Thursday, 20 October 2016
Songstress Achieng Abura died at Kenyatta National Hospital while undergoing treatment on Mashujaa Day.
This is a big loss to the Kenyan music fraternity.
The former Tusker Project Fame Principal was admitted at KNH’s private wing on October 13 and was undergoing treatment for undisclosed illness. She passed on at around 6pm on October 20.
Early this month, the artiste through her social media page indicated that her health was not good, and that doctors had advised her to gain more weight, then lose it through exercising. It is unfortunate that we have lost one of the local greatest talent.
She has died at a time when her sickling son needs her most.
Sections of the music industry are gearing up to raise funds for her son to receive treatment.
Here are some of the heartwarming condolence messages.
Fare thee well my dear comrade, you have fought the fight, you have finished the race. Till we meet again! #RIPAchiengAbura.
Achieng' - you helped me launch my solo career in 1995. We have laughed, loved, composed, produced and performed together over the years. You were THE diva. Godspeed. May the angels rejoice at your voice in heaven. May the Lord comfort your loved ones at this time. Bless 💙 💙 💙 💙
Mourning the passing on of a shujaa. Rest in piece Achieng Abura. You've left an indelible mark in the Kenyan music industry. We celebrate you & May the Lord comfort your family during this difficult time.
Amos and Josh
Fare thee well Achieng Abura. You have live your purpose. Safari Salama, Salamu Maulana, Tutaonana Baadaye. #RIP #BAADAAYE.
FRED Obachi Machokaa
Saddened to learn of the passing on of a lovely girl who made a lot of people happy. Lydia Achieng Abura, girl, rest in peace. I shall personally miss your charm and disarming smile.
Daniel "Churchill" Ndambuki aka Mwalimu King'ang'i
#RIPAchiengAbura ... its sad to learn that Shujaa Achieng Abura has passed on in#MashujaaDay.... Kindly also pray for her family especially her son Prince who is also very unwell.... May she RIP.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
The former Cross Over 101 TV host informed her fans that she has lost her grandma today morning.
She wrote, "Today I celebrate a strong woman, one who I had the priviledge of being named after. She passed away this morning at 1am, giving thanks to God and saying 'it is well Jesus'."
Faith added, "She literally had a conversation with Christ as she took her last breath. I celebrate her strong spirit, her humour, the great legacy of having lived more than 100 years. Though her body and mind had gotten frail, her kind heart and positive spirit prevailed."
The former media personality tuned motivation speaker said, "We pray for strength upon the entire family, especially Mum who took her in and nursed her since last year till her very last minute. May we be faithful to pass on the prayerful heritage Cucu taught us."
She continued, "I guess I got my laugh from her as well. She truly worked hard, laughed hard and lived for God. I pray to do the same in this life and impact generations after me. Cucu, see you on the other side. Till then, we abide and keep the faith just as you taught us."
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Some of the celebrities who have lent their voices to the campaign include TV news anchor Janet Mbugua, rapper Shaq The Yungin, Israeli - Kenyan act Gilad, South African Top spin-master DJ Mikey, actress Brenda Wairimu, singer Angela Mwandanda, rap queen Femi One and South African star Nandi Tshabalala.
"Janet knew my late mum and when I played her audio she speaks about my mum, about how strong my mum was and it really just brought tears to my eyes. My mum passed way from breast cancer her anniversary of her death was on March 31," the Kiss FM breakfast show host said.
"We got listeners texting us about their loved ones battling breast cancer and how alone they'd felt until we spoke about it! Also to see male listeners find out for the first time that they too can get breast cancer. Knowledge is power!"
The new kid making waves in the Kenyan music game, Majirani, has come out to clarify once and for all that he is the sole owner of the hit song, Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga.
Majirani said, "I'm the owner of the song, Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga, but Kenrazy went all over the media claiming to be the owner. I want to clear that misconception, once and for all."
"According to Kenrazy, Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga was the cheapest collabo he ever charged for a verse but according to me, it's the only collabo he was ever paid," Majirani said in a statement.
"Stop acting expensive, stop acting holy. I lost my respect for you when you went on Churchill's show and lied that you wrote my song. This is a song I wrote while in prison."
He challenged Kenrazy, "Tell us which upcoming artiste in your entire career have you ever introduce to fans? Who? Apart from using them to insult me. I used to care, but nowadays, I don't."
Majirani insists this is not a ploy to start any beef with Kenrazy, he even advised him to "quit music and manage your girlfriend. She has a brighter future in the music game." Adding, "I heard you talking about how Tanzanian musicians, the likes of Diamond Platnumz are making money. You started off, way back in 2005 we are in 2016 and you are still complaining about not making money. When will you start making money?"
