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Journalist by Profession , Social Media Enthusiast, A lover of People, A Kenyan

Youths: Are they equipped to be drivers of Change?

I find myself lost between a hard place and a rock when I have to articulate issues’ regarding the youth. Being a youth in this generation comes with a lot of opportunities and challenges but in a developing country, I think the latter takes charge.

Talk to any youth in Kenya and they all have various issues they would change if given the mandate. The older generation questions how would they do this? What would be the impact of the change? When I think about youths the first thing that crosses my mind is, one day Kenya should replace all existing leaders with the youth, but how practical is that?

A reader to this blog should not think I do not give credit where due, in Kenya for instance, my home country, the government in 7th December 2005 established Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports which was established to address the socio-economic issues affecting the youth.

That was a big plus to Kenyans under the age of 35. According to a survey done in 2009, the youth constitute 35.4% of the national population of Kenya.

With the elaboration of a new national development blueprint, the Vision 2030, that aims at making Kenya a middle income country the year 2030. It is my hope that in pursuit of the goals of the vision, there will be a platform of making the youth better people in promoting both internal and international competitiveness.

Focusing on the main issues that are affecting the youth, I would want to place unemployment as one of the major issue we have to tackle in Kenya. Youth potential in various sectors has not been effectively tapped and thus many of the youth end up very frustrated. This situations create much anxiety among them (youth) leading to the many demonstrations that we see.

Being a youth I strongly feel that lack of employment is one major challenge that needs to be combated. In a census report released in 2009 only 39% of about 11 million youth are absorbed in the job market and the remaining 61% are left jobless and many of them are living below the poverty line of less than one US Dollar per day.

This is a major concern considering that education is the mother of all problems. I always tell people that without education then our nation cannot prosper. Who is most affected with this scourge? The youth. Majority of the youth in Kenya have low levels of education and that is the reason most of them cannot get a place to earn a living. This thus begs the question, Are youths equipped to be drivers of change?

Another dynamic that I have suffered from is lack of employment venues. In my lower levels of education I always thought that life was smooth sailing but when I finished my tertiary education, it was not that easy. At some point I got discouraged when many said that, if you do not know somebody in a high position you do not make it to get a job.

I would at the same place want to give my fellow youths courage as we approach The International Youths Day that with education we do not need to know people because your attained certificates talk on your behalf.

With the day being dabbed: Building a better world, partnering with youth it would be my call that the youth engage among themselves and trace back their footsteps to identify venues of change with an aim of becoming better drivers of the same change.

If given the mandate to take charge of leadership in Kenya, I would give the youth all the limelight they deserve. I am greatly convinced that youths are the main drivers of change, they are equipped with innovative minds to bring about the desired change.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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My Journey through Journalism

My Journey through Journalism

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Journalism,Journalism,Journalism.I do not think I will ever have enough of it.My journey through this field has not been long I just graduated the other day but I am hoping to have many experiences through it smoothly.

I would say this call came to me way back in primary school where I realized I have a special liking for the art subjects whereas my cohorts loved other very different subjects.(Math).In particularly I loved languages(English).I was brought up in the village (Ngemwa) something special for me to be communicating very eloquently.

I read story books one after another and when i was of age (Class four),l was taken to boarding school(Kikuyu,Nairobi).The school had good library facilities therefore I took the advantage and read and borrowed books at the same time.Somewhere along the way something tragic happened in my life and i had to transfer schools.There was no library.Nwe I survived and for my KCPE exams I performed really well in the languages.

High School.I joined Journalism club.Wow!!! The experience was phenomenal,I was now where I wanted to be,of course in form one (mono) there was no much exposure as the privilege was with form fours who did all the trips to cover stories.My turn came and I went to the field to collect news articles.An amazing experience.This is when I discovered that Journalism is the line I want to pursue.It was fun going out to source for news(sports news) and the best part of it,reporting them out to the whole school(during assembly).I got the courage and oomph to purse my dream.

That stage molded me.The next perfected my vision.University (Among the many along Thika Rd,Nairobi).At this stage I had started admiring the svelte ladies on Tv anchoring news.I wanted to be like them (I wish i knew) I studied Journalism Majoring in Broadcast media and taking a minor in Public Relations (I love the sound of the name).

The sailing was smooth no setbacks whatsoever.Thanks to my lecturers for their continued support.Guys i owe you one or three.Thanks to Sir Joe Kadhi,Isaiah Cherutich,James Oranga,James Mutua ,Ruth Mwikahi and finally to one woman I really admired Robi Koki Ochieng.She made PR look so easy and fun. From then on i felt that I what I really wanted to pursue communications.Thanks to the Almighty God I graduated.First experience,Video Editor at Royal Media Services (Citizen Tv).Simply nice.My boss the best ever. Kudos Shelo!!! Four months I was out searching (You know what)

God was listening to me another organization (thats for a later date) came to my rescue(I got a position).The journey is still at that place hoping that one day I will have the chance to talk more about this travel as for now it is a big thanks to my Line Manager, Lucy for her patience and support.

 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Journalism

 

Investigative Journalism…….

Investigative Journalism (IJ) is a form of Journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest often involving crime,political corruption and misconduct in the corporate world.In simple words I think that IJ is information that is very well researched to create transparency.

As said,Journalism is the watchdog of society,true,I wonder what would happen if we did not have journalism-I think-total blackout with people not knowing what is happening around them.Just think about a place where you do not have information streaming in.Boring environment.Thank to investigative journalists we get to know of things that could never be discovered by anybody.

Thinking about the life of investigative journalists,these people must work very hard to find relevant data to aid in their work.It is tough.They even go to extremes of living within a given community if that is where the material for their work comes from.At times these are places of different cultural practices they might also have to go against their religious norms to ensure that they achieve all they need.

Investigative Journalism should always arouse public interest for it to be newsworthy and therefore this should be data that is very well investigated meaning that the journalists should always stick to facts.In short, a journalist should always write or report something that they can always prove,if you cannot prove it then it’s not worth putting pen on paper about.

This journalism is very helpful to people,organizations and countries who implement it,transparency becomes evident.With transparency in any place people will always work in the right manner meaning that decisions that are made and their enforcement is done in a way that follows rules and regulations.It also helps in improved accountability since the government or any other institution will audit their work to ensure that there is no doubt on the work they do.Every institution should be accountable to its publics and stakeholders.Media is a major force in improving the quality of any platform be it in government  or the corporate world therefore IJ would be a better channel to enhance good governance where governance means how services are delivered.

Am happy that Kenya is taking up IJ very seriously,but I think the problem we have in this country is we lack relevant resources .I think Kenya lacks the right equipment to carry out this kind of investigation and there is also lack of investigative skills among journalists.It is my thinking that Higher Learning Institutions that teach media encourage their students to specialize in IJ and Kenya will definitely go places,especially by kicking out corruption.Finally the other reason would be lack of good protection for the journalists,it is very risky to carry out this kind of work,people get threats and others die.They need good security if good results of their work is expected.

What I am saying in these few words is that IJ should really be encouraged and especially for women.There is nothing to fear in IJ.It is my dream that one day 90% of Investigative Journalists will be women.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Journalism

 

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