CNN explores Kenya’s skydiving scene

By CNN This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to the Kenyan coast where the Skydive Diani team are one of the only fully operational skydiving centres on the continent, outside of South Africa. Diani Beach is one of the few places in the world where skydivers can jump out, over the ocean and land on a beach all year-round. Chief Supervisor, Gary Lincoln-Hope tells CNN about how the company first started: “Skydive Diani started by complete chance… A bunch of skydivers found themselves in Kenya and were missing their passion,…

Innovative Kenyan entrepreneurs to battle out for 5 million

Total Kenya has announced that entries for the second edition of Startupper of the Year Challenge will include 55 countries up from the previous 34. The competition that that seeks to promote creative ideas and entrepreneurship among young citizens will see 3 winners from each country get an opportunity to make their dream a reality. The 2018/19 Total Startupper Challenge is building on a successful first edition held in 2015/16 that attracted over 800 applicants from 34 countries, 40 of them from Kenya. READ ALSO: Importance of innovation and digitization in…

Suspended VCs must proceed on leave, union demands

Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU) now demands that Vice Chancellors ordered to go on suspension in disciplinary action do so immediately. Addressing journalists in Nairobi, KUSU officials said continued stay of the managers in office was impunity and called upon the Ministry of Education to take stern measures upon such leaders. It is worrying that university VC’s are running these institutions with untold impunity. Why would a VC be adamant that they will not proceed on suspension even when they have been ordered to do so?” wondered KUSU Secretary General…

MILLENNIAL RESHAPING HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

By Hasnain Noorani It’s hard to believe it’s been more than ten years since the 2007/2008 political skirmishes which almost brought Kenya’s economy to its knees forcing consumers to focus on reducing their expenditures. Now, for the first time since 2008, it looks like the hotel and hospitality industry is returning to normal — whatever normal is. It’s in deed heartening to see statistical evidence, which shows occupancy rates are on the rise and holiday makers are travelling again (Jumia Travel and hospitality report of 2018). For many Kenyan millennials,…

Kenya’s ICT Ecosystem gets a new transformation  

Huawei Ramps up Support for ICT Ecosystem in Kenya in Partnership with Redington Gulf to support Kenya’s digital transformation. Huawei Technologies has signed a framework distribution agreement in Kenya with Redington Gulf to enhance ICT ecosystem structure. Under this partnership, Huawei will work with Redington; a distributor of IT Telecom and Lifestyle products in this market to provide cutting-edge equipment such as data centre facilities,IT and communications hardware as well as software for the Kenyan market. The products are backed by an experienced technical team to provide training and support…

Fanisi Capital to invest Ksh 400 M in Kitengela International School

Fanisi Capital has entered into an agreement to invest up to Sh400 million in Kitengela International School (KISC). Under the agreement, Fanisi Capital will initially invest Kshs 205 million in infrastructural development in the school. The investment is the first from the Fanisi Capital Fund II LLC, a growth focused private equity fund with a target to raise Ksh 5 billion. The firm plans to continue making investments in high growth consumer sectors including healthcare, education, consumer goods and agribusiness. The deal is subject to approval by the Competition Authority.…

Learning paralyzed as violence rocks Baringo South

Mukutani MCA Renson Parkei in a past meeting with Wananchi. He has condemned a Tuesday attack at Ramacha, Baringo South which left one man critically injured. Six primary schools and a secondary school have closed down following ethnic clashes in Baringo South Constituency stalling educational activities less than two months to the onset of national exams. According to political leaders from the area, the violence has rocked three locations in Baringo South Constituency, forcing residents to flee to IDP camps tens of kilometers away from the affected areas. WHY POWER-SHARING…

Kshs 30 million Tuskys in The Community project unveiled

Regional retailer, Tusker Mattresses, has kicked off a long term social and economic impact initiative, geared at improving the plight of disadvantaged communities. The project, which was launched in Nakuru County, dubbed: ‘Tuskys in The Community’ is designed to celebrate the legacy of the Late Tusker Mattresses Founder, Mzee Joram Kamau.   All the classrooms at the Lengenet Primary School- where Mzee Kamau’s children first attended school- have been rehabilitated and equipped with new desks and related educational materials in a detailed makeover. Tusker Mattresses leadership presided over a colourful function organized…

CNN meets the people keeping ‘Mama Elephant’s’ dream alive

                      This week on Inside Africa, CNN International meets Angela Sheldrick, the daughter of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, to learn how her mother’s animal conservation legacy is being kept alive in Africa. Known for her trailblazing work with orphaned elephants in Kenya, Dame Daphne had created the most successful rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world. Throughout her years building the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, named after her late husband, Dame Daphne Sheldrick had rescued and rehabilitated over 230 baby elephants,…

How Kenya replaced the ‘baton with the pen’ and transformed prisoners’ lives

When Peter Ouko was sentenced to death for murder 20 years ago, he was sent to Kenya’s Kamiti maximum security prison, notorious for being one of the worst jails in the world. The prison was modeled on an old-style colonial system, torture was widespread, and inmates were forced to sleep on the floor amid squalor and unsanitary, overcrowded conditions. Ouko was sometimes locked up in a small cell with 13 other men for 23 and a half hours a day. Food was not guaranteed, and beatings were frequent. “When I…