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Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund Applications Call-Out

Wangari Maathai fund

The Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund is an Environmental Innovations fund set up in memory of the late Professor Wangari Maathai, aimed at developing action-oriented young people with strong values and commitment to the conservation of the physical and social environment in Kenya.

The fund has been established by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Green Belt Movement, and the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF).

This is the 3rd public call for scholarship applications to the fund: A scholarship award from the fund is given each year to a young woman who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation. This individual must also demonstrate their ability to successfully mobilize people and provide leadership in environmental advocacy.

Selection Criteria:

A young woman of between the ages of 18 – 25 years.
Kenyan citizens currently residing in Kenya
The scholarship is limited to applicants who have enrolled in a Kenyan University
Ability to demonstrate the environmental conservation project(s) they have started or have been involved in and how those initiatives have impacted people in their community, in ways that have improved environmental health and sustainability, and the fund’s goals of achieving a greener, cleaner and more sustainable community.
How to Apply


Completed APPLICATION FORMS can be submitted to KCDF by email to grants@kcdf.or.ke. to be received on or before 5.00pm, 16th March 2015. Any other supportive documents should be scanned and sent as attachments with the filled in proposal.

For more information about the Fund, CLICK HERE

Young Kenyan & African Artists invited to enter Contemporary Art Competition; ​​L’Atelier


For the first time in its 30-year history, L’Atelier will be expanded to include emerging visual artists from Africa. Historically, the prestigious contemporary art competition was held in South Africa and only local artists were eligible to enter.

From 2015, artists aged 21 to 35 in South Africa as well as Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya are invited to take part in the art competition, which has carved a reputation for itself as a significant event in the lives of up-and-coming artists, providing an ideal springboard for any artist looking to further develop their career.

Sponsored by Barclays Africa and supported locally by KUONA TRUST, L’Atelier is renowned for its role in inspiring, motivating and promoting young and emerging artists. The competition has become a much-anticipated annual highlight on the calendars of emerging artists who rely on the exposure their work receives from the countrywide exhibitions and the exhibition catalogue, both of which play an important part in furthering their budding careers.


History of L’Atelier

From 1999 until 2001, the competition was known as the Absa Atelier Competition, and in 2002 it changed its name to Absa L’Atelier. In 2015 the competition – now one of the longest running events of its kind in Africa – enters another new chapter as it becomes part of the Barclays Africa fold, following the acquisition by Barclays of a majority share in Absa to form Barclays Africa Group in 2013. The competition is now known as L’Atelier.

As a forerunner in the provision of financial services in Africa, the Barclays Africa custodianship of L’Atelier will enable the competition to reach new heights in 2015 as it is opened up to artists from neighbouring countries.


Coveted art residency prizes

All young artists in Kenya are invited to enter the 2015 L’Atelier art competition. Entries are open from 15 January 2015 until 06 March 2015, and all works being entered must be delivered to

​Kuona Trust between 02 and 06 March 2015 as outlined on the L’Atelier website.

Five coveted art residency prizes are awarded to the winners, including the main prize, three merit award prizes and the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising artist.

The three merit awards include (1) a two-month residency on the Island of Sylt, Germany at the Sylt Foundation and the use of an apartment, return flights to Germany and a monthly stipend; (2) a one-month residency in New York at the Ampersand Foundation and the use of an apartment, return flights to New York and a Ampersand Foundation fellowship (this prize is for South African citizens only and non-Ampersand Fellows); and (3) a three-month residency in South Africa, return flights to Johannesburg and a monthly stipend (this prize is for non-South African citizens).

The main prize includes R150 000 in cash from Barclays Africa and a return air ticket to Paris, France. The prize money must be used for the time of study of at least three months, but not for more than six months, in the studio apartment purchased for this purpose at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Upon the winner’s return to South Africa, they will be invited to have a solo exhibition in the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg.

The Alliance Française, the French Institute and the French Embassy are sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising South African artist with an income of less than R60 000 per annum. This prize consists of a return air ticket to Paris, three months’ stay in the Cité Internationale des Arts, nationwide touring exhibitions and training in French. The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris residencies are made available by SANAVA.

All the top 10 finalists in the competition will attend a two-day art professionalism course in Johannesburg that will assist them in managing their careers. Each finalist will also be paired with a mentor who will work with them for a year.


Entry details

Artists must familiarise themselves with all the terms and conditions of the competition, to be found on the L’Atelier website: ​www.lateliercompetition.com

​The competition is open to self-taught or professionally trained artists aged 21 to 35 in Kenya. Artists participating in the competition must be resident​s​​ in the country in order to enter.

The entry forms are also located on the L’Atelier website, and can be completed from 15 January 2015 until 06 March 2015. Once the artists have completed their online entry form, they can either personally deliver or courier their artworks to ​the collection point, ​​KUONA TRUST. ​The collection point ​will be open from 02 to 06 March 2015. Artists need to ensure that the reference number assigned to each of their artwork entries is attached to the corresponding artwork. All collection points close at 4pm on 06 March 2015 and no late entries will be accepted.



Red Bull Music Academy Showcase at PAWA 254

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Red Bull Kenya will be hosting an International Red Bull Event called the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), the first of its kind in East Africa. This is an international Red Bull event that happens in over 100 countries globally.

The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. Two groups of 30 selected participants- producers, vocalists, DJ’s, instrumentalists and all round musical mavericks from around the world come together in a new city each year for 2 weeks worth of recording sessions, lectures by musical luminaries, collaborations and performances in the cities best clubs and music halls.

There will be local workshop sessions where RBMA will be introduced to the local scene, including a one day mini- academy featuring a lecture or workshop in the afternoon and a club event at night. We promote the next application phase of RBMA. In which case the next will be in Paris in November 2015. Deadline for the application process is the 3rd of March.

