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THE PIZZA BOX, Stage Play.

SAM makes a wrong delivery of the boss’s order (Denzel) which was to reach her daughter on her birthday. QUINN receives the Pizza and takes the portion of Surprise meant for JAYLA! Apparently QUINN and JAYLA are classmates… So QUINN teams up with this CHRIS guy to find out what was actually hidden in the box. SAM gets fired and dumped by JAYLA over the silly mistake.
FARAJI, on the other hand, goes to Jail just because he has knows DENZEL’S secrets, he might have access to whatever is in the box so the best way to keep him out of this is behind bars!

This is a stage play written by Alwy Yakut, and directed by the same, assisted by Stephanie Maseki and Peter Mbugua.

Meet The Pizza Box cast.

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Tingg Chat, Mombasa edition

Tingg chat is a conversation that will help you understand how you can transition your merry-go-round to a wealth creation vehicle.
So far, two sessions have been held to understand how land investment can benefit your Chama, how to extract value as a chama member from the investment and more. The events are conducted by Tingg (formerly Mula) at Swahilipot hub.
Mula Kenya, of Cellulant introduced the first Tingg Chama chat in Mombasa last month at Swahilipot Hub. The chama chat highlighted on how people in a chama would meet their investment goals through mobile technology. If you missed it, here are the highlights…

The second edition was 0n 27th October. The focus was on how personal finance can grow into investment. Video highlights below…

We are looking forward to seeing you for the 3rd Tingg Chat edition in August 31st! Tell a friend to tell a friend!

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First Aid Awareness by Red Cross.

There are many situations which may require first aid, and many countries have legislation, regulation, or guidance which specifies a minimum level of first aid provision in certain circumstances. This can include specific training or equipment to be available in the workplace, the provision of specialist first aid cover at public gatherings, or mandatory first aid training within schools. First aid, however, does not necessarily require any particular equipment or prior knowledge, and can involve improvisation with materials available at the time, often by untrained people. 

By administering immediate care during an emergency, you can help an ill or injured person before EMS, Emergency Medical Services arrive. And you may be able to help save a life. However, even after training, remembering the right first aid steps – and administering them correctly – can be difficult. In order to help you deliver the right care at the right time, the red cross youth of Mombasa team was kind enough to offer free basic first aid awareness at Swahilipot hub, on Friday 2nd August. 

It was a very interactive session of knowing basic needs or items to carry around with In case one does not own a first aid kit. Members learned that there are many tools at home that could help in more than one way. This was one way of strengthening the bond between red cross youth and swahilipot hub members. A way of welcoming them to Swahilipot hub, a short dissemination session, networking and getting to know each other. Find photos below.  


Follow our page here or watch the Facebook live video of first aid demonstration here videos/2412501582360124/

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Africa Code Week Partnership with Pwani Teknowgalz

We are excited to announce our partnership with Pwani Teknowgalz to train 1,000 teachers in Mombasa, Kwale, Malindi, Kilifi, Kisumu, Kakamega and Vihiga during the Africa Code Week 2019.

Africa Code Week is instilling digital literacy and coding skills in the young generation, working closely with private, public and non-profit partners to drive sustainable learning impact across Africa. Africa Code Week is actively supported by UNESCO YouthMobile, 28 African governments, over 130 implementing partners and 120 ambassadors across the continent. SAP also works closely with UNESCO to increase girl participation in ACW workshops.

Last year, 2018, we worked with the team at Pwani Teknowgalz to reach 151 teachers in the Coastal, Western and Central regions of Kenya. We introduced the teachers to coding using Scratch. The teachers were able to teach 1,000 pupils in their respective schools.

At Swahilipot Hub, we believe in enabling communities thrive through skilling and upskilling of important players, in this case teachers. That is why we partnered with Pwani Teknowgalz to introduce coding to pupils through their teachers. We can no longer afford to be just consumers of technology, we need to bring up a generation of innovators that will use technology to solve our problems.

We are super excited to see our continued partnership with Pwani Teknowgalz thrive.

Britone Mwasaru
Director of Technology,
Swahilipot Hub

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Swahilipot Hub x AWS

Swahilipot Hub has joined the AWS Activate program. Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.

