Sunday, 31 July 2016

Kenyan Orphan Gets Home In Chocolate City With New Music Deal


Kenyan rapper Qritiqal has found a new home in Nigerian based music label Chocolate City.

He joins fellow countrymate, Victoria Kimani on the label after years of hustling to make a name for him self in the Kenyan music arena.

He was welcomed into the label by the CEO and Nigerian megastar, M.I Abaga who posted on his Instagram account saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, Chocolate City Kenya is proud to announce to you our newest Kenyan signing!!!"

The announcement was made on the Qritiqal's birthday. Sweeeetttt!

Qritical - real name Eric Onyango Omollo - lost both his parents at the cusp of his teen years, he turned to music as a cathartic expression of deep seated feelings no one should endure at such a young age.

Born in 1989 and raised in Mombasa Kenya, he ventured into music through school festivals. He hung out with local artistes who mentored him through his personal struggles, including the loss of one of his siblings, as he passionately pursued music as both therapeutic and a career path.

After a chance meeting with Gyptian at a local show, he was inspired to record original material and debuted in 2010 as a sensational dance hall artiste with the single “Weak Inside” - a nation-wide hit. The single won him the Best Video of the Year 2010 at the Nzumari Awards and the Best Video of The Year Coast Music Awards.



In 2012, he dropped another hit single "Kupe" where he was featured by Ogopa Deejayz Artist and Guru Col. Mustafa.

Having also shared a stage with the likes of Jaguar and Sauti Sol, he decided it was time for him to pause and develop his own unique sound, later on meeting and collaborating with local producer, Motif_On_The_Beat (Morris Kobia).

Their collaboration produced successful DJ Dubplates for local DJs, at a time when he also doubled as a jingle maker for some advertisement agencies.



His consistency and passion for music developed Qritiqal’s signature sound; a go between dancehall, soul and R&B, where his high tenor range, in contrast with his laid back delivery gives him a unique tone and flow.

This had him handpicked for the theme song of Kenya's legendary DJ Joe Mfalme. Still, success and the right attention seemed to elude him as he kept doing pro bono gigs while trying his best to cater for his younger brother and only surviving family member.

He eventually settled in Nairobi – the music capital of Kenya, where he was discovered by Chocolate City Music Kenya, the sister company to Chocolate City Music Nigeria; home to internationally known acts like Ice Prince Zamani, Koker and MI Abaga. Get ready Africa, it’s about to get Qritiqal.

Koffi Olomide Is Free... Provisionally. Thanks Fans


Koffi Olomide is a free man. This is after authorities in his home country, Democratic Republic of Congo "provisionally released" the legendary Lingala star who was detained for the better part of last week.

Koffi confirmed this news on his Facebook page where he also posted photos of him and his family - wife and three kids.

The Selfie hitmaker was deported from Kenya after he kicked his dancer, Pamela on their arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.

The footage of the incident went viral and Kenyans on social media called for the government to arrest Koffi.

Anyhow, on his release the 'soukous' star took to social media to thank his fans.


"À la maison en Famille. .... Merci est un mot trop simple. Ce que je souhaiterais exprimer est au-dessus de cela. Je suis à la fois touché et reconnaissant pour le soutien indéfectible que vous m'avez apporté, je ne pourrai jamais assez vous remercier #BétonArmé #Agbada (I'm home Family. Thanks .... is too simple a word. What I would like to express is above that. I am both humbled and grateful for the unwavering support you have given me, I can never thank you enough #BétonArmé #Agbada)"

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Nigerian Hitmaker Masterkraf To Produce New Sauti Sol And Fally Ipupa Collabo

The upcoming season of Coke Studio Africa promises to be fire judging from the artiste pairings.

Could it get better than this? Top Congolese entertainer Fally Ipupa joins one of Africa's biggest music groups: Sauti Sol to produce new music on the show.

The Sauti Sol and Fally pairing is undoubtedly the show's most avant-garde, set to unite music fans Africa.

Sauti Sol exclusively revealed their enthusiasm to collaborate with one of Africa's top artistes.

"We are proud to work with Fally Ipupa. This is a statement to our Live and Die in Afrika motto and theme – the best of entertainment and music can also be made right here in Africa," adding, "This will be the best music collaboration on the show this year – wait and see!"

Fally and Sauti Sol will be produced by Nigerian hitmaker Masterkraft, who is also responsible for producing Ghana's Efya and Uganda's Eddy Kenzo on the show's new season.

The "Sexy Dance" singer is representing DRC, one of the six new countries added onto the fourth season of Coke Studio Africa, set to premiere later this year.

