JAH CURE IN NAIROBI

Published on: Jun 25, 2019

Jamaican star Jah Cure is set to jet into the country ahead of his much-anticipated show at Uhuru Gardens on July 6, 2019.

The organisers promised fans that the festival will be a great experience.

“Be ready for the biggest reggae festival with the King of Lovers Rock Jah Cure live in Nairobi at Uhuru Gardens. Umoja Splash Festival is going to be a fivefold tour starting with Nairobi and will roll into the rest of the country.”

Adding, “The Umoja Splash Festival aims at promoting unity among the youth.”

Jah Cure is set to land in Kenya on July 2.

“Jah Cure will do club appearances, have a meet and greet and participate in a CSR activity in Nairobi ahead of his best ever performance on July 6,” the organizers revealed.

Jah Cure will also tour Kayole guided by popular Instagram comedian, Kartelo.

The tickets are available for purchase from Mtickets.com or dial *226*55#. Advance tickets go for Regular 1,000, VIP 3,000 and VVIP 6,000. The fans who will opt to buy their tickets at the gate regular goes for 1,500, VIP 5,000 and VVIP 8,000.

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SO YOUR JOB SUCKS; PART TWO

Published on: Jun 25, 2019

So what do you do when your job sucks? And how do you go about leaving a job you hate? First, accept that you can do something about it. Then set yourself on the path to change. Career satisfaction is a process, but there are concrete ways to improve your job and your life in the meantime.

As someone who has had to make the decision to leave more than one lousy job, here’s my counterpoint top 10: how to know when to leave. I don’t take the decision to quit lightly, and I don’t think anyone should. See if the problems can be fixed first. Research tactics first before acting.

  1. You dread coming to work in the morning. You wake up and want to cry yourself back to sleep. This ONLY happens on the days you work, and didn’t happen with other jobs you’ve held.

Fix? Ask yourself if there was anything else that you could be doing at the same company that wouldn’t suck so much. Staying with one company can be good for your career, but sometimes you need to change responsibilities to alleviate boredom.

  1. You are putting lots of energy into the job, but not making the kind of project and/or overall progress that you feel is reasonable.

Fix?: Ask yourself if you are putting energy into the right areas. Are you spending all of your time arranging meetings and conference calls and not able to put your all into the actual work? Can someone else handle that for you? If your company can’t provide reasonable support, you might want to look for one that can.

  1. You are putting no energy into the job because doing so makes you want to stab your eyes out with a sharpened number 2 pencil.

Fix?: Put down the pencil. If you hate the job with the passion of a thousand burning suns, ask yourself why, honestly answer yourself, and find a job in which the same problem cannot occur.

  1. Your lunch break is spent bitching to your coworkers about how much you hate being where you are. This is a really bad sign, even if you are being goaded into disliking the work even more by listening to other department’s woes.

Fix?: Stop bitching to your coworkers. Change the subject, talk about positive things. Listen to people, but give NOTHING away, especially when it comes to criticizing your boss or peers. Word gets around.

  1. Your boss irrationally hates you. This happens sometimes – some people feel that their bosses hate them when their bosses are merely being, you know, bossy.

Fix?: Politely quit.

  1. You’ve bounced laterally around the company for years without a promotion.

Fix?: Have you gained any skills during your career mambo around the corporation? Think about it – do you really bring valuable skills to the table? Are you unfairly being denied a promotion, or do you work for an industry (government, civil service) in which it’s damn near impossible to fire you? If you think you’re worth it, you often have to ask for a promotion. Make a list of everything that you have done to make your workplace better. If it’s not much of a list, put your nose to the grindstone.

  1. You’re not being given what you were promised. When you first started working, did they tell you that they had an educational fund for employees that seems to have disappeared. Are other employees sensing that they were sold a fantasy job, too?

Fix?: If you had a goal in mind for this job, but the job is keeping you from the goal, consider finding something better. If you can achieve the goals on your own, such as taking night classes to earn that extra degree or certificate, then do it on your own and find a better job with your newfound skills.

