Monday, 5 December 2016
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Joy Doreen was arrested after giving an eye-witness account of the fighting that has left 55 people, including 14 police officers, dead in Kasese.
She was apprehended alongside her Kenyan fiance, Newton Kungu and three friends on Sunday and taken to Central police station in Kasese.
A post on her Facebook account, that was later deleted, read: “It’s so sad what I’ve witnessed today… Part of the palace of the kingdom I’m from, the Rwenzururu kingdom, burning down…” Her friend Rosebell Kagumire wrote on Twitter: “Family members said the military came to the home and demanded photos (Biira) had taken of the attack on the palace."
Ugandan police spokesman Felix Kaweesi told NBS television on Monday that Biira was arrested for taking pictures. “Police asked her about her motive for taking the pictures and why she did not abide by the law. They had a concern… She had to tell them what she was doing.”
Kaweesi noted photography had not been prohibited but that operations require procedures that Biira may not have followed.
“I think she misbehaved. She might have accessed a cordoned-off area.”
They were detained at Kasese Police station before being released on Monday afternoon.
Now, the police has charged Joy Doreen with abetting terrorism.
The four will report to Kasese Police station on December 8, to answer to the said charges.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Kenya's Singing Cop Sammy Ondimu Ngare Calls Out Politicians For Their Duplicitous Statements About Corruption In The Force
Popular Kenyan cop Sammy Ondimu Ngare known for his social campaign #AskariNiBinadamu has written a strongly worded opinion piece about how politician treat their bodyguards.
This article was inspired by ulcerations by politicians who claimed the force is mered with rampant corruption and that they are paid for doing nothing.
In his opinion piece, Sammy, highlights the lifestyle of a mheshimiwa's bodyguard. He does this in a bid to shed light into the life of a man in the force. This is in line with his social campaign, #AskariNiBinadamu for Kenyan citizens to view policemen as human.
Here is his opinion piece on the matter.
Ukisimama kwa podium unaongea mbaya kutuhusu.. "Ooh nyinyi ni wajinga, kazi yenu ni kupokea hongo tu, mnatumika vibaya, kazi imewashinda, tunawalipa mishahara bure na hamfanyi kazi..."
Imagine unapoongea haya yote niko nyuma yako kama mlinzi (bodyguard). Hebu fikiria naingia job mapema na kutoka late usiku wa manane.watoto wangu hawanijui maana natoka asubuhi na nikirudi washalala. Weekends hautaki niwe na familia yangu wataka nikupeleke kwenye starehe ujienjoy na wenzako. Mkutanapo kwenye starehe zenu sisi twabaki kwa magari tukinyosha viti tukilala tukisubiri simu zenu. Wala lunch ya 7k, pesa yatosha kulipia mtoi wangu shule. Dinner pekee yalipia rent familia yangu. Uingiapo kwako outside kuna colleague yuapigwa na baridi kukupa security. Hata haumjui kwa jina. Usiku usikiapo risasi zikilia wampigia simu na kutaka kujua ni nini mbaya. Nikichelewa kufika kazini asubuhi wapigia wadosi wangu na kuwaambia uwongo wote vile mimi ni mbaya.
Juzi nimewaona waheshimiwa kwa vyombo vya habari mkisema mtahamisha Askari wote toka kwa county, nashangaa wale mnataka wazuri watatoka wapi. Sijawahi kuona hata siku moja polisi twasifiwa kwa kazi njema tulofanya na sio eti hatufanyi. Hebu jiulize mhesh, uko na askari anakulinda usiku na mchana ushawahi take your time kujua yuaishi vipi? Anakula nini? Watoto wake wanasomea wapi?
Bungeni hautetei maslahi yangu, wajua mshahara wangu hata sio nusu ya entertainment allowance yako. Je, mheshimiwa wajua kuwa mimi ni mwanadamu kama wewe? Wewe ukiumia hata kama ni headache wabebwa na ndege hadi ngambo kwa matibabu zaidi, mimi hata hiyo ndege siijui vile inakaa ndani, sijui kama iko na steering, brake, clutch ama gears...huwa naiona tu kwa TV, gazeti na maybe nikikupeleka airport naona ikitake off.
