Thursday, 9 February 2012


On February 4, 2012, Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore together with rapper Juliani toured the harsh neigbourhood of Dandora. Yaani, alilijua jiji

The duo joined by members of PAWA254 took a matatu to Dandora dumpsite and even hang out at California’s Mpambe – a joint know for it’s Swahili delicacies. The CEO was a commoner for the day. No Merc, no plush corner office settings, no assistants and no sleek suits.

The day was spent in Eastlands where Juliani as an artiste cut his teethe as a member of Ukoo Flani Mau Mau.

Later, while chilling at the PAWA254 lounge, the CEO of the telecommunications top company promised to give five of his favorite books to add to the PAWA254 collection.
PAWA254 is Nairobi's unique new social enterprise and collaborative space for creatives and youth to achieve work of social impact.

They derive their name from a combination of “power” in Swahili and 254, Kenya's country code, as a symbol of national strength and unity. The new hub will facilitate the use of visual and graphic arts, independent and citizen journalism, documentary film and photography, and digital and social media as means of civic expression and social action.

PAWA254's like-minded and active professional community meets and works daily in its flexible co-working space. The space also serves as an open resource for a range of collaborative youth meetings and efforts, an exhibition center for photography and other artistic endeavors, and a vector for angel investors and others seeking to support social change in Kenya. Regular programs and training will foster skill sharing and empower a new generation of young professionals and disadvantaged youth to effect social change through tangible, innovative projects.