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A Radio Program Dedicated To African Creativity

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Vered Ehsani

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Vered Ehsani has been a writer since she could hold pen to paper, which is a lot longer than she cares to admit. She’s one of those people who has trouble answering the question “Where are you from?” Currently, she lives in Kenya with her husband and their two children. When she isn’t writing, running a radio show or daydreaming about African myths, she pretends to work as an environmental consultant.

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March 26, 2015

UN Women: Working for Universal Equality

"The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly.” 

Listen in to find out what UN Women’s Eastern and Southern Africa office is doing to help African women.

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March 12,2015

Brenda Iovino

Talk to the Hand

Brenda Iovino never envisioned her newest play being presented at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, but she’s a few steps away from seeing that happen.


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February 26, 2015

Winter Okoth

Mentoring the Future

Passionate about mentorship, Winter Okoth lays out her vision for empowering the younger generation and giving them a chance to change their world.

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February 12, 2015

Namulondo Rashida

How to inspire the next generation.

Namulondo Rashida amazed me not only with her gift of words but her gift to younger women, that of mentorship. Learn about the challenges facing girls and women in Uganda.

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January 29, 2015


Anne Mpinga

She is Nairobi… Fashion!

Thanks to her distinct hairstyle and looks, the beautiful 30-year-old Kenyan born Anne Mpinga, always appears edgy.

Multi-talented, Anne is making a name for herself at home and abroad as a lady of fashion.

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January 15, 2015


Dr. Ameet Aggarwal

Health from the Root

January is the time to get back into shape, and Dr. Ameet Aggarwal has some great ideas on how to do just that.


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December 18, 2014

The Lioness is in the house

Lydia “L-ness” Owano

is truly a lioness amongst the Kenyan Hip Hop scene. She’s also an outspoken advocate of human rights and gender issues.

Hop on over to  for more details.

Enjoy the holidays and see you in 2015.

December 4, 2014

Transforming Tragedy into Triumph!

Premier Beauty Lounge

Enjoy - I was so impressed by these people! I've just sent the audio.

The inspiring story of Premier Beauty Lounge is more than a case study in the beauty business; it is a shining example of changing crisis into victory. After terrorists shot up their employer’s salon during the Westgate attack, a few of the staff decided to take matters into their own hands.

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November 20, 2014

Tete “Neno Kali” Burugu

If you’ve never thought of poetry as dangerous, it’s time to re-think that belief! Tete “Neno Kali” Burugu joins us to discuss poetry, fatherhood and Kenyan culture. Hop on over to  for more details.

November 13, 2014

Neal Hall, MD

Neal Hall is a doctor and a poet. How's that for a great combo?  In this interview, Neal shares with me some of his poetry and gives us a glimpse of the challenges of being an African American in a country still struggling. 

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October 23, 2014

Joanne Ball-Burgess

She looks like a dancer and talks like a poet.  From Bermuda and residing in Kenya, Joanne Ball-Burgess charmed me with her sincerity and talent.

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October 09, 2014


Suite 101

Handmade chocolate, sculptured cakes & homemade ice cream… No, I’m not talking about Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but something almost as good: Suite 101 at the Tribe Hotel.

Hop over to  for photos of incredible, edible works of art.

September 25, 2014


Michael Onsando

Michael Onsando is a reader who happens to write. And his newest writings are worth reading!

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September 11, 2014


Dr. Samuel Duh

Controversial as the title of his new book God  Is Too Busy may be,

Dr Samuel Duh isn’t denying God, but he is asking us to not wait around for miracles.

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August 28, 2014


Papa Wemba


Elvis isn’t the only King of Rock. Papa Wemba is known as the King of Rumba Rock, and for good reason.

Find out more at and listen in while practising your French.


May 29, 2014

Paranormal stories from the village with Timothy Kiprop Kimutai

What has a dietary preference for human brains? Forget zombies and listen in! Village mythology comes to life as Timothy Kiprop Kimutai shares stories he heard from his grandmother. Watch out: African paranormal creatures come with a bite. 

Take a listen and learn more at

May 15, 2014

Brian Waswani

Some people create music; others create books. Brian Waswani creates opportunities, for both himself and others. Passionate about his home continent, Brian didn’t let his lack of business experience stop him from jumping into social entrepreneurism.

Take a listen and learn more at


April 10, 2014

Motion Image Sound


What do hotel management and music have in common?

If you said “elevator music”, I can see where you’re coming from.

But no, in this case, the answer is absolutely nothing, unless you are Ndohho Wohoro.

Take a listen and leave us a comment at 

April 3, 2014

Esther Kute


In Kenya, Bata is synonymous with shoes.

But where do the designs come from? Enter Esther Kute.

Take a listen and leave us a comment at


March 27, 2014

Moses Kikoko

What do you get when you mix a group of authors from across a continent with a theme? A lot of creative story telling and Jalada. Confused?