  1. You’ve slept with one, or more, of your coworkers and things ended badly. First of all, don’t do this. But if you do, get out while before things turn nasty.

Fix?: Apologize if you can. Try to set things right if you’ve wronged them.

  1. There’s this exiled Nigerian businessman’s widow who’s wiring you a bunch of money, and you get to keep a few hundred thousand.

Seriously, you should quit your job and move to Canada if this happens.

  1. You’re making the same amount of money that you were when you first started working for the company. Five years ago.

Fix?: Ask for a raise. Even if you are doing the same work, as long as you are a valuable employee, you should be eligible for some kind of raise.

  1. You’ve just found a better deal. Better pay is nice, but really fun jobs don’t always pay well. The high-paying jobs are often the most tedious, so money alone isn’t everything. Find another position with a win-win – get more money and more leadership potential.

 

 

You reached a point in your life where quitting the job you hate is not an option. So what’s next?

Accept that you have this job for now.

That can be a hard pill to swallow, but to be effective anywhere else, you need to accept this. Responsibility for moving forward rests entirely on you. Fighting what is wastes energy better spent other places. Instead, focus on what you like about your job. No matter how rough a job is, there’s always something positive you can latch on to, something you find valuable. Whatever it is, identify that something and hold on to it like a life raft until you find another job. Your sanity might depend on it. Positivity will make your life a lot easier. Negativity is just going to make a bad situation worse.

Throw Yourself Into Your Work

That rut might be hard to get out of, even when you do land another job. On the other hand, throwing yourself into your work can make things a lot better. If nothing else, it’s a great way to blow off steam. Have you ever considered that what sucks about your job might not be the job itself?

Is it possible that you’ve conflated the circumstances of your job with the quality of your career? Maybe you like your job, but you want more money. Or maybe you like where you work, but you want more responsibility and a promotion. Or perhaps you’re bored with your role and are hungry for a new set of skills. There are dozens of factors at play that we call “work,” when in fact a job is really a set of responsibilities and a number of circumstances which can change.

Keeping your head down and grinding out top performance, however, will — it is the one variable you can control, and the one behavior most correlated with career advancement. Because work has a funny way of getting better when you get better.

Find Other Areas of Fulfillment in Life

Working hard can make things more tolerable. But if your career isn’t fulfilling — and if it isn’t going to change anytime soon — then no amount of high performance will totally offset that. So you need to start looking for fulfillment in other areas of your life. Personal fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Maybe you need an artistic endeavor, like painting or writing short stories.

Everyone has a different version of the thing their life needs. What’s yours?

Make time for it. A simple way to make that happen is just waking up an hour earlier every day. Carving out a single hour every day that exists just for you can make a big difference in your outlook. When you go to bed at the end of the day, you can reflect on that hour as time you spent doing something just for you. That can be a really powerful feeling, and it will make going to work significantly easier.

Look for Another Job

First, if you’re not just underpaid or underutilized the longer you’re there, the more it’s going to grind you down. One great antidote to that feeling, at least in the short term, is to start looking for another job. You’ll at least be doing something about the problem.

So if you’re considering leaving a job you hate, there are some things you need to know. Looking for another job comes in two parts: Planning, then looking.

Planning means thinking about where you want to be in five years. There’s no point in finding another job if you’re just going to be stuck where you are now, emotionally and professionally. Be intentional about looking for another job. Ask yourself what kind of job will be good for you in the long term. That might mean a total change of career. It might mean just being very mindful of where you apply and selective about where you work. But don’t just take another job for the sake of getting away from where you are now. You’ll probably regret it and you won’t have actually done anything about the underlying issue.

Sometimes the problem isn’t your job per se. It’s the career path you’re on.

The second part is applying. Set specific goals. How many jobs will you apply to in a given day? Be selective. Spend the time crafting your resume for each application. Draft the best cover letter you can. Not only is this going to increase your chances of getting the right job, it’s another great place to direct the negative energy you have about your job. And again, at the end of the day, you’re going to be able to reflect on the time spent as an accomplishment.

