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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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Bob Collymore’s contract extended by another year despite calls he be replaced by a Kenyan

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Safaricom has extended Bob Collymore’s contract by a year to compensate for the time he was away on medical leave.

The CEO will now leave the telco in 2020.

“I am not going anywhere. I will be here for another one year till 2020,” Mr Collymore said on the sidelines of the shared value event in Nairobi.

The move now postpones transition at the listed firm that posted Sh63-billion profit last year.

The Guyanese-born British citizen took a medical leave in 2017 to fight cancer and it is understood that he wants to exit the firm.

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Last month, Reuters reported that a row had erupted at the giant telco after the Kenyan government insisted that Mr Collymore should be succeeded by a Kenyan, delaying the announcement of his replacement.

Safaricom’s stronghold on Kenya’s economy has been cemented by its mobile money platform M-Pesa that has now been classified as a risk to the economy if it collapses.

The firm, listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), has more than 30 million customers and generates over Sh200 billion in revenues every year.

The telco has become critical in fighting crime as well as helping police with investigations given its reach.

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Choosing a chief executive at Safaricom has always remained the preserve of Britain’s Vodafone, which was the major shareholder in the firm until 2017.

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It transferred this powers to South Africa’s Vodacom after a share swap in 2017, which saw it remain with a five percent stake, while the South African firm ended up with a 35 percent stake.

The Kenyan government also has 35 percent share, similar to what South Africa’s Vodacom has, and without merging the shareholding, they have equal shareholder strength.

SOURCE-nation.co.ke

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VIDEO: Now DP Ruto, Aisha Jumwa tell Matiang’i off and call for his resignation

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has said all those mentioned in the latest fake gold scam should carry their own crosses and desist from dragging the name of the president into the scandal.

Without dropping any names, Ruto said that “the political conmen had now tuned to gold.”

Walipanda ndege hapa na kwenda huko Dubai na kufanya maneno yao. Wabebe mizigo yao na waache kumuingiza rais kwa mambo hayo,” said Ruto during a fundraiser at a church in Endebess, Trans Nzoia County,.

Meanwhile, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, a close associate of Mr Ruto, has asked for the immediate resignation of Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matian’gi.

A section of Jubilee MPs havealso told ODM leader Raila Odinga to state what he knows about the fake gold scandal.

They said Interior CS Fred Matiang’i should also explain how the country’s security was protecting the premises with fake gold.

Speaking  on Saturday when they accompanied Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of various development projects in Trans Nzoia, the lawmakers asked Matiang’i to state what he knows about it.

The leaders were Governors Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), MPs Robert Pukose (Endebess), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Janet Nangabo (Women Rep, Trans Nzoia), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Janet Jepkemboi (Turbo), Gabriel Tongoyo (Narok West), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Owen Baya (Kilifi North).

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This as it emerged that the Director of Public Prodecution, Nordin Haji, had defended President Kenyatta and former PM Raila Odinga.

Mr Haji issued a statement on Saturday about a recording circulated on social media that suggests that some information was relayed to President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga and Interior minister Fred Matiang’i, and that discussions followed.

He condemned the release and circulation of the recording, saying, “Such claims and their circulation through social media, specifically through leaked phone recordings in today’s age of real-time, borderless publishing, are alarmist and may needlessly cause disaffection.

He warned that “unless all facts are obtained and analysed, it is irresponsible and possibly unlawful to publish such material.”

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Mr Haji said he had personally received complaints from victims who said the person behind the scam had been invoking the President’s name in dealings and conversations.

“Having realised that they were conned on the availability of the gold, and the misleading knowledge and involvement of the President, the former Prime Minister and CS Matiang’i, they resolved to [file] a report [with] Kenyan authorities and cooperate with law enforcement in unearthing the under-dealings.”

The DPP said he had thus directed Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to speed up the probe; he said the file should be forwarded to him in the next seven days.

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Mr Haji also asked members of the public with helpful information to report it to authorities.

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VIDEO: Vote for our very own top Diaspora Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja

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It’s back.

The 2019 edition of Groove Awards with Safaricom event is officially here. As was the case last year and years before that, the awards will celebrate excellence in Gospel music in Kenya and across Africa.

Celebrated Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja from Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the finalists in the Diaspora Artiste of the Year Category. Please take a little of your time to vote for here here.

Since 2004, Groove Awards with Safaricom has celebrated excellence in gospel music in Kenya and across Africa. The awards, entering their 14th year in Kenya (and 6th in Rwanda), are this nation’s most prestigious and recognized Gospel music awards event, enjoying regional resonance and relevance.

Groove seeks to promote gospel music as a message of hope and an avenue to address issues affecting young people across the African continent with a key focus on its main objective – “Shaping culture through positive content and entertainment.”

Groove Awards has seen over 1,800 artists/groups nominated and almost 400 Groove statuettes presented to gospel musicians in Kenya and beyond.

The Venue and date for this Year’s Gala will be communicated in due course.

 

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