Take a listen and don’t forget to leave us a comment at

March 20, 2014

The Samaritans Part 2

Directing a mocumentary is no joke, however funny the show may be. Just ask Salim Keshavjee, who decided to take a slight departure from the family business to dabble in film.

Do you have a funny story about non-profits? Tell us on


March 13, 2014

The Samaritans Part 1

Producer Hussein Kurji had no idea how many nerves he’d touch when he first thought up his idea. It seemed so simple: a mocumentary TV series about the non-governmental organizations that have flooded Nairobi. But from BBC to Al Jazeera, people are watching. Listen in to learn more.

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March 6, 2014


The result of a collaboration between iHub and its partners, mLab is where IT ideas get transformed into businesses. Lincoln Njogu gives us the details. Visit for more info.

February 27, 2014


Nairobi hosts a road that has been nicknamed Silicon Savannah, and at the heart of that road is iHub, a centre that is rapidly becoming the hub for IT in East Africa and beyond.  Visit  for more info.


February 20, 2014


Passionate about truth and justice, Yvonne Owuor’s recent release is all about the unspoken stories hidden within the silences enforced by violence and fear.

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February 13, 2014


A witness to the changes in the status of women in Kenya over the past few decades, Prof Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazrui is continuing the crusade in her own quiet way.

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February 6, 2014


Imagine a space in the heart of Nairobi where artists can work, play, learn and connect. The Nest is all that and more.

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January 30, 2014


A childhood pastime of playing with ants taught Mo Mchawia a valuable lesson: never give up on a dream. And he didn’t. During his interview, he talked about culture, the influence of his grandmother’s stories and his controversial poem.

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January 23, 2014

The Billian Music Family

Music, education and development go hand-in-hand for the young musicians who are part of the Billian Music Family.

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January 16, 2014

Rasna Warah


Not many people would go to Somalia on a tourist trip, but not many people are like Rasna Warah.


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November 28, 2013

Mtaani Musical Round Table

Welcome to another round table event, this time with several musicians who all work under the Mtaani Entertainment label.

Visit  to get all their names and links.


November 21, 2013

Richard Crompton

Dissatisfied with the manner in which mainstream media reports on Africa, Richard Crompton decided to tell a story that would capture the strength and dynamism of Kenyans and the richness of Nairobi. The result is a riveting detective story.

Learn more at 

November 14, 2013

Anna Othitis

A Zimbabwean who now lives in the USA, Anna Othitis writes about the places back home that she still loves.

Hop on over to to read more.

November 7, 2013

Auma Obama, American President Barack Obama's sister.

Many things impressed me about Auma Obama, and having a famous brother wasn’t really on that list.

Learn more about this fascinating woman at and in the interview.


October 31, 2013

Alex Nderitu

An IT guy who saw the potential in eBooks long before many, Alex Nderitu shares his passion for writing, IT and the e-economy.

Learn more at



October 24, 2013

Larrissa Muthoni


If you want to accessorise Kenyan-style, look no further than Larrissa Muthoni, Founder and Head of Design for Zamoyo Ltd.

See some of her creations at    

October 17, 2013

Timothy Kiprop Kimutai


Combining African mythology with the culture of his home,

Timothy Kiprop Kimutai weaves a beautiful story that I definitely want to read!

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October 10, 2013


Here’s another who claims to be shy, but Shinde is no wallflower as she aims at representing not just Kenya, but Africa, to the world.

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October  3, 2013

Vincent de Paul

Poetry and war might sound contradictory, but soldier Vincent de Paul knows how to wield the pen as well as a gun.

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September 26, 2013

A tribute to Kenya, the victims of the Westgate attack

and poet Kofi Awoonor.

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September 19, 2013

Winni Awuondo

There are many things to like about Winni Awuondo – her passion, her creativity, her art work – but personally, I loved the shoes. See the shoes and learn more on

Also hop on over to to read about the latest updates from our artists, plus pick up a FREE eBook (valid 21 - 22 September 2013).


September 12, 2013

Manu Herbstein

Writer Manu Herbstein makes history as being the first international artist to be interviewed on Africa Creates, and what an interesting discussion it was. Find out more on

The Kindle versions of Manu Herbstein’s Ramseyer’s Ghost and President Michelle will be available for free download on 13, 14, 21 and 22 September, 2013. Don’t miss this chance to download a free book!

September 5, 2013

Daniel D’uwa

Although 10 years old seems a bit young to be a pirate, Daniel D’uwa achieved that notoriety and more! Curious about the world, he frowns upon any limits placed on art.

Find out about his brief stint running a pirate radio and a whole lot more on


August 29, 2013

Tedd Josiah

Part of the returning Diaspora, Tedd Josiah is happy to be home and doing what he loves: all things creative!

 Learn more from Tedd’s informative videos from Sand Stone Studio ( and on


August 22, 2013




Fun and lively, Dreamville is a musical group who refuses to be locked into one genre.