#Askari_ni_Binadamu. Kama sio wewe mheshimiwa, Nani basi atatusaidia? Natumahi kilio changu utakisikia na utashugulikia maslahi yangu..
Kumbuka ukinitusi mimi ni mjinga, yule ako nyuma yako kama bodyguard sio eti ni tofauti na sisi.
Mola akulinde nami anilinde pia, tunapoendelea kuhudumia wakenya.
Mola aibariki Kenya yetu.
Monday, 21 November 2016
The two were launched last Thursday, 17th November.
TelevistaTV, which was launched on DStv channel 194 on all DStv packages, is dedicated to the best of Africa's TV series and Telenovelas from around the world. The programming offering will bring a wide range of themes for the whole family to enjoy including traditional romance stories, drama, mystery, action and adventure with high quality production values and featuring top talent from the Telenovela industry and African TV drama/series circuit. TelevistaTV is dedicated to the most compelling telenovelas from Portugal, Spain and even India mixed with brilliant local TV series for the whole family.
Another addition to the DStv family is Trybe, which was launched on channel 195 across all DStv packages. Trybe is a 24-hour channel that provides the best of African movies cutting across all genres, up to date news on the industry, spotlight the fastest rising talents; no-holds barred interview with the A-list stakeholders across the continent; exclusive access to premieres and other movie events; and an all-round exciting African programming. Trybe is another hot new destination for all things Nollywood in Africa.
On Trybe, Up Close & Personal will give viewers the opportunity to find out who the movers and shakers of the movie industry are and how they live. Every day, viewers can also catch an array of classic and latest African movies; the latest news and gossip on your favourite celebrities on Reverb News; exclusive interview with stars, icons and celebrities on One on One and more. Trybe will be available to all DStv subscribers (DStv Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium) on Channel 195.
“We welcome the addition of the Consolidated Media Associates (CMA) Group’s channels, Trybe and Televista to the DStv platform. These two channels will bring our valued DStv subscribers access to additional general entertainment content, which further enhances their home television entertainment experience and ensure that there is something for the whole family to watch this holiday season,” said MultiChice GM. “The launch of Trybe will also add to the local content available on the platform which is line with our commitment of promoting local entertainment to uplift the local broadcasting industry to greater heights.”
Friday, 18 November 2016
A Lesos-based Electronics repairer yesterday joined the list of millionaires in town after bagging the Kshs 22,842,642 Million SportPesa Jackpot.
Shadrack Kitur was beside himself when he found out he had won the millions and had to wait till morning to digest the news as he had never imagined coming across that amount of money.
He even restarted his phone thinking it could be a software issue but the message remained and it dawned on him that he is indeed the newest millionaire in town after correctly predicting the outcomes of 13 football matches.
Kitur started betting last year but the highest amount he won was Kshs 2,000. He didn't give up hope and continued betting having saved to buy a smart phone.
Married with two children, Kitur says his wife has always supported his betting and ensures he does so responsibly.
"I normally place my bets after I close my shop which is mostly in the evenings," he said.
"I like the fact that SportPesa payouts are instant," he added.
Sportpesa advocates for responsible betting to ensure customers enjoy the experience in every aspect.
The new millionaire in town is a Manchester City fan.
Kitur plans to expand his business by importing more accessories, build a home as well as houses for rent to sustain his income.
SportPesa recently launched a USSD code to enable clients who have no smartphones or access to computers enjoy the benefits of playing on its platform for free.
The introduction of the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) will bring on board sports fans and gaming enthusiasts previously locked out of the SportPesa platform because they did not have smartphones and computers to access the site or app.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Kenyan/Congolese power vocalist - Alicios - of the hit song Mpita Njia featuring Ugandan songstress Juliana Kanyomozi, is back with a new music video – ANITA. The new single set to feature in her upcoming music project is written by Alicios and produced by RKay. Alicios also co-directed the video alongside Tanzanian video directors: Joowzey and Lucas of Joh Filmz.
