Kenyans today woke up to news on social media that renowned radio broadcaster Leonard Mambo Mbotela has passed on.
Some bloggers took up the ‘news’ and published, but Business Today has confirmed that the man famous for his Je Huu ni Ungwana radio and TV programme and phrase is alive and kicking.
The reports, which claimed that Mambo had died in a road accident early today, are in fact false and part of the fake news wave sweeping the blogosphere perpetuated by bloggers seeking to increase visits to their sites.
KBC editor in chief Samuel Maina has confirmed that Mambo, who worked for the national broadcaster most of his life is alive. “I have just talked to him. It (the death news) is all nonsense,” he said.
Also, through his friend Ali Manzu of KTN, Mambo Mbotela has asked Kenyans to ignore the rumours. “Good morning, this is to confirm that Mzee Mambo Mbotela is not dead,” said Manzu on Facebook. “I have talked to him and he asked us to ignore the rumours.”
The fake news was started on Twitter by one Njoki Kelvin (Ngangatheblogger). It has emerged that the overzealous Twitter user mistook Leornad Mwamba, the jubilee aspirant in Kitutu Chache who died in an accident, for Mambo Mbotela.
Kelvin has apologized and pulled down the post. “The post I made referring to Leonard Mambo Mbotela was erroneous. It should be Léonard Mwamba a jubilee aspirant in Kitutu Chache. Apologies!”
The post i made Referring to Leonard Mambo Mbotela was erroneous should be Léonard Mwamba a jubilee aspirant in Kitutu Chache.Apologies!
— Ng’ang’a The Blogger (@ItsNjokiKelvin) July 15, 2017
But the news spread fast given that Leonard Mambo is a household name and must have got Kelvin more followers on Twitter as he misled many bloggers and social media users into announcing the fake news to others.
In this era of fake news, Kelvin’s apologies, and those of other bloggers who tweeted or published the rumours, should be taken with a pinch of salt and perhaps they needs to personally apologise to Leonard Mambo. Social media users and bloggers deliberately use fake posts about popular people perceived to be harmless to get attract fans.
This comes just a few months after another bloggers spread fake news about the death of Daniel Ndambuki, aka Churchill, in an accident along Mai Mahiu road. Fake news propagators target prominent people and celebrities.
Mambo, who retired but was retained by KBC, runs his music band which performs at Cub Vibro in Nairobi West. He has, however, been missing from the TV programme Je Huu ni Ungwana and his role has been taken up by one of the actors.
Mambo has been part of Kenya’s post-independent history as a continuity announcer at KBC and football commentator. But what makes him more prominent is the fact that he was in the studio when the 1982 coup plotters stormed KBC studios and made him announce takeover of the government, which was foiled a few hours later
Mambo, who hails Frere town in Mombasa, has worked in media for over, and his could easily be one of the longest stints on the airwaves. He has been in the media scene for more than 45 years.
Je Huu ni Ungwana was first aired in 1966. The show had its core focus on common courtesy and ethics among Kenyans. Mbotela also has a striking eloquence in Kiswahili and been campaigning for the protection of the language from being corrupted.
Former KTN anchor James Smart launches digital TV show
Two smart guys with an unhealthy appetite for Afro-Politics and unmatched knowledge of International politics have come together to produce a TV series that captures African politics in the most hilarious fashion yet. Simply, its two guys, two beers and their views…. in a bar!
These guys would be enemies if they were actual politicians but instead they are political pals because they don’t know who else to turn to with their constant brain surges of why the world works the way it does and what that means for Africa.
They don’t need to agree, they just need therapy. These guys are James Smart and Marvin Tumbo.
TV personality James Smart, a renowned journalist, and Marvin Tumbo, a political strategist, have combined their expertise to come up with a political programme that’s gaining ground among audiences across Africa.
Marvin Tumbo is a well-respected political strategist having worked for three heads of state. He has led many high profile projects including visits to Kenya by Obama and the Pope. Marvin helps government departments execute social media strategies to engage the public on various civic initiatives.
Having been a behind the scenes force for most of his career, Marvin is ready to share his political views with audiences everywhere. The two are working under What’s Good Networks, an online entertainment network run by young African creatives, which seeks to connecting young urban audiences through dedicated lifestyle channels featuring the next wave of African talent.
James Smart is one of Kenya’s most prolific political commentators popular with wide audiences, particularly on Twitter @JamesSmart. Having started The Trend at NTV in 2009, he then moved to KTN in 2013 to start three new shows: News Sources, KTN Live Wire and The Breakfast Show.