The rest include Ethiopia, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

What's more? Sauti Sol and Fally Ipupa will also be working with Nigerian singer Simi of the hit single "Jamb Question".

Simi was also featured on the acclaimed short film by Nigerian artist Falz the Bahd Guy.

All the artistes will be directed by the renowned record producer, pianist and composer: Mpho Pholo – Coke Studio Africa's new music director known to many as 37 mph.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Guess Who Is In Town? Fally Ipupa. Here Are Details On How You Can Interact With Him, TODAY

 Guess who is in town?

Yep. Fally Ipupa.

The Congolese megastar will today afternoon together with Sauti Sol answer any and all of your questions.


They will be taking part in the #CokeStudioAfrica's Artiste Takeover where they will answer guestions from fans online.

Beside that they have worked together for a series of collaborations that will air on the forthcoming season 4 of the music show.


 To keep up with all Coke Studio Africa related information including artistes, collaborations, lyrics and television airing times follow the hashtag #cokestudioafrica or check the following pages:

 Twitter: @CocaColaAfrica and @CocaCola_NG

Instagram: @CokeStudioAfrica and @CocaCola_NG

Facebook: Coca-Cola -   www.facebook.com/cocacola

Blog:  www.cokestudioafrica.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/cokestudioAfrica

Hashtag: #CokeStudioAfrica


Radio personality and social activist Adelle Onyango calls for action against violence in relationships

Popular radio personality Adelle Onyangi has added her voice to the ongoing tragedy that saw a Kenyatta University graduate stabbed by her ex boyfriend.
Edinald Atieno Nyainda is said to have had an argument with 36-year-old ex-military officer Maxwell Ochieng, after breaking up with him.
Ochieng stabbed her 10 times in the chest and neck before attempting to kill himself using the same knife, according to various media reports.
Adelle who has on numerous ocassions championed a social campaign against violence said it is about time the conversation on relationships and violence is addressed.
"We have normalised violence even in relationships," Adelle said, "When someone slaps you once, you rationalise it. You say, 'He was just in a bad mood'. When women cut off parts of a man's private organs, we turn that into a joke on social media."
She continued, "It is about time we had that conversation about relationships. Find out what is normal and what isn't."
Adelle believes that violence against any gender is wrong.
The charismatic radio star hopes, the ex-military boyfriend who is now facing charges for allegedly stabbing the girlfriend 10 times will also get "help because he needs it."

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Koffi Olomide Wants You, His Fans To Fight For His Justice

Koffi Olomide's social media team have decided to take the "victim" route for his defense.

The star who was filmed assaulting his dancer, Pamela, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, was deported from Kenya. His subsequent shows in other countries like Zambia were canceled. 

Today, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, a term to be served in his home country Democratic Republic Of Congo.

His team has decided to call on his fans to push for his release.

In a Facebook post, Koffi's team write,
À tous nos amis, Koffi files et Koffillettes: Suite à L'INJUSTICE QUE SUBIT NOTRE ARTISTE KOFFI OLOMIDE, QUI VIENT D'ÊTRE TRANSMIS EN PRISON Sans-Condamnation-Prononcée, NI VERDICT DU JUGEMENT ET LE REFUS PAR LE PROCUREUR D'ÉCOUTER LA DANSEUSE SUPPOSÉE ÊTRE LA VICTIME, NOUS VOUS PRIONS DE METTRE, CETTE PHOTO DE NOTRE ARTISTE SUR TOUS, VOS COMPTES RÉSEAUX SOCIAUX EN SIGNE DE PROTESTATION ET SURTOUT DE SOUTIENT POUR L'ARTISTE
KOFFI OLOMIDE.
MERCI.
Loosely translated, the post is calling on the Lingala singer's friends and fans to right the "injustice" where "Koffi Olomide is being jailed without the court fisrt hearing his side of the story."

The team then asks fans to "put up a photo of Koffi on their social media accounts in solidarity with the jailed star."

Monday, 25 July 2016

Socialite Huddah Monroe Apologizes for Insinuating Vera Sidika Is HIV Positive


Kenyan socialite, Huddah Monroe has had to apologize for a foot in mouth moment.

Last week Huddah insinuated that fellow controversial socialite is HIV positive. This was not taken well by fans who called her out on this. Seems the fans got to her.

In an Instagram post Huddah apologized.

She wrote, "I really want to APOLOGIZE to you my Bosses and kindly allow me to explain myself about my snap chat the other day on HIV/AIDS. I really hope you find it In your hearts to forgive me if anything I said was misunderstood."

