It’s been a while since I blogged guys! I really, really missed you! I hope you’ve been good and enjoying life as I was away. I have been up and down streamlining my life with studies and work. To make a recap of year 2014, I’ll highlight on some of the most impressive stuff that happened to me through my blog. You were part of the journey and I thank you for your continued support. Just taking your time to read through my articles means so much to me – it keeps me going.
I got to interview loads of amazing people. I featured Elani, a fast rising band in East Africa; they went ahead to be nominated for Channel O Music Awards and they recently won the Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Best African Pop. Vanessa Mdee from TZ won the Best East African Female Artiste while Diamond Platinumz won Best East African Male artiste. This was in Dec 2014.
I also got to do an amazing interview with Nyanda, formerly of the girl group Brick & Lace. She got to reveal a lot that she never did to any mainstream media. Another awesome interview I did was with Miss Kenya USA Kelly Davis, who has an amazing story about how she rose to work with the likes of Kevin Hart and empower girls through her foundation, Running International. You can read the rest of the interviews on the interviews section.
Above all, I thank God for enabling me to get nominated for the inaugural Haller Journalism Prize. The awards were held on 18th Nov at Serena Hotel. The panelists included Caroline Mutoko of Radio Africa Group and Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC. My story was on the need to empower youth through online education (MOOCs). Also, I was finalist (top 7) in the Nuha Foundation Global Blogging Prize and earlier last year I was finalist (top 17 globally) for the UNESCO-World Genesis Foundation “Future of Education” Worldwide Youth Essay Contest.
My most rewarding career step just yet was working with Destination Magazine, a leading lifestyle magazine in East Africa. I got to do editing and contributing to the title and also managing its social media platforms. My dream, getting to meet Liv Tyler (actress, The Lord Of The Rings) was almost realized when I got to edit her raw interview, which the publication did.
I was so happy to see it in print! Some of the A-listers that DM has interviewed include Punk star Avril Lavigne, Zoe Saldana, Taraji P. Henson (who recently clashed with rapper 50 Cent), Nikolaj Coster Waldau (lead actor, Game Of Thrones), Tyler Perry…the list goes on. Find out more by reading my LinkedIn article about the publication.
This year I plan to give you amazing stories to read; from celebrity interviews to self-help articles as I have always done. I also plan to profile SMEs and Start Ups that are doing well, changing lives but haven’t gotten much media profiling or appreciation from the public. This comes in handy – valuable advice that I got from my friend working at Microsoft East Africa.
This very first post will be giving you a heads up about Innoss’B’s upcoming video. If you haven’t read my interview with him, you’ll be surprised to realize how fast this young man from Congo is growing. After being discovered by Akon back in 2010, he has gone on to do crazy projects and inspired many. He is technically the first winner of Akon’s singing competition, the latest being the Airtel Trace Music Stars award which seeks to find the next big musical act in Africa. The winner, Benjamin Webi, will get direct entry to the Pan African contest and if he makes it to the top, he’ll get mentorship from Grammy-award nominated Akon, just like Innoss did.
Take a look at some of the pics from Innoss’B’s latest music shoot and follow him on Facebook to get more of his updates. If you haven’t subscribed to or followed my blog, be sure to enter your email address on the right bottom side of your screen on your laptop or desktop. You can also follow me when logged into your WordPress blog. Let’s inspire and make a change in this world. Cheers!