribalism and much more. ION, I exited the news cycle close to two years ago (fascinating that you barely noticed as you keep discussing me in the context of news) and have the right to comment and take a position on issues. 
You cannot BULLY people into your chosen stand and if you cannot respect the fact that people can take a stand that is not based on personal benefit, then that speaks volumes about you not the person you are attacking. 
Bimbo insults don't work either, for women who have carved the space that we have, sorry, it does not apply and again speaks volumes about the mindless misogyny of the abuser. For those sharing civilised perspectives, all are appreciated. 
Let's engage in a civilised fashion but most of all, let us respect each others views. I have love for you irrespective of where you stand and it is my prayer that you can adopt that same attitude towards your fellow Kenyans. If you can't, what does it say about you? God bless Kenya always 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪💙💙