Friday, 14 October 2016
For another year, Coke Studio Africa artistes have emerged as frontrunners in African entertainment, scooping 28 nominations in total for the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) that will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 22 October.
With four nominations, Kenyan award-winning group Sauti Sol leads the bunch of 21 nominees from Coke Studio Africa 4, followed by Nigerian Dancehall prince Patoranking and South African rapper Emtee, both with three nominations.
Patoranking is nominated for Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration for the hit song No Kissing featuring Sarkodie.Sauti Sol are nominated in the categories of Best Group and Best Collaboration for Unconditionally Bae featuring Coke Studio Africa 3 Tanzanian singer Alikiba. They have also been nominated for Artist of the Year and Song of the\ Year. Coke Studio Africa 4 Producer from South Africa, DJ Maphorisa has also been nominated in Best Collaboration for Soweto Baby featuring Wikzid and DJ Buckz.
Rising South African hip hop artist Emtee features on the finale episode of Coke Studio Africa season 4 in song collaborations with the show's guest international star: Trey Songz alongside selected African superstars. He has been nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist, Song of the Year and Best Breakthrough Artist.
Coke Studio Africa newcomers are also on the spotlight. Toofan from Togo and Navy Kenzo from Tanzania are nominated in the category of Best Group. Mozambican songstress Lizha James has been nominated for Best Lusophone Artist, with the Best Live act category pulling in three Coke Studio Africa artists: Flavour (Nigeria),Stonebwoy (Ghana) and Eddy Kenzo (Uganda).
Yemi Alade will battle it out with Sauti Sol for the Artist of the Year award. In the Listeners Choice Award, Lij Michael, The Kansoul, Yamoto Band, Kiss Daniel and EL have all been nominated. Nigerian long time collaboratorsFalz and Simi, both got nominated alongside Emtee for Best Breakthrough Act, while Toofan and DRC's Serge Beynaud have been nominated in the Best Francophone Artist category.
The 2016 MAMAs will broadcast live on MTV Base on Saturday 22 October at 21:00 CAT.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
The BLAZE Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) youth summit will take place this Saturday 15th October at the Mombasa Golf Club.
This will be the 5th edition of the summit, which has so far seen over 20,000 youth from various parts of the country benefit from mentorship, networking and learning opportunities organised by young people, for young people.
As has happened in the preceding events held in Eldoret, Thika, Nakuru and Nairobi, the summit will see BLAZE subscribers mentored by young Kenyans who have excelled in different professions, including rapper/entrepreneur Kevin Ombima aka King Kaka, entrepreneur Michelle Ntalami (C.E.O. and Founder, Brandvine Group, Marini Naturals), actor Nick Mutuma, and Wilkings Fadhili (C.E.O. Fashion Torch Africa) among others.
The full day session will start at 9am and will comprise of mentorship and plenary sessions led by mentors who have specialized in different areas of interest such as fashion, music, media, agri-business and career building.
"We've been to different parts of the country and each time we're awed by the eagerness of Kenyan youth to learn from their peers, who they find more relatable because their stories many times mirror the mentors' own," said Sylvia Mulinge, Director – Consumer Business, Safaricom.
"We're also starting to see the impact of these summits on both the mentors and attendees, with many BLAZERs sharing their stories on the BLAZE blog and our mentors receiving great exposure. Just recently Wilkings Fadhili secured a KES 16.5 million grant from 1608 Creatives, a U.S.-based fashion business company," Ms. Mulinge added.
Entry into the summit will cost KES100 per person, redeemable for airtime upon entry.
Attendees will also get an opportunity to audition for the upcoming BYOB TV show, which will see 12 contestants compete for a chance to win funding for their businesses.
Kisumu County will host the last summit of the year on 29th October 2016.
BLAZE is a sub-brand of Safaricom and is the first platform of its kind in the East and Central African market to be co-created with the youth, for the youth.
American singer and rapper, T-Pain, has been announced as the host of Heineken's Live Your Music party by Nigerian Breweries, brewers of premium beer brand, Heineken.
The Heineken Live Your Music party is a celebration of music, tailored to give music lovers a passionate music experience and an avenue to not just listen to the music but also live their music.
This announcement was made by Sampson Oloche, Portfolio Manager, International Premium Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., at the press cocktail for the 2016 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held at the Heineken House on Tuesday, 11 October.
"We're happy to sponsor this year's Heineken LFDW themed 'Connecting the dots', to reaffirm our commitment to the growth and expansion of Nigeria's fashion industry," said Oloche.
