How a Kenyan coffee farmer uses cow dung to produce energy

Zeddy Rotich, a coffee farmer from Kericho County, explains to CNN how she uses cow dung to power her biogas stove. “Initially we are faced with so many challenges, struggling and getting firewood. And especially during the rainy season, wood fuel does not burn up, does not produce energy for cooking. With these many challenges of collecting firewood, we decided to come together as a group, that is a group of three hundred women. We wanted to construct some biogas units, at least ten every year for the women.” On…

Digital artist Osborne Macharia reflects on working on Black Panther with CNN

  On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN meets photographer and digital artist Osborne Macharia to learn more about his craft and his journey to success. Macharia explains to the programme how his photography career began: “Growing up, I knew I wanted to be an architect. Somewhere along the line, architecture became more [like] mathematics and engineering and I just lost interest because my passion was in arts. I’ve always been a quiet kid growing up… I daydream a lot. It’s within these times that I zone out and…

CNN meets Tetu Shani to learn more about his journey to success

On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN meets Tetu Shani, a singer and songwriter from Nairobi who took a chance to focus on creating music in his city. Shani shares his journey to success and outlines his hopes for the future. Growing up, Shani showed little interest in music and only began learning to play instruments recently: “I’m a very late bloomer when it comes to music. I didn’t even know that I [was] musical for most of my life. I have no formal training in anything. I’m a self-taught…

Young innovators in a bid to tackle Kenya’s toughest challenges

By Jacktone Lawi In a bid to solve the rising socio economic and political challenges, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa held an exhibition to showcase brilliant and innovative projects by 16-year-old students as part of its curricular programme to create outstanding young entrepreneurs, scientists and future leaders. The annual Personal Project Exhibition of the Academy’s Year 10 students represents the culmination of intensive year-long projects that identify areas of need, backed up by intensive research which are then developed into a viable product or outcome. The exhibition featured about 80…

Kenyan chef courts social media to bolster culinary career

The transformative impact of social media continues to be felt as corporates, governments and personalities court technology to communicate and grow businesses. Kenya has been a trailblazer with the hospitality industry being one of the biggest beneficiaries. Chef Raphael, a Kenyan celebrity chef, has been using social media to share his joy of cooking with the rest of the world. The Kenyan had his first taste of the food industry when he began working in his father’s restaurant after finishing high school. Raphael explained how he turned his passion into…