Alicios speaks about the afro-zouk/rumba song: "I am very happy to release the music video, especially after the successful interaction I had with my fans during the "Anita Challenge" across my social media platforms. I want my fans to keep singing and dancing to ANITA. They always ask me to sing to them in Lingala so now I'm also asking them to sing me ANITA in Lingala too.''
ANITA is based on a true story with a storyline revolving around a home wrecker – a story about a woman wanting to discontinue the relationship between herself and her childhood friend because all she does is break people's homes. It's a message to women of similar behavior to be cautious of karma and life's ironic twist." The music video was shot in Tanzania and scripted by Alicios. She says of the location, "It was at a perfect location in Uswahilini, a place called Gongo la Mboto," adding, "It was fun despite the heat from the sun."
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
The CEO of TruBlaq took to social media to update his fans on how he is doing.
"I had promised that I would post updates on my situation unfortunately I have not been able to do this.
You see, three weeks ago I began having problems with my sight, started of as double vision and then everything went black.
This is a major setback to my recovery. Imagine doing physiotherapy and occupational therapy in absolute darkness. At first, I was completely down cast, but as the days have gone along, I've decided I'm not helpless.
Praise Be To God!
I am believing for my full healing. In the meantime I'm going to sharpen my other senses.
They say Disability is not Inability and there are many who have trodden this path before me so I've decided to come back to work today. I was listening to the book of Daniel and there's the story of Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, they faced Nebuchadnezzar and refuse to bow down to the idol. The king was furious and threatens them by death through the furnace. They tell him their God will save them.
BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT, they still won't bow down to the idol. You see sometimes in our lives things don't go the way we want them too, But we should always remember to count our blessings. When we pray, the answer is YES, NO and WAIT.
If its NO or WAIT, hold first to God's promise, everything will be alright.I'm trusting God for my full healing. Since my brain is working, I'm consulting with my team to have a huge and successful event on the 17th of December dubbed.
THE GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA!
We are working really hard to get me back on my feet.
By the way the scans we were waiting for on the 4th Nov, mostly checked out, I give God the Glory!
See you at the Extravaganza on the 17th December with Ron Kenoly featuring Pitson, Size8, Willy Paul, Christina Shusho, Esther Wahome, Dj Mo, Ben Githae, Mercy Masika, Solomon Mkubwa.
Gates open at 4pm.
Thank you and Keep Praying."
(Notice I called you an artist, not a rapper)
Now, more than ever, Hiphop needs you. Not because you are dope, not because you have bars, not because you write great punchlines... Kenya's Hiphop needs you because for the last few years, it has been reduced from the most powerful genre of social expression and entertainment to what it is now - a stunted fringe activity that society lets its high school graduates indulge in as they find their path through life. Dear Kenyan Hiphop artist, when did you give up? When did you decide that WaPi was it for you? When did you stop pushing the boundaries? When did you lose sight of the big picture and settle for selling two mixtapes a day? When did your hunger die? When did you choose to quench your thirst with substandard third grade liquor instead of knowledge?
Corporate Kenya sees you as an "add on". After the over hyped international acts, then the mediocre yet overplayed "local guy", you'll be on stage for 30 minutes as they wait for the venue to fill up or as they wait for the main act to arrive. Your punchlines will be drowned as the sound guy is still checking his levels and you'll be pushed off stage as soon as a cute chic asks why "Dj Nanii" has not started playing.
Hiphop needs new music, new faces, a new personality and new spaces. Hiphop needs to evolve and grow. Hiphop needs to sit in boardrooms in agencies and say how good it can push value for brands.
Hiphop needs to go to Koroga festival and show how versatile in can be standing next to Koffi Olomide and Awilo Longomba on stage. Hiphop needs to sit in radio studios and hold conversations during prime time.
Hiphop needs its own voice in TV and radio. Hiphop needs to be at more shows and have more photos online. Hiphop needs to learn how to document it's movements better.
Hiphop needs to be in Alliance Francaise, in a movie soundtrack in Hollywood or at least Riverwood. Hiphop needs to be in schools drama festivals, food festivals, sitting next to Ngugi Wa Thio'ngo at literary events or at the KIE discussing inclusion of Kalamashaka lyrics in Fasihi
Hiphop, especially Kenyan Hiphop, needs you!