Spend just a little bit of time putting spit and polish on yours increases your chances of getting a good job. You’re basically sitting down and creatively bragging about yourself every time you work on your resume, while remembering — sometimes even discovering — all the things you know how to do. It’s an excellent way to self-reflect, celebrate your wins, and communicate your talents. For all those reasons, working on your resume is one of the most productive forms of aspirational daydreaming, which is essential to building a better life.

Be Empowered By Your Job Search

A job search can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. For one, it’s a lot easier to find a job when you already have one. Don’t forget to talk to your contacts, cast a wide net or even consider relocation. All of these offer opportunities to improve your quality of life while you look for another job. Talking to old contacts can make you remember professional aspirations you’d forgotten you had, or discover ones you didn’t know existed. Casting a wide net offers opportunities to change careers in ways you hadn’t thought of. And few things are more exciting than the prospect of a new job in a new city. Embrace this part of the process and you’ll get sustenance from it.

Having a draining job can be a real drag. Don’t wait around for your professional life to start. Take charge, make small progress every day, and look forward to the time when you have a career you’ve built for yourself. You’ll never have to utter the painful phrase “My job sucks” ever again.

Here is something to think about: If you say your job is something you don’t plan on doing forever, then why are you doing it right now?

 

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FULFILLMENT IS THE NEW CURRENCY PART ONE

Published on: Jun 24, 2019

You spend more than half of your waking hours at work, so if it doesn’t bring you any fulfilment professionally, your day to day experience will suffer. Actually, if you are not too fond of your job that only means that life isn’t looking that great either.

You are miserable, so what decision do you make, what steps do you take to get yourself out of the decision. Will it come down to fulfillment or necessity? You need the job to pay your bills, do you keep being miserable for a full belly and a warm sweater, or do you take the risk of searching for fulfilment elsewhere. The job market in Kenya is currently not as welcoming as it was during our parent’s time. Everything has become more competitive, it’s not just your degree that matter, your interpersonal skills and other stuff piled up on the ‘qualification’ list as well. Ever seen that meme of a two year old applying for a job so that in twenty years they would be able to tick that box of plus ten years’ experience? Funny and sad at the same time.

Youth unemployment is one of the main reasons why people are turning to entrepreneurship. In 2017, the estimated youth unemployment rate in Kenya was at 26.21 percent. Recent data from the Ministry of Education indicate that of the 1 million young people entering the job market from universities and colleges every year, only one out of five is likely to get a job in the formal sector.

Fulfillment Vs. Happiness

Fulfillment is different from happiness. There has been a lot of discussion about it and personally, I’m not concerned with the happiness debate. I’m not interested in the pinpointing or existence of happiness or any expert opinion. I’m interested in fulfillment. Fulfillment is the new happiness.

I know when I’ve felt fulfilled and I know that it feels different from happiness. It feels good to help others by calling upon my skills and experience, that gives me a sense a fulfilment and that’s so different from happiness. Happiness can cease at the flick of a switch—as soon as something unhappy happens. But fulfillment is robust. It’s something I can hold on to. It can stand tall and strong like a marble statue resisting the daily weather of mood.

The results of fulfilment are tangible and savory. They require me to be fully present and they call upon something that I have to offer: my prowess, my compassion, or my wisdom gained from mistakes made.

When we’re facing a tough career decision and ask ourselves, “Will this decision make me happy?” or “Is this the right decision?”, we are setting ourselves up for a brick wall of indecision. We are asking the wrong questions because happiness is fickle, elusive, and often times comes attached with pain.

Here is the question of the day: which path would you choose and what factors motivate your decision?

How about fulfillment of a dream or goal? Is that a motivating factor? Ask yourself, “What has felt fulfilling in the past and what might feel fulfilling in the future?” If you know what fulfills you, it’s easier to make decisions that lead to that outcome.

Two important characteristics of a good work environment are supervisors who trust their workers and who see them as more than machines to fulfill a task. If you have these things in your workplace, it might be a place worth staying even if your actual job isn’t everything you’ve dreamed of and more. Here are 10 signs that your current job might be worth staying at, at least until you have your dream job in the bag.

