Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Oscar Winning Kenyan Movie: Watu Wote Official Trailer HD 2017

This is the Mandera bus attack film trailer in tribute to the 28 people killed by Al-Shabaab militants who attacked a Nairobi-bound bus in Mandera near the Kenya-Somali border on November 22, 2014.

 

Zari Finally Speaks Out After Diamond Admited To Cheating on Her


Am such an early morning person as some can see on my snap, usually up by 5am. Let's start this day on a different note, shall we…

Ladies and gentlemen I've heard you loud and clear, the advices, the consolation, the pity, the hurt you feeling on my behalf most of all the betrayal. But let's look at this on the positive side. When a person chooses to cheat on you it's not YOU actually its THEM which usually turns out that they played themselves while they thought they are playing you. You should never look down on yourself, don't ever think you are worthless because of another person's mistake & never blame yourself. But always look at how to pick yourself up and get going. That said, with my birthday approaching let's put all this negative energy behind us and appreciate, LIFE! 


New Music Alert: Proff - Yule (Music Video)


A​fro dancehall artiste who hails from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. He’s currently the most sort after artiste flying the flag high across the borders.

He has an album coming soon called '​Tofauti'​, is recorded in 4 countries with different producers featuring artistes both African and international.

He’s currently flying with his recently released song “Yule”, from his previous “Siku Nyingi” album. The sonis a typical love story about that girl he’s always wanted and it was directed by Sync in conjunction with Fast Cash Music Studios.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

VIDEO: Short Kenyan film wins first Oscar

Watu wote, a film produced in Kenya becomes the first Kenyan film to win the student oscars. Katja Benrath from Hamburg Media School  won in the Narrative category for her short movie "Watu Wote a film based on the 2015 Mandera Bus attack.


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Photos: Safaricom Blaze Summit In Nakuru




























The Second Summit Of Blaze Byob Season 2 Lights Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium




Hundreds of participants took part in the second regional summit of Blaze BYOB season two held on 16th September at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.

Eight winners emerged from this summit. This was after several participants were intensely pre-screened in the 3-day creation camps and given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a team of qualified judges and mentors.

The winners got funding of Ksh100, 000 in each category to support their business ideas and a chance to be part of the BYOB TV Series 2 set to air later in the year. They included Primerose Oyiera (Fashion) – 100,000/=, Oeba Willie (Music) – 100,000/=, Miriam Wanjiru Mwangi (Retail and Manufacturing) – 100,000/=, Carribean Crew (Creative Arts) – 100,000/=, Michael Mibey Kosgei (Technology) – 100,000/=, Gulam Nabi Akram (Photography) as well as Vincent Korir and Edwin Kiprotich (Agriculture) - 50,000/= each.
During the summit, the youth, who were mostly students, received training and guidance in their areas of interests from selected mentors and also got inspiration from a team of mentors who have exceled in various fields.

Some of the mentors who were present at the Nakuru summit include; Nyashinski – Musician and Music composer, Jibril Blessing-Producer and videographer, Njugush- Comedian and actor, Abel Mutua- content developer, Wycliffe Waweru- entrepreneur and bicycle manufacturer, Caleb Karuga, an Agribusiness entrepreneur as well as Nasreen Dhanji, Catherine Gitau and Confrey Alianji  - for Technology.

The Nakuru summit was based on three major pillars among them; to mentor and train youth by giving them the tools required to be successful at BYOB creation camps. Secondly, to inspire the youth to follow their passion by introducing them to relatable mentors who talked about their personal journeys and thirdly, BLAZE CSR Friday; a session aimed at teaching the youth to give back to the society.

Nakuru Boys high school and Milimani Primary that run on an integrated program having visually impaired students were the two schools from the region that benefited from the Blaze CSR Friday. They each got a 1-hour mentorship session from a team of Kenya’s most successful young entrepreneurs and donations of learning equipment worth Ksh250, 000 each as part of CSR Friday from Safaricom Foundation and Blaze.