She continued, "You all know I'm like the first Public Figure every morning of WORLD/AIDS day in Kenya who shares her results and urges the youth to go get tested. I always create awareness, letting people know it's always good to know about their status and that they shouldn't be scared. I have never been a DISCRIMINATIVE person. If you are healthy it doesn't mean you are special. GOD gives and God takes. And as long as you are SEXUALLY active you are bound to contract HIV. Condoms burst. So someone somewhere shouldn't make themselves look GOOD by putting words into my mouth and Making me look like i am inhuman. The only reason I said people should get tested instead of insulting others for being skinny is because It hurts when people think every skinny person or petite person is suffering from something. The anger of that made me mad and that's why I said people should go get tested Coz Theres rumors of them out here. The youth and the elderly need to know Being fat doesn't mean you are healthy and being skinny doesn't mean you are sick . Calling others skinny is discriminating too. People should go out and get their health Checked before calling others names. If you find out you are negative, live carefully and if you find out you are positive it's not the end of the world. People live for over 20years and more and look healthier than most of us."

She concluded the long post with "HIV /AIDS is manageable for years and NO ONE has the right to DISCRIMINATE!"

Coke Studio Africa Plans To Take You On A Journey Of Discovery. Here Is What's Different On This Season

Hear thee, hear thee. Fans of Coke Studio Africa you will be elated to know that Season 4 has commenced at Film Studios, in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. 
In this brand new season, 6 new countries have been included: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Senegal and Ethiopia; increasing the number of participating countries to eleven.
Also featuring for the first time, will be Kiss Daniel, Patoranking from Nigeria, Bahati from Kenya, Navy Kenzo from Tanzania, Eddy Kenzo, Radio and Weasel from Uganda, Toofan from Togo, and Haile Roots from Ethiopia.
Notably present during this year's edition are Africa's crème de la crème music producers namely: Maphorisa, Madtraxx, MasterKraft, Bushingstone, Danny Synthe and Kill Beats.
Coke Studio Africa is a dynamic music fusion platform whereby musicians and music producers from different African markets are brought together to collaborate and produce great music, creating an amazing sound.
"For this season we sought producers and partners who are able to tap into both their creativity and those of the artists to produce a world class show. This season promises more excitement as the territories have expanded and the number of artistes increased," said Ahmed Rady, Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa Business Unit Marketing Director Marketing Director.
"We look forward to an even better and more exciting season as we all walk together in this journey of discovering new artistes and new talents. It's going to be full of surprises," concluded Rady.
Right from artiste selection, wardrobe, makeup and production, Coke Studio Africa works with various partners to ensure that the final show is of high quality and provides a thrilling experience for both artistes and viewers.
To keep up with all Coke Studio Africa related information including artistes, collaborations, lyrics and television airing times follow the hashtag #cokestudioafrica.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Kenyan Government Officials Respond To The Koffi Olomide Fiasco


KOT Reacts To Koffi Olomide's Arrest After TV Interview

Earlier today, Congolese lingala legend was caught on camera assaulting one of his female dancers.

Koffi Olomide could be seen on the clip kicking a female dancer and being restrained from slapping her.

The video that has gone viral caused quite a stir with Kenyans on Twitter castigating the act.

Tonight, Koffi was on Citizen TV where he gave an interview and addressed the airport incident.

After his appearance on the TV show, the Selfie hitmaker was arrested by cops.

Kenyans on Twitter reacted to this arrest.






Thursday, 21 July 2016

HOT COLLABO ALERT: German Juice Star, Cynthia Morgan To Collaborate With Ethiopian Artiste In Kenya

The sassy and stylish Nigerian Dancehall siren Cynthia Morgan is in Nairobi, Kenya to make her debut on the upcoming season of Coke Studio Africa. The "German Juice" hit maker will be collaborating with Ethiopian artiste Henok Mehari of the Mehari Brothers Band (MBB) on Coke Studio Africa season 4. Fans are set to discover a fusion of exciting sounds from West and East Africa.

 

The acclaimed Nigerian music producer Masterkraft is back on Coke Studio Africa this season! He is credited for producing numerous hit records, including Akothee and Flavour's Give it To Me" and the Coke Studio Africa season 3 hit mash ups between Flavour and Ugandan singer Juliana Kanyomozi. His first set of artistes to work with will be Cynthia Morgan and Henok Mehari.

 

While at Coke Studio Africa, Cynthia Morgan spoke on the inspiration behind her hit record "German Juice" and how it relates to women empowerment. "Men always write songs for women but we hardly make songs for ourselves. I wanted a song that would appreciate the woman because we are strong. I asked myself, ['What's the strongest juice? And then I thought when I was young and loved German cars and how strong they are. That's where I got the reference for the song's title]".