  1. Your Boss Wants to Use You to Your Fullest Potential. If it matters to your boss when you are under-utilized, that indicates that he values you as a person and not just as an employee. Which, in turn, means that he cares about your overall well-being at work, and not just your performance. Bosses like this are often more open to things like letting you telecommute, minimize your hours, or tweak your job and procedures in it so your work conditions are as good as possible.
  2. Your Boss Listens to Your Suggestions. A boss who truly listens is a boss you can communicate honestly with. Having a real “say” in what happens at work will give you a lift — it might not be what you truly care about, but at least you are a person whose opinion matters.
  3. You Have Real Responsibility for Things That Matter in Your Workplace. Giving you autonomous responsibility says that your boss trusts you and that you are trustworthy. Clearly, you are a valued employee.
  4. You Have a Good (Working) Relationship with Your Coworkers. Bad coworkers make for a miserable work environment, and good coworkers are hard to find. If you’re at a job where you like working with the people around you, you’re in quite a good place.
  5. You Can Bring Questions and Concerns to Your Coworkers and Boss. This is similar to the others. You’re respected, valued, and trustworthy.
  6. Your Boss Recognizes Strengths in You That Don’t Strictly Pertain to Your Job. Similar to 5.
  7. Your Boss and Company Don’t Micromanage Your Time. Aside from trustworthiness this also indicates that your boss respects you and the decisions you make.
  8. Your Boss and Company Aren’t Constantly Looking Over Your Shoulder. They respect you enough as a person with a life outside of the job to realize that, sometimes, you have to make a personal call on the job. They know you’ll get the job done, and so don’t keep on you to always work on “work stuff” at work.
  9. Your Boss Trusts You to Make Decisions and Work with Him to Implement Them. Clearly, an employer who trusts you is one to consider staying with if you’re not sure what else is out there, or until you are sure.
  10. You Get to Do New Things as You Demonstrate Your Commitment and Show Yourself Capable. You are a person with growing and developing strengths and ideas. In a situation like this, it just might be possible, depending on what you ultimately want to do, to turn a job you don’t really like into one you do. You might not have to go solo to fulfill your dreams, but be able to pursue them in the environment you’re already it. It’s at least worth looking that.

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Patricia Kihoro’s STYLE 5

Published on: Jun 14, 2019

  1. What is the one thing you’d never wear?

I don’t think I can say “never”. I think it all just depends on the fit. Actually wait. There is something I would never wear. Chaps. You know those pants with holes where the butt cheeks are supposed to be? Yeah, I don’t think anyone could ever convince me to wear those.

  1. What is your favorite fashion piece?

My Vivo bodycon dresses. They are so flattering, comfortable and versatile. My aim is to have one in every single color.

  1. What is your favorite color?

I don’t have one, although I will say that I noticed I have more black pieces of clothing than any other color.

  1. Favorite shoes?

Black boots. I have about 8 different pairs of all kinds of black boots. From knee highs, to biker boots, to riding boots and stiletto ankle boots. They are timeless.

  1. Favorite item in your makeup bag?

Just one? Woah! Hard to decide. Eyeliner and mascara. Those are my go-to items.

 

Shoot Coordinator Evelyne Waitherero

Make-up by Kanai Beauties

Styled by Ojwa Styling

Photos by June July Photography

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LEAVE ME BREASTLESS By Genevieve Esgate

Published on: Jun 14, 2019

 

Being left breastless nearly 4 years ago from breast cancer was certainly life changing. But one thing that didn’t cross my mind initially was just how difficult it would be to get dressed. I knew my body had changed but I honestly thought that I’d be able to just throw on all of my old clothes without a worry. I couldn’t quite believe that the permanent personal changes that breast cancer was making to me, also included my wardrobe.

I always loved fashion pre-breast cancer and found myself completely lost when nothing that I had previously worn fit me properly. I also couldn’t believe that there was very little out there as far as support goes for women who have had a mastectomy and are looking for fashion. There were plenty of things that I guess you would call ‘comfortable clothes’ but what struck me was that women who have had a mastectomy are virtually forced into losing their sense of fashion and style just because they no longer have breasts.

