Dr Willy Mutunga at PAWA254 Initiative Launch

Dr Willy Mutunga in the crowd
Dr Willy Mutunga in the crowd

PAWA254, The new hub for artists located in the State house area, Launched their strategic plan in a colorful event yesterday at their famous “ROOF TOP”. Among the invited guests were Dr. Willy Mutunga, Juliani(performed) and Biyavanga Wainaina among others,. There was music and entertainment for the guests as PAWA launched their strategic plan. Boniface Mwangi, A team leader at the hub was there to welcome the guests.


The place was packed with artists from established to upcoming. When reaching the venue, you would hear music from the gate. As we entered the YMCA alliance building, the first stop we made was at the Mageuzi conference hall. The sets were arranged facing the projector. There, videos on the activities of PAWA and insights on their strategic plan played on a well structured loop.

Roof top at PAWA
Roof top at PAWA

Climbing up the stair cases as we headed to the “ROOFTOP”, Photos on the journey that PAWA has gone through over the years inspired us. Reaching the “ROOFTOP” we found a place to set in the crowd as we got entertained.


Youth Unemployement and Opportunities

Meet Enos Olik who is currently in his mid 20’s and One of Kenya’s most talented music video directors.

With a passion for music-videos and photography, he started out editing Youtube slides for artists while still in campus. He currently has over 50 music videos under his belt and most having been played in National television. Demand for directors is on the rise especially since there are very few professionals in the market who charge “affordable rates”.

As the music industry in Kenya is still struggling to catch up with the success of its next door neighbors(Uganda and Tanzania). That fact is debatable, especially with bodies like MCSK(Music Copyright Society of Kenya) http://www.mcsk.or.ke/ and Sanaa Sacco Sanaa SACCO http://www.sanaasacco.com/ are in place to try help artists.

The video directing industry is still young and as an upcoming you have to double it up with other video skills. Like Enos, on his portfolio, he doubles up as:

  • Filmmaker,
  • Photographer,
  • Animator,
  • Visual Effects & CGI Artist,
  • Creative Director,
  • DP,
  • Designer Musician and
  • Songwriter,

The Government is trying to empower artists with several programs though the industry is still young. There are still countable video directors including Andrew Macharia and J. Blessing. It might some time with the low investment this art is getting.

By Neville Mugambi





digital public service delivery

humduma2Getting public services like National Id card, Business registration and Filling government returns just got easier. With the rolling out of the countrywide Huduma centers in the major 47 counties these services will be more accessible in the devolved government structure. Challenges like travelling to the Capital city(Nairobi County) from as far as Kisumu or Mombasa to get this services will now be a thing of the past. The programme is expected to solve government efficiency in providing this services thus stimulating the economy.


Huduma Kenya is a programme by the Government of Kenya which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the General Post Office which was the flagship Huduma centre. Currently the government has opened 14 centers to provide this services. A centre has integrated public and private sector services which has proven to be more effective.

The success rate of this project is yet to be fully established. But for it to be able to know the birthrates and date rates by issuing Birth and Death certificates will go along way in meeting some of the United Nations Millennium development goals and the sustainable development goals through appropriate policies from the data.


The President has also launched a separate division called the National digital registry service with Mwende Gatabaki as the Director general. This division has come up with Umoja Kenya which is a technology-enabled transformation of management of information assets to enable the Govt to:

  1. Plan
  2. Predict
  3. Prevent
  4. Mitigate

The Umoja Kenya Platform will have a comprehensive database of a Kenyan citizen’s personal details. This will reduce cases of cases of immigrants and ease boarder screening in its first phase. The project is being executed in conjunction with an Israel company and will be launched later this month. As the old economy involved roads, railways, and ports. Specialists like the Prof William Okello Odongo speculate that the new economy of Kenya involves

  • digital economy and
  • universal access

A photo of Mwende Gatabaki and link to here presentation at a public lecture at the University of Nairobi, Chiromo campus this year. http://cbps.uonbi.ac.ke/node/9686



By Neville Mugambi





Micro-insurance and Micro-Finance cover the same type of people. The conventional market for insurance is people who have money. They are basically trying to sell a promise to their customer. Close to 50 insurance companies and their low market penetration was what challenged Elvis Ackel to open Kenya’s first Micro-insurance company(Citadel). The main question was how to expand the insurance market.

Citadel targets the UN-insured but insurable person/people. The people that live between 300 to 500 Kenya shillings a day. “This is a very risky venture” as Elvis describes it. Being a social entrepreneur in the insurance market he mainly seeks to

  • build knowledge
  • build capacity and
  • build awareness

The low income earners/Bottom of the pyramid are much more aware than the guy who sits in the office. The Insurance Regulatory Authority act on Micro insurance was basically made with this market segment in mind with the help of the Elvis.




Kennedy Wariua and a Colleague from IBM
Kennedy Wariua and a Colleague from IBM

KENNEDY WARIUA (IBM Kenyan leader, Ecosystems development) gave a very insightful talk at the University of Nairobi today talking about his life, career and being an entrepreneur. The session was meant for computer science students and the start-ups being incubated at the C4DLab innovation centre. http://www.c4dlab.ac.ke . The call from Kennedy to this audince doesnt come as a surprise since he is very fond of technology and likes working with innovative minds. The session went down at the Code For Development(C4DLab/Phd Lab) at the School of Computing and Informatics.

I’ve always had a passion for entrepreneurship” He started. By 1994,” I had started doing my first Job” he continued.” there were no same opportunities as there are now, “he said. “The difference was the level of exposure to technolog”.

a student at the session
a student at the session

In that year, Kennedy started working at a shop at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport. He was supposed to go to started bachelor of Arts at Kenyatta University at the time but opted to go to employment since he was not into the arts but into tech. With a small monthly salary of 3,000/= Kenya shillings and siblings defendant on him, he had to supplement it. He started buying rice in bulk and selling to his colleagues at the airport at a profit. within a short time the venture was earning him more money than his job. He worked at the shop for 5 years.

By 2000, Kennedy had found a new place at KenCell communications Limited(Currently Airtel Kenya). He joined the telecommunications company when it was testing the market and still new. He worked there for 8years. During this period, he was also doing private studies online. He eventually graduated with a bachelors degree from Kenya Methodist University(K.E.M.U.).


He later joined Yu Mobile by Essar which was also starting its operations in Kenya at the time. He stilled worked at the technical and IT department as he did at KenCell. He worked there for 3years before joining the IBM team.

IBM has invested billions to transform Africa” he continued. One of the reasons for this investment is to help de-congest the Nairobi city under their vision for a smarter planet. The main point of the talk was to help the students realize that to work better with IBM, they needed to align their goals with those of creating a smarter planet.

Finally, he urged the students to tryout their Global entrepreneur program. He pointed out the success of MODE(mobile decision) a Kenyan start-up that won the 2012 global IBM SmartCamp and through their program and mentorship is now available in 17 countries.





By Neville Mugambi

Photos by: @MADEKarubiu



Lethalsmallz(A Kenyan Artsit) is going solo after launching his album Common Mwanainch. He has featured artists like Benadi, Wakesho, Kimya(Bamboos brother), Kev mamba, Kimathi, Charles Ouda, Ananda(an upcoming raga sensation), Wira, Buju Razor, Phonez, Judge and Dez 32. The album was compiled from various recording studios. These include G-ganji records, Kusini records and A-world.

The album is a contemporary Hip-hop album with a Kenyan feel to it. The lead track in the album which is also called common mwanainch is a collaboration with Kimya and the music video is also out. You can get to watch the video on YouTube.

Here is the full list of the album:

We Here Now

Rome Ft MnM

Usijaribu ft Benady

Call On You Ft Wakesho

Life  Ft Buju Razor

Common Mwananchi Ft Kimya

Celebrate  Ft Ananda

Lethal Love

Fungua Macho Ft Judge


Praise God


Nataka Kudoz

Hold it Down ft Benady & Charli

On Toes Ft Ananda  DEZ 32 Kev Mamba & Flamez

Abdouba Dida (Star)

Life Of An Artiste (L.O.A)

Vile Inafaa ft Benady

Many Mcs Ft Judge

By Trevor Makamu
The album has 19 tracks. Most of the music enthusiasts I have interacted with are of the opinion that in Kenya, to make it as an artist one still has no option but to compile an album first. The success of the Washamba Wenza crew is visible in Nairobi. The crew currently organize an event called Hip-hop hookup at the famous Sarakasi Dome every month.