With the theme ‘Greatness Requires Internal Toughness’ (G.R.I.T), the youth were  empowered to possess GRIT and showcase what it means; fall,  get up again and keep pushing through.

Entertainment in the Nakuru summit was top notch with Nyashinski, Khaligraph Jones and King Kaka thrilling the crowd with electrifying performances. Radio presenter Mwalimu Racheal and Musician Timmy T Dat mceed the high pitched event.

BLAZE is a sub-brand of Safaricom and was created to give the youth aged 26 years and below products, services and benefits tailored specifically to meet their everyday needs.
A first of its kind platform in Kenya, East and Central Africa, BLAZE was founded on what Kenyan youth say is most important to them: freedom, empowerment and success.

Ruby Cup Ambassadors In Attempt To Revolutionize The Ladies Attitude Towards Other Menstrual Alternatives.​



With the rising number of feminists in Kenya, SaWA was yet again graced by another activist and feminist in the role model session.

Meet Rachel Mwikali, a 25 year old Women Rights Activist and Feminist, grassroots gender issues consultant and Brand ambassador for Ruby cup. Ms. Mwikali shared her experiences with SaWA ladies on her life journey, struggles and achievement.

Rachel Mwikali: Social Activist and Ruby Cup Brand Ambassador addressing the SaWA ladies
Born and raised in Mathare slums in Nairobi, Ms. Mwikali is a Grassroots Women Rights Activist. She coordinates a Pan-African Grassroots Women Liberation Movement, which works to unite Grassroots African Women and empowers them to take up leadership positions. Rachael has been at the forefront in empowering women in informal settlements to take up leadership in the society. She works towards changing patriarchal systems and other societal systems that work against women. She is motivated by the personal struggles she has undergone as a young woman growing up in an informal settlement.

She was awarded the We Effect’s first Lobbyist for Change Award in Stockholm Sweden for her fight for Young Women’s Rights.

Amaia Arranz, the Ruby Cup CEO was also one of the role models and mentor. “Women and girls affected by poverty face problems during their periods because they simply cannot afford menstrual care products. Without proper sanitary products, girls and women are forced to use unsafe substitutes like mud, old rags or old newspapers, which do not absorb well and often carry serious health implications in terms of infections and diseases quite simply, Ruby Cup makes a world of difference.” Amaia Arranz addressed the ladies during the role model session.

SaWA ladies learnt how they can combine a business school idea with passion to create a product that can generate income, empower the society and conserve the environment. Ruby Cup is a popular and commonly used cup in Kenya, Made from 100% soft, medical grade silicone, our menstrual cup is safe, comfortable and hygienic. The fifth session included free distribution of the Ruby Cups to the ladies. This exercise was spearheaded by Ms. Mwikali and Ms. Arranz the Brand Ambassador and explained to them the pros and cons of using the cups.
EDITORS NOTES:
Ruby Cup, a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons were distributed to the SaWA ladies. They can be re-used and re-cycled for a period of ten years before purchasing another one. They are economical and go at a retail price of KES 3,000.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Abryanz Style And Fashion Awards Unveils 2017 Categories & Opens Nominations



The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards - 2017 have officially announced the categories at their upcoming award ceremony. The  nominations are ongoing  and details are available at: http://abryanzstyleandfashionawards.com/ Back on its fifth edition this year, the 2017 ASFAs have unveiled a total of 17 categories of the awards in 4 classifications: Honorary Awards, Fashion Categories, Fashion Contributors and Public Influencers. 

In a different fashion from last year, the awards have excluded a total of 11 categories that were featured in the previous years. The new edition under the theme "The Fashion Takeover" – are set to be the biggest edition yet, drawing professionals in African entertainment – with a mission to shine a global spotlight on the African Fashion industry while highlighting creativity, achievement and excellence.

This year, two new categories have also been introduced: Fashion Entrepreneur of the year Uganda and Fashion Entrepreneur Africa in support of the ceremony's theme: "Fashion Takeover". These awards will recognize individuals who have shown outstanding commercial success of their fashion businesses or personal brands. 