This idea didn’t sit well with me and after deciding not to reconstruct my breasts, I knew I would have to find a way to bring style back into my wardrobe. What I have come to learn over the course of the past four years is that there are still plenty of stylish fashion options out there for breastless women, they are just harder to find. In mainstream clothing stores, you have to know what you are looking for and seek these items out without getting down about the things you can no longer wear. After all, let’s face it, everyone is really restricted in some way or another in shops due to their particular body features, so don’t let that part worry you.

Top 10 Tips for Breastless Women

  1. Off the shoulder tops and dresses looks great.
  2. High necklines with detail work well.
  3. Patterned fabric distracts the eye from the breastless chest.
  4. Frills give great coverage of the chest area.
  5. Jewellery is a great option for disguising the flat chest.
  6. Scarves are stylish and also cover the chest well.
  7. Detailed jackets draw the eye.
  8. Avoid deep V necklines or gaping cowl necklines.
  9. Block colours and tight tops make the chest more obvious.
  10. A combination of loose, patterned and frills tops work wonders.

Despite the fact that shopping is in some ways harder than it was before, now that I know what I am looking for, I can again feel excited about finding on trend, stylish fashion items that make me feel breastless and beautiful. For more tips, go to www.leavemebreastless.com  and embrace your new normal!

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Fashion Spotlight on Wandia Gichuru

Published on: Jun 14, 2019

 

  1. What made you take the leap into entrepreneurship?

After working for over 20 years, I was really looking for more freedom and independence in my working life.  I also wanted the opportunity of trying to build something from scratch and seeing where that could go.

  1. What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?

The hurdles have really been different at different stages of the business.  In the very early days the challenge was identifying the right suppliers and hiring the right staff.  Now that the business has grown, the challenges have changed to things like managing cash flow, building systems and learning how to be more of a leader and less of a micro-manager.

  1. Did you ever deal with contention from your family concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits? How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?

Not at all. None of my family are entrepreneurs and to be honest, they have been very supportive from the beginning. One of my brothers even invested money in the business, long before we knew whether it would succeed. So he did it more to support me, and not because he was guaranteed any return.

  1. What was your business’ original mission? How has that mission evolved in the time since?

Initially our mission was really just to provide great clothing to women. Now that we have better understood our potential impact, we have a much bolder vision – to “Change the way Africa sees herself through Fashion”. And this is because we believe that we are playing a small part in building our confidence in ourselves, in our capabilities and in our worthiness as a people.

  1. Do you prefer to pursue funding or build organically, and why?

We have grown organically for the first 6 years of the business, largely because we did not want to borrow at the very high interest rates and we didn’t think that investors would value us high enough at that stage.  However, now that we are bigger and have demonstrated our potential, we have raised a small amount of external capital – just to speed up our growth.

  1. Did you have major competitors when you started, how did you plan to compete with them, and how did that plan play out?

There have always been and there will always be competition – that’s a given in business unless you have a monopoly.  So we are always assessing what is there now, and what we think will be there tomorrow.  This is a very dynamic space and people are always entering the market.  All we can do is to keep being very clear about our value proposition and revising up when necessary to ensure that differentiate ourselves.

  1. What do you look for in a business partner?

I have only ever had one business partner, my Vivo co-founder, Anne-Marie Burugu.  I think what works for us is that we share a similar passion and enthusiasm for the business, we agree on the vision and we deeply trust each other.  In our case, we have very clear and differentiated roles though. I run the day-to-day business, and she is the Chair of our Board and provides leadership at that level.

  1. How do you facilitate a positive work environment that attracts and retains talent?

This is a constant work in progress.  Our company is growing quickly and so the culture is changing. Now that we have over 60 staff, it is important to be clear about things such as our corporate values – to make sure that they are consistent across the organization.  These are the kinds of conversations we are having right now.