This battle is bigger than your beef, bigger than your 200 pax show, bigger than your T-shirt brand, bigger than your NGO endorsement, bigger than your little weed franchise.
Step up or step away!
No movement without moves
Monday, 14 November 2016
Coke Studio has made it easier to enjoy watching and listening to music from the TV show via a mobile phone.
Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa has launched the Coke Studio Mobile App, available on both the Google play store and the Samsung store.
The mobile application is built on the Android platform and it enables its users to stream, download and create playlists of music from Coke Studio Africa Season 2, 3 and 4.
The Coke Studio Mobile App launch is timely and relevant for the African continent, particularly in Kenya where there is a high mobile subscriber rate of 70% and growing smart phone usage. A 2014 study by Ericson predicts that mobile subscriptions will reach 930 million in 2019. This growth is attributed to the growing advancements in network, accessibility of cheaper smart phones and data plans.
Speaking during the launch, Simon Kariithi, the Internet and Mobile Director for Samsung Electronics East Africa expounded on their involvement with the app.
“Samsung is a global leader in innovation, and we always have our consumers at heart. By embracing a platform like the Coke Studio mobile app, we believe that we have an opportunity to create great experiences for our esteemed consumers as they discover new music. Hosting this application on our Galaxy Apps store is part of our ongoing commitment to technology and consumer trends,” he said.
The app, which gives consumers a chance to listen to and discover music from over 50 African artists, is available in 5 languages: English, French, Portuguese, Swahili and Amharic, making it a truly Pan-African experience.
Waithera Kabiru, Digital Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Central, East & West Africa, expounded on the role the app will play on the consumer journey.
“We are very excited to launch the Coke Studio mobile app, as it will enable millions of youth around Africa who love music to be able to access great content on their phones. Through the mobile app, users are able to listen to content on demand from the TV show via audio streaming or video, and download the music or create playlists for future listening” she said. “It’s truly a revolutionary experience”.
Ni Jimmy Gait Tena! Gospel Star Takes Kenyans Trolling Him Online AS A Stepping Stone To Launch New Single
Jimmy Gait has been trending for all the wrong reasons. Kenyan online have been making memes about his possible song titles based on the topic of discussion.
Most times the themes of the songs are drawn from the sponsor phenomenon, corruption, the 'Sipendangi Ujinga' jokes and Donald Trump winning the election among others things.
He took the bull by it's horns and decided to own the narative.
The Muhadhara singer posted this flier on his social media causing a trending topic.
The flier was accompanied by this message, "Hi good people. #JimmyGaitTena I have been following closely on the suggestions you have been giving me... Finally, I now have a new release coming out in a few...Guess the tittle of the song."
Sunday, 13 November 2016
In The Street Is My Pulpit, Ntarangwi forges an uncommon collaboration with his subject that offers insights into Juliani's art and goals even as Ntarangwi explores his own religious experience and subjective identity as an ethnographer.
What emerges is an original contribution to the scholarship on hip hop's global impact and a passionate study of the music's role in shaping new ways of being Christian in Africa.
"A very provocative, fascinating, even entertaining peek into the youthful ferment under way in African Christianity."--Emmanuel Katongole, author of The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa
"Reading The Street Is My Pulpit is refreshing in diverse ways. It is a lesson on the intersection between creativity and social media in Africa, a continent that is reaping the benefits of information technologies in fundamental ways. The book is also a journey into ethnographic research in the digital age."--Kimani Njogu, author of Youth and Peaceful Elections in Kenya
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
The world has to content with a Donald Trump win.
Janet Mbugua also weighed in on the Trump win,
"Remind me again why we're surprised by this turn of events? ???? It's almost like Clinton herself didn't believe in the 'I'm With Her' chant; the Democratic campaign at times seemed a little fatigued," She wrote on her facebook.
Adding, "Plus the US (and most of the West and heck, many countries around the world) remains sexist and racist and deeply polarized."
The Citizen TV news anchor continued,"Also, I feel like Trump represents the end of the era of the so called 'elitist' world leaders. He plays to the tune of 'the people'...as does Duterte of the Philippines and SA's Zuma. The tide has changed...and it's a bitter pill for many to swallow."
