Co-operative bank to sponsor about 655 needy students

By Dennis Muritu Co-operative bank will this year sponsor about 655 needy students from across the country through its scholarship program. This is after the lender’s board of directors announced the selection of the beneficiaries of this year’s Co-operative Bank Foundation Scholarship Scheme. Of the 655 new scholarships to Form One students, 420 were identified by the bank’s Regional Delegates’ Forums and the remaining 235 scholarships, at 5 per county,awarded by County Governments in all the 47 counties, the bank’s Group Managing Director & CEO Dr. Gideon Muriuki said. “Our…

Pest free campaign Launched in Makueni to boast Mango production

(L-R)Harrigan Mukhongo Deputy Feed the Future Coordinator USAID Kenya, Esther Kimani, MD ,KEPHIS, Betty Kibaara from Rockefeller Foundation, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Dr Oscar Magenya, Director Research & Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture during the media launch of the  ‘Komesha Fruit Fly Campaign’ at the Radisson Blu hotel. PHOTO:COURTESY. By Dennis Muritu A campaign to create a Pest Free Area will be launched in Makueni to improve production and quality of mangoes to stimulate export and increase incomes for farmers. The campaign dubbed Komesha: Zuia Fruit Fly Ufaidike will sensitize and create awareness on economic…

INVESTMENT IN E-COMMERCE SPACE PROMOTES GROWTH OF SMEs IN KENYA

Ebrima Fatty CEO Africa Sokoni and Michael Tokunbo Orimobil CEO Bolorims.com sign an agreement which will see AfricaSokoni operate as Bolosokoni in the Nigerian Market. Africa Sokoni signs a partnership with Bolorims.com from Nigeria an e-commerce platform as they celebrate their second anniversary. This partnership is an expansion strategy considering the unprecedented growth of SMEs and the urge to reach a wider customer base through online stores. A joint report by the Communications Authority of Kenya and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics established that about 27% of Kenyans sold…

SONKO WOES PERSISTS AS ACTING COUNTY SECRETARY TAKES MANTLE

Acting county secretary leboo ole morintat during cabinet meeting Cityhall  photo/Samson wire By Samson wire Things have not been rosy at the county 047 after the county boss was barred by the courts from stepping into his office by the charges from DPP. The embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was arraigned in Court and Charged with Nineteen Counts by DPP over 357million corruption related cases. Operations at City hall has been slow which skeptics alluding to the fact there has been power vacuum created after The Charges bared Sonko from…

All set for Dubai 25th Shopping festival

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing marked the countdown to the landmark 25th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) with a three-city media roadshow across Africa. A diverse calendar of DSF events was revealed to African audiences in Kenya at Sankara Hotel Nairobi on Saturday 21st Already famous for its grand raffles and giveaways, the silver jubilee edition promises to have “bigger everything than the past 24 years”. The 38-day festival is set to feature show-stopping performances, immersive experiences, innovative brand activations and family-friendly celebrations from Thursday, 26…

Co-op Bank named Best Bank in Kenya at EMEA Finance Awards 2019 in London

From left:The Publisher and CEO EMEA Finance Christopher Moore grants the Best Bank in Kenya 2019 Award to Co-op Bank Economist Anthony Muli and Head of Investor Relations and Strategy James Kaburu at the EMEA Awards gala held recently at the Law Society, in London.PHOTO:COURTESY. By Dennis Muritu The Co-operative Bank has been named Best Bank in Kenya 2019 at this year’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Finance Awards. The EMEA Finance Awards recognise financial institutions which, through their client focus and sound leadership, continue to increase profitability, deliver affordable credit to the…

Basketball now a tool of inspiration to the youths

African Voices Changemakers, CNN International meets the people using basketball to help provide life-changing opportunities to young people. In Nairobi, host Arit Okpo meets James Kamau, the founder of Beyond Hoops Africa. Kamau explains his organisatio n, “We use the beautiful game of basketball to inspire, educate and empower youth.” In his youth, Kamau played for Kenya’s Java Warriors. Returning to the courts the team used to play on, Kamau found them overgrown with weeds, “People from this area have no access which means people that want to start playing…

Changes taking place within Kenya’s haulage industry

Trucks lose sometimes up to 40% of their time waiting for cargo. Without efficient and effective transport, economies stagnate CNN Eleni Giokos explores the changes taking place within Kenya’s haulage industry to streamline the process of transporting goods across the continent. Infrastructure challenges can often lead to long delays at the Port of Mombasa. Marketplace Africa writer meets truck driver Andrew Kiingi who frequently waits two days at the port for his cargo to be released. He speaks about the process,  “You have to do that waiting. It’s part of…

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, and Zoe saldana star in Dubai’s, ‘A Story Takes Flight’

Dubai Tourism unveils short film of self-discovery featuring Hollywood actresses directed by award-winning director Reed Morano Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) announced an exciting new collaboration with Hollywood superstars Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Zoe Saldana. The project, centers around the short film ‘A Story Takes Flight’, which stars the actresses as themselves embarking on three journeys of exploration through Dubai, filled with inspiration, discovery, and human connections. Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) commented: “Inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed…

Sonko to fix shortage of health workers in new employment programme

Governor Mike Sonko and mama Lucy hospital superintended musa Mohammed during the launch of patient Queu system at the facility. Photo/Samson wire. By Samson Wire Narobi Governor Mike Sonko has announced new plans to hire extra 300 nurses after new country public board was officially formed by the county. Speaking during the launch of patients Queu management system at mama Lucy Sonko reiterated that the process to be carried out next month will mark the first phase of 2500 workers in all the county health facilities. As the Governor of…