Don't miss Coke Studio Africa Artist Takeover today (Thursday 21st July) from 12 p.m. (Nigeria) and 2 p.m. (Kenya and Ethiopia) as Henok Mehari & Cynthia Morgan take on Twitter and Facebook live to answer your questions via hashtags:

#AskCynthiaMorgan

#AskHenokMehari

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Laugh Festival Promises Rib Cracking Comedy From Africa's Finest Funny Men

If you are a fan of comedy, get ready for Kenya’s most grand rib-cracking affair as Kenyan king of comedy Churchill hosts a versatile mix of Africa’s top comedians.

From Uganda’s sensational comedian Salvado, Rwanda’s Nkusi Arthur, Zimbabwe’s Carl Ncube, DRC’s Eddie Kadi, South Africa’s Ndumsio Lindi to Malawi’s Daliso Chaponda—the inaugural Laugh Festival goes down Friday 29th of July at Carnivore Gardens from 6:00 p.m. till late.

Prepare for a night of laughter that which include an amazing selection of Churchill Show comedians: MC Jessy, Hammo, Sleepy and Aman making special appearances.

Tickets go for Sh2,000 regular tickets, and VIP for Sh4,000.

The debut laugh Festival is a platform unifying Africa’s comedy scene—a first of its kind from the Laugh Industry.

With over 15 years experience in the comedy industry, Laugh Industry has seen the need to venture beyond Kenya for a new experience to provide quality entertainment and bring African comedians on one platform.

Presenting Africa’s best comedians and including Kenya’s crème de la crème, this new venture is also set to challenge local talent to compete with top African counterparts.

Photos From Nick Mutuma's Engagement Party. They Are Ooooh Soo Cute!!!


 Kenya's TV hunk is back. This time in a big way.

Nick Mutuma, has a made a comeback on your screens as he stars in a new romantic series dubbed "This is It", alongside Nigerian actress Chiagoziem Nwakanma.

LowlaDeeTV, the producers of the multiple award winning short film Brave, have released the official photos of their maiden mini-series.

This Is It is a romantic comedy drama mini-series directed by LowlaDee – (Dolapo Adeleke) that follows the first year journey of the young, clueless newlyweds Tomide and Dede. 

Season One documents the first 6 months of their nuptials.  The series narrates their journey through settling in a new life faced with random unexpected everyday issues.


Jazz Enthusiasts, Please Keep Calm! Hugh Masekela Will Be In Town For Safaricom Jazz Lounge Concert

Jazz lovers will be in for a treat when globally acclaimed South African jazz maestro Hugh Masekela takes the stage at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, scheduled for Friday 12th August.

While the two-time Grammy Award nominee is not new to Kenya, this will be his first appearance at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, which is one of a series of events that lead up to the annual Safaricom International Jazz Festival.

"It will be exciting to perform for the emerging Jazz community in Kenya, which is slowly building a reputation as a notable addition to the continent's jazz circuit," said Mr. Masekela.

Masekela – who was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Contemporary Pop Performance (Instrumental) for his album Grazin' in the Grass – has released over 40 albums in a career spanning over 60 years, in that time working with numerous artists in the USA, Africa and Europe including Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Otis Redding, Harry Belafonte and Herb Alpert among others.

The now 77-year-old composer, singer and instrumentalist received another Grammy nomination in 2011 for his critically acclaimed album Jabulani. He released his latest album – Playing @ Work – in 2013.

"We are honored to be hosting the one of the most influential African Jazz musicians; a man who has not only played an integral role in advancing Afro – Jazz music on the world stage but also showed the world the role of music in bringing social change," said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.

Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Ghetto Classics music programme based in Korogocho. Ghetto Classics has been supported by the Safaricom International Jazz Festival since 2014 and has so far received over KES 19 million, funds that have gone towards the purchase of music instruments and training of over 500 children from the slum and its environs.

"This year, in partnership with the Art of Music, which runs Ghetto Classics, we hope to scale up the programme to reach more talented kids in Kisumu and Mombasa," said Mr. Collymore.

The Safaricom Jazz Lounge will be preceded by the Safaricom Jazz Night, which will be held at the Hotel Intercontinental on 28th July 2016. A new addition to the corporate's jazz calendar, the event will kick off a series of monthly jazz concerts that will give Kenyan jazz musicians a platform to showcase their talent while at the same time meeting growing demand for quality live music performances.

