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Hivos & Equity Bank partner for a Kenyan Fashion Stakeholders Forum

The first Kenyan Fashion Stakeholders forum was held yesterday following a partnership between the Equity Foundation, and Hivos and the Association of Fashion Designers Kenya (AFAD). The forum was convened to explore ways of strengthening the Creative Economy, more specifically the Fashion Sector in Kenya  as well as to deliberate on what it will take for the Fashion sector to accelerate and scale up, ...

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Kenyan refers to politicians as the real homosexuals

Who are Kenya’s real homosexuals? That is the question that one man wants to Kenyans to think about as we wait for the arrival of the President of the United States (POTUS) Barrack Obama. In a video that is doing rounds on Whatsup, the man, argues that “homosexuals” are all the people who are destroying the country through unorthodox ways ...

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Chipuka externship project gives a voice to artists in Nyeri

Chipuka Group is a platform for the changes that the Technical world of The Dedan Kimathi University, Nyeri, allows the Arts to thrive. As the Swahili term Chipuka means, the group voted in the name to symbolize its sprout. Standards set for a people to try different objectives through activities cut off from their various study dockets. In the group ...

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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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Egerton University student shortlisted for DW heroes awards

By Lorna Abuga. Egerton University’s Jonathan Masongo is among three journalists who have been shortlisted in the video category of the local heroes’ Journalism Competition awards organized by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The competition that attracted journalists from various parts of the country required participants to come up with a three minutes video project of a local unsung hero whose ...

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Mombasa Creatives to work together

Creatives in Mombasa

In a quest to foster creativity and innovation among the youth in Mombasa, a group of creatives have started monthly meetings to discuss and nurture growth amongst themselves. The monthly meetings known as ‘Over Coffee’ seek to create awareness of the challenges they face and develop a peer support system for those in creative industry in the city. They also ...

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Digital platform comes with opportunities for creatives says teacher Karimi

Tahidi High actor Geoffrey Githae has expressed optimism that the digital media platform will open plenty of opportunities to content creators in the country. Speaking at the regional Storymoja festival in Nakuru last week, Githae who is commonly known as Teacher Karimi said one of the opportunities will be brought about by the need to fuse art and literacy in ...

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Mombasa County challenged to invest in youth

Mombasa is plagued with a glaring high rate of youth unemployment. There have been a number of  measures in the past designed towards reducing this, or at least occupying the youth’s time so as to keep them from engaging in crime and drug use. The county government of Mombasa through the ministry of youth and gender services organised a youth ...

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Kenya’s youngest novelist urges parents to nurture creative talent

Storymoja’s youngest author, Joseph Bokea (13) has appealed to parents and teachers to nurture the talents of young writers. Speaking after the just concluded Storymoja premier regional festivals in Nakuru, Bokea said that there are many pupils and students in Kenya who have enormous talents in creative writing yet they lack personalities to nurture their skills. “I developed the passion ...

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Storymoja announces opportunities for writers

Are you one of the few people endowed with a creative instinct? Do you think you can write or have you written and wondered where you could publish. Well then, Storymoja publishing house is looking for you. The publishing venture which has been in operation since 2008 is looking for writers who can develop content suited for children. Speaking to ...

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Work hard to secure your future, Ambassador Godec tells Nakuru students

The United States of America Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has encouraged students in Nakuru to work hard in their studies in order to secure a bright future. Speaking during the regional Storymoja Festival held in the Nakuru National Library Godec challenged the students that nothing is easy to come by in life. “In order to become a doctor, pilot, teacher, ...

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Storymoja Festival starts in Nakuru

The first Nakuru regional Storymoja Festival kicked off in Nakuru on Wednesday with over 14,000 participants expected to take part in the event. Speaking to Kenya Monitor Storymoja Assistant Media Liaison Officer Juliet Maruru said that the event will provide a platform to celebrate the best of African literature by displaying exemplary performances and the finest artists and talent in ...

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Curios traders count losses due to declining number of tourists

The alarming decline in the number of tourists visiting the country has led to the loss of jobs and income and among those paying the price are Embakasi Village Curios who depend mostly on foreign tourists to sell their products. Situated along Mombasa road near Cabanas Junction and with more than 50 workshops inside, the compound provides job opportunities to ...

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Arts in Mombasa need nurturing

Comparisons are often drawn between the capital city Nairobi and Mombasa as far as literary engagements go. When it comes to arts and culture, however, there is need to realise just how Mombasa is becoming increasingly able to hold its own. For a while there were little or no activities in the coastal art scene. If there were any events, ...

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Poetry and spoken word thrive in Mombasa

Mombasa City has always been a talent hub. Tapping the talent and bringing it to the limelight remains a challenge that has been unresolved. Nevertheless, all is not lost as the youth are taking initiatives to showcase their talent in poetry, spoken word and hip hop. These youth have been performing under the banner of Last Word Standing (LWS) at ...

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