Posts tagged ‘Billy Kahora’
Date: Saturday, 28 June 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Entry: Prior Reservation.
The killings in Mpeketoni on 15 and 16 June are the latest in a series of violent events that are challenging the security of Kenya and the East Africa region more broadly. The words ‘terrorism’, ‘assassinations’, ‘tribal clashes’, ‘violent crime’, ‘domestic violence’ regularly appear in mainstream and social media headlines. Traumatic pictures of the aftermath fill the newspapers and TV screens. Kenya is no stranger to violent conflict, as the 2008 post-election violence attests to, but some analysts see the current resurgence as something new. There is no shortage of views on the causes of the current insecurity. Some blame external threats, religious ideology, identity, resource competition, youth unemployment, marginalisation, political intrigue, corruption and inefficiency of the security services. Others point to a failure of collective responsibility.
In the latest in a series of conversations with well-known writers, Kwani Trust, in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, have invited a panel of writers to discuss these pressing matters. The writers include:
NoViolet Bulawayo, Writer
Parselelo Kantai, Writer
Rashid Abdi, Journalist
Billy Kahora, Writer and Kwani? managing editor
This conversation follows a session at 5pm at the same venue titled, Meet the Writers, featuring the three shortlisted writers of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Africa’s most prestigious literary prize: NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/South Africa) and Karen Jennings (South Africa).
Six and the City is a theatre project dedicated to the city we live in: Nairobi. A vibrant, eccentric, extreme city made of different and contradictory worlds. Goehte Institut asked six writers to portray this elusive city in form of a short theatre piece. All plays are staged for a theatre evening in front of Nairobi’s skyline, on PAWA254’s terrace.
Dates: September 13-15, 2013
Venue: PAWA 254, Africa Alliance of YMCA Building, State House Crescent
Time: 6 pm
Tickets: KShs 500
Six and the City was originally developed by Stephan Bruckmeier and Petra Weimer for the television tower Stuttgart. Together with Bruckmeier, Goethe Institut enhanced the idea for Nairobi and have commissioned six writers with the six pieces: Billy Kahora, Parseleo Kantai, Andia Kisia, Tony Mochama, Kevin Mwachiro, and Valentine Njoroge.
The dating issues of a modern Kenyan woman, politicians who can’t sing the national anthem, sugardaddys and university girls, the true story of a beggar, mistaken gender identities, several thugs, freaks, and a vibrator are just some ingredients of this unconventional theatre evening.
Coordinated by Hope Theatre Nairobi, in cooperation with Mwajuma Bahati, it stages Pauline Akinyi, Terry Awiti, Dansoye Denge, Mwajuma Bahati, Constant Hore, Hana Kefela, Joe Kinyua, David Nawieri, Marrianne Nungo, and Telley Savalas Otieno.
The directors are Hawa Essuman, Anthony Ndungu and Carol Odongo.
Readings from: Nadifa Mohamed – UK, Adam Foulds – UK, Thabiso Mohare – South Africa, Billy Kahora – Kenya & Abdul Adan – Kenya
For more info. visit Kwani? website
Content- Juliani, Gado, and Billy Kahora Meets Tech- ICT Board, Digital Divide Data (DDD) and Jimmy Gitonga.
Three months ago, Kwani Trust commissioned Digital Divide Data (DDD) to digitise some of its content as part of a pilot to see what possibilities lie in the content Kwani? has produced since its founding in 2003, and how new online and digital technologies could be utilised. This new Kwani? ebook platform is the first step in developing structures and networks through which Kwani?’s content can be disseminated to earn our published writers a much wider readership, and increase the scope of the Trusts reach and income.
We have been keenly following recent developments in the sector. From our observations, we feel that technology is driving many societal changes in the ways different players in the content-technology chain create, disseminate, receive, consume and perceive content and information. Content providers in the arts, culture and public media, like Kwani Trust and Buni Media, are entering these spaces with renewed energy. Online technologies like social media now take up huge market sectors in the consumption of content.
Our experience with the Kwani? ebook platforms has posed four distinct challenges.
– Though research in both content creation and online technologies is being commissioned and carried out, there is still a lot of work to be done on how the two sectors might complement each other optimally. In the build-up to launching the Kwani? ebook platform, we found little comprehensive local research on basic conceptual questions. How can the content and technology sectors work to facilitate research that is mutually beneficial?
– High quality content in arts, culture and public media is a specialised sector that is mostly donor-funded while most of the exciting work being done on online and mobile platforms is commercially driven. Collaboration between the two sectors requires significant paradigm shifts for both. How can non-profit content providers rethink their institutional models to take up the commercial opportunities that the new technologies promise?
– Traditional content providers have created loyal audiences and markets from offline products. New technologies promise new audiences, markets and possibilities. How can the two sectors work together to take advantage of these layered existing outlets?
– Traditional content providers have created legal frameworks for their institutional requirements over a period of time. New legal and contractual challenges have emerged with online and mobile content provision possibilities. How can the two sectors work together to ensure a stable legal framework for optimal collaboration?
Kwani Trust will hold an event in which content providers in the arts, culture and public media sector and online, mobile and new technology sector can discuss the issues outlined above.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/281433275295312/