Three bands selected from a round of competitive auditions will perform at the inaugural Jazz Night: Nairobi Horns Project, Mwai and The Truth and Shamsi Music.

"We decided to introduce monthly jazz nights to give a chance to more jazz musicians to perform for music fans, as we realised that there is a lot of talent that should be celebrated all year round and not just at the annual festival in February," said Mr. Collymore.

"There is also a lot of interest from up-and-coming jazz musicians from other African countries who would like to perform at the Jazz Festival, so to accommodate them we plan to feature them in the monthly shows," said Mr. Collymore.

The first edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival was held in February 2014 and was headlined by New-York based Cameroonian artist Richard Bona

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Nick Mutuma Is A Newly Wed In New Naija TV Series

Celebrated actor and TV host Nick Mutuma, has a made a comeback on your screens as he stars in a new romantic series dubbed "This is It", alongside Nigerian actress Chiagoziem Nwakanma.

LowlaDeeTV, the producers of the multiple award winning short film Brave, have released the official trailer of their maiden mini-series "This Is It" with actor Nick Mutuma as Tomide and Nigerian actress Chiagoziem Nwakanma as Dede.

This Is It is a romantic comedy drama mini-series directed by LowlaDee – (Dolapo Adeleke) that follows the first year journey of the young, clueless newlyweds Tomide and Dede. Season One documents the first 6 months of their nuptials.  The series narrates their journey through settling in a new life faced with random unexpected everyday issues.

The essence of the series is to showcase a lighthearted adjustment process of the very young fictional newlyweds.

"We are glad to work with one of Kenya's finest TV act, Nick Mutuma who has been instrumental in the growth of the local TV scene both in Kenya and Nigeria. His involvement in this project is a clear manifestation that African actors are able to stretch their limits for the growth of the industry." Said Dolapo Adeleke, Director, This Is It Series.

The film also stars Stan Nze, Bimbo Ademoye, Bukola Oladipupo, Teni Aladase and Chisom Ofor, with Olumide Oworu, Joyce Maina, Linda Osifo, Ben Touitou, Kunle Coker, Tosan ugbeye, Asa'ah Samuel, as exciting Guest Stars.

This Is It series premieres on the LowlaDeeTV Youtube channel, Tuesday 13th September 2016 and is powered by Doreen Media Africa.

Monday, 18 July 2016

This Is A Kenyan Filmmaker's Dream Cast For A Movie About The NYS Corruption Saga. It Stars Hollywood Greats....

She has worked on some of the top TV and film productions in the country. Dorothy Ghettuba has curved her own niche in the film and TV industry and has bagged a reputation as a hardworking producer and director.

The award-winning filmmaker is now thinking about making a moving about the country's biggest corruption scandal. The NYS Saga.

Dorothy posted on Facebook her dream cast for the movie.

"I will sincerly do this #NYSMovie," she wrote, "I will call it AFFIDAVITS."

She then went ahead and named her dream cast, "I have a Cast Wish List..."

"If I can get Rita Dominic to play Ann Waiguru, get that Somali chap Barkhad Abdi from that #CaptainPhillips movie to be Duale, see if Ojiambo Ainea can play the part of Senator Murkomen, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo has volunteered to play Josephine Kabura.....we are halfway there folks.

There is that fellow Vandamme who has been thrown under the bus so hard he cannot even believe it...he can play himself. He already has a superstars name.

There are many more folks to be cast and with each new day, new characters are added to the movie.

You can help me cast. We are in this together because in the words of the famous wise black men of Sauti Sol, we 'live and die in Africa.'

Isaac Gabantu Ecclesiastes make the movie poster already why don't you.

* Maqbul Mohammed has been cast by Renee Ngamau. I think he can make a very good Ben Gethi.

* Kui L Irungu will be cast to play the role of that Mbarire lady....Ann Waiguru's sister, I forget her first name."

Meet The Kenyan Hunk Representing Us At Mr World

Kevin Oduor is a Business Management student from Nairobi, he is the face that will be representing Kenya at this year's Mr World competition.

With an athletic build, he loves to play all kinds of sports, from football to kickboxing, and he is a keen musician, particularly the drums.

Aside from business, the 20-year-old is keen on modelling, and hopes to make a name for himself internationally in the future. His favourite music is gospel, and his favourite book is Ben Carson's Think Big.

"Situated on the East coast of Africa, Kenya is found on the equator, home to 42.7 million people from different cultural backgrounds but together as family."

Quick Questions

Q -What would a typical workout involve for you?
Fifteen minutes on the treadmill for a warm up, weights depending on the part of the body worked out and finish with a sprinting warm down.

