Kenya Tourism – Mombasa Info Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:17:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenya Tourism – Mombasa Info 32 32 Kenya: Beneath The Baobabs Festival announces lineup for New Year party Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:17:32 +0000

The two-day event spans four stages in the Enchanted Baobab Forest, with international headliners including British percussion house masters Melé, Ghana-based Oroko Radio founders Kikelomo and Nico Adomako, as well as London’s freshest underground crew and label Touching Bass.

Frank Is Frank of Shapes Festival was commissioned to curate a special closing session of the main stage.

“For over eight years, Beneath The Baobabs has continued to develop its relationships with alternative festival providers and build Kilifi into a mecca for East African artists, fans and audiophiles to celebrate the new year and the past together,” said Mathew Swallow, Creative Director of Beneath The Baobabs.

“We are a platform that brings different subcultures and groups together. We don’t look at any genre or demographic, and we enable growth for artist groups that may not be getting the support they deserve.”

As always, the 2022/23 festival program brings together respected names in the Kenyan electronic music scene, some of the freshest acts changing the game in East Africa and globally, as well as a range of international acts looking forward to engaging with the vibrant crowd of Kilifi.

Beneath The Baobabs Festival is set on 50 hectares of pristine, enchanted baobab forest, upstream of Takaungu Creek and 5km from the Indian Ocean. It’s the perfect tropical setting for a party and holiday experience, offering an immersive experience of contemporary and traditional Kenyan culture.

All four of the festival’s stages are built into the forest backdrop, supported by premium sound, lighting, floor performers, art installations and decoration, each playing a crucial role in providing audiences with a truly transformative experience.

Swallow added: “We welcome everyone. We want to show you that what we have to offer in Kenya is not only tourism but also art and expression.”

Check out the full Beneath The Baobabs 2022/23 lineup and buy your tickets here.

Ruto unveils the construction of a road linking Kenya and Tanzania Sat, 19 Nov 2022 11:24:21 +0000


Kenya‘s President William Ruto has started construction of the Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo-Kilifi (A7) road, which will link Kenya and Tanzania.

The road is part of the Malindi-Lunga Lunga/Horohoro-Tanga-Bagamoyo East African Coastal Road Corridor which is linked at Sh7.5 billion (US$61.4 million).

Ruto pledged to place more emphasis on infrastructure developments to boost connectivity, trade and the tourism sector within the East African Community

“This is an important road between Kenya and Tanzania. It will boost trade and the economy between the two countries. It will unite the East African community in terms of integration, jobs, enterprise and poverty eradication,” the Kenyan leader said.

He was speaking in Mtwapa, Mombasa, where the first phase of construction of the 40km road began.

The head of state directed the country’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Kenya Highway Authority to redesign Mtwapa.


business boom

Business between Kenya and Tanzania is expected to increase after the project goes live. The road will be completed within 36 months.

The corridor is being built through a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the African Development Fund, the EU-African Infrastructure Trust Fund Grant and the Government of Kenya.

“I thank our partners and I promise to ensure that resources are used properly and that nobody misuses the funds in our hands for infrastructure development,” added President Ruto.

AfDB representative Hussein Iman said the road is a crucial project connecting Kenya and Tanzania and will facilitate trade, accessibility and cross-border movement.

European Union Ambassador to Kenya Henriatte Geiger said roads are important for growth.

“This is a significant project that will improve connectivity,” she said.

boost tourism

Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro said the road will also boost tourism.

“Tourists used to get stuck on this road due to traffic jams. The town of Mtwapa needed a facelift and the development of this road will boost trade in the area. We want Mtwapa to become a business center that operates 24 hours a day,” said Mr. Mung’aro.

Cabinet secretary for blue economy Salim Mvurya said the road will boost trade between Kenya and Tanzania.

Violence in Kenya: 5 main drivers of the decades-long conflict in the north and what to do about it Tue, 15 Nov 2022 07:13:09 +0000

Conflict and insecurity are widespread in northern Kenya. In recent weeks, incidents of bandit attacks in the area have terrorized villages and resulted in several deaths. In October 2022, the government launched a multi-agency security operation aimed at containing further attacks.