Janet concluded, "Still, this is just heartbreaking. It's sad. It's surreal that he seems set to win this race."
Monday, 7 November 2016
The Kenyan modelling and fashion scene has come of age. With Kenyan-born models making it big on the world stage, it’s time to put the spotlight on the flourishing scene and promote our very own.
The event aims at discovering and nurturing models to horn their skills ready for the modeling agencies, advertisers, fashion houses and designers of this world.
He adds, “Sometimes it can be daunting to make it big in this industry but for those looking to become Kenyan models, we've made it easier for you.”
What do the top models stand to win apart from the unmatched exposure they will get?
Winner: KSh.100,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Zanzibar 1st Runners-Up: KSh.40,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Dar-es-Salaam 2nd Runners-Up: Ksh.20,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Malindi
Other prizes include KSh.10,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Coast for special categories winners as well a gift hamper for each participant.
Miss Glamorous Kenya 2016/17 will be taking place on the 17th December, 2016 at the CUEA University from 7PM.
To participate in the event, contact Affrik Models through email: email@example.com or call 0714858757/0733570592 to book your audition appointment.
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Rapper Femi One has released a new song, Jah.
The song is a celebration of how far Femi One has come in her music career.
This comes after Femi released a diss song aimed at over six Kenyan female artistes.
Here it is.
Moving on, Femi describes her new song Jah.
"I am just thanking God for the blessing. This song means a lot to me because Jah is a big step in my career and I have grown as an artiste and a brand too," says Femi One.
Jah was produced by the talented Ricco Beatz and mixed and mastered by Richie G of ATL Entertainment.
"Ricco Beatz is a talented producer who understands what i want and the direction i want to go," says Femi One.
The video was directed by N.X.T a talented duo, Qbick and Lawdak from Zambia.
Watch the new release below.
Monday, 31 October 2016
The invitees were close family members and their close pals or significant others.
After the birthday party, Janet Mbugua and Eddie took Baby Huru for a visit at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Here is where they presented him with his gift.
Janet revealed, "Some of you have asked me what we got #BabyHuru for a birthday gift? We adopted an elephant for him named Ambo, from the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi. I hope one day he understands the importance of #ElephantConservation 🐘❤️ #BabyHuruMilestones #BabyHuruTurns1."
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has saved over 150 orphaned infant calves, which would otherwise have perished.
More importantly, every one of these orphans can look forward to a quality of life in wild terms, living free in Tsavo East National Park protected by their new extended orphaned family and friends amongst the wild herds.
Now that Janet and Eddie have adopted an elephant, this is what Baby Huru - through his parents - will get.
A monthly summary highlighting events of the previous month together with a direct link to the ‘Keepers Diary’ for the elephant. In the diary you will be able to access the daily calendar entries and the monthly photos. Along with the update they will receive a collectible monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.
Check out photos from the birthday party.
The final edition of BLAZE Be Your Own Boss youth summits kicked off in Kisumu last Saturday 29th October attracting thousands of youth from the Nyanza and Western region. This follows other summits which were held in Eldoret, Thika, Mombasa, Nairobi and Nakuru.
Kenya's most talked about female songstress, Akothee was moved by the overwhelming support she received at her homecoming events this past weekend.
Akothee jetted back into the country on Saturday afternoon after a victorious stint in the United States Of America where she bagged two prestigious awards.
The Yuko Moyoni hitmaker was recognised for her role in the Kenyan and East African music industry at the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA), an outfit that prides itself to be the sole award ceremony in Diaspora that caters to all musical genres.
“I broke down in tears when I saw my fans, family and woman group come to receive me at the airport,” Akothee said, “I am lucky to have loyal fans and such a supportive family. I'm deeply touched. I couldn't believe that the woman's group I'm supporting in the village made it to receive me.”
In the evening, Akothee hosted an exclusive black and white red red carpet cocktail party at Sankara from 6pm. In attendance was her father a former D.O Joshua Owino Kokeyo and her mother, Migori MCA Hon. Monica Yunita Kokeyo – who will also be contesting for the same seat in 2017.