James Smart’s new passion is engaging young audiences with political affairs in a digitable way and reaching them where they are: on mobile watching what they want when they want it.
Each show is themed towards current affairs with five segments featuring other topical issues. The hosts source one final topic from trending social news.
Show is recorded as live in a modern ‘local’ called J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen, which is a sports bar popular with residents in the Lavington/Westlands/Kilimani area.
The show is filmed with the natural bar interactions- friendly conversations in the background complete with bar sounds because let’s face it- you wouldn’t have a natural conversation about politics in a studio, you’d be in your local.
Thursday 8:30 pm – Africa & Global affairs
Sunday 8:30 pm – Kenya Affairs
Show format : 24 min
Show Milestones: Facebook
Episode 1 – 10.7k views
Episode 2 – 23k views
Episode 3 – 26.4k views
Episode 4 – 14k views
Epidoe 5 – 26k views
Episode 6 – 27k Views
NMG rehires former senior editor as director
Veteran editor rejoins media house’s board in an advisory role at a time its products are under the microscope over alleged political bias
Former Nation Media Group (NMG) Editorial Director Wangethi Mwangi has made a comeback as the media house seeks to revamp its editorial output to boost revenue.
Mr Wangethi, who left the twin towers nearly 10 years ago, has been appointed as a non-executive director and will be playing an advisory role. NMG, the region’s largest media house, has seen its revenues decline over the years amid a squeeze in advertising spend by the government and major corporates.
Last year, former Special Projects Editor Macharia Gaitho was also recalled out of retirement to head the political desk at Nation Centre as the country prepared for the August 8 General Election.
However, the media house has been under the microscope both internally and externally, due to perceptions of bias in the coverage of issues emerging from the contested presidential election.
On Thursday, for instance, questions were raised after the Daily Nation went to town with a splash headline indicating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been let off the hook while, in actual sense, the majority of the Supreme Court judges based their decision to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win on account of illegalities and irregularities it committed during the transmission of results.
The headline was based on the four judges’ view that though there were “systemic institutional problems”, they could not finger anyone to have been personally culpable for the same.
What raised more questions was that the headline was at variance with the paper’s editorial, which demanded that “IEBC must get it right in the repeat poll.”
In the newspaper industry, an editorial, also known as the leader, is the product of deliberations by the editorial board regarding which issues are important for their readership to know the newspaper’s opinion.
At other times, an editorial
The question that then arises is at what point did Daily Nation’s editors decide to lead with a story exonerating IEBC when they had already made a decision that more was needed from the electoral agency ahead of the fresh election?
The story was also at variance with a piece done by Gaitho on the same. Some critics have offered that the decision could have been informed by an attempt at product differentiation but still, this does not reflect well on the media house, which only recently had to reach out to Nasa after Siaya senator James Orengo asked Opposition supporters to boycott its products.
These are some of the issues Wangethi is expected to confront if he is to enhance NMG’s fortunes.
Currently, he is a member of the Media Complaints Commission (MCC), a position he was appointed to by Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on September 6 last year for a period of three years.
Kenyans spent Sh217b on adverts last year
PwC report forecasts revenue to grow at an 8.5% CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) over the next five years, hitting the Ksh310 billion by 2020
The Kenyan Entertainment and Media industry was worth Ksh217 billion (US$2.1 billion) in 2016, up 13.6% on 2015, according to the latest PwC’s Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2017 – 2021: An African Perspective report
Revenue is forecast to grow at an 8.5% CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) over the next five years, hitting the Ksh310 billion (U$3 billion) mark in 2020, and totalling Ksh330 billion (US$3.2 billion) in 2021.
Total advertising revenue reached US$1.0 billion in 2016 and is set to grow at an 8.0% CAGR over the next five years, fuelled by Internet advertising’s CAGR of 13.6% over the forecast period.
Prior to 2016, Kenya’s largest advertising market was radio. Considering its small economy, the report says Kenya has the largest radio advertising market in the Middle East and Africa region, and the 14th-largest in the world.
According to analysts at Bizna Kenya, low costs and robust listenership are key pull factors to businesses looking to advertise on Kenyan stations.
Due to the range of radio stations in the country, advertisers can reach key demographics, meaning targeted and more effective ad campaigns.
During the year under review, radio ad spent stood at Ksh35.3 billion a 9.2% increase from Ksh32.3 billion generated in 2015. It is projected to hit Ksh51 billion by 2012, which the report says will be more than ad revenue generated in Italy, a country with a bigger population and an economy 20 times larger than Kenya.
Ad spend on television and video also stood at Ksh35 billion in 2016 compared to Ksh31 billion the previous year, an increase of 14.1%. By 2021, this is projected to reach Ksh53.6 billion.
