There was thunderous jubilation in Frere Town in Mombasa County yesterday when the Swahilipothub team landed. Several residents stopped doing their activities and joined the team in the event dubbed as “Acha Gun Shika Mic”.
The event “Acha Gun Shika Mic” – the first of it’s kind encourages community members to stay away from drugs,violent activities and engage in income generating activities.
The event brought together local upcoming artists who performed live on stage and passed the message – acha gun shika mic. Among the artists who performed are Ohmslaw montana,CJ, Deska Freere Town All Stars Among Others
Musa Chirune- Community outreach director, Shufaa Yukat – Communication Director among other staff while representing the Swahilipothub asked the upcoming artsits and all residents to visit the hub and harness its benefits in Tech and Arts.
The residents were left happy as majority of then got pleasantries from the Swahilipot hub team. Mohamud Noor , our patron while giving closing remarks echoed the words of majority of the artists ,”acha gun shika mic and ……… amani mitaani.”
Ohms Law Montana born as Kelvin Omondi was born and raised in Kisauni, Mombasa County. He later joined Khamisi High School where his passion for music grew each year. In 2009, he represented his school to the National level in the Rap category during the Annual Music Festival held in Kisumu.
Growing to the sound of hip hop as the soundtrack to his life, he later followed the route and two years later after completion of his studies at the university, he signed a three-year recording contract with Stantmastaz Entertainment.
He did a couple of projects including Jitambulishe project by Mombasa All-stars in Amillion records headed by Khalid producer which was a major hit around the country and he was the only rapper who was featured among big names from the Coastal region such as Nyota Ndogo, Chikuzee, Sudi Boy, Shabiggy, Rapdem, Kigoto, and Mswazi Masauti.
His love for hip hop and poetry has deep and emotional lyrics based on the day to day life experiences. In 2013, he was nominated as the Hip hop artist of the year during the Nzumari Awards and a year later in 2014, he was nominated both in the Hip hop artist of the year and Male artist of the year category during the Pwani celebrity Awards. In 2015, he was nominated as the Hip hop artist of the year both in the Nzumari Awards and Pwani Celebrity Awards. Currently, he is the Hip hop artist of the year 2015-2016 in the Nzumari Awards.
He has been a member of swahilipot hub since 2016 and is now using his talents to mentor others in the same industry. Through swahilipot hub, he founded the Acha Gun Shika mic project which encourages youth to stop radicalization through hip-hop.
At just the age of 21yrs Latifa Noor has become a remarkable woman socially. She has battled through so much to be where she is and has never taken anything for granted.
Latifa Noor is a professional website developer, She is currently a content creator and social media manager at Pwaniteknowgalz. She is a mentor at Mombasa Girls in STEM, a program that aims at empowering girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics she loves inspiring more girls to venture into STEM a career where women, she volunteered in conducting Africa Code Week, a program conducted in a week that girls all over Africa are taught how to code.. Latifa Noor also Mentors kids from the ages of 7-17 in mobile app development, robotics, and website development. Improving young generation creativity in innovation through training and mentorship,r Creation Software Development curriculum and social media content for the project.
Latifa Noor is the co-founder of Psychbeing, a non-organization in Mombasa Kenya working to create awareness and remove the stigma on Mental health using technology, offering an online and offline platform that uses can share what they’re feeling anonymously without the fear of being judged or stereotyped by others. The platform will also link the users with Therapies, concealers and psychologists were they can meet on the online platform or face to face. The organization also focuses on primary and high school children because they believe that mental health begins from a younger age.
What is your company in 2–5 words?
Technology academy for children
In a few sentences, what do you offer to whom?
Robotics, online safety and coding training and mentorship to children who are curious in technology
Why is now the time for your company to exist?
We are living in digital modern times and in Africa technology to children has become a blessing in disguise whereby children misuse and underutilize the technology at their disposal to an extend of accessing pornographic contents and becoming cyberbullying victims, thus we teach than on constructive usage of technology.
What do you love about your team, and why are you the ones to solve this problem?
I love the patience, passion, and commitment my team has in training children because children need extra patience and passion to be able to work with them.
If you weren’t building your startup, what would you be doing?
Hehee I would be in the military protecting the citizens from the enemy but using technology as well.
At the moment, how do you measure success? What are your metrics?
Success to us the number of children who have been able to identify problems within their communities and coming up with solutions for them, we measure our metrics by the number of students who have achieved exemplary in their schools’ performances since Tech Kidz Africa training adds more critical thinking skills to children.
Where do you think your growth will be next year?
We are looking forward to having enough training tools and materials.
What’s your biggest threat risk facing your company?
Lack of enough robotic kits, computers and research and development team….
Who are your biggest competitors and how do you differentiate yourself from them?
Our biggest competitors are Digikids in Nairobi
Tell us about your first supporter, or your first paying customer and revenue expectations over the next year.
Our first supporter and partner are Swahilipot Hub who believed in us and provided a platform, our first clients were parents who believed in their kids’ passion in technology, we are hoping to at least have one million eight hundred thousand revenue e by next years.
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.
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!
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/
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.