  1. What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business’ success?

That is such a tough question because I don’t believe it is any one thing!  I think success is often a combination of many different things coming together at the same time. And you can never underestimate the role of luck – which can come and go.  Touch wood, we have been very lucky so far.  But other factors that have contributed to any success we had include a great team, positioning our product right in terms of pricing and style, and lots of great support and loyalty from our clients.

  1. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made as an entrepreneur?

Hmmmm…. Another tough question.  Again – I don’t know that any ONE stands out but I’m sure I make lots of mistakes all the time. I just choose not to see them as mistakes and instead as lessons learned.  For example, when I choose a design that turns out to be a complete flop as far as sales are concerned, instead of seeing it as a mistake, I try and look for what that experience can teach us.  What about it didn’t work? Did we get the design wrong or did we not market it right? Was it the design or the fabric we chose to make it from? Did we price it too high or too low? There are always lots of questions to ask from any so called “mistake” that can help you be better informed next time.

  1. What has been your greatest moment of success?

When it comes to work, I am most proud of the fact that out of what was just an idea we have built a business that has created over 60 jobs. And as we know in Kenya, each job is probably supporting at least 7 other people. So that makes me incredibly happy. But there have been many other moments that I am grateful for. Mostly in my personal life though… which I guess wasn’t your question J.

  1. How do you approach marketing your business?

Our marketing is almost 100% on social media. That’s what we can afford and that’s the easiest way to reach the bulk of our clients (present or future). We try and create content that will inspire and speak to the people who follow us.

  1. How do you believe evolving technology will impact the way we do business over the next 10 years?

Wow. The speed at which technology is changing its hard to tell what changes it will bring in one year, let alone 10! Right now we are looking at the ways in which technology can help us better understand our clients and our products (e.g. using data analytics). We are also taking advantage of new and improved fabrics and tools for manufacturing. And of course technology constantly offers new ways to reach and communicate with your market.

  1. What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?

Nothing really. I’m truly okay with the entrepreneurial journey I’ve experienced so far because I believe that each step has been necessary. I’m learning things as and when I’m ready to learn them, and that learning never stops. If someone had told me how important it is to have a solid board 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have known what to do with that information.  But I’m a true believer in the saying “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”.

  1. What’s the most important thing you’re working on right now, and how are you making it happen?

Right now we are really focused on building our e-commerce business, and we have a great team leading our strategy in this area. All I want to say about it right now is “watch this space”! J

  1. How do you help people grow to the next level and be their best.

Ultimately I believe that everyone has to take responsibility for their own progress and fulfillment. But we are trying to create an environment at Vivo where people take initiative and then are given the resources and tools to explore their ideas. In a growing business, there are plenty of opportunities to grow with it, and that is what we are encouraging.

  1. If you sold your company today, what would be the tone of the conversation? What would you want to gain? What would you want to avoid losing?

Well, just to be clear, I am not planning to sell any time soon! But if and when I do, I will want to be sure that the staff are considered during negotiations. I would not want to see people who have been with us for a long time loose their jobs or livelihoods.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope that within 5 years I will have handed over the day-to-day running of the business to someone else, and I can spend more of my time on big picture issues, as well as in things outside of Vivo, including investing in and mentoring other businesses.

  1. How do you keep up with the changing trends of the industry?

We have a design team that researches trends – however we always try to have a Vivo-spin to anything we create.

  1. What kind of person will succeed in this industry?

I’m not sure that this industry is that different when it comes to the basics… to succeed in business (and many other aspects of life) you need grit and determination, to work hard and to have honest conversations with yourself and with other people. I don’t really believe it overnight success… even when it might appear that way. Apart from a very few exceptions most successful people have worked REALLY hard to get to where they are.

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Spotlight: Artist Thufu-B

Published on: Jun 13, 2019

Bebeto Ochieng, better known as Thufu-B is a master of lines. Graffiti circles have fondly dubbed him the “Lines man”. He is one of the founding members of BSQ crew, a street art group based in Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi. His work focuses mainly on African females. Notably, portraits with African patterns on the background finishing with lines that create faces. These portraits mostly focus on traditional African Cultures. Also, he has a special bias for BBW which is Big Beautiful Women, given his fascination for the African Woman’s features. Ultimately, he hopes to showcase his work to the world. His dreams stretch wide and vast.