Last year , Blinky Bill from Just A Band qualified and represented Kenya. Consequently, from experience, he will be the featured artist. Some invited guests include Dj Creme De La Crème, Wanjira Longauer presenter at Capital FM, Anto Neo Soul, Gabu & Frasha from P-Unit, & Henry Derex Briggs Promoter & Entrepreneur. Other Kenyan artist, producers, vocalists, dj’s, instrumentalist & all round music maverricks are expected at the INVITE ONLY Event this afternoon.

APPLY for the RBMA

Meet the ‘Belonging in Africa’ Author, Jo Alkemade this Saturday

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This Saturday February 28th 2015 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Lesleigh Incorporated brings the ‘Belonging in Africa’ Author, Jo Alkemade, to Pawa 254. Jo will be talking about her book and her writing journey.

You’re welcome for this session of book-talk, laughter, reading, listening, savouring the past and thinking about the present.

About the book

Sara finds love with her perfect man, dismissing the fact that he is black and she is white. After all, these are the liberated 1970s, life in newly independent Kenya is wild and wonderful, and young love conquers all. Sam and Sara embrace a future they know will fulfil their dreams. But before long they discover that the world is a complicated place, and horror lurks where it is least expected.

About the Author

Jo Alkemade was that teenage girl growing up in Kenya in the 70s; “Belonging in Africa” is an autobiographical novel inspired by her experiences at the time. The author’s intimate understanding of era and place authenticates this story’s Western perspective of a uniquely African adventure. An MA in English Language and Literature from Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a major in African Studies, helped lay the foundation for “Belonging in Africa”.

In 2008, Jo Alkemade wrote the children’s book: “Jennifer and Jojo: Friends Forever”, published by Kenya Literature Bureau and approved by the Kenya Institute of Education for classroom use. Various short stories have been published in online magazines, and in the anthology “Short and Happy (or not)“. After a lifetime of globetrotting, Jo has settled in a small town just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA. Kenya continues to hold a special place in her heart, and she visits whenever she can.

Entry to this event is Free.

Journeys #1 Film Screening and Discussion


Journeys #1

Following a recent very successful event which featured British musician and film maker Jim Kroft, Pawa254 in collaboration with the British Council is very happy to announce that we will now be hosting the worldwide premiere of the documentary Journeys #1, a film by Jim Kroft, on the Thursday the 5th of March, from 6pm.

The film screening will be introduced by Pawa254 founder, and world renowned Kenyan photo activist, Boniface Mwangi.


“JOURNEYS” is the first part of a documentary series by Jim Kroft. The first episode was shot during his 6 week musical tour through China. Exploring the country through the unique perspective of a touring musician, the documentary gauges the temperature of modern China. Journeys #1 challenges the stereotypes about the authoritarian state, not by by presenting a fixed agenda, but through simply experiencing life on the road, playing music with the people, and learning about the culture with an open mind. Beyond this the documentary is in a exploration of the D.I.Y approach and attempts to push the limits of what one can do on one’s own. The film is exclusively shot, written and edited by Jim Kroft and was produced on a zero budget.

JOURNEYS is a project about the discovery of the world, by one man, one guitar and one camera.

For more info and material from his last Journey to China you can check out the artist’s website here: http://jimkroft.com/


Impact Hub Africa Looking for Entrepreneurs in Kenya & the Region

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The Resilience Africa team from Impact Hub Global is looking for teams of entrepreneurs in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sierra Leone, to found an Impact Hub.

Impact Hub offers a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow the positive impact of your work. Its programs will help over 100 theme-focused entrepreneurs and ventures take their ideas for a sustainable world and bring them into reality. Cordaid has a wealth of knowledge on resilient states and entrepreneurship there.

Building on the success of the Africa Seed Program, Impact Hub has officially launched Resilience Africa in partnership with Cordaid. Resilience Africa aims to open 6 new Impact Hubs and design the infrastructure that will facilitate business ideas and creation. They’re looking for talented Impact Hub founders who are willing to be a part of the entrepreneurial teams which are going to set up in these countries.


Why we need your help

The #ImpactHubAfrica campaign has been launched to support this effort. The goal of the campaign is to attract high-potential teams from cities across these five countries to apply for the program. Do you have anyone in your network with the potential to be a great Impact Maker?

You can have a full overview of the program on the dedicated website: africa.impacthub.net

Rooftop Sundowner with Idd Aziz and Gregg Tendwa

Idd and Gregg

On Friday 6th March 2015, Pawa254 invites you an evening of acoustic, and afro electronic music and storytelling on our rooftop from 6-11pm.

For this special event Kenyan singer and songwriter Idd Aziz, and DJ Gregg Tendwa get together for a rememberable collaborative musical sundowner.

Entrance: 500 Ksh Advance/800 Ksh At the door.  For Tickets: Mpesa paybill no 360400 account (insert your name)




Kenyan born Idd Aziz is completely dedicated to becoming one of the most empowered and awakened male vocalists possible.

His passion for music begun at the early age of 13 and followed with a tour of the world at the age of 15! Inspired by his father, Idd Aziz has been placed on this planet to inspire positive change and awakening through his music and performances. His musical style is reminiscent of Lokua Kanza ,Youssou N’Dour and Ismael Lo all rolled into one.

Idd Aziz’s combination of the expressive, compassionate and the soulful creates a unique sound for the musical market worldwide.
His passionate, cultural music has influenced great diversity in his vocal style. His vocals come from a deep place within his heart and can be felt clearly by any listener. His style combines world sounds with deep African roots into a form of Afro-fusion music.


Gregg Tendwa is a multimedia artist projecting social reality through music, photