Cathy Ibal promoted to CNNs Senior Vice President

  CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has promoted Cathy Ibal to the role of Senior Vice President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, based in Paris. This new position is an expansion of Cathy Ibal’s previous role where she was Vice President of Advertising Sales for Middle East, Africa and Southern, Central and Eastern Europe and responsible for some of CNN International’s largest commercial partnerships. As Senior Vice President, Cathy Ibal will now also lead CNN’s commercial teams responsible for France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Belgium markets working with new partners and long-standing…

100 M rural people to be lifted out of extreme poverty and hunger in new drive

International advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced a partnership with the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as part of Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream. Both organizations are calling on world leaders to help mobilize new investments in rural and agricultural development. With an additional $10 billion, 100 million rural people could be lifted out of extreme poverty and hunger. 2020 marks five years of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and 10 years until their 2030 deadline. This year, Global Citizen will be offering a platform…

Dandora kids make history as the first Kenyan talents to feature in a Cartoon Network show

Some 9 school-going children aged between 7-14 yrs, from Dandora slums, will be the first Kenyan talents to feature in a Cartoon Network (CN) show. The Cartoon Network Pop Up Party Show will be beamed to a global audience from 29th Feb. It is also the first show for the network to be shot in Kenya. The 9 dynamic talents will be performing today’s trendiest dance moves including Bazokizo, Shaku Shaku, Vimbada, Gwara Gwara among others. The talents will produce 8 brand new stylish videos highlighting one dance style performed…

UNESCO in new initiative to Promote Cultural Diversity

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Multisectoral Regional Office (“UNESCO”) and digital TV operator Star Times, have established a partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting quality and inclusive education and literacy. In a statement,the move is aimed in enhancing youth participation in the cultural and creative industries, advancing gender equality in sports, and building inclusive knowledge societies. The Parties will also explore opportunities to co-produce content as well as to develop projects related to information-and-communication-technology-based education, artificial intelligence, youth empowerment, social inclusion for people…

Startimes land deal to air Formula E Championship

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has  announced that StarTimes will show all remaining races of the current season live across its linear and digital channels in Africa. The new broadcast partnership will see the electric street racing series screened in 37 countries across the African continent, including South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. StarTimes has a strong presence in Africa and will provide comprehensive coverage of Formula E on their flagship channel StarTimes Sports Premium, as well as featuring on the StarTimes ON OTT platform. Hugo Lavell, Head of Media…

Nairobi Women’s Hospital responds to claims of extorting patients

The Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH) board has denied allegations that the hospital was admitting patients and holding them at the hospital. In a statement issued on January 3rd, 2020, the hospital’s Board of Directors said they’d noted with a lot of concern reports appearing in media suggesting that there is some “systematic approach by the hospital to unfairly generate revenue from patients.” “Although we don’t believe this is the case, and in fact, it is antithetical to our foundational principles, we take these allegations very seriously and are conducting an…

MCAs urge CECs to support Sonko,warn against misappropriation

Nairobi MCAs have warned executive officers against sabotaging Govenor Mike Sonko in service delivery. Led by majority leader Charles Thuo , the MCAs have vowed to support the govenor even as he battles his court case. The MCAs have asserted that Sonko is firmly in charge and that no one should think of using his absence from office to sabotage him or subvert county resources. “The governor is fully in charge and no one should think of taking advantage of his predicament to swindle resources,” Thuo said . Thuo said…

Meet Ken Mwarandu the brains behind off-road wheelchair designed and built-in Kenya.

This week we met Ken Mwarandu who makes the first off-road wheelchair – designed and built-in Kenya. SafariSeat designs innovative wheelchairs that enable disabled people to get around even on the toughest terrain. Mwardandu tells CNN about his company’s aim, “We at SafariSeat believe that mobility is not just about movement, but it’s about the ability to live a full, independent life.” Mwarandu was inspired to help people with disabilities by a childhood friend. He tells her story, “Growing up I had a friend who had a mobility impairment and…

Del Monte Kenya reaches amicable settlement with Competition Watchdog

Del Monte is contributing to achieving the Big Four Agenda, with its local cultivation, agro-processing, and value addition supporting manufacturing and food security in the country. Food processor Del Monte Kenya has reached an amicable settlement with Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), after voluntarily amending a missing wording on the packaging of one of its products. The Thika based company in a statement, said that it had amended the wording on its packaging long before the Competition watchdog initiated their investigation, and this position was acknowledged by both parties leading…

Irene Koki Mutungi: The First female African Dreamliner captain in the world

Captain Koki’s pioneering journey to the top of aviation began at a young age. Her father was a pilot and Mutungi dreamed of following in his footsteps, “I was flying with my dad probably from about two-years-old and by the time I was five or six I would talk about ‘I want to be a pilot’, but nobody took me seriously.” This passion stayed with her throughout her childhood and when it came to choosing a career, Mutungi still wanted to fly. However, her dad was not always convinced it…