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August 15, 2013

Amirah and Wafa Tajdin

Amirah and Wafa Tajdin are a dynamo sister duo and they have a film style all their own. Culturally complicated, the Nairobi based sisters have big plans.

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August 8, 2013


More than just a great, up-and-coming contemporary gospel group, VK nbP is a group with a mission: to bring about real social change through their music.

 Find out more about this trio of brothers on 


August 1, 2013

Muthoni Garland 

is a writer and a passionate founding director of Storymoja, an innovative publishing company with a mission: promote a reading culture in Kenya. Learn more about Storymoja at

Go to for more info and links.



July 25, 2013

Muthoni Likimani

One fine morning, Muthoni Likimani, arguably one of the great names in African literature, shared with me a bit about her life and the dramatic history that she has witnessed first hand, from colonialism to the Mau Mau uprising and the independence of Kenya.

Find out more on   

July 18, 2013

John Sibi-Okumu

is a noted thespian, radio and television presenter. In his interview with Africa Creates, he chats about theatre and a touch of politics, all while a helicopter circled suspiciously over his home.

Find out more on 


July 11, 2013

Chris Rhys Howarth

He looks like a rock star, but mild mannered Chris Rhys Howarth is a film director with a social agenda.

For more information, visit and


July 4, 2013

Joy Odera

She’s lived all over, but Joy Odera is a Kenyan at heart, with a passion for sharing East African stories from an East African perspective.

 Find out more about her and her most recent release, Under the Jacaranda, on her website,, and of course has lots more links to explore.

June 27, 2013

Penya Africa

Penya Africa is a small but growing non-profit recording label with a big heart. Natalie Lukkenaer shares the vision of Penya and the diverse range of activities: from musical training and recording to prison outreach. Find out more at and

June 20, 2013

DJ Carlos

Cool tunes, soft-spoken DJ Carlos knows how to rev up the tempo as a DJ and as a musician. Listen to one of his songs on the interview and see him at and pop by

June 13, 2013

Victoria Mugo

Over breakfast one rainy Sunday at my place, violinist Victoria Mugo jammed it up with another of my guests, Anto Neosoul. Several cups of coffee and a lot of food later, a couple hit songs were produced, plus an interview with our violinist as she drank her tea and decided what she should play for us.

Find out more on

June 6, 2013

Tea Time Round Table:

In one fascinating afternoon, over a pot of tea, a group of writers aired their thoughts about life, writing and social change.

Go to to learn who was there.

May 30, 2013


In between her acting career and her work on a slick entertainment magazine, Arona manages to find time to let her voice loose in a powerful way.

You can hear a sample of her music on, and in the interview.

Learn more at


May 23, 2013

Kinyanjui Kombani

More than just a banker and entrepreneur, Kinyanjui Kombani likes to write about issues, from environmental to political violence.

Look up his website:

Find more links for him at   

May 16, 2013


Faith Karimi Gatimi

 is a villager turned urbanite, IT trainer and romance author. Her upcoming novels reflect the rural / urban divide with humour and a lot of romance!

Find her at and   

May 9, 2013

Anto Neosoul


Quick to laugh and keen to sing. Anto Neosoul is more than just a musician. A TV Show host discussing teen issues ans a community developer for women's rights, Anto is another rising star in Kenya. 

Learn more at and

May 2, 2013

Judy Kibinge

A lover of creative documentaries, Judy Kibinge shares her views on what it takes to break out of the mold and push the Kenyan film industry to new heights. Catch a glimpse of her most recent project:*

Learn more about Judy on

April 25, 2013 Show

Dayan Masinde

Art has no boundaries for Dayan Masinde. Find out what it takes to be a Renaissance man.

Definitely check out his gorgeous artwork on, and listen to a sample of his music at the end of the interview as well as on and

Learn more at    

April 18, 2013 Show part 1

Vaishnavi Ram Mohan

became a published author & editor, all before she got her driver’s license. She is living proof that you’re never too young to publish your story.

Visit her on  and 



April 18, 2013 Show part 2

Jason J Cohen

won an interview during a recent Africa Creates fundraising event.

His songs can be downloaded for free on 


April 11, 2013 Show

David Makuyu

Manager, musician, thespian & jazz promoter.

David Makuyu can be found at  and, as usual, on 

April 4, 2013 Show

Naomi Mutua

Blogging about Kenyan Tourism Treasures & Adventures, Naomi likes to mix it up with a splash of Cooking & Cupcakes.

Check out her trips and recipes on  and

Get more info about her on

March 27, 2013 Show

Guest Artist

Robbie Bresson

Robby Bresson: A business-minded, Creole-speaking filmmaker, Robby also fights pirates in his own, unique way.

Find out more about Robby & his projects on and , as well as on 

March 21, 2013 Show  

Guest Artist

Eric Wainaina

A groundbreaking Kenyan musician, Eric is also an ambassador, a playwright and a social activist. Learn more from his official website:  

You can find additional links for Eric on 



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