Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Nigeria this week on his first trip to Africa, using his time in the country to visit the Yaba technology hub in Lagos, meet with developers and partners, and explore Nollywood.
Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
One of his first stops on the trip was to visit a 'Summer of Code Camp' at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria.
CcHub opened in 2011 and at the time didn't even have an office. Five years later they fill three floors and the roof of a building. At CcHub people can learn how to code, developers can get help launching their first products, and find mentors and funding.
At CcHub Zuckerberg met with developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria. Life Bank saves lives by mobilizing blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed.
After visiting CcHub Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said:
“This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I'll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can.
“The first place I got to visit was the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I'm looking forward to meeting more people in Nigeria.”
Mark then went to Andela, an engineering organization that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa.
Andela is a business that recruits the most talented technologists in Africa and shapes them into world-class developers through a four-year technical leadership program. In the two years since it was founded, Andela has accepted just over 200 engineers from a pool of more than 40,000 applicants. Andela developers spend six months mastering a technical stack and contributing to open source projects before being placed with global technology companies as full-time, distributed teammates, working out of Andela headquarters in Lagos and Nairobi.
Earlier this year, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company's innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa.
Seni Sulyman, Director, Andela Lagos, said: “We are excited and honored to welcome Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos. His visit reinforces not only his support of Andela’s mission, but his belief that indeed the next generation of great technology leaders will come out of Lagos, Nigeria and cities across Africa. Andela has created a platform for passionate, driven software developers and engineers to break into the global tech ecosystem, but the barriers to entry are still very high. Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they’ve caught the attention of the tech world, and they are capable of succeeding on a truly global level."
At the end of the day Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook's Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
The 14th Edition of the #KorogaFestival proudly presents Cameroon makossa legend Sam Fan Thomas!!! Also performing will be the Godfather of South African House music OSKIDO and Kenya's latest sensation GILAD.
It's going down on Sunday 18th September 2016 at the Arboretum Gardens.
Advance tickets are available on ticketsasa.com for Ksh 2000. Entry is free for kids under 12 years of age.
Food and drinks from outside are not allowed into the venue. Watch one of his top music video below.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Kenyan comedian has demystified the 'enigma' that is Tanzanian star, Diamond Platnumz.
In a hilarious 8 minute video, Eric gives a tutorial on how fans can emulate Diamond and be just like him.
Reactions to the video are super hilarious.
One fan wrote, "Hahahahaha hauna akili Eric Omondi."
"Hahahahaha, you're mad bro. I love what you do, keep it up," added another.
"Lol! Eric Omondi a fool for this! 😂😂😂😂 He always entertains me! That was a good one. Keep them coming!" another said.
Now, Eric plans to go drag, to shoot a similar video on controversial singer and mother of six, Akothee.
Watch the Diamond lampoon video below.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Kenyan music diva, Victori Kimani is signed to the Kenyan wing of Nigerian based Chocolate City Music & Entertainment Company label. She stands wto benefit from a new digital deal the label got into with a global music distributer.
Chocolate City Music & Entertainment Company has signed a deal with Pan-African music company Africori to handle worldwide digital distribution. The label has released music from acclaimed recording artists including; M.I., Femi Kuti, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, DJ Lambo, DJ Calse, Victoria Kimani, Dice Alles, Koker & Pryse to name a few.
Africori Music Group (AMG) is the leading pan-African digital music company on the continent, with offices in Johannesburg and London and representation in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda.
Africori provides digital music solutions and services to artists, producers, publishers and record labels in Africa. Their key activities are digital distribution of African music, licensing of African catalogue music to advertising agencies, film and TV production companies, and worldwide revenue collection.
Africori represents a range of prestigious African artists including Sauti Sol (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) (Becca (Ghana) and Sean Tizzle (Nigeria), and a number of key record labels in the shape of Essiebons (Ghana), African Cream Music and Family Tree (South Africa).
Founder and CEO of Africori, YoelKenan:
” Chocolate City is undeniably one of the most influential labels in Africa. We jointly aspire & share common visions & goals. The digital music business in Africa is evolving rapidly. Therefore it is only a natural progression that key industry players join forces to improve & better leverage the best opportunities for the artists. We look forward to working with Jude ‘M.I.’ Abaga and his dynamic team in promoting and distributing the best music from Africa around the world.”
CEO of Chocolate City, Jude Abaga:
“African music is blowing up and in order to fairly compensate our artistes in terms of royalty payments etc. it is necessary to put appropriate structures in place; Africori’s proven track record is that structure”.
For the first time in Kenya, there will be a dedicated celebrity golf torunament. Dubbed Tee At 1000 Golf, the tournament was unveiled at the Lavington offices of TVC with a practical tutorial on the sport. In attendance was Frasha, Wyre the Love Child, Shaffie Weru, Nonini, Kenzo, Vivian, comedian Owago Onyiro and DJ Lenium among others.
"We want to redefine golfing and introduce it to the celebrities," TVC boss, Maurice Okoth told The Star's Word Is, "The tournament will introduce the sport to a number of top personalities who will get memberships to some of the best Kenyan golf clubs and will get to keep fit, bond, do business and have fun while at it."
Thursday, 11 August 2016
Fans felt cheated when the much talked about 'wedding' between Akothee and her mzungu beautiful turned out to be a music video scene.