Q -Who is your greatest role model? 
Kofi Annan. An individual who took his time to bring about peace in Kenya between our leaders during the post-election violence.

Q -What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
Running a 21k endurance race in the scorching sun

Q -Which challenge event do you feel most confident about?
Talent

Q -Why did you enter Mr World?
To prove to the world that a man has a purpose too, with his beauty and also to fully represent my country.

Source/ Mr World

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Kenyan Films Win Big At Zanzibar International Film Festival

Under the beautiful Zanzibar skies, ZIFF 2016 awarded some of the best films from across the globe.  ZIFF 2016 has seen over a week of film screenings and special events enjoyed by over 60 visiting filmmakers alongside hundreds of invited guests and thousands of Zanzibaris and visitors.
 
The Old Fort was the backdrop for the exciting Awards Night event that also saw the announcement of the theme and dates for ZIFF 2017, ZIFF's 20th anniversary edition – FINDING JOY, July 8th – 16th 2017.

East African films dominated the awards, with Rwanda's A Place for Myself winning three awards; The Sembene Ousmane Award, The Signis Prize, and the Golden Dhow for Best Short Film.

Kenya's Watatu also was recognized with 3 awards, including the coveted Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film, the Signis Prize and sharing the European African Film Festival Award alongside the Kenyan film Zawadi that also won two awards.

Directed by Nick Reding and, the film, Watatu, made by Kenya's leading arts for social change organization – SAFE Kenya – examines the rise of radicalization amongst young Muslims in Mombasa. Part drama, part documentary, and written in part by the citizens of Mombasa.

Directed by Richard Card – David Kinyanjui, Zawadiis a short film that tells a story in the Kenyan slums of Kibera where a ten-year-old boy hustles to provide for his family, taking him away from his crush on her birthday.

A Place for Myself, from Rwandan filmmaker Clementine Dusabejambo tells the of a five year old albino girl, Elikia. Due to her skin color her classmates make her realize that her being 'different' is more a problem than a special trait. While the neighborhood treats her as a stereotype, her mother encourages her. Together, they fight back and raise their voice to find a place for themselves.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

'I Have Never Solicited For A Bribe' - Singing Cop!

Singing Cop and police activist, Sammy Ondimu Ngare has written an emotional post about the ongoing castigation of service men branding them corrupt killers.

Sammy has objected to the blanket declarations that are directed at all cops.

In a Facebook post he says, "I have never, and I mean never ever been bribed. Neither have I solicited for a Bribe. I have never participated in corruption, neither have I even for a moment used my Police Status to harass, torture in any way or Kill an innocent Kenyan or any other person for that matter"

He continues, "I have been diligently serving the Citizens of Kenya with unmatched patriotism for many years under the oath of allegiance which I took upon my Graduation.


Sammy runs a socal media campaign dubbed #AskariNiBinadamu in which he call of Kenyans to view police men as humans who also have feelings like they do.

"There are thousands of other Police officers like me around the country, whose Fidelity to the law is unquestionable. The Police Service, like any other institution of the society I know of has a handful of bad elements who can be tempted to behave and practice contrary to the established laws, rules and regulations; but I have never, I am not and will never be one or part of them," Sammy wrote, "It is so unfortunate, unconstitutional, unfair and in bad faith that the Law Society of Kenya( ‪#‎LSK‬ ), Lawyers, International Jurist Mission(‪#‎IJM‬ ), None Governmental Organizations(‪#‎NGOs‬ ), Local and foreign Activists, Journalists, bloggers and a few Political Elements from various political affiliations think that we are all the same."

He added, "With a heart weighed down by lots of hate mongering and mudslinging against Police officers in the past few weeks, I will continue with all my strength to commit my self to the rule of law, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the universal declaration of human rights. I will execute my duties equally to all the public, citizens and foreigners alike; without fear, favour, malice nor illwill. SO HELP ME GOD ALMIGHTY.‪#‎AskariniBinadamu‬."

Friday, 15 July 2016

Strathmore Lecturer Explains Logic Behind Quoting Kendrick Lamar In Exam Question

It has become the most popular exam question in Kenya. It was shared on all social media platforms minutes after Strathmore University Students sat for it.

The virality of the exam question is hinged on the fact that featured a quote from hip hop mega star Kendrick Lamar.

The exam paper was for a business ethics class. The first question read: "If you get your first big cheque and you cop a chain before you buy a house. You're a vanity slave." In this song, "Vanity Slave," Mr Lamar speaks openly about mindless consumerism. Explain three dangers of consumerism.