What does this mean for startups within the community? Eligible startups will receive:

$5,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years
1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000).
80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value)

Are you startup within the community and your startup with gain significantly in access to the AWS offerings? Fill this form

Britone Mwasaru

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Announcements Board Community

Announcing the Community Council

277 days have gone by since 20th December 2017 when we formally launched a Community Governance Initiative at Swahilipot Hub. This initiative was intended to achieve two things:

grant community members the opportunity to share their experiences on engaging with Swahilipot
create an opportunity for members to participate in drafting and implementing ideas to grow and strengthen Swahilipot Hub
Since then, a Community Governance committee has surveyed the community to identify needs and criticisms that we could respond to. These responses were summarized into a report and actioned by various sub-committees. More details on this process is described in this previous blog post.

I’m grateful to the committee that has led this process this far. Thank you to Mwanahamisi Adam, Francis Ikoha, Vincent Ouma, Jamila Hassan Awadh, Kelvin Omondi (Ohms Law Montana), Simon Adeya, Rajab Salim (Malenga 001), Britone Mwasaru and Angela Mumbi.

Community Governance Transition into a Community Council
After reflecting on the lessons resulting from this process and after discussions with community members and the board, Swahilipot Hub has decided to conclude the Community Governance Initiative by adding a Community Council to our governance structure.

Our intention in creating this council is to strengthen Swahilpot Hub’s governance by giving community members a platform to participate in decision making.

We are putting our community members fully in charge of the health, growth and governance of our community.

So what does the Community Council look like and how does it work?

The Swahilipot Hub Community Council is comprised of people who care about their community and want to make it more vibrant and active. These individuals are themselves active in Swahilipot Hub community activities and programs.

The council will be composed of 5 elected councillors and 1 Executive Committee member in the person of the Director of Community and Engagement.

To be nominated to stand for election as a candidate for Councillor, one must:

be 18 years of age or over (by the date of the close of nomination)
have his/her name appearing on the current register of community members
have been an active member of Swahilipot Hub for a period not less than six months
have no criminal record
show a record of activities one has been involved that has benefited the community in one way or another
be nominated by 10 registered community members who have been active for at least six months
Once elected, Community Councillors will serve a one year term.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Community Council
Resolve community conflicts and handle disciplinary cases.
It is common for a community that lives and works together to have conflicts arise among its members. The council shall convene to listen to and resolve the arising conflicts. They will do this guided by the Swahilipot conflict resolution document.
Conduct community surveys to determine arising issues and respond to them.
The needs of the community are bound to evolve. It is therefore the mandate of the council to constantly determine the changing need and plan suitably to meet them.
Conduct crowdfunding sessions for community programs.
The community members often come up with projects that are steered towards helping them grow and develop in their respective talents. It is therefore the responsibility of the council through various means to avail the most basic of resources to ensure their success.
Organize community programs and activities e.g Team building, Charity, Tournaments.
To attain the goal of a vibrant community, activities are very important. It is therefore important for the council to plan for activities that bring the community together. Examples of activities they can plan for are team building, charity events, tournaments and activities to mark the world celebration days like International day of peace, world tree planting day, etc
Highlight success stories.
Creating success stories is a key goal of Swahilipot Hub. Its however unfortunate that some of the stories go unnoticed. It will be the responsibility of the council to identify and highlight the stories of growth and success among the members.
Spearhead the sensitization of community members.
An informed community is a resourceful community. It will be on the shoulders of the council to ensure that the community get all the necessary information they need to grow.
Other roles and responsibilities will be adopted as ideas from candidate manifestos receive acceptance and endorsement from community members

Community Council Elections
Community Council elections will be held annually and will follow a one year cycle. Where necessary, By-Elections will be conducted to fill vacancies that arise.

The first Community Council Elections will be held in December 2018 and will be conducted by the Director of Community and Engagement.


There are many innovation hub’s and communities and Kenya and the larger East Africa but we believe we are one of the few, if not the only hub that has empowered our community members and strengthened our governance by giving community members a decision making role.

We are eager to implement the council and share lessons of this process with other institutions as our contribution to developing a strong innovation ecosystem in the region.