See below 2017 ASFAs classifications of categories:

HONORARY AWARDS
1. Lifetime/Style and Fashion Icon Achievement Award
2. Humanitarian Award for Works in Fashion
3. Outstanding Model of the year
4. Fashion Entrepreneur award (Uganda & Continental)
  CORE FASHION 
 5. Fashion Designer of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
6. Model of the Year - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
 FASHION CONTRIBUTORS 
7. Make up Artist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
8. Hair stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
9. Fashion Photographer of the year (Uganda & Continental)
10. Stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
11. Best Fashion Blogger / Writer (Uganda & Continental)

PUBLIC INFLUENCERS

12. Most stylish/Best dressed celebrity - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
13. Most stylish Artiste - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
14. Fashionable Music video of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
15. Best dressed media personality of the year - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
16. Fashionista of the year - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
17. Best Dressed on the Red Carpet - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)

2017 ASFAs will take place on the 8th of December at the Kampala Serena Hotel courtesy of leading CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka in association with KCCA, Bell lager and NTV Uganda. The show will be produced and directed by David Tlale from South Africa, Front of House Production from Kenya, together with Fenon Events and the ASFA team supported by MNT Consult. PR will be spearheaded by Anyiko PR Agency. Ahead of the main event, the organizers have already held a launch event held on (20th July) in Kampala, Uganda. As a build-up, a number of Fashion Takeovers will be taking place across the continent in Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Lil Wayne Out Of The Hospital After Suffering Seizure

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... the seizures that forced him into the hospital Sunday were due to a super busy schedule mixed with the fact he was getting NO sleep.


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

World 3,000m Champion Conseslus Kipruto Being Sued For Child Neglect




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A woman has sued world 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto for child neglect.
The woman says she is a 20-year-old orphan from Mosoriot in Nandi county. Kipruto's home is within Mosoriot area.

She went to a children's court in Eldoret on Tuesday seeking Sh50,000 every month for upkeep.

The complainant claims she cohabited with Kipruto between 2015 and 2016, that they had a boy but differed later and that he has cut all communication with her.
The athlete has been summoned to court on September 25 for the hearing.
The woman sought support from the Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) in Eldoret to file the case.

“She came to us for assistance and we will provide the lawyer to prosecute the case for her”, said CEO Ken Wafula.

The case was first filed in February but a date for the hearing had not been set.
“We cohabited as husband and wife from May 2015 and were blessed with one child," the woman says in her affidavit.

Read more: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/09/13/world-3000m-champion-conseslus-kipruto-sued-for-child-neglect_c1634686

I did not attend Tekno Miles’ Concert -Eric Omondi says… But Did He????????



One of Kenya’s funniest comedians, Eric Omondi, was reported to be very drunk while stepping out of Tekno Miles’ concert on Saturday. 

A video of the comedian was posted by one of his close friends, that is Joe Muchiri, Kenya’s male socialite on snapchat, where he looked like he was tipsy. 

Eric denied the claims of ever going to the show, not to mention being drunk during an interview with The Star’s Word Is.

“I was not drunk and further more, I didn’t attend the concert,” he rubbished the rumors.
However, other people have stated that he attended the concert and even described his outfit. So is Eric Omondi a liar???




Sexy Tanzanian Actress Predicts Uhuru Kenyatta’s Win In Coming Election




Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoys support literary all over the World. 25,Year old Tanzanian Actress Antu Mandoza believes Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoys support literary all over the World . 25,Year old Tanzanian Actress Antu Mandoza believes Uhuru Kenyatta won the 8th August elections and he will win again.    


Speaking to "Ommy Dallah " from her residence in Mikocheni Dar Es Salam Antu said " I prayed for him during the elections on 8th August and I was glad he Won. Am sure he will win the repeat with a big Margin on 17th Oct 2017.         

Antu who is also a Public relations graduate and communication expert  from UDSM says she would love to be part of the inauguration ceremony later in the year  as she is sure President Uhuru Kenyatta will be re elected .  Below is her tweet stating that Uhuru won the 8th August elections and he will win again.      