“Female poses are more fluid, more loving. They inspire the best out of my creativity”

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Adelle Onyango launches PursePective

Published on: Jun 13, 2019

Social activist Adelle Onyango launches PursePective – a podcast series about gender equality.

Adelle Onyango, through her initiative, has unveiled a podcast series titled PursePective. As the name suggests, the podcast is a space where women can talk about their experiences as they relate to gender equality, and men can objectively respond with their perspective.

PursePective will be a podcast to drive gender equality, women empowerment and inclusion. During each show, Adelle Onyango and a panel of three guests will tackle different ways in which we can all promote a more equitable society.

“The narrative of the podcast is based on the premise that in the patriarchal nature of society, men have a privileged hand and many times do not even realise it,” Adelle noted.

“The aim of this podcast is to bring this to light, highlighting for men the privilege they may take for granted,” she added.

“The podcast is a platform to not just tell the African woman’s story but to get men to understand what it takes to be the modern African woman and the social intricacies involved.” Adelle further explained, “The podcast is based on the understanding that women are not the problem; the obstacle and hindrance to gender equality and sexual abuse, is not fellow women; and that if men know and do what’s right, we live in a society as equals.  The podcast is really for men.”

On Tuesday June 25th, PursePective will premiere at a two-hour live viewing which will be held at K1 Klub house. The viewing will feature a 60-minute panel discussion followed by a 60-minute Q&A between the guests and the show’s panel members.

The premiere and all future episodes of PursePective will be posted on Adelle’s social media channels in both podcast and video form, where she will encourage women to watch or listen with a man or with men.

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Fashion Blogger Eleksie Noir

Published on: Jun 13, 2019

 

About My journey and how I started

My name is Queen Achieng’, I started Eleksie Noir about two years ago. My intention with the brand or blog rather was to showcase my personal style and creative outfits, fostered by my love for fashion and beauty. I couldn’t get a good photographer then, and always had issues with how the images came out. I had just relocated in Mombasa so I didn’t know people around apart from my colleagues.

I’d like to believe I am a perfectionist, and most people who know me well say as much. So I ended up going for shoots which never ended up on the blog. In my search for designers and brands I could collaborate with, I realized a gap in the African fashion industry.

There were all these creatives who I felt were under exposed, and the lack of enough media platforms to showcase African creatives work. That is when I decided to channel my website to focus on the African fashion industry.

Being a creative of any kind, it is hard to juggle an 8-5 with your content creation. So after like a year, I decided to quit my job, come back to Nairobi and focus fully on content creation. However all did not go according to plan especially with financial matters and I decided to go back to employment and try to make both work.

That is never easy, but when you love what you do, you do what you have to do. It’s called making sacrifices. Right now am not fully in employment, and luckily my job is not so demanding

Eleksie is now a pro black brand that creates content that revolves around fashion, beauty, lifestyle and events focusing on black fashion and black excellence.  I put less of myself out there and more of the content that supports the black industry.

When people hear pro black they think it is anti-white.

Here is a top definition. Pro black is simply a lifestyle that encourages the economic growth and development of the black people as a whole with a purpose of increasing the wealth and population of black people around the world. Whether it be spending money with black own business in your communities or online. Promoting love for black people and encouraging the black youths.

So I do the same with art and fashion. Eleksie is not where it needs to be, but well on the path. I have a manager to ensure that the plans follow through and someone I consult as well. I now have a few projects coming up and I am currently working with African Fashion and Design Week (AFDW) which normally holds in Lagos, New York and Los Angeles as Kenyan Project Manager. We launched the first Business of Fashion Seminar at Safaricom Micheal Joseph Centre last month and hoping to launch the fashion show in Kenya soon.

Most people know Eleksie but they have no idea who Queen is. In fact most people think Eleksie is my name. And as long as the work and the message gets out there, it’s good enough for me.