"We're putting together a fantastic after party for Heineken LFDW to be hosted by T-Pain. The Live Your Music party will create an excellent music experience that is in line with Heineken's global reputation as a premium beer brand."
Guests will experience brilliant fusion of lights, fashion and music at the Heineken Live Your Music party featuring popular Nigerian DJs and the interactive music Takeover session, where guests get to choose their own playlists.
The Heineken Live Your Music party will take place on the closing night of Heineken LFDW 2016, Saturday, 29 October.
Monday, 10 October 2016
The songs will take you through a musical journey of discovery. Artistes from different music backgrounds and countries work together on the show to produce an alluring sound and melody.
Fally Ipupa: Nishike (Cover) – Coke Studio Africa
Efya & Eddy Kenzo, Sitya Loss/Decepticon– Coke Studio Africa
Dela, Patoranking & Vanessa Mdee: Ma Feelings – Coke Studio Africa
Sauti Sol: Chaise Electrique (Cover) – Coke Studio Africa
Sauti Sol, Fally Ipupa & Masterkraft: Gimme More – Coke Studio Africa
One of the coolest reality show stars in the Bachelor reality series is in Nairobi.
The Bachelor in Paradise hunk, Christian Bishop jetted into Kenya a few hours ago. It seem like he is on holiday.
Christian is also known for his stint in the Bachelorette from JoJo Fletcher's season in which he was eliminated in the third week, so fans didn't really get much of a chance to get to know the 26-year-old with the charming smile.
In an interview with ABC Christian said his
1) Build a relationship with Mark Cuban and earn his respect.
2) Take a trip to space to experience the process and snap some epic selfies!
3) Spoil my grandchildren.
Ezekiel Mutua Is On The Hot Seat Again, Because His New Bill Is Skewed Towards "Censoring" Creatives
Kenya Film Classicfication Board is trending because of a draft bill it is fronting titled Films, Stage Plays and Publications Act.
Ezekiel Mutua who is the CEO of the institution is not new to controversy and raising online temperatures. This time, he has done it through this draft bill that is making rounds on social media.
Kenyans on twitter are calling it a means to "censor" creatives. It is not clear at what stage the draft bill is at, but chances are, it is at it's formative stages.
Boniface Mwangi who runs PAWA 254 a creatives hub, wrote:
During president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s and former president Daniel Arap Moi’s rule, CAP 222 of the laws of Kenya was used stamp down and to control both film and theatrical productions.
The law required that you had to submit scripts to the then Kenya censorship board for approval. The government through the board muzzled its critics leading to arrests and indefinite detention.
The Kamirithu theatre comes to mind and how using art for civic education led to the arrest and eventual exile of Prof. Ngugi Wa Thiongo. In 1997 the laws requiring that scripts for theatrical productions be submitted for approval were repealed though the same laws for film productions remained in place. That helped give birth to the many theatre groups and artists that you see today.
We all remember Redykyulass . They mocked and humanised the man,who was towering giant, the first news item in all Kenya news bulletins. School, roads, beans and even potatoes were named after Moi. He was the chancellor of all universities and only appointed deputy vice chancellors. Redykyulass cracked the facade with their imitation of President Moi. The man could make you disappear without a trace. In 2002 the power of art helped send Moi and his project to retirement.
The 2010 constitution enshrines the right of every Kenya to a freedom of expression. In 2016 Ezekiel Mutua the CEO of the Kenya film and Classification Board is trying to bring back dictatorial laws. He is planning to extend it beyond film and theatre to cover advertisements, billboards, internet and publications through a draft KFCB bill 2016.
The bill gives the C.E.O broad powers to censor, stop and sue anyone or any theatrical or film production that he thinks does not conform to or is not “reflective of national values and aspirations of the people of Kenya”.
As a an artist who runs a creative a hub, Pawa254 l call on all Kenyans of goodwill to reject this bill in its entirety, art is a mirror to society and often times challenges the way we think and do things, we cannot leave the decision on what is art to rest on one person or institution.
We need policies that encourage and create jobs not censorship. There is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday the 11th of October, 8:30am at Louis Leakey auditorium at the National museums. Please show up, let your voice be heard, Long live freedom of expression.
Kenyan producer and musician DJ Xpect was a "special invited guest" at this past weekend's New York performance by Alicia Keys.
Xpect produced one of Alicia Keys' official remixes on her single called In Common.
He posted about being invited to the concert.