Speaking to "Ommy Dallah " from her residence in Mikocheni Dar Es Salam Antu said " I prayed for him during the elections on 8th August and I was glad he Won. Am sure he will win the repeat with a big Margin on 17th Oct 2017.      

Antu who is also a Public relations graduate and communication expert  from UDSM says she would love to be part of the inauguration ceremony later in the year  as she is sure President Uhuru Kenyatta will be re elected .  

Monday, 11 September 2017

PHOTOS: Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero's Multi-Million Shilling Mansion





EXCLUSIVE: Has Mbuvi Left The Music Industry



Fans are now wondering if Mbuvi has left music for good after he put up a poster advertising his appearance at a corporate training program as a guest speaker. The training is run by Sunesis a Business Intelligence firm that trains on advance excel, not exactly the kind of gig you would expect to see a musician.The question on everyone's mind is has Mbuvi gone corporate, has he left the music industry has he followed the long list of artistes who ditch music when things are thick. Nairobi news spoke exclusively to Mbuvi and he had this to say.

"No I have not left music just taking my craft to my people in a different way. I have been singing for a while now so I have both youthful and mature crowds. The young people enjoy the concerts and hyper side of me but the mature people need something a little different."

Mbuvi will be a guest speaker at the training with a specially designed motivational session to help attendees learn how to balance work and life. The organizers of the training have hailed Mbuvi's involvement as an added advantage. Sunesis CEO and founder Patrick Ngotho said. 

"All work and no play is not good for anyone. We believe in better work life balance and that is why we develop effective tools for business so employees can finish work by 5pm. We have been looking for a way to spice up our training programs and we really thank Mbuvi for coming on board."


Announcing The 2017 All-Stars Shortlist For CODE’s Burt Award For African Young Adult Literature


In celebration of International Literacy Day, CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt Award in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania since 2009 are being considered for this grand prize.

The All-Stars shortlist is comprised of:
  • Face Under the Sea by William E. Mkufya  published by Mangrove Publishers (Tanzania)
  • Aiming for the Summit (sequel to Living in the Shade) by Nahida Esmail published by Mkuki na Nyota (Tanzania)
  • The Step-Monster by Ruby Yayra Goka published by Digibooks Ghana Ltd. (Ghana)
  • The Twelfth Heart by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie published by Kwadwoan Publishing (Ghana)
  • Waiting for the Sun by Elshadai Tesfaye published by CODE-Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
A five-member international jury carefully considered all twenty-two first prize-winning titles from previous national Burt Award competitions when selecting the All-Stars shortlist. Chair of the jury Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur (librarian and former Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana) said that the jury’s concern is to “… give young adults books they can identify with, learn from, and enjoy even if they do not originate from their country.” Other members of the jury were Linda Yohannes (Ethiopian author), Waveney Olembo (Senior Lecturer at the Kenyatta University Literature Department, Kenya), M.M. Mulokozi (Professor of Literature, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania), and Jacqueline Guest (Canadian Métis young adult writer and Member of the Order of Canada).
One All-Stars winning title and one honour book will be announced at an award ceremony on September 29, 2017, hosted by the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDCK) as part of the Nairobi International Book Fair week. The winning author will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD and the honour book author will receive $2,000 CAD. Up to three finalists will each receive a cash prize of $1,000 CAD. CODE will make a guaranteed purchase of 12,000 copies each of the winner and honour book and the respective publishers will each receive a $2,000 CAD grant to support the promotion of these titles. The books will be distributed to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania.

To celebrate their achievements, CODE, together with NBDCK, has organized a series of literary events in Nairobi, Kenya for the shortlisted authors. On September 28, the authors will engage secondary school students, librarians, and teachers in a panel discussion and Q&A at the Storymoja Festival. On September 29, they will be at the front and centre of CODE’s “Read With Me” campaign event at the Nairobi International Book Fair grounds.