Now, the lecturer who wrote the exam has explained why he used popular culture as a tool to examine his students.

"My students who are millennials do listen to hip-hop and I thought since we had covered the topic why not just surprise them with something they can relate with," Caleb Kandagor, an assistant lecturer in philosophy and ethics at Strathmore told Reuters.

Adding, "Probably they had listened to the song before and never given it a thought. It is a question they will remember for a lifetime. For me it is about making ethics real."

Eva Longoria And Trevor Noah Award Winners of Ksh 100M Fund To Help Save The World

The Venture, luxury whisky Chivas Regal's search to find and support the most innovative startups from across the world, rewarded five social enterprises the remaining share of their $1million annual fund at their Final Event in New York City.  The winners were announced after five grand finalists pitched in front of a live audience and judging panel that included actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria.

The event was the culmination of the second year of Chivas' The Venture, which received over 2,500 applications from scalable and sustainable social entrepreneurs. The evening was hosted by The Daily Show presenter, Trevor Noah who applauded all five entrepreneurs that pitched on their commitment to using business as a force for good. The judging panel which included Eva Longoria, Donald Shah, Joe Huff and Alexandre Ricard, assessed each business based on their ability to create sustainable change through a viable business model and potential to scale.

Social startup Conceptos Plásticos from Colombia was awarded the largest contribution from The Venture fund, receiving $300,000. Focusing on transforming plastic waste into construction material for permanent housing, Conceptos Plásticos creates much needed building materials for communities to establish a physical infrastructure. The additional finalists to receive funding and recognition were; WeFarm ($200k) – a pioneering knowledge-sharing platform for small scale farmers, EyeControl ($100k) – a mobile communication device for "locked-in" patients, Wakami ($100k) – producer of handmade fashion accessories that support community businesses across Guatemala, and Coolar ($50k) – an innovative healthcare cooling system enabling doctors to preserve lifesaving medicine in off-grid regions.

Eva Longoria congratulated each of the winners on the night:

"I was really inspired by the finalists tonight – I'm so grateful there are people in the world who can figure out solutions to complex global problems. We all live in a global community and I absolutely believe social entrepreneurship is the only way we can create positive change. The caliber of the 27 finalists, their business ideas and fresh thinking was amazing."

The Final Event was attended by a range of high profile entrepreneurs, business leaders and influencers from New York City and beyond. Also in the audience was Golden Globe nominated actor Oscar Isaac who starred in Chivas Regal's Win The Right Way film, which was aired to the 300-strong audience at the beginning of the night. 

Pernod Ricard's Chairman and CEO, and The Venture judge, Alexandre Ricard, said:

"It was truly a privilege to be part of the judging panel and watch the five finalists pitch for the remaining $750,000 of funding. Businesses like Conceptos Plásticos and WeFarm are great examples of how innovative, passionate and forward-thinking the social entrepreneurship movement is. Chivas is proud to support the global community of businesses that are on a mission to make a positive change in the world – I look forward to seeing the impact of these projects in the future.­­­"

Chivas' The Venture launched in September 2014 and has already seen the 16 finalists from the first year of the competition thrive and have an increased impact on a range of social and environmental issues. The 16 Alumni social enterprises are now supporting more than 200,000 beneficiaries in over 50 countries around the world.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Larry Madowo Pens Sacarstic Birthday Message While Taking Pot Shots At Online Trolls

Kenya's popular TV face, Larry Madowo celebrates his birthday today. The NTV news anchor celebrated turning a year older by looking back to his naive young days.

Larry Madowo took to his Instagram and penned a long post about his achievements or lack thereof...

He wrote:
"I got my first job on TV when I was just 20, a wide-eyed, skinny village boy with big city dreams who had just dropped out from Daystar because my accent had not caught up. On this my birthday it has hit me how little I have achieved in the years since: I remain unmarried and keep no small animals. Growing up in front of the camera contained all the excitement of a root canal without the motivation of a pretty dentist. I was taken apart for being too skinny, too dumb, too ugly, too basic to be worthy of the high office of reading aloud on television. But I rambled on, thanks to an abundance of wine and good humour. Seeing as I am severely lacking in the skills or talents department, I stuck around and somehow managed to fail up to a moderately acceptable career in broadcast. Now with 30 dangerously close, the internet still disapproves of how I look, how I sound; even how I breathe. Mercifully, I'm old enough not to care. After all, we live in a world where anyone can grow up to become anything, including a failure. Those types usually lurk in online comment sections, compensating for their disillusionment with life by attacking others. Here's to judgement by strangers, here's to wanderlust, here's to unmerited favour and blessings, here's to living the dream. Next time, please send money instead but thanks for all the birthday wishes ‪#‎TBT‬"

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Ghana’s Efya Gushes Over Uganda's Eddy Kenzo As He Teaches Her Some Luganda

Ugandan BET Award Winner Eddy Kenzo - the mastermind behind East Africa's Most Viewed Music Video 'Sitya Loss' makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa this year!