Northern Kenya is characterized by extensive wilderness, a harsh climate and a low level of development. The region borders Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

Instances of conflict and insecurity range from attacks by gunmen and cattle rustlers to community disputes over resources and terrorism. The region covers about 60% of Kenya’s geographic territory. It is occupied by about 18% of the country’s population.

Pastoralism is the main economic activity. Others include irrigated agriculture, small business, and tourism-related activities. The region is largely isolated from the rest of the country due to poor infrastructure, including roads.

According to National Police Service crime statistics, between January and December 2021, 73% of the country’s stock-theft robberies took place in the northern region. During the same period, 58% of weapons seized illegally and handed over to the government came from northern Kenya.

The government – past and present – has conducted numerous operations to address violence in the region, which threatens Kenya’s overall security. But it did not work.

As a political scientist and conflict researcher, I’ve had the region on my radar for a long time. In my estimation, violent conflicts in northern Kenya are driven by five key factors that need to be addressed by both governmental and non-governmental agencies.

1. Regional inequality, exclusion and marginalization
Inequality between Kenya’s regions is caused by decades of political, economic and social exclusion and marginalization. This is a product of colonial and post-colonial state policies that have led to historic injustices and human rights violations.

Colonial authorities neglected the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya, prioritizing the development of the country’s resource-endowed highlands. Successive governments after independence continued to pursue policies that further marginalized the North. This has damaged trust in state institutions and led to communal grievances that impede unity between groups.

Postcolonial state security actors have also disproportionately targeted Somali residents in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in the north. The main terrorist threat comes from the Somalia-based al-Shabaab group.

In 2010, Kenya decentralized power, allocating resources and responsibilities to its 47 county governments. The aim was to improve service delivery at the regional level. While this has begun to address the marginalization of northern Kenya, repressive security operations continue to fuel intergroup conflict and radicalization to violent extremism. The use of force in these operations is disproportionately directed against marginalized communities.

2. Resource and environmental factors
Land disputes, access to grazing land and conflicts between pastoralists and farmers continue to fuel violence in northern Kenya.

Competition for scarce resources such as pasture, water and now oil has exacerbated these disputes.

Kenya announced that it had discovered oil in Turkana County in 2012. Oil exploration has created new tensions between the local Turkana and Pokot ethnic groups and within the Turkana community. Some members of the Turkana believe that the community has not benefited significantly from resource exploitation.

These communal conflicts are credited with increasing crimes such as muggers.

3. Political power struggles
Power struggles between politicians have fueled conflict along ethnic lines in the north.

Elected political offices are perceived as access to economic resources. The devolution of power to the districts along with political alliances has helped decentralize political power and the provision of basic services. However, they have intensified political competition at the local level. Politicians fuel inter-clan rivalries, escalate tensions, and erode the benefits of decentralization.

4. Cultural practices
Cultural practices contribute to violence in northern Kenya. These practices are mainly manifested through cattle rustling.

Cattle rustling and cattle rustling are driven in part by economic motives. This includes a desire to replenish herds that are depleted by lack of pasture and water during droughts. Cattle theft also offers an opportunity to make money trading stolen animals.

Cultural practices such as marriage arrangements also drive cattle rustling.

This affects the livelihoods of the community and the use of automatic weapons in raids has resulted in a high number of fatalities. State disarmament efforts have had little effect.

5. Proliferation of small arms and weapons
A large part of the arms proliferation in the region is caused by cross-border activities.

Kenya’s porous borders with Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda have contributed to the rise of small arms, livestock trafficking, terrorism and other forms of organized crime.

State efforts to manage domestic and cross-border conflicts through repressive disarmament operations have instead increased tensions between border communities and the state.

The way forward

State security agencies have a constitutional mandate to use force to deter and suppress acts of violence that threaten national security. However, their methods are often formal and built on power.

Non-state actors, on the other hand, use informal methods that are widely accepted in local communities. They are based on mutual trust and are therefore considered more legitimate.