Now, there is a high probability that mtoto wa mama a.k.a Bahati has pulled a similar stunt. He has acquires an on-screen wifey for his new music project.
Micro blogger Xtian Dela posted a photo of Bahati standing next to a woman dressed in a pristine white wedding gown.
He captioned the photo, "Wow!! Congratulations bro!!! Very proud of you! This is a huge step in life."
Cynical fans called out Bahati on social media, saying it is a music project and he should market it as such.
American recording artiste, songwriter and actress Mya Marie Harrison and her fellow music icon Ginuwine landed in Nairobi early yesterday ahead of the Saturday, The Plot, concert, a mega show that will also feature another 90s great 112.
The 1979-born Grammy Award winner known for her international mega hits among them Case of Ex (2002) and My Love is Like…Wo (2003) among others was all cheers as she joined Ginuwine to a warm welcome by fans who meet the two at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The two are the second bunch of internationals to arrive after their technical team and road managers arrived yesterday ahead of the much-hyped show to take place at the Waterfront, Ng'ong Racecourse.
A third lot that is led by one of the 90s sensational American boy-bands, 112, is expected in today evening.
The two landed a day after their road managers and technical teams arrived in Nairobi and ahead of 112, the third group slated for the show. 112 will be arriving today evening.
Grammy nominee Ginuwine, whose real name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin was born in Washington and is popular for having released numerous albums among them Ginuwine…the Bachelor, The Life, The Senior and Back II the Basics among others.
The Plot 2.0, a concert that has been organised by Property Reality Company (PRC) is turning out to be the biggest music concert in Nairobi this year with over 3,000 fans having been reported having purchased tickets.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
stable with emphasis on digital marketing.
the dynamism and professionalism exhibited by the station's digital and
region. We are keen on remaining at the top and that's why we chose to partner with TVC", Dennis Njenga, the Managing Director of Kaka Empire was quoted as saying.
assured Kaka Empire that his able team will put the stable where it rightly
from this able team", the CEO said.
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Sudi Boy took to Instagram to remember his late girlfriend's birthday.
He posted the photo of his dead girlfriend followed by a touching message.
Here is what he wrote...
Tarehe ya Leo mwezi huu ndio ilikuwa birthday yako nakumbuka marayamwisho ulinambia utaskia poa kama utaifanyia Tanzania nakamakweli mungu aliitikia dua yako nakuifanyia huko ingawa sikukuwepo yani dah hayoyote nasema niya MUNGU .kikubwa sitochoka kukuombea kwa #MWENYEZIMUNGU akuepushe nadhabu zakaburini #happybirthday kipenzi changu hatakama hauko tena siwezi sahau sikuhii yaleo R.I.PA photo posted by NTUNZIE (@sudiboy254) on
Ugandan star Jose Chameleone is in town. The singer jetted in to Nairobi on Sunday 31st July, aboard KQ 415 in style from Entebbe. He is in the country to attend this Season’s Coke Studio Africa recording. He flew in an Embraer E190 aircraft, business class to be precise.
The menu, I hear was stir fried chicken, fried noodles with vegetables and carrots or vegetable ratatouille, two color rice and mixed bean casserole.
Both meals were also served with coffee or a selection of Kenya herbal teas.
Chameleone was accorded priority check –in, priority boarding, priority disembarkation, photo opportunities with the cabin crew as well as priority Immigration checks, with the guidance of a KQ staff member.
Anyhow, if you are a fan of the Ugandan legend, I have compiled his top hits. Enjoy.
Pam Pam featuring Ketchup
My Darling Featuring Elani
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The Hennessy Cypher kicks off for another year running, it features some of the biggest Hip Hop stars in the music scene & just like in it's previous year the Hennessy Cypher returns as a part of the Hennessy Artistry celebration of Hip Hop.
Majors of the Nigerian Hip Hop industry like Vector, Jesse Jagz, Show Dem Camp, Ill Bliss, Loose Kanyon along with revered underground rappers had come together to deliver some of the hottest bars & lyrics. Usually in groups these Hip Hop heavyweights display their ability to recite words rapidly and rhythmically over an instrumental backing to form a perfect blend of Hip Hop music.
This year some of the biggest names in Hip Hop have converged again to deliver the best of lyricism and wordplay. This year, the Cypher will be released weekly starting from the 4th of August this week on all major online platforms and on Trace TV.
Here is a preview about her interview from True Love.
"LADY JAY DEE graces our August issue. She opens up about why she dumped hubby over dinner, wants to sing with Usher, & will never bleach her skin. Inside we have 43 WAYS TO HAVE FUN THIS MONTH, Eat, play, cook, colour, clean, laugh, dance, tease & many more
KENYA'S LOST GIRLS And the woman who is saving them one at a time What's your language of love and can you speak his?
WHAT'S IN YOUR CUPPA?- The health benefits of tea
MORTGAGES - An expert answers your questions..."
Sunday, 31 July 2016
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 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
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
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.
Instagram: @CokeStudioAfrica and @CocaCola_NG
Facebook: Coca-Cola - www.facebook.com/cocacola
Radio personality and social activist Adelle Onyango calls for action against violence in relationships
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
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
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
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!"