DJ Xpect wrote:
"This has to be the greatest thing I have ever been part of in NYC. Invited as a special guest to witness New York City's very own @aliciakeys shut down the city right in my neighborhood, and having both legends Jay Z and Nas rock with her on the same stage, same night, in Times Square,( also with Qtip, Questlove, John Mayer, Young Guru), where she sang her soul out for 1.5 hrs in chilly weather and her voice did not crack a bit, and neither did her fingers on the keys slip. I'm just gonna sit here for a few hours and try to process what I have just witnessed!!!! Soo grateful @meaghansmom for makng this a possibility!! And big up bro @therealswizzz , who humbly as ever , went to spectate from the middle of the crowd! To say I am inspired would be a major understatement...shout out @ladyrose8 . And not only did Alicia sing from her album but used the opportunity to enlighten Times Square and the world about refugees, injustice against minorities, and to spread messages of love!! Yo!! This is Massive!!these guys ( including the whole teams) have soo much positive light and energy around them , it is surreal!"
He then gave a sneak peek into the concert where Alicia and Jay Z share the stage.
Check it out...
It has not been a good month for Akothee.
She recently performed in Lodwar and when she posted the photos of the successful event, drama broke out.
Fans made fun of her stage costume calling it a "swimming costume". She blasted her fans telling them to mind their business asking when the last time was, they changed their panties.
Infuriated the fans went on social media rampage trolling the Yuko Moyoni star when ever she posted on her pages.
Akothee posted this asking for fans to vote for her in the upcoming AFRIMMA awards.
Fans scoffed at her, some asking that she buy her votes because she doesn't deserve their votes. One fan in particular broke it down for Akothee.
Millie Wa Kamau wrote:
#realitycheck. Leo nimekuja kwa amani. But ukweli lazima usemwe sababu akothee is so determined to win this fight with her fans the ones wanafaa kuvote. These are simply kicks of a dying donkey tactics she is using. She shows you her white ancestor the man behind her sweat and money halafu anasema ati white ancestor anapenda diamond. After akothee realizing that the category of best east african female is too tough for her, because lets be honest, we have vanessa mdee who performed alongside chris brown, has featured in many shows including coke studio. Tanzania will vote for her and some kenyans will vote for her too. We have victoria kimani, known not just in kenya but west africa, so not only kenyans will vote for her, so akothee is busy fighting her fans and busy dividing her votes. I personally, im voting for AKA, fally ipupa because we have no kenyans in their categories and i happen to know them and love them. So this is a similar case that is going to happen to voting for akothee. When a foreigner comes across akothee and runs to her page on facebook, he or she will see too much drama and you know first impression matters, so she will opt to vote for someone else. Now back to the category of best song of the year, akothee has changed her tactics and focused on this because diamond the tanzanian and africa sweetheart is involved, so she is using diamond so that she can win. But what she forgets is that in the same category we have unconditionalbae by sautisol and ali kiba, ali kiba happens to be tanzanian sweetheart so diamond's vote is divided. And sautisol is kenyan's sweetheart. I didnt pay much attention to other nominees in this category but the rest of africa did. So akothee should build her reputation first. Too much controversy like that following willy paul wont win him votes. People vote talent not drama. I come in peace today, back to voting for victoria kimani and sautisol ft ali kiba for unconditional bae
Thursday, 6 October 2016
The fourth season of Coke Studio Africa premieres in Kenya on Sunday October 9, 2016.
Themed Discover, season 4 will include artistes from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and Ivory Coast.
The show gives artistes from all genres, eras and stature the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent.
Sauti Sol, Jaguar, The Kansoul, Dela and Bahati are the Kenyan artistes enlisted on season 4.
Others artistes on the show include: Ghana’s Stonebwoy, Efya, Feli Nuna and EL; Mozambique’s Neyma, Dama Do Bling and Lizha James; Nigeria’s Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan, Waje, Kiss Daniel and 2 Face Idibia (2baba); Tanzanian heavy weights Vanessa Mdee, Joh Makini, Yamoto Band and Navy Kenzo will be joined by fast rising star Ruby.
Uganda’s finest will be represented by Radio and Weasel, Chameleone, Rema Namakula and Eddy Kenzo. Togo’s Toofan, Cameroonians X-Maleya, Ethiopian artistes: Henok Mehari, Haile Roots and Betty G, and DRC’s Fally Ipupa and Serge Beynaud are among artistes selected from eleven countries to be part of the show's glittering array of talent this year.
International American artiste Trey Songz also recorded original songs with selected Coke Studio African artistes including Nyashinski from Kenya.
For months, the artistes have been working alongside a highly talented house band while performing songs that will showcase the refix of some of Africa's hit songs. Artistes will be produced by renowned music producers including Madtraxx (Kenya), Bushingtone (Uganda), Masterkraft (Nigeria), Chopstix (Nigeria), DSK (France/Ivory Coast) and Maphorisa (South Africa).