Both state and non-state actors have the resources, technical know-how and experience to address the root causes of conflict in Kenya’s northern region. A flexible approach that involves different actors can contribute to good governance on a broad basis and reduce conflicts and security incidents.

In this approach, all parties would work together to promote dialogue, education and peace-building. This includes ensuring inclusive political representation in traditional approaches to conflict resolution at the local level.

Written by Oscar Gakuo Mwangi, Associate Professor, Political Science, National University of Lesotho.

Republished with permission from The conversation. The original article can be found here.

The tourist’s death prompts questions about the religious leader’s teachings Fri, 11 Nov 2022 21:18:38 +0000
Police officers and a lawyer during the exhumation of the body of the late British woman Lutfunissa Khandwalla at Memon Cemetery in Mombasa County on October 26, 2022. [Kelvin Karani, Standard]

When Lutfunisa Khandwalla traveled to Kenya in August 2019, leaving her family in the UK, it was all about a vacation on the beaches of Mombasa.

Her close relative offered her a place while she was in Mombasa and she accepted as they both came from the small Memon community of Muslim Indians.

A relative and niece later introduced her to a madrassa near Msalani Mosque in Mombasa, where she met and befriended a spiritual leader.

“In this madrasa, the spiritual leader became her spiritual healer,” said her brother Imran Admani.

The mother-of-three began shunning family members and has refused to return to the UK.

“I remember she was telling me crazy things like Nabi PBUH (Prophet Mohamed) had told her that she could not leave Kenya because Jini (demons) would kill her and that she should go to the Madrasa for protection,” said the brother.

“We didn’t know that the spiritual leader and everyone around her also believed in this stuff.”

Khandwalla, who was 44 years old, also stopped visiting public places and confined herself to the madrasa.

“Every time my sister wanted to leave the madrasa, the leader told her that these thoughts were from Satan. He influenced her to stay,” the brother said.

Family members and friends, Khandwalla said avoided answering calls from those who understood them. She also spent nights with her spiritual guide, which caused a stir within the Memon community.

Close family members said she told them that the leader was casting out demons during this time.

According to reports, more than 200 members of the madrasa believed that only the spiritual leader would take them to paradise, and they funded his activities.

“She would agree to return to the UK but always changed her mind at the last minute,” the brother said.

It is alleged that the madrasa members tracked her movements and took their phones to see who she was talking to.

Madrasa members said that in June 2020 their leader told them that Khandwalla had become a devil and was dangerous to them.

She began donating her belongings and buying clothes in which to bury her.

“She even told my parents not to cry when they lose someone close to them,” the brother said.

As of August 1, 2020, neighbors said they heard her screaming throughout the night.

“On August 2, 2020, my niece’s spiritual leader sent a message that she had passed away. They called me. It was painful,” said the brother.

“We (family) called him immediately but he ignored our calls.”

The brother said she died just a day after refusing to return to Britain when family asked her to.

She was hastily buried in Memon Cemetery the next day before her closest family members arrived.

Her brother was in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania while her husband was in the UK.

The matter was not reported to police and family members came forward two years later, prompting a judge to order an exhumation.

“The urgency with which our sister was buried after the family was notified of her death raised suspicions,” the brother said.

A few days after her death, the spiritual leader is said to have started flirting with Admani’s nieces, who are already married. Members also started collecting their stuff from people who said they were bewitched.

“He told them how much he missed them and wanted to hear their voices,” the brother said.

The brother claimed that after Khandwalla’s death, many people started leaving the madrasa to explain to the family what had happened.

“We started digging and found that his teachings and beliefs were wrong and a lot of people started coming forward with evidence of foul play,” he said.

A video later surfaced in which The spiritual leader confessed that he had tried to heal her. In the video, now owned by The Standard, the leader admits he was trying to turn off the devil that lived inside her.

According to the people we spoke to, the leader made the rules as well as the curriculum for his students and taught them to obey him alone.

Our calls to the spiritual leader discussed in this story went unanswered, while current and former members we spoke to preferred not to be named.

A letter dated August 19, 2022 from the Ulamaa Panel of Kenya said it had been made aware that the spiritual leader was committing adultery.

