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Media’s coverage of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit draws strong criticisms

The 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit happening in Nairobi Kenya on 25th & 26th July 2015

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, arguably the biggest international business meet up that Kenya has had in the last two decades received criticisms from Kenyans as to how the media covered it. Co-chaired by President Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta, the global event brought together some of the top entrepreneurs and companies together in what can be seen as a ...

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Lively conversations at Maskani Mombasa

By Davis Mwandawiro Maskani held their long awaited event on Saturday 26th of July in Mombasa. It was organized by Nisisi Kenya as part of the activities for the Jukumu Letu week. A first of its kind in Mombasa held at Little Theatre Club following previous “Maskani Events” in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru. Maskani’s aim is to get important social-political ...

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Kenyans angered by CNN story on Obama, roast it on Twitter

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By Davis Mwandawiro Kenyans on social media woke up to a CNN report today morning that referred to Kenya as a hotbed of terror. This report coming in just before President Obama’s arrival rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. US President Obama will be in Kenya over the weekend where he is scheduled to co-host the (GES) Global ...

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Maskani tweetup is coming to Mombasa

Maskani Comes to Mombasa

Maskani Conversations is an iterative online-to-offline initiative hosted by Maskani Ya Taifa, through Tweetups, to facilitate public participation and promote engagement on issues relevant to all Kenyans. Maskani Ya Taifa’s idea (Maskani Conversations) has brought together a number of Kenyans (mostly bloggers), from various regions in the country, who we have interacted with on a day to day basis on ...

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Politics cloud Mombasa County audit queries

Senator Hassan Omar

By Davis Mwandawiro On Friday last week, Senator Hassan Omar spoke out about an alleged amount of county funds that was missing after an audit was conducted on the finances of the County in an Iftar meeting. The audit reports reveal that sh496 million was un-banked and without the approval of the budget office. This revelation has hit airwaves in ...

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Coast based health blogger featured on Vaccineswork

Pneumococcal vaccine in action at a rural Kenyan health centre (Gavi / Evelyn Hockstein)

  A Kilifi based health blogger Tabitha Mwangi was recently chosen to be part of a research on pneumonia vaccines by a global health organization. Vaccineswork.org is website that  focuses on vaccines that is powered by Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. Gavi is an international organisation – a global Vaccine Alliance that brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of ...

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Joyous Eid celebrations in Mombasa

Eid Mombasa

As expected, Eid Ul Fitr was celebrated on Saturday the 18th of July 2015 after the sighting of the moon, in some quarters the celebrations started on Friday the 17th. Eid is the  festival of breaking of the fast celebrated at the end of Ramadhan. Preparations started on Friday as residents of Mombasa thronged shopping malls and shops in the ...

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Women entrepreneurs to benefit immensely from GES 2015

In the afternoon of the first day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2015) , an interesting session dubbed  “Expanding Horizons”  will take place. The goal is to find ways of unleashing the next brilliant cadre of women entrepreneurs. The discussion will center on “The rising power and potential of women entrepreneurs to create innovative businesses and social impact; what ...

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Nyakundi raises legal fees on Safaricom’s platform

Cyprian Nyakundi

By Davis Mwandawiro Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi is in a legal tussle with Safaricom and has also been center of social media attention after his attempts to mobilize funds for his legal fees using Safaricom’s Mpesa platform. In Nyakundi’s blog, he has published multiple articles where he makes many allegations against Safaricom including maltreatment of staff, corporate fraud among others. Attempts to get ...

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Babu Owino’s letter to Obama sparks debate on social media

babu owino (kenya-today.com)

By Davis Mwandawiro The Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) chairman Babu Owino is not known to shy away from the limelight or any sort of controversy. A bold and tenacious young man with the enthusiasm of a veteran political leader. Earlier on the wake of 13th of July, he drafted a letter to the office of the US embassy ...

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Iftar in Mombasa in pictures

Mombasa Iftar

In the Islamic calendar,  Ramadhan is the ninth month which Muslims observe by fasting from dusk to dawn.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. During the month of Ramadhan, muslims wake up early for Suhoor,  a meal they have before the dawn prayers which mark the start of the daylong fast which is broken at dusk with ...

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Flicker of hope for micro traders as tourism begins recovery

Empty Beach Mombasa

By Davis Mwandawiro Tourism in the Coast is literally on its knees following the many terror threats the country has faced in the past three years but recent news on the lifting of travel advisories by Britain could help jump-start the industry. The travel advisories issued by the international front added more salt to an already deep wound. However, following ...

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Mombasa writers revisit lessons from Kwani?

Participants at the Kwani? Fiction Workshop (facebook/kwanitrust)

Kwani? Trust recently concluded a one week writers workshop in Mombasa. The workshop was part of Kwani?’s wider plan to collect essays, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and photography based on the Coast Region. Most importantly, after the workshop, the writers will help explore what new narratives can emerge from the ‘Coast’ from a social and political standpoint. The Coast based ...

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Labour disputes slowdown port’s output

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By Davis Mwandawiro In the wake of the last day of June 2015, work the busiest port in East and Central Africa, Mombasa came to a standstill. All of its 6000 dock workers downed their tools in solidarity with other trade unions against the new National Hospital and Insurance Fund (NHIF) levies imposed on them without their approval. It was ...

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Standard guage railway stalling in Mombasa due to land issues

By Davis Mwandawiro When it was announced that the long awaited Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project would commence last year, there was a huge relief that it would open up the region and ease up the congestion that is usually along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi road. However, controversy is flaring up once more over the construction of the multi-billion shilling Standard ...

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