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Interning at Swahilipot Hub

My name is James Omego Marcus, currently a fourth year student at Pwani University pursuing a degree in Computer Science majoring in Networking. The first thing that always comes to my mind when I hear “Swahilipot hub “ is the welcome talk given to us by Mr. Paul Akwabi when we toured Swahilipot hub in 2017 when I was a third year, it was a class trip. Since that day I loved Swahilipot and I knew that it was the place to be and that’s why when my time for attachment arrived I applied for internship at Swahilipot, luckily enough I was accepted as an Intern.

Starting my attachment from 15th of May to 5th of August I learned and gained a lot as an intern at Swahilipot over that period. To begin with ,the simple basics of understanding how the real world operate away from the class work to gaining more skills adding on top of whatever I had been taught in class.

Over this time I was able to learn and turn into a pro of building word press websites something that I hadn’t tried back at school,I managed to build one website for an non-profit organization called Dear Diary and the URL to the website is

As an aspiring Network Engineer I can never forget the experience and resources that Swahilipot did invest in Me. The Network Admin Mr. Joab Kose gave me full authorization to the network resources and this did help grow my experience as far as CISCO switches and routers are concerned. He taught me how to troubleshoot the network whenever we had network related issues and most of the time this task was given to me. This greatly gave me hands on skills of network management and network troubleshooting.

Since networking is also going the programmable way, my supervisors did not let me just sit there, they had me registered for Python programming language since it is the language that is mostly used in network programming and network security. In this course I took python programming essentials and at the end of the course I was issued with a certificate. It gave me lots of knowledge in python programming and this is just the beginning.

Seeing the passion that I had in networking Swahilipot hub IT department decided to do something that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life and it is for this reason that I’ll remain a “POTTER” forever . I was sponsored into the CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY. A times it is difficult to express how happy and appreciative I am for this chance but I believe that someday I’ll give back just as I was given a chance by the “POTTERS”.

The day that I came for an interview at Swahilipot I was asked a question by Swahilipot hub ICT manager Mr. Britone Mwasaru he did ask my expectations from Swahilipot ,well I answered the question without fumbling because I knew exactly what I wanted. I told him I wanted to get hands on skills inn networking and to become a python programming guru. If today he’d ask me again if I achieved my expectations I’ll reply YES ,all of my expectations have been fulfilled and the stack is overflowing. Because I’ve had all that I wanted to get plus extra,ranging from switches and router to configuring access points to trunking to crimping to installing CCTV cameras to network management plus certifications on top of that I’ve had it all.

There’s one major thing that really impressed me about Swahilipot that would make me recommend someone who need attachment to consider applying Swahilipot hub. The level of support from the Swahilipot hub community is amazing, everybody there has the heart to help you grow and to make you follow your dreams. You’ll not be totally defeated by something without getting help not unless you don’t ask for help.

For me Swahilipot hub will forever remain my home and I’ll be there too to help others grow just as I was helped to follow my passion in networking. “Am a Potter for LIFE”.


Written by James Omego Marcus

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Malaika Kidz Fashion Academy

Malaika Kidz Fashion started as a Kids Fashion Show in the year 2016 with a total number of 20 kids and in the year 2017 the total number of kids raised to 26.

It has since held successful fashion shows at Swahilipot Hub with talented and great designers from Kenya and Tanzania, makeup artists and rocking the runway were our very own trained kids from Malaika.

Malaika Kidz Fashion Academy aims to discover and nurture kids fashion talents in Kenya and Africa plus enhancing discipline amongst young generation.

The curriculum includes:

Posing technique
Public speaking and voice-over skills
Art Creativity

Here is a video with Angela Mumbi and Mohammed Mwaruwa

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Swahilipot Hub joins Afrilabs


@so_innovate @mashinanihub @WiredStartups @eldohub @SparkSahara @NairobiGarage @IrisHub_Rw @swahilipothub Welcome to the AfriLabs Network


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Swahilipot Hub has joined Afrilabs. AfriLabs is a network organization of 100 innovation centers across 30 African countries. It supports hubs to raise successful entrepreneurs that will create jobs and develop innovative solutions to African problems.