 

My perspective on the creative industry

The creative industry is really growing. A while back, creatives’ struggled with making ends meet and earning off their art. But right now things have changed. Take Africa for instance, Africans are finding their strengths and extent of their abilities and living off it.

The creative industry right now boasts a pool of young bright talents whose creative skills reach an audience far beyond their respective country borders and shaping the creative world.

Cities are being dubbed the world fashion capital with high caliber of fashion shows, and economies growing at a higher percentage due to the creatives who work relentlessly. Africa fashion culture, inspired by African heritage continues to be a trend setter and foundation for inspiration emulated by worldwide fashion designers, photographers and brands.

We have seen Vanessa Kingori as the first female Publisher of British GQ, a Men’s fashion and Style, Lupita Nyon’go wining a Grammy, Wunmi Mosaku bagging the British Academy Television Award and Pinky Ghelani getting crowned the First Moët Nectar Impérial Queen in Kenya, among other creatives who continue to be celebrated.

The creative industry is a culture of diversity, it is a culture that recognizes differences, embraces them and capitalizes on them. Right now the creative industry is the footprint in the world.

 

My perspective on youth opportunities

Youth opportunities has always been a thorn in the flesh. Youth account for 48% of all Africans unemployed, according to the World Bank. For a long time youths were not given enough platforms to showcase their work. The research, published by youth charity Young Enterprise, reveal 40% think young people lack the confidence to apply for competitive jobs.

But right now I would say there are more opportunities being created for the youths. More than 70% of the youth in the “Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda are either self-employed or contributing to family work.”

We have platforms like coke studio a forum which brings together Artists from around the continent, Blaze, workshops, trainings, conferences, competitions and funding opportunities. Most award shows have upcoming categories.

With the digital era we have platforms where the youths can showcase their works like Instagram, YouTube and websites. We even have free tutorials at our disposal. So basically the youths have managed to use the digital platforms to sell their work.

Its high time brands realize that investing in youths is investing in thriving communities. Through education, skills training, supports and referrals in place the youths will reach their full potential. As a young person, I know for a fact that with the right investment and opportunities, youth creativity is the next economic boom.

 

What it’s like to be in my shoes:

Well, all I have to say is, I have walked away from jobs to make my plans work. I have also walked away from opportunities because of insecurities. I have and continues to make sacrifices for this to work. I have spent sleepless nights with ideas and no starting point. I have felt like am not ready to pull through with my plans for the industry.

I have received no’s, maybes, and unreplied emails. My introvert nature has kept me from interacting with people who could be potential partners or support systems. This is just to let everyone know that when you decide to create your brand you will get blows, experience the lows, feelings of inadequacy and lack of support.

But there have been many joyous times, too. I have a commitment to believe in myself and rise above any challenges with dignity and hope.

Always go back to your why. Do your thing, don’t carry your mistakes with you. Place them under your feet and use them as stepping stone to rise above them. God will always have you exactly where you should be. Use the digital podiums to showcase your visual ideas and experiences

Attract positive attention with your art, music, fashion, or entertainment. Be part of the movement to rebrand Africa and the whole creative industry. Let your work do the shouting.

 

Website: http://www.eleksie.co.ke/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eleksie_africa/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elexyfashiontalk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eleksie_africa

 

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Spotlight: Graffiti Girls Kenya

Published on: Jun 13, 2019

“Always feed your creative, and keep painting.” – Smokillah

Graffiti Girls Kenya is a workshop dedicated in involving young women in graffiti as an art form where they discuss, share and paint on issues affecting them.

The workshop is run by muralist Douglas Kihiko, one of the pioneers of graffiti art in Kenya in 2002 called Spray Uzi.

Being a professional graffiti muralist, Douglas started this workshop seeing there are no women professional graffiti artists in Nairobi. He saw the need of training young women the art form on a professional basis with the aim of balancing out the percentage of male graffiti artists to female.

On how Graffiti Girls Kenya came to be, Smokillah says, “It was in 2015. I used to train a group of young boys in this studio. I started noticing a few ladies who would come and peep through that window at what we were doing, then they would walk away probably intimated by the male only classes. That was when the concept of this initiative was born.”

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