a new space for artists and citizen journalists

KARIOBANGI HUB

Project Launch at Pawa254

Sauti Ya Mtaa Launch

Bringing Together Street Art and Data

Berlin

Berlin

Graffiti Training

About Us

The slum dwellers of Nairobi live in one of Africa’s leading technological cities, yet with a lack of resources and access to forums for public dialogue, slum dwellers are often the least likely to have the tools to record or report their life experiences. At best, they are too often reduced to passive receivers of information; in the worst cases, they have been the last to know about critical issues that affect them directly such as land tenure, police interventions and health outbreaks.
This project seeks to improve the right to information for slum dwellers to give them an evidence base for community discussions and for lobbying government bodies.
Sauti Ya Mtaa  will bring together some of the most successful slum-focused communication initiatives in Nairobi. Combining artistic communication and innovative journalism technologies, the aim is to establish a communication system supporting networks of civically engaged youth across Nairobi, allowing them to be the drivers and leaders of the change to the political system and contribute to foster the civic empowerment and public action.
On the aspect of artistic communication, we will work in partnership with MIT Center for Civic Media , engaging graffiti writers to spread data-based information in the slums area of Nairobi and organizing artistic events attracting youth. The data murals will leverage open data initiatives to empower community groups to make data-driven arguments, in addition to existing methods they have.
This info-activism is all to often confined to the digital realm, in social media campaigns and infographics.  Bringing this work to real world murals allows us to make the data-driven activism more participatory, opening up a new avenue for citizen-driven, data-informed, accountability. On the aspect of innovative journalism, thanks to our partnership with On Our Radar, we will capture the feedback of the society by training citizen journalists operating in those areas  supporting them by introducing technological innovation. While radio remains the leading source of news for slum dwellers, young people in particular are keen to engage new tools for reporting that bring them more align with the digital and mobile era. This project will offer a realistic gateway to those tools and platforms while firmly connecting them with their built-environment.

Julio Otieno

Am a scientist, writer, a poet, musician and a change maker.

"Being handsome, beautiful, intelligent, educated, clever, rich, classy or positive in anyway if not handled with wisdom can easily inspire jealousy and ignite the flames of envy, hate and potentially displace people from their position with respect to others".

    Shitemi Khamadi

    As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain.

    Fed up with Jedikiah’s constant lies about his father, Stephen makes a choice about his alliances. Trusting in Ultra and Hillary, Stephen wants to bring in a break-out to Ultra to see if things have really changed, much to Cara’s dismay. Meanwhile, Stephen’s brother goes missing after Jedikiah forces Stephen to protect him

    I am a practicing journalist. I write on governance, economics and development in Kenya but also in the region. I write for print media, an undertaking not through formal training but on the job. I also undertake research on governance especially in Kenya with a view of increasing knowledge among media professionals.

    Clarissa Maracci

    Fed up with Jedikiah’s constant lies about his father, Stephen makes a choice about his alliances. Trusting in Ultra and Hillary, Stephen wants to bring in a break-out to Ultra to see if things have really changed, much to Cara’s dismay. Meanwhile, Stephen’s brother goes missing after Jedikiah forces Stephen to protect him

    As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain.

    Fast talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother in law James on a 24 hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela.

    Sasha Kinney

    Fed up with Jedikiah’s constant lies about his father, Stephen makes a choice about his alliances. Trusting in Ultra and Hillary, Stephen wants to bring in a break-out to Ultra to see if things have really changed, much to Cara’s dismay. Meanwhile, Stephen’s brother goes missing after Jedikiah forces Stephen to protect him

    As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain.

    Fast talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother in law James on a 24 hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela.

    Peter Ombedha

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    Fast talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother in law James on a 24 hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela.

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