In the statement, the ulamaa claimed he ignored them and that “unfortunately, some of his activities cannot be recorded.”

“We deny his teachings and claims. It is with great concern, therefore, that we urge the Muslim ummah to be careful and keep themselves and their loved ones away from this man.”

The letter was signed by 19 Maulanas including Maulana Yaseen Haji, Maulana Arshad Khandwalla and Maulana Bilal from Nairobi.

Africa’s heritage sites at risk as the planet warms Tue, 08 Nov 2022 17:30:00 +0000
  • Numerous African landmarks are threatened by climate impacts
  • Ruins of Carthage and Sabratha, Kilimanjaro in danger
  • Lack of funding, research hampering conservation efforts

NAIROBI, Nov 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to the ruins of the ancient Tunisian city of Carthage and the slave island of Goree in Senegal, Africa offers a wealth of iconic cultural and natural heritage sites.

But the effects of climate change, from higher temperatures to worsening floods, now threaten to relegate these and dozens of other African landmarks to the history books.

As rich nations scramble to protect their cultural landmarks from extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels, African countries face additional hurdles such as funding constraints and a lack of archaeological expertise, conservationists and researchers said.

“These places are places we learned in school – they are our identity and history. You are irreplaceable. If we lose them, we will never get them back,” said Nick Simpson, Research Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town.

“Africa has already experienced widespread losses and damage resulting from human-caused climate change: biodiversity loss, water scarcity, food loss, loss of life and reduced economic growth. We cannot afford to lose our heritage too.”

Some historic landmarks have already died.

An important ritual for visitors to the historic colonial slave forts dotted along the West African coast is passing through the “Door of No Return” – a centuries-old door that leads directly from the citadel to the shore.

The custom pays homage to the millions of Africans forcibly displaced from their homes during the transatlantic slave trade, and mimics their final steps as they were led out of the dungeons through the door onto slave ships – never to return.

But Ghana’s 18th-century Danish slave holding post, Fort Prinzenstein, now lacks the original metal door and an adjacent passageway.

“The main gate of ‘No Return’ was swept away by the tidal waves long ago,” said James Ocloo Akorli, Caretaker of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Africa has about a fifth of the world’s population but produces less than 4% of global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main cause of climate change.

Despite this, the continent is disproportionately affected by climate impacts such as droughts and floods, underscoring the need for countries to invest in projects that protect infrastructure and improve resilience.

At the COP27 UN climate summit in Egypt, which begins on Sunday, world leaders will debate how much financial support rich countries should give to developing countries to help them deal with the effects of global warming.


There is no comprehensive data on the total number of African cultural heritage sites at risk, but research on coastal areas co-led by Simpson found that 56 sites are already facing flooding and erosion, exacerbated by rising sea levels.

By 2050, if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, that number could more than triple to 198 locations, according to the study, published in February in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Sites at risk include the imposing ruins of the Numidian-Roman port of Sabratha in Libya, Algeria’s ancient Punic-Roman trading post at Tipasa and Egypt’s archaeological sites in North Sinai, the study found.

The island of Kunta Kinteh in Gambia and the Togolese village of Aneho-Glidji – both linked to the history of the African slave trade – are also in danger, it said.

A number of Sites of Outstanding Natural Value are also at extreme risk as higher temperatures are melting glaciers, raising sea levels and causing more coastal erosion.

These include centers of rich biodiversity such as the Curral Velho wetland in Cape Verde, with its unique vegetation and migratory birds, and Aldabra in Seychelles, one of the largest coral atolls in the world and home of the Aldabra giant tortoise.

“African sites are really, really at risk because of climate change,” said Lazare Eloundou Assomo, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center.

“We see typhoons, we see floods, we see erosion, we see fires. I would say climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing World Heritage now – and in the future.”

Assomo said he was particularly concerned about sites like Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which is expected to lose its glaciers by 2040 and increase wildfire outbreaks.


As climate change threatens the future of Africa’s natural and cultural riches, jobs and tourism associated with heritage sites are also at risk.

