Saturday, 20 March 2010
BONO’S KENYAN DIARY
Bono walking into KICC for the Pan African Conference
There has been a rush to take photos with Irish rock icon Bono this week. The U2 lead man who was in the country to attend the two-day Pan Africa Media Conference at KICC in Nairobi which ended Friday 19, took time to visit with various community-based organisations and sample various entertainment joints.
On Monday night, he visited a youth group in Kibera. The following day he was treated to a dinner in his honour at a restaurant in Peponi that was attended by anti-corruption czar John Githong’o and American film director, and the founder of Freeform, Jesse Dylan. A number of top Kenyan CEOs as well as local and foreign dignitaries were also present.
Bono’s group, ONE, will be working closely with the civil society and young entrepreneurs to find ways of helping ordinary Kenyans and others on the continent to improve their livelihood. In line with the group’s initiative, a Kenyan NGO, Slums Information Development and Resource Centres, won an award worth $100,000 (Sh7.5 million) for its work in improving the lives of the youth.
Bono with Rowbow
On Wednesday, the star did a series of interviews with a number of media personalities like NTV’s Smirti Vidyarthi at Talisman before he visited Ghetto Radio where he got acquainted with their work and meet Rowbow, a presenter in the station.
Later in the night, he headed out to Tamasha where he hang out with Afro soul singer Kaz, and listened to Gogosimo play.
Bono with Kaz
Then on Thursday night he had dinner at Casablanca's Osteria before curious patrons found out they were dining with a rock star. A source said people lined up for a photo opportunity with the legend.