Moses Mathenge (DJ Moz) and JJF Chairman Jonathan Jackson at a media event for Jenga Jirani Festival
Moses Mathenge (DJ Moz) and JJF Chairman Jonathan Jackson at a media event for Jenga Jirani Festival

More than 50 artists are set to perform at the Jenga Jirani festival, billed as the biggest online festival in Kenya.

Organized by the Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) and Kubamba Krew, the festival aims to raise Ksh100 million to support vulnerable communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two-day festival is lined up to take place on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8.

Among those lined up to perform are hitmakers Nyashinski, Khaligraph Jones, Samidoh, Eric Wainaina, Mercy Masika and Juliani.

Popular comedians MC Jesse and Eric Omondi will be the MCs, while content creators including the WaJesus family will also be present.

Comedian MC Jesse pictured at a media event for the Jenga Jirani Festival
Comedian MC Jesse (centre) pictured at a media event for the Jenga Jirani Festival

The festival will be live on the Jenga Jirani website as well as on their Youtube page.

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Kenyans will be able to contribute all through the show to support households impacted by the pandemic and its devastating effect on the economy.

Many Kenyans have experienced loss of income thanks to the pandemic, with lay-offs and redundancies becoming the order of the day.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya in March, JJF has provided over 2 million meals to vulnerable Kenyans.

In particular, the foundation has focused on the sick, elderly and vulnerable in Nairobi’s informal settlements. About 240 tonnes of foodstuffs have so far been distributed as part of the initiative.

Notably, JJF has also been providing hygiene and sanitary products to those in need.

Many girls from low income backgrounds who depend on school donation programs to receive pads, for example, have faced serious challenges since learning institutions were closed.

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Martin Siele is a senior reporter at Business Today.

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