Published on: Oct 24, 2018


22nd October 2018 – Fast rising and talented artist Beryl Owano has released a new single titled “Utafilisika”. “Utafilisika” has been produced by Boy David and was co –written by Beryl Owano and J Mbeki, visuals by upcoming video director Job Ng’weno.

Watch Utafilisika – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDWoKPEXTD4

Beryl explains her thought process behind the song saying: “A lot of people blame the ladies when the sponsor issue is raised leaving the sponsor out of the equation when in in reality both should be condemned and warned of the consequences of extra marital affairs on the family and society, the song is just my way of expressing how I feel about the whole issue and to also teach our young girls the importance of self-love and self-worth.

Me and You –  https://youtu.be/9Y5ChEeBaU0

Slowly – https://youtu.be/a1ibysjooSU

Utafilisika is the 7th single off her upcoming debut album set for release in 2019. Beryl is currently in the studio working on her album and will be unveiling plans for her brand soon. The song is now on boomplay, plans are underway to make it available to fans on all digital platforms,




Published on: Oct 24, 2018

Highly talented singer Yemisi Fancy brings all the sauce in her new single ‘Skempe’ featuring the evergreen, iconic duo, Skuki and produced by Krizbeatz.

With its rhythmic highlife vibe mixed with Yemisi Fancy’s syrupy voice and Skuki’s afro hip-hop style, ‘Skempe’ in a definite club tune. The new single comes ahead of her EP which is set to drop soon.

Signed to Meshtro Entertainment in 2017, she has since then put out hit after hit, killing all genres and beats brought her way, from “Disco” to “Gimme Love”. And now she is back with another one!

Listen to ‘Skempe’ here: http://meshtroentertainment.com/songs/skempe/

Yemisi Fancy is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Lagos on the 1st of October 1991. She graduated from the University of Lagos where she obtained her law degree (LLB).

As a child, she had always loved the art of music, dance and make-believe (acting). She started up in a dance group in 2006 and in 2012 went to the Royal Art Academy film school where she acquired her professional acting skills. In the year 2012, she landed herself a role in the M-net glamour series “Tinsel” where she plays the role of ‘Helen’.

In 2015, Yemisi Fancy finally decided to give music a shot professionally after years of preparation. She launched her debut single titled “Faraway”.

Yemisi Fancy derives her inspiration from life, experiences, sounds, poetry or anything that catches her ‘fancy’. She loves Afro Beat, R&B and Fuji music. At her leisure, she loves to watch movies, hang out with friends or listen to live music. Mostly extroverted by nature, she is a happy go lucky, fun and jolly person.

Yemisi Fancy is presently signed to Indie label, Meshtro Entertainment. She launched her first official single, ‘Oyari’ in January 2017 which is an afro house tune with a blend of Fuji produced by Sess.


Africa Content Creators’ Summit

Published on: Oct 16, 2018

Hivos announces the Africa content creators’ summit.

Hivos East Africa is organizing a summit on the rise of a new generation of content makers and their role in propelling alternative spaces that bolster free expression. The summit will take place on 4-5 December 2018 in Nairobi.

While the role of critical voices in the shrinking civic space continues to grow dimmer globally, Africa has not been left out of this margin. Threats and intimidation to avenues of freedom of expression such as the mainstream media, bloggers, artivists, activists and human rights have been on the rise in recent times. But even with these harsh realities characterized with regimes that have become intolerant to criticism, there is a new crop of content makers that have begun to bud. These content makers: artists, filmmakers, gamers and musicians are igniting social debate using online platforms.

It is within this context that Hivos East Africa is bringing together content creators from Africa who use digital platforms to create and distribute their work.

This inaugural event will provide an opportunity for the content creators to discuss the challenges and opportunities around content creation in the continent and come up with innovative solutions that would shape the agenda for the Africa context and its subsequent growth.

During the event, Hivos East Africa will execute an innovation competition that will award the three most innovative ideas with up to Euros 5000 seed funding for innovations that address sustainability of online content in Africa.

Under the theme: ‘Redefining the Africa Context Online’ the summit aims to counter Africa’s online narrative that has been greatly influenced by the Western world through dominance on the digital spaces. Topics of discussion will evolve around:

  • Influences of the African context online
  • Innovating for African Content online.
  • Sustainability of Content and,
  • Diversity and Inclusion online.

The overall flow of the summit will feature panel, online discussions and a call to action on the future of the African Content online. Some of the contributions from participants will be made in the upcoming Internet Governance Forum in Paris, France and the African Crossroads in Marrakech, Morocco.

We invite interested parties to partner with Hivos through nomination of panelists and sponsor participants to attend the event.


Feel free to contact our Project Officer, Sylvia Musalagani for further information: +254 254 725 451 729 or summit@hivos.org but please note registration to the conference is by invitation only through this link.  Registrations close by 9 November 2018.

About R.O.O.M

At Hivos East Africa, we are giving R.O.O.M to young content creators and artists to continue to add a voice to the shrinking civic space through dialogue, debate and dissent. Through the new program: Resource of Open Minds (R.O.O.M) project is supporting the work of creative content curators such as musicians, artists, filmmakers, gamers and other media producers who are using online platforms to ignite social debate. We believe by giving R.O.O.M to a new generation of artists, society can benefit by expanding spaces of civic freedom where citizens do not have barriers to influence the choices and decisions of the established order.