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About Maria
Maria Nene is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya who has been published in various media outlets. She is also a news reporter who has worked in various radio stations.
English Swahili
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Africa’s cities of the future

04 Apr 2024  |  standardmedia.co.ke
Smart cities, also known as satellite cities, are emerging across Africa, with countries like Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda incorporating them into national agendas. Konza City in Kenya, also called Silicon Savanna, is a government-funded project expected to be a self-sustaining innovation and technology hub. Nigeria's Smart Cities Initiative aims to integrate ICT into urban infrastructure, while Rwanda's Vision City is a large residential project by the Rwanda Social Security Board. Eko Atlantic in Nigeria is being built on reclaimed land and aims to house 250,000 people with a range of accommodations. Ghana's King City, Appolonia, and Hope City are also part of the smart city trend, with Hope City planning to feature Africa's tallest skyscraper. Waterfall City in South Africa is another example, located between Pretoria and Johannesburg, featuring various economic amenities.

Chebet Lesan

30 Jul 2023  |  The Standard
Chebet Lesan, a 28-year-old entrepreneur from Kenya, shares her journey of starting and running a successful business, Bright Green Kenya, which produces charcoal briquettes. With a background in Industrial Design from the University of Nairobi, Lesan has always been inclined towards entrepreneurship, starting her first venture in college. Bright Green Kenya was born out of her desire to create an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional charcoal for low-income families. The company has grown significantly, with selling points across Nairobi and a production capacity of two thousand tonnes a day. Lesan has received several accolades for her work, including a commendation from the queen and a Nelson Mandela Fellowship. She advises aspiring entrepreneurs to start small, be patient, and surround themselves with positive influences.

Linda Meitekene (Meitex) Ouko

30 Jul 2023  |  The Standard
The article narrates the personal story of Linda Meitekene (Meitex) Ouko, a 34-year-old woman who struggled with alcoholism and its detrimental effects on her life and relationships. Linda recounts her journey from her high school days, where she began drinking to fit in, to the point where her addiction led to hospitalization and a serious toll on her liver. She was admitted to Asumbi Treatment Centre in Homa Bay, Kenya, where she underwent rehabilitation. Despite initial resistance, Linda embraced the recovery process and benefited from counseling by former alcoholics. After completing her treatment, she pursued an addiction counseling course and became a motivational speaker, aiming to help others with similar struggles. Linda plans to further her education with a Masters in Counseling and Psychology at the University of Nairobi. The article highlights the importance of support and understanding in overcoming addiction, as well as the personal growth and amends that can follow successful recovery.

Kasiva Mutua: Drumming to Kenya’s rhythms

01 Apr 2016  |  Music In Africa
The article profiles the journey of Kasiva, a passionate drummer from Kenya, who discovered her love for drumming at the age of 10. Despite challenges, including gender-based taunts and a momentary setback after a failed competition, Kasiva's dedication to drumming never wavered. She honed her skills through various music festivals, university life in Uganda, and playing with local artists. Kasiva's talent led her to collaborations with renowned artists like Kidum, Suzanna Owiyo, and Iddi Achieng, and international exposure through the Nile Project and the One Beat artist residency in the USA. The article highlights the significance of the drum in African societies and acknowledges the changing gender dynamics as women like Kasiva make their mark in this traditionally male-dominated field.

Taarab’s Influence On Music Today

02 Mar 2015  |  Music In Africa
The article explores the history and cultural significance of Taarab music, a genre with diverse influences from Indian, Persian, European, and Arab cultures, and sung in Swahili. Originating from the East African coast, particularly Zanzibar, Taarab is a form of sung poetry with lyrics often addressing love and relationships through metaphorical language. The article details the instruments unique to Taarab, such as the qanun, and the genre's evolution over time. It highlights the role of Sultan Said Barghash in introducing Taarab to Zanzibar and the subsequent localization of the music. The piece also covers the political associations of Taarab in Zanzibar and the pioneering female musicians Siti binti Saad and Bi Kidude, who transformed the genre and paved the way for women in music. The article concludes by discussing the influence of Taarab on other musical genres and the challenges it faces in the modern era.

Kenya Airways hostess recounts her descent into drug trafficking

06 Nov 2002  |  nairobinews.nation.africa
Priscilla Jemutai Kolongei, a former Kenya Airways hostess, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2002 for drug trafficking by a Nairobi court. She was caught with 27 kilograms of heroin at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after being tipped off. Despite the severity of her sentence, her defense team did not appeal, having expected worse. Twelve years later, Kolongei shared her story, revealing that she had been unknowingly smuggling drugs since 1997, believing she was transporting benign goods for friends. Her involvement escalated to knowingly smuggling harder drugs for higher pay. She was set up by acquaintances, leading to her arrest and conviction. Kolongei's narrative was shared with the BBC Swahili Service.

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