January 29, 2014

When technology and Internet came, most people embraced them. Some thought all things will go well. And this, of course, was a settled argument.

It is true. On one hand, technology has done a lot in today’s world. Things have been made easy. Businesses have been technologised as well.
Kimani Benson's books on the street

But on the other hand, street book vendors are among people who are highly affected by the digital era.

Kimani Benson has been on the street since 2010 selling a variety of books. 

For him, whether technology has done a lot or not, reading culture should be a routine for all, since reading is source of knowledge. And only books can provide that.

There is fear that when the youth go online, they don’t read important things, but visit social media. Is this a better use of Internet for intellectual purposes?

Now, can we sit down and say Kenyans are on their good track on reading? Benson suggests this. Whether this digital era will boost the reading culture in the country, is question that time will tell.

For more on this story, you can also watch from here 

December 11, 2013

Your'e gone, but you will remain remembered forever

Bouquets of flowers  laid on Mandela's picture

It is true. He merits being the most celebrated man the world has ever had in its history. And the reason is straight and simple: Love, peace and take risks on the behalf of others.

The death of Nelson Mandela has been a shock, indeed, not only for South Africans, but the whole world. Some have cried, others mourned. But one thing that should be on the bottom of our hearts is of course to know that Mandela is gone, but his actions will keep on shining along the world’s history.

The world  yesterday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, a hero of freedom, legacy and a true image of what a human being should be. This is to appreciate, indeed.

In his speech addressing the public at FNB stadium in Johannesburg, the US President reminded the world that it is time for the today's world to learn from the gone-icon as it will be the only way that will make the world enjoyable as its people wish it to be.

Mandela’s life has been influential and inspiring to the whole world of different generations and the same it will for the next generation. This is true and well. Now for this time round, it is time the world starts thinking that this is not time to only celebrate what the great hero has done, but also start thinking, evaluating ourselves on how much people of today have reached by copying, moving forward in the same feet as Mandela did.

Mandela’s main objective was to build a country not built in racial roots and bringing equal opportunities to the entire human community. But in today’s world how many think and implement the same manifesto. Today’s world has been very capitalist. People want to be always on the top of others by using whichever means.

It is unwise and unfair to say that people have been liberated from racial segregation (Apartheid) that characterized the world in 50 years back, yet there is still a deep gap between their ways of living. From this, economic and better health unbalances that are still hitting the today’s world.

A crowd of people praising Mandela's extra deeds in
Johannesburg street/ Net Photo
It is time to now think that freedom goes beyond being freedom to express what somebody thinks and start fighting for equal, economic and social change. And the only way to do it is to respect, love every human being regardless to colour, origin, sex and so on.
Now, the ball remains in everyone’s hands.

December 05, 2013

Now, the rats are ready for work

Lab rats seated, learning and practising
It is nearly seven months, the lab rats from across the region seated in the Media lab, being trained at Nation Center Nairobi about new journalism.

The rats have learnt many things. At their start,writing for Print Media by the trainer Owino Opondo was their breakfast for almost six months. And the result has been fruitful up to date. Editors and trainers can witness that.

Now, the rats are in the hands of the guru broadcast trainers. And the fruits from this  are projected to be more better than ever. The hands of Booker Nancy, Laban Freizer, Prof Levi Obonyo are nullifying the rats' future.

As normal, they learn and practise, since it is only practice that makes perfect. Anything learnt never gets lost.

Fulgence Muhawenimana, one of the Wb. FS goup, he says, he was inspired to make jingle and things went well. Learn, practice and finally make it!

Fulgence says, life is full of changes. For that, trying everything means a lot to him.

Apart from editing audio pieces of his group , he also made jingle seem to be sweet to whoever listens to it. And improvement is a lesson that he never misses in his life.

You may want to listen to one of their practice, carried out by a group. Click here to listen to the audio for the whole Bulletin. An this was their first time to do so. More and more is coming!

Not only are they eager to carrying out radio pieces, but also they are always ambitious to know different things that can positively shape their future career.

You can listen to a sample of the jingles he made.

There is still a long way to go, but "where there is a will there a way."

What is wrong with setting free the Media in Kenya?

Kenyan media stakeholders taking streets Photo/ Net
Not only Media practitioners want the already passed Media Bill to be amended.
By Fulgence Muhawenimana
The Media Bill 2013, already passed by the Parliament, has brought mixed reactions from different Kenyans.Now, the ball remains in the President's hands.
Some Kenyans want the Parliament to amend the Media Bill, 2013 to let media enjoy its freedom as opposite to serving their only own interests.
According to Eric Mganza, Kenyans need to know what is happening in their country. And, as he says, this will happen only if the fourth estate remains with its freedom. For him, MP’s should know today’s Kenya differs from the one in 20 years back. In his exclusive interview with this newspaper, Mganza says: “By doing what media is supposed to do, Kenyans are united on other things they are supposed to do,” Says Mganza.
The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta declined to sign the contravention Bill and returned in the house.  And only two weeks Kenyan journalists took streets protesting the Bill they have termed ‘draconian’. But as the days go by, it is apparent that the battle against it has overwhelmingly become wider from media practitioners to the public.
Kenyan MPs have any times been accused by Some Kenyans of passing Bill s for their own interests. And so, was this Media Bill that has already passed by the same house. 
Some Kenyans say they passed the Bill without thinking about the role of media in the today’s Kenyan society.
Kenyan Journalists on strike Photo/Net

Speaking to umusanzu10.blogspot.com in an open live interview, David Malaba says "fining media could be a way of muting the voice of the voiceless." And for him, Kenya has been back into dark days where it was only government doing anything without being watched by anyone.
Articles media member have been complaining about include among others, fines for both journalists and media house which they say are to silencing the media by making them fear be fined.
However, the Kenyan constitution provides freedom of media and restricts the government to infringe in its freedom.
After being passed by the house, the Bill is now waiting for being assented by the President who has so far expressed his comment on it saying that the Bill is now constitutional and democratic.