Year-on-year growth in newspaper advertising revenue rose from Ksh12.7 billion to reach Ksh13.1 billion in 2016, an increase of 3.0%. It is projected to reach Ksh14.1 billion by 2020, same as 2021.
Internet advertising is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the market. By 2021, revenue will hit Ksh23.4 billion from the current projection of Ksh14.6 billion for 2017, making it the third largest advertising category in Kenya.
The report notes that international players have begun to rear their heads, with Swedish phone-call filtering firm Truecaller announcing in May 2017 that it would begin offering ad opportunities to local Kenyan companies on its mobile app.
Despite year-on-year growth beginning to slow by 2021, the PwC report says advertising revenue is set to increase as Kenya’s media industry continues to expand.
“There remain several small, but growing untapped areas, such as the cinema market, which will rise quickly, while the emergence of global corporations in the country will help to propel revenues higher still,” it says.
The report shows internet access is the most established industry within the Kenyan market and will also be the first subsegment in which revenues hit US$1.0 billion, which it will reach in 2020.
Mobile Internet access is the main revenue driver, as smartphone adoption increases in popularity. Over the forecast period, high-speed mobile Internet connections will rise at an impressive 84.9% CAGR, while the number of mobile Internet subscribers is set to more than double over the next five years, reaching 33 million in 2021.
“In response to increased mobile Internet access, Malaysian video streaming service iFlix announced in June 2017 its plans to enter the Kenyan market. Following the lead of SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon, iFlix hopes to capture a slice of the market, offering both local and international content to the Kenyan audience, at a significantly lower price than other subscription-based services. iFlix will cost between US$2-US$4 a month and allow consumers to download content in low, medium or HD format,” says the report.
It adds that the rise of the smartphone in Kenya will also contribute to growth across other media sectors, with the Nation Media Group developing a mobile-friendly app to encourage digital readership of its news content and the social/casual gaming market expected to rise at a 22.4% CAGR to 2021, as Kenyans gain access to mobile app stores and mobile data costs fall.
The report, however, shows that user experience is taking centre stage in the media industry and companies that seek to compete and generate value must put consumers as the primary basis for strategic differentiation and revenue growth.
“To thrive in a marketplace that is increasingly competitive and crowded, companies are focusing on implementing strategies and building capabilities to engage with consumers,” the report says.
The Outlook is a comprehensive source of analysis and five-year forecasts of consumer and advertising spending across five countries ( Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Tanzania) and 14 segments; Internet, data consumption, television, cinema, video games, e-sports, virtual reality, newspaper publishing, magazine publishing, book publishing, business-to-business publishing, music, out-of-home, and radio. See the full report here.
Supreme act: KBC journalist who rescued beggar from bees
KBC’s Victor Mukayane abandoned his equipment and carried the begger, who was on a wheel chair to safety hence saving his life.
A photo of a journalist with national broadcaster, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), carrying a disabled beggar following an attack by bees at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on Wednesday has gone viral on social media with many hailing his heroic act.
While fellow journalists, protesters and security agents scampered for safety, Victor Mukayane, abandoned his equipment and carried the beggar, who was on a wheel chair to safety hence saving his life. Both were later taken to hospital by first responders for treatment.
“Victor Mukayane risked his life to help a person with disability when a swarm of bees unleashed terror during Supreme Ruling.
#SupremeAct,” tweeted NTV news anchor Jane Ngoiri.
Sports journalist Michelle Katama wrote: “PRICELESS!Photo of a journo carrying a physically challenged begger who was attacked by bees..Hero..(Pix/ Fredrick Onyango)
“This man surely deserves a presidential award…. Victor Mukayane MBS,” N. Nixon tweeted.
“Wow am touched.. Victor Mukayane risked his life to help a person with disability when a swarm of bees unleased terror during Supreme Ruling. Holiday ya kumwambia asante itaweza ama mnasemaje wakenya wenzangu.. #CelebrateHeroes,” Kabu Simon wrote on Facebook.
It is said that the bees attacked when police, who had lobbed tear gas canisters in a bid to create a buffer zone between NASA and Jubilee supporters, disturbed their beehive.
Some, however, claimed they were unleashed by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino.
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Bee stings can be lethal if one is allergic or is stung inside the mouth or throat and would need to be taken to hospital for emergency attention. Bee poisoning can lead to abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, hives, itching and swelling and pain at the site of the sting.
In more severe cases, the venom can lead to a severe decrease in blood pressure and collapse by affecting heart and blood vessels.
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