Kenya is on the international spotlight due to the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit taking place next week from 25-26th July in Nairobi. Kenya is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa and the 2nd in Africa to host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which shall be graced the United States president, Barack Obama.
Why Kenya was the best choice to host GES 2015
During the last GES in Morocco, the decision was made to hold the next summit in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the US Abassador disclosed following the announcement, Kenya was picked unanimously due to the many exciting innovations and the palpable spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth.
The Media Coverage of the upcoming Summit
— Nairobi Embroidery (@Nairobigrowth) July 15, 2015
There has been growing concerns by a cross sections of Kenyans online with many not sure exactly why Obama was coming into Kenya. Many Kenyans especially those who only rely on radio, TV and newspapers for information have assumed that he is just coming for a home visit as his father hails from the western side of Kenya.
Can members of the Kenyan public attend the #GES2015Kenya Summit? If yes, where can they buy tickets? etc.
— Zangulo (@zangulo2) July 16, 2015
— Bobby (@BobOjiambo) July 15, 2015
The Kenyans who know about GES have expressed their concern and frustration at the failure of Kenyan media houses to provide releavant information regarding the Summit and instead, focusing on ‘side shows’ such as whether the US president will spend the night, whether he will go the Mara, arrival of his motorcade and other not so important details that are removing the spotlight from what Kenyans need to be informed.
Media is the biggest headache 4 this country.Obama is coming n we are busy promoting NGOs.Why not sell Kenya n attract investors?@CKirubi
— Margaret Wahito (@maywahito) July 16, 2015
Still looking for serious coverage of #GES2015KENYA by KeMedia .NOT the obsession with POTUS security & motorcade
— Gachie MST (@MukunaGachie) July 16, 2015
Kenya’s innovation and entrepreneurship spirit has been hailed mostly in international media with lots of articles appearing in publications such as the Forbes magazine, Times and Fast Company and Successful Kenyan Startups getting featured on CNN and BBC among others. Many of these startups and tech companies, some of which will be showcasing at the two day summit have not received any coverage on any of the Kenyan media. Instead, talk shows discussing the planned protests by anti-gay groups have become the order of the day and the Entrepreneurship agenda of the Summit is no longer clear.
Can we get a Kenyan CEO on local tv to be interviewed on the importance of the Summit,and the information we can glean from the speakers?
— Koome Gitobu (@KoomeGitobu) July 15, 2015
The Kenyan Government team in charge of the summit recently launched the Choose Kenya a website for the GES summit that has instead decided to focus on tourism.
— Shamit Patel (@just_sham_it) July 15, 2015
— AgnesG (@AgnesGitau) July 16, 2015
It is still not clear how the entrepreneurs or the country will benefit from this summit as pre- summit forums and preparations were not done adequately.