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Nick Mutuma has had a busy month characterized by successful series from MTV Shuga series which was awarded the Big Impact Award this September,this follows his recent launch of the new romcom series 'This Is It' that's available on YOUTUBE via Lowladee TV.
The ladies wine is single and ready to mingle as he'll be touring three towns in just two days! Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa!
He is set to tour Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu this weekend. To be part of the tour, save a date with him this Friday, 30th September at Nyayo Stadium during the BLAZE by Safaricom summit from morning to afternoon and later on at night as he emcee's a major party in Kisumu!
The bachelor will for the first be seen in Kisumu as he emcee's a party dubbed 'Kisumu's Ultimate Party'.
'Kisumu has a lot of love for Nick Mutuma and we felt that it was about time that he visits the home of champions. The party shall take place at the popular Club Buccaneers." Said Alex Sayen, event organizer.
Nick will also be in Mombasa on Saturday night, 1st October, for the Black & Gold Party, which is the biggest party of the month taking place at Lafollia Mombasa, dress code, Touch of Black or Gold!
"I'm looking forward to meeting and interacting with all my fans this weekend, it's going to be lit!" said Nick Mutuma.
The star has also been touring different party spots in Nairobi alongside artists Kagwe Mungai and Kaligraph and Tusker Lite's #LITETHEWAY Campaign as the event's emcee.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Music lovers will be in for a treat when World Renowned Zimbabwean musician, popularly known as 'Tuku', Oliver Mtukudzi takes the stage at the Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu this Saturday the 17th of September.
While the famous musician is not new to Kenya, this will be his first performance in the Lake Side City of Kisumu and outside the City of Nairobi. The event will feature performances by Kisumu born Musician Suzzana Owiyo and Comedian and Radio Personality MC Jalang'o.
Known for his song 'Todi', Tuku began performing as early as 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo, known for his husky voice, he has become the most recognized voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond.
"This is truly an honour for me to be back in Kenya again, every time I come here am amazed by the love the Kenyan people show me. I am excited particularly to be performing in Kisumu for the first time as I have heard great things about the city. Thank you to the Acacia Premier Hotel for hosting me and I cannot wait to sample the fish offered fresh from the famous Lake Victoria." Said Oliver
Since the devolved government Kisumu County has been in the forefront promoting the county's tourist attraction and unmatched Hotel facilities to woo Kenyans and outsiders to visit the City. Acacia Premier Hotel General Manager Duncan Mwangi says Kisumu is currently attracting non residents who are attracted to ultra modern facilities like Acacia Premier Hotel with unmatched hospitality experiences; this has positioned Kisumu as a destination for conferencing, business and leisure travel. Kenyans now have an additional choice apart from Mombasa and Naivasha
"We are honored to be hosting one of the most influential African musicians. We set our main goal as to offer Kisumu Residents and our guest great memorable experiences" Said Mr. Mwangi
As part of their agenda, Acacia Premier Hotel aims to position itself as a world class brand by offering quality services accessible prices to all its clients.The Hotel boast of hosting famous people among the Oscar Winning actress Lupita Nyong'o who has narrated her experiences at the hotel in her interview in the famous Vogue magazine, Tanzanian leading Bongo artist Diamond Platinum, Sauti Sol, renown Congolese musician Ferre Gola, Senior government and political leaders, Diplomats and leading religious leaders both local and international.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Gospel DJ ia celebrating his years in marriage. Krowbar and wifey Joy have clocked 7 years in marriage and they don't seem to have had enough of each other.
This is a commendable thing because of late the institution of marriage has been under attack, with people walking in and out of it like it is a public toilet.
Society is not paying mind to the vows that state, "for better or worse, till death does us part..."
Anyhow, this celebrity couple is taking their vows seriously and sticking to them.
DJ Krowbar took to Facebook to pen a 7-year-aniversary message to his lovely wife, Joy.
He wrote, "Wow... 7yrs have flown just like that... feels like 2-3yrs ago. Joy and I have seen a lot together and will continue to see even more together. Truth be told, my wife Joy seems perfect for me. She is the one that makes it easy for me to lead the family. I am so proud I fell for her. She is worth her salt FOR REAL!!!"
He added, "This new year is going to be amazing, we will have a ball, being faithful to our calling, each other and our kids. My love, I need you, you are amazing, I am humbled to be with you. I decided to love you and love you publicly from the 3rd of September 2010. I will keep at it till old age, and when Christ takes us home. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MY QUEEN. 😍😍"
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."