For Swahilipot Hub community, this is an opportunity to learn and share experiences with the community around the continent. The network will help us achieve our main goal which is to help the community members help themselves. The Afrilabs shares resources and opportunities that will benefit and grow our community.

We look forward to meet  and learn from the network members while attending the annual Afrilabs gathering this year.

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Announcements Board

Changes to Swahilipot Hub

On Wednesday 9th May, 2018, the Swahilipot team led by the board held a half day Strategy Retreat at Hotel EnglishPoint to consider three things: the organization and its mission, the Executive team, and the programs we undertake.

We made a number of changes with regard to these three themes so let’s look at them in depth.

The Organization

After reflecting on our role and unique position in the innovation ecosystem, we unanimously agreed to change the mission to the following:

Swahilipot hub exists to help the community to develop themselves.

What this means concretely is that Swahilipot Hub aims to help the community grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate in their skills, character or with their ideas.

How will we do this?

Success stories – We will work to develop more successes from the ideas and initiatives that community members work on.
Avail resources – We will work to avail more resources to community members that will help them achieve their ends.
Vibrant community – We will work to create a supportive community with a strong collaboration culture so that you can work with others to advance your goals.

The Team

Over the past year the board and team have worked to Swahilipot Hubs’ efficiency by putting in place structures and systems. These systems are only as good as the people who oversee them and as such, we decided to make the following changes to the team so that we’re better able to meet our targets.

== Executive Team ==

*Please Note: All Executive Team members report to the Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board.

Executive Director – Fatma Mkwariza
Chief of Staff (Legal, HR, Operations) – Asma Al-Amin
Director of Technology – Britone Mwasaru
Director of Arts – Stephanie Maseki
Director of Community & Engagement – Angela Mumbi
Director of Marketing & Communications – Jamila El-Jabry
Director of Development – Ruth Kaveke
Director of Finance – Robert Katavi
Technical Director – Joab Kose
Administrative Director – Francis Ikoha

== Subordinate Staff ==

*Please Note: Subordinate Staff are not members of the Executive Team

Mumina Saad – Receptionist (Reporting to Asma Al-Amin)
Sakina Malik – Receptionist (Reporting to Asma Al-Amin)
Issa Ziri – Programs Assistant – Technology (Reporting to Britone Mwasaru)
Hussein A. Hussein – Programs Assistant – Arts. Also responsible for Security and Protocol. (Reporting to Stephanie Maseki and Francis Ikoha)
Shufaa Yakut – Communications Assistant (Reporting to Jamila El-Jabry)
Simon Adeya – Administrative Assistant. Also responsible for Safety. (Reporting to Francis Ikoha)

Note: All these roles are voluntary.

Please join me in congratulating these men and women on their roles and supporting them in achieving our mission to help the community develop themselves.

We’ve relieved 5 people of their roles and responsibilities at Swahilipot Hub. They are Paul Akwabi, Joscar Oriaro, Nelson Nthiani, Emmanuel Mutheki and Kelvin Mayieka. This decision is not a negative reflection on them or their dedication to Swahilipot Hub. We sincerely appreciate every hour they have set aside to help us achieve our mission and we hope they continue to do so as members of the community.

Programs & Activities

Swahilipot Hub has been host to many programs – initiated both by staff and community members alike. We’re also increasingly working and collaborating with other organizations.

To provide a better experience for everyone, we’ll be cutting down on programs and activities that are not aligned with our new mission. We will also be putting in place guidelines that will help us more easily determine whether we should pursue a certain program or partnership.

This also filters down to the community level. The Community Governance Initiative has a sub-committee working on programs and events led by Krispy and DJ Lenium. It is our hope that you, through this committee, will help develop guidelines and standards that will guide community initiatives at Swahilipot Hub.

Some of you may have questions or concerns on these changes. Kindly channel them to Fatma Mkwariza, Executive Director, Swahilipot Hub. She will forward them to the board.

We sincerely hope that these changes will positively benefit Swahilipot Hub and the community and we seek your partnership through collaboration to make it happen.

For and on behalf of the Swahilipot Hub Board,

Simeon Oriko

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