This could spell disaster for attractions like Ghana’s slave forts, Namibia’s native rock art and the wildebeest migration in Kenya‘s Maasai Mara, which together draw hordes of visitors and millions of dollars in annual tourism revenue.

In Ghana, for example, the castles have not only shaped the country’s history, but have also become places of pilgrimage for the African diaspora looking to reconnect with their roots and honor their ancestors.

At events like the “Year of Return” in Ghana in 2019, which marked the 400th

Tens of thousands of visitors come to Namibia each year to see some of Africa’s largest collections of rock art, generating much-needed income for local communities in the sparsely populated South African nation.

The ancient rock paintings and engravings, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein, were created by San hunter-gatherers long before Damara herdsmen and European colonists arrived.

However, archaeologists fear that climate-related flash floods, dust, vegetation growth, fungi and desert animals searching for water near these sites pose a threat to the art’s survival.

From Indonesia to Australia, archaeologists have identified effects of climate change such as B. more variable temperatures, flooding and wildfires causing blistering, flaking and even rock explosions at important sites of ancient art.

Independent Namibian archaeologist Alma Mekondjo Nankela fears the same lies will be applied to her country’s rock art heritage.

“We can really see that the artwork is deteriorating, and very rapidly,” she said, adding that most of the factors causing the deterioration “are likely related to climate change.”

She added that funds and resources are urgently needed to better understand and track long-term climate changes over the years.

In Kenya, one of the world’s most famous natural heritage attractions — the wildebeest migration — is also at risk, conservationists say.

The migration, one of the greatest spectacles of animal movement on Earth, sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle on their annual migration from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania across the border into the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The sight draws hordes of safari-goers each year eager to witness the iconic scenes of the wildebeest running the gauntlet to hungry Nile crocodiles as they cross the Mara River.

Tourism – much of it centered on safaris in the Masai Mara – is a major economic pillar of Kenya, employing more than 2 million people and accounting for about 10% of the East African nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

However, conservation experts say the great migration is under threat due to increasing droughts and floods in the Mara’s delicate ecosystem, which are depriving the wildebeest of grazing land.

This has affected the number of animals migrating to Kenya and the length of their stay.

“The wildebeest migration happens later and they only stay for a very short time,” said Yussuf Wato, wildlife program manager at WWF Kenya, a conservation nonprofit.

“And then because the rains are delayed in the Mara or the rains in the Serengeti continue, they don’t come into the Mara because they have enough pasture on the other side.”


But despite the potentially far-reaching consequences of climate-related loss and damage to Africa’s cultural heritage sites, the threats have received far less attention than the risks to other cultural and natural landmarks in wealthier countries.

One study estimates that only 1% of research on the impact of climate change on cultural heritage is linked to Africa, despite the continent having been at the forefront of global warming for decades.

“We need more national archaeologists,” said David Pleurdeau, an assistant professor at France’s National Museum of Natural History in the Human and Environment department, who leads an archaeological team in Namibia’s Erongo region.

“We need more education for Namibian students, more money and for the Namibian Heritage Council to hire more archaeologists,” said Pleurdeau, who works with Namibian archaeologist Nankela.

Some countries such as Ghana and Egypt have made large investments in building sea defense walls and groynes to protect their coastal areas.

But Simpson said such “hard protection” strategies often fail to take into account future sea levels and can upset the site’s natural ecological balance.

Hybrid protection that includes natural infrastructure such as rock faces combined with salt marshes, seagrass or restored mangroves to slow wave action may be more effective.

It is also important to improve stewardship around threatened sites and ensure local communities are involved in conservation and protection efforts, he added.

Back at Fort Prince’s Stone, Caretaker Akorli points to a few words engraved on the ramshackle back wall of one of the few remaining slave dungeons: “Until the lion has a historian, the hunter will always be a hero,” it reads.

“Often the story can be skewed,” Akorli said. “Sites like this tell us the painful truth. So we have to take care of them – we have to know what happened in the past so we can learn in the future.”

Originally) released on:

Reporting by Nita Bhalla @nitabhalla; Additional reporting by Kim Harrisberg in Namibia and Kent Mensah in Accra. Editing by Helen Popper. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the non-profit arm of Thomson Reuters. visit

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Policy.

