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Giant US media service company Netflix hires Kenyan woman as a manager

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Global streaming giant Netflix has appointed Kenyan award-winning TV producer and Spielworks Media chief executive Dorothy Ghettuba as its manager for International Originals.

The move comes after global streaming giant Netflix announced last year that it would commission original shows from Africa by 2019.

This could increase demand for the platform among viewers from the region and eventually reduce the cost of access.

“Telling our African stories. Onwards and Upwards,” said Ms Ghettuba in an Instagram post announcing her appointment.

This appointment continues an impressive trend of Kenyans in the creative industry taking up more positions on the global stage.

The producer, who is wife to Oyunga Pala, took to her social media to share the news to elated netizens by saying “Telling African stories at Netflix”.

Dorothy pauses for a photo with the host of “Living With Ess,” Sharon Mundia in Nairobi, Kenya. FILE PHOTO

She has produced epic programs such as ‘Sumu La Penzi’, ‘Lies That Bind’, ‘Saints and Higher Learning’. In 2011, she was among the Top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya published by the Business Daily.

Born and raised in Kenya, Ghettuba studied Communications and Political science at Andrews University in Michigan, USA. After her graduation, she spent several years living in Canada, where she worked for a period with a venture capital fund. She returned to Kenya shortly after her thirtieth birthday.

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This month, the movie Us, in which Oscar-award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o starred, generated $70 million upon its debut in 3,741 North American locations.

For Amazon’s streaming service, the director for the film Rafiki Wanuri Kahiu will script and direct an adaptation of Octavia Butler’s novel Wild Seed.

Middle East carrier Emirates launched a new campaign this month comprising films in which they are “paying tribute to a new generation of African disrupters who are making their mark globally across music, fashion, literature and the arts, the campaign celebrates the cultural renaissance taking over Africa.”

The campaign features Kenyan musician Blinky Bill and South-Sudanese model Shanelle Nyasiase who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Kenya.

A report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development noted Kenya’s strides in some aspects of the creative economy but called for creative activities to be anchored in political and governmental commitment and concrete support.

 

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Digital media key to Africa’s growth story

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Mainstream media have been pushed to focus more on digital platforms since young people are changing the future of the industry.

Talking at the Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, on Monday, Nation Media Group Editorial Director Mutuma Mathiu said the platform had been altered to involve more computer-generated reports.

“The future of journalism is exciting. The use of specific devices to receive news is in its last stages. People will receive news from their fridges and all manner of gadgets,” Mr. Mathiu said.

“Journalism as an organized activity in truth-seeking, fact-checking and storytelling is becoming better because of converged technology.”

He, however, warned of social medial being mauled by a lot of fake news.

“We have seen social media being weaponised to rig elections and spread misinformation. People now prefer to pay for credible news,” Mr. Mathiu said

“Whatever form the media takes in the next 60 years, I hope we will continue to talk about the truth and hold leaders to account.”

The platform has changed focus giving social media a more significant say in democracy issues.

Ipsos Kenya Managing Director Aggrey Oriwo said media is going towards a personalized consumption stage, something that the mainstream media should embrace.

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Nairobi: Best African city to work in

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Expatriates have voted in Nairobi as the best African city to work in. According to Expat City Ranking 2019, the residents are friendly and fair weather.

Nairobi is the 45th best city to work in, as stated by a survey conducted by InterNations, the largest community for expatriates.

“About 82 percent describe the locals (Nairobi residents) as friendly and 62 percent find it easy to make friends. The local climate and weather has been a top highlight for expat life, with 91 percent of expats rating this factor positively compared to 59 percent globally,” the report said.

South Africa’s Johannesburg ranked 59th globally, Cape Town (65th) and Nigeria’s Lagos (79th).

The respondents also cited that Nairobi is easy to settle in ranking third worldwide behind Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Manama in Bahrain.

InterNations has more than 3.5 million members, surveyed over 20,000 respondents in 82 cities around the globe in the 2019 ranking.

 

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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC

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A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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