CNN travels to the largest comic convention in East Africa, NAICCON

On the latest episode of African Voices, CNN International travels to Kenya and goes behind the scenes of East Africa’s biggest comic convention with the man who started it, Thomas Imboywa. Since childhood Imboywa has had a passion for comics, gaming and animation and felt that Kenya needed a platform for people like him to express their ‘inner geek’. He explains to CNN: “We love all these weird geeky stuff… We were like we can’t afford to go to San Diego Comic Con, or New York Comic Con, or these huge comic cons…

Wolrd Cup tops list of Kenyans Search on Google

Google today released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in 2018 were mainly dominated by events and personalities. Kenyans’ enthusiasm for football was once again seen in the fact that ‘World Cup 2018’ took the top spot in the trending searches, as people went online to find out more about their favourite country teams and players. News around Sharon Otieno, the slain Rongo University student, also dominated the lists of trending searches and the most…

Greenpeace Africa Calls on China to Maintain the Ban on Rhino Horns

Conservationists in Kenya are worried by China’s decision to reverse the ban on trade in tiger bones and rhino horns.  Experts have also condemned the move as one that could have dire repercussions for the endangered species.  Reacting to these developments, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior political advisor, Fredrick Njehu has said: “China’s decision to reopen trade on rhino horns and tiger bones will not only reactivate the demand for rhino products, but also contribute to a rise in poaching and other illegal activities. This also reverses steps that have been made…

Technology is changing the informal sector in Kenya

As the population of Kenya continues to grow, formal, salaried positions are becoming sparse By CNN On this week’s episode of Marketplace Africa, CNN International travels to Kenya to learn more about how technology has the potential to revolutionise the informal sector. Known for its low-paid, irregular work without employment contracts, government regulations or worker protections, this sector employs 12 million people in Kenya. Jacob Omolo, Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University explains to the programme how the informal sector continues to grow in Kenya: “The contribution of the informal sector…

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,…

Meets FBI, a dance crew putting Kenya on a global stage

At the World Hip Hop International competition FBI won an award for best cultural act, once again putting Kenya on a global stage On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets a six-member dance crew from Kenya who represent their country on dance stages all over the world. The programme speaks to the dance crew, FBI, as they are prepare for the World Hip Hop International in Phoenix, Arizona. Ezra Njagi, one member of the dance crew, tells CNN how their name originated: “The name FBI came up through…

Lucky Guinness consumers to meet Rio Ferdinand

Guinness set to bring Rio Ferdinand to Kenya hence Providing Extraordinary Football Experiences to Fans Made of More. This has been made successful after the company through its beer brand, Guinness, unveiled an exciting new partnership with legendary English Premier League football legend, Rio Ferdinand. Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Guinness Marketing Manager, Nduku Wamakau, cited that, Guinness is a bold beer, for extraordinary people, so we are delighted to be working with Rio Ferdinand this year as he was a player who certainly demonstrated his creativity, imagination and confidence on…

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,…

VAT will not affect Unga prices

Nairobi to host international grain millers’ conference with focus on trade wars and innovation  The Cereal Millers Association through its Chairman Mr. Mohamed Islam has confirmed that, despite the president signing the 8 % VAT law on the fuel, it will not affect the current prices of Unga at the retail shops. This is so because they had already reconsider this when the government lifted tax exceptions on wheat and maize floor products after a prolonged drought witnessed in the country early this year. Mr. Mohamed noted this during the…

CNN meets the 19-year-old entrepreneur making Kenya green

 Leroy Mwasaru, founder of Greenpact, focuses on providing clean, renewable energy.  On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets a 19-year-old entrepreneur who features on Forbes Africa’s ’30 under 30’ list. Leroy Mwasaru, founder of Greenpact, focuses on providing clean, renewable energy. Mwasaru proudly tells CNN about his vision for Africa: “My Africa is sustainable, my Africa is a land of opportunities, my Africa is a land of leadership.” Personal experiences shaped the career Mwasaru would eventually pursue. Mwasaru remembers how his high school had a faulty sewer system…