Kenya’s Kipkemboi and Ethiopia’s Dalasa take honors in Istanbul Marathon Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:25:00 +0000

Kenyan long-distance runner Robert Kipkemboi and Ethiopian athlete Sechale Dalasa rode to victory on Sunday in the 44th edition of the Istanbul Marathon.

Kipkemboi took first place in the men’s race, completing the 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) intercontinental run in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 18 seconds.

Kenyan-born Bahraini Marius Kimutai was just 9 seconds behind in second place, while Sila Kiptoo of Ethiopia was third with a time of 2:11.42.

In the women’s category, Dalasa led an Ethiopian podium with a run of 2:25.54.

Melesech Tsegaye secured second place with a time of 2:29.01, followed by her compatriot Ethlemahu Sintayehu in 2:31.38.

The top three runners for both men and women bagged prize money of $20,000, $10,000 and $6,000 respectively.

Almost 30,000 athletes, including 56 top runners, took part in the marathon, which started on the Asian side of Istanbul and ended in the European part of the Turkish metropolis.

The only intercontinental race in the world

Participants crossed the two continents via the July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge, which was backed by a spectacular view of the Bosphorus Strait.

The circuit also traversed several of Istanbul’s famous historical sites, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

The idea of ​​running from Asia to Europe, first proposed by the daily newspaper Tercuman in 1973, was realized in 1979 on the initiative of a group of German tourists.

The Istanbul Marathon, which is one of the International Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Gold Label Road Races, is one of the most popular marathons in the world.

The race started at 9 a.m. local time (6 a.m. GMT) in the Altunizade district of the Üskudar district on the Asian side of the Turkish metropolis and finished at Sultanahmet Square on the European side.

One of the top cities in Europe

Istanbul – home to more than 15.50 million people – was ranked the sixth best European city for marathon runners in a study last year.

The five-factor study by Runners Need, a London-based running equipment retailer, considered air quality, weather conditions, number of attractions, cost of running supplies and marathon popularity of over 60 European cities to determine the marathon goals of the to evaluate the continent.

Istanbul scored in the top 10 in two respects. The city offers one of the most beautiful running routes in Europe with 621 sights.

It was also the second cheapest travel destination in the study, offering a running package (water, bananas, and running shoes) that is 36% cheaper than average.

The standings were led by Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Athens respectively.

The daily Sabah newsletter

Keep up to date with what is happening in Turkey, its region and the world.

You can unsubscribe at any time. By registering, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Kenya launches its global campaign “The Real Deal” in the Indian market Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:42:52 +0000
landscape, wildlife

Kenya has launched the latest tourism attractions campaign to raise awareness of destinations whose travel is now back on track after recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through Destination Marketer, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Kenya has unveiled its global marketing campaign “The Real Deal” which will bring vibrant imagery across major digital platforms to maximize reach and awareness of destinations and drive Indian arrivals to Kenya in the to accelerate in the coming years.

The Real Deal campaign was designed to showcase the diverse facets of Kenya as a destination and to raise awareness of its latest tourism products and experiences through select OTT platforms promoting PAN India, theater screens and digital billboards in select areas in Delhi and Mumbai will.

To ensure the holistic reach of the campaign while increasing conversions, KTB has also worked with Kenya Airways and five leading tour operators including Thomas Cook, SOTC, Yatra, Make My Trip and Ease My Trip.

The partners will influence the promotion of Kenya through various packages and discounted fares communicated through their websites and social media pages. The aim is to redirect interested travelers to the landing page from where they can plan their upcoming trip to Kenya. Together, the partners and their respective platforms will be instrumental in running the campaign and positioning Kenya as ‘The Real Deal’ among holiday destinations.

As a source market, India ranks fifth after the USA, Uganda, UK and Tanzania. Kenya has seen consistent visitor numbers to the Indian market even in the last two years for several favorable reasons including – direct flight connection from Mumbai, ease of visa application, flexible COVID-19 entry/exit rule while maintaining health and safety measures and finally the the destination’s range of adventurous activities and unique cultural attractions.

From January 2022 to October 2022, Kenya recorded 924,303 tourist arrivals, of which 55,761 were Indian arrivals. With the positive numbers and India as an exponentially growing outbound tourism market, KTB aims to capitalize on the luxury and family segments and drive traffic to Kenya by establishing Kenya as an ideal long-haul holiday destination.

dr Betty Radier, CEO of KTB, expressed her confidence in the campaign, stating that India is one of the key destinations showing promise for tourism recovery in Kenya and that the campaign will give a boost to the existing interest of Indian travelers in the destination .

dr  Betty Radier, CEO, Kenya Tourism Board

“India has been one of the countries hardest hit by Covid-19, particularly the delta virus, saying it has taken crucial steps that inspire confidence to travel, for example being the country with the most vaccinated people. We chose India to launch because of the immense potential as a key source market and the fact that Indians love our products, from safari to beach and adventure too,” said Dr. eraser

Neeti Sharma, Director, Intrepid Marketing and Communications added: “Kenya as a destination is packed with ambitious quotas due to its range of unique and authentic experiences. ‘The Real Deal’ campaign is a true expression of Kenya’s giant screen and we are confident that the strategic activations across the media channels together with the efforts of our key partners will entice travelers and result in an accelerated arrival rate.”

The Real Deal campaign was run in the US and UK and was successful in positioning Kenya and driving traffic to the magic destination.

Startups off to Silicon Zanzibar Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:00:07 +0000

*This article was written by Seth Onyango, Bird Story Agency

Zanzibar, famed for its world-class tourism offerings, is gearing up for new tenants as startups seek success in the semi-autonomous island’s burgeoning tech space.

In August, the archipelago signed Kenyan e-commerce firm Wasoko as Silicon Zanzibar’s anchor tenant, setting the stage for new entrants.

And more recently, Pando DAO, a community of top tech founders in Africa, has partnered with Silicon Zanzibar to transform the island into a hub for tech talent and businesses.

Panda DAO’s 70 founders, representing 49 companies across Africa, could help transform the Indian Ocean archipelago into a vibrant technology melting pot. Companies include mPharma, Pariti, Africa Health Holdings, Stitch, Marketforce, 54Gene, Mara, VertoFX, Turaco, Raise, Carry1st and Jetstream, Wasoko and others.

The founders’ startups are currently valued at more than $2 billion and have collectively raised over $500 million in capital.

How will it work

Panda DOA will work with the island’s authorities to open operations and create a policy framework to support innovation and the digital economy in Zanzibar.

The arrival of Wasoko – named Africa’s fastest-growing company by the Financial Times in May – is a key vote in favor of Zanzibar’s public-private initiative to attract tech companies.

After closing a $125 million Series B round in March, Wasako is valued at $625 million, growing its earnings from $300,000 in 2017 to $27.4 million in the year 2020, while the number of employees increased from 57 to 372 in the same period.

Ramani, a fintech disruptor building infrastructure to enable trade in Africa, has also been listed on Silicon Zanzibar.

It offers mobile and web applications to give Africa’s micro-merchants quick and easy access to SME financing, and integrates brands to offer resellers 30-day stock terms.

Tushop, a Nairobi-based social commerce platform that enables group shopping of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), has also set up a warehouse in Zanzibar.

In March, it raised $3 million in pre-seed funding in a round led by 4DX Ventures to expand services in Nairobi.

In its latest analysis, startup tracker Africa: The Big Deal says Zanzibar could shape an East African unicorn.

“With Wasoko on board, Silicon Zanzibar will have the right to brag about one of Africa’s non-fintech unicorns; There were expectations that the startup would become Kenya‘s first tech unicorn,” it said.

“But no, thanks to Kenya’s dissuasively high taxes, the country may have to wait a little longer to coin its first billion-dollar startup.”

Some incentives for startups to come to Silicon Zanzibar

To attract tech companies, Zanzibar is issuing work visas to relocate tech workers, which has been problematic in mature markets like Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and South Africa.

Other incentives in the Zanzibar Free Economic Zone include corporate tax exemption for 10 years.

Relocating companies can also find available work space and accommodation in Fumba Town, a new modern eco-town which is situated along a 1.5km long coastline just 9km from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

“Silicon Zanzibar is re-establishing the island as a gateway to the African continent through the transformative potential of the technology industry. As part of Zanzibar’s Blue Economy master plan to promote sustainable development, the technology sector will play a crucial role in expanding the island’s economy while maintaining a low environmental footprint,” reads part of Silicon Zanzibar’s website.

“With direct flights to over 20 key destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and fiber optic internet around the island, Zanzibar’s infrastructure is firmly in place to keep you connected.”

But even as start-ups flock to Zanzibar, the island needs to boost household income and create demand for tech financial services.

For now, however, the island could well become the launch pad and headquarters for some of Africa’s biggest tech companies.

Get the best African tech newsletters delivered to your inbox

Barcelona vs Atheltic Club line-ups and LIVE updates Sun, 23 Oct 2022 18:03:11 +0000 Barcelona hope to close the gap between Real Madrid with a win against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona have been at their best in La Liga this season, dropping just two points. They haven’t conceded a goal in their last 5 league games, which is their best defensive streak since 2011.

Barcelona also excel on the attacking front and hold the second-best record in the league, with Robert Lewandowski leading the scorer list with 11 goals in 10 games.

However, despite their impressive start to the season, they find themselves in 2nd place behind rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona hope to get all 3 points if they host Athletic Club. Bilbao also had a strong start to the season but haven’t won a game in the last 3 games.
Besides, history doesn’t speak for them against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Her 20-game winless streak at Barca is her second-worst streak in the competition. However, Barcelona cannot let the past decide the result and must do their best.

Barcelona vs. Athletic Club confirmed line-ups

Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Kounde, E. Garcia, Alonso; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Gavi

Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Simon; De Marcos, I Martinez, Yeray, Berchiche; Berenguer, Herrera, Zarraga, Vesga; I Williams, N Williams

Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao LIVE updates

Barcelona’s upcoming games

After their game against Athletic Bilbao on October 26th, Barcelona host Bayern Munich in what amounts to a cup final clash as they need to win their remaining 2 Champions League games to have any hope of qualifying.

Barcelona then travel to ninth-placed Valencia in La Liga, followed by a crucial Champions League game against Viktoria Plzeň on 1 November.

Stop Exaggerating African Epidemics – Minister Oryem to Western World – 93.3 KFM Fri, 21 Oct 2022 05:34:33 +0000

Minister of State for International Affairs Mr. Okello Oryem has assured tourists of safety and warned against canceling bookings to Uganda, saying that the Ebola outbreak in the two districts of Mubende and Kasanda is being managed well given the experiences from previous epidemics.

Oryem also accused the western world of exaggerating epidemics breaking out in Africa.

“We are safe Ugandans, we are safe tourists. The border is not closed, the airport is not closed and we are open. We look forward to welcoming our foreign tourists as well as local tourists,” Oryem said.

He made the remarks at the Foreign Ministry’s headquarters in Kampala, while presenting the program for November’s Uganda-Kenya Tourism Conference, Exhibition and Familiarization Tour between tour operators from the two countries.

A partial 21-day lockdown has since been imposed in Mubende and Kassanda, the epicenter districts, as the Ebola death toll now stands at 25.

Mr Oryem urged foreign countries to conduct thorough investigations before issuing travel advice to their citizens to prevent them from traveling to some countries over health concerns.

“Even if there is only malaria, they will tell their citizens not to travel to a certain country. If you are in Western Europe now, you will get the impression that we are all just dying of Ebola on the side of the road. I don’t think any of us saw a person die on the street from Ebola,” he said.

The tourism exhibition, which will be run under the theme “Strengthening Networks, Synergies and Diversity to Maximize Tourism Potential between Uganda and Coastal Kenya”, aims to strengthen synergies between key tourism players from Uganda and Coastal Kenya.

The presentation was attended by the Ugandan Consul General in Kenya, Ambassador Paul Mukumbya, among other dignitaries.