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Kenya: A Case of Media Mentorship in Africa’s Largest Slum

“The mentoring culture needs to come back to our newsrooms,” said Ernest Sungura, executive director at Tanzania Media Fund, while addressing journalists at the World Press Freedom Day Conference in Arusha May 3. The theme of this year’s Arusha conference

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Stop Muzzling the Press in East Africa

World Press Freedom Day is every May 3. The theme of this year’s WPFD, hosted by UNESCO, is Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In Arusha, Tanzania, journalists and media stakeholders from around East Africa

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Empowering Local Journalists Strengthens The Media: Internews In Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya – Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama is a 35-year-old mother and journalist. The idea for her popular website, Mummytales.com, was conceived back in 2011, just before she was to give birth to her first child Kitty, now two-years-old. “I intend to chronicle the

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Kenya: Successful Young Entrepreneurs Attracted to Farming by Social Media

Daniel Kimani did not think much about farming when he was growing up. But he has become a national figure since he started fish farming. Mr. Kimani has been featured on Kenyan radio and television. The 29-year-old from Kenya’s Nyandurua

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Pikipiki Diary: A Bodaboda Guide For East Africa

Pikipiki = motorcycle. Bodaboda = motorcycle taxi. It all starts with a bus, to take me out of my comfort zone and into new adventures and surroundings. I left Arusha for Nairobi last September, taking a few weeks to travel

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Catching a break in Nairobi: How two Canadian freelancers covered the Westgate mall shooting

Two recent Canadian journalism graduates, dreaming of careers as international journalists, caught the break of a lifetime landing a fellowship with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Wanting to combine her passion for journalism and travel, French journalist Flavie Halais applied

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The slum series – Voice of Kibera

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kibera is known as Africa’s largest slum. It’s located in Nairobi, Kenya and home to a new media renaissance. Featuring the voices of Vincent Achuka, editor and journalist at the Ghetto Mirror, Sande Wycliffe, programmer at the

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Uhuru means freedom – The long road from Cape Town to Nairobi

In the KiSwahili language ‘uhuru’ means freedom. In Kenya, a man named Uhuru was recently elected president of the republic. Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn into office on Apr.9, 2013. He brings with him serious baggage after being accused of crimes

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M is for Mzungu! – Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya The day I arrived at the border town of Nakonde, Zambia I was confused. It was 4am and pitch black outside. I looked out of the bus window and wiped the morning dew from my eyes. All I

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Rights Radio Report #7: Maasai market man

Adrian Anyona Oigara runs his family’s business at Maasai Market in Nairobi, Kenya. This 26-year-old sells his art work, which is made of stone from his home village. During the 2007-08 election violence, business stopped at the market, which takes

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