Eddy has been paired with Ghana's vocal powerhouse - Efya. Straight from releasing her debut album: Janesis, Efya is among Ghana's top music acts to feature on Coke Studio Africa for the first time on the upcoming fourth season.

In an exclusive interview Efya says, "It's always special to be first in some projects and I will make the best out of this opportunity to represent my country so that my sound isn't just heard but not forgotten. I want to take with me a structure to be able to fuse my sounds so that when fans from Africa hear a Ghanianian artiste singing they don't feel like it's too foreign, they can easily adapt to my sound," adding, "I am also excited to be singing in Luganda."

Eddy will be collaborating with Efya and Kenyan producer Madtraxx on Coke Studio Africa. He says, "I am just me – I am real and I love Efya's energy. Together we will make sure Africa sees the best from our countries, music fans across Africa will discover the best of Ugandan culture – that's what I plan to show."

Efya is super thrilled to be working with Kenzo. She says, "He's a great guy to work with. I got to know of him right after I watched 'Sitya Loss' video with millions of views."

Efya has also collaborated with Ghanaian artiste Stonebwoy (also set to feature on Coke Studio Africa season 40 on her new album. She promises to put some soul in everything Eddy Kenzo brings her way! This promises to be one of the biggest songs uniting East and West Africa this year!

Coming soon ...

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Saxophonist Gerry Wainaina Is The Newest Celeb Dad In Town

13613525_877621332342955_7092241562340149137_o_Easy-Resize.com 


Today, Jazz star and gospel artiste Gerry Wainaina his wife Viorica Aurora welcomed their first born child.


The Mchanganyo hit singer proudly announced the arrival of their beautiful bouncing baby girl.

Gerry said the bundle of joy was born a few minutes after 4pm at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi, weighing in at a cool 2.98 kilograms.

The singer and pro-saxophonist took to his social media pages to make the big announcement.

He wrote: "#‎BreakingNews‬ ‪#‎GoodNews‬ ‪#‎PraiseGod‬ Its a ‪#‎BabyGirl‬ and she is here with us Glory to God... ‪#‎DOB_12_7_2016‬ ‪#‎Time‬ 4.08pm 2.98kgs ‪#‎KarenHospital‬ ‪#‎gerrieywavmilele‬ and the ‪#‎Gerrieywavlet‬ ‪#‎kenyamerica_romania‬ [sic]."




Gerriey Wainaina and wife Viorica Aurora.




Monday, 11 July 2016

Suits And Mics Takes It Back To The Basics With Swahili Sessions

Kenya's premier hip hop and live performance event, Suits And Mics is back for its 7th Edition. This time round the theme is exciting.

Set for July 16 at the Michael Joseph Centre, the organisers have dubbed this edition Swahili Sessions.

"The music is unique and different, hard to find on radio and this edition promises nothing but fresh music and sounds," said the brains behind Suits And Mics, rapper Jemedari.

He continued, "Suits And Mics seeks to showcase a higher level of music presentation and delivery, while providing a classy ambience for music lovers to mingle and enjoy the music on offer."

Besides rapper Jemedari, this edition will be headlined by Halisi The Band, Jerry Ogallo and Fused The Band.

"The artists performing here are in a rare class of live performers and are thus unique acts on any stage," Jemedari said, "All Suits And Mics' acts are great stage performers and carry unique signature sounds. Halisi the Band are a unique blend of vocals never heard before, Jerry is an amazing songwriter and performer, Fused is the dopest band we've have heard in a while and Jemedari is... Jemedari."

He added, "Come expecting intimate performances and very intricate performances is what the show promised. Halisi The Band are the gasoline, Jerry is the fire, Fused bring the oxygen and Jemedari lays the platform. Nothing but warm, life giving fire."

There is a surprising twist to this edition as the attendees will get to be the first to sample Jemedari's new material.

The rapper revealed, "I shall use this as a listening session for his new material ahead of an album release later this year. Music lovers will get a chance to chip in in terms of the creative direction of the final album."

Advance tickets are available until July 15, for Ksh 300 while gate charges are Ksh 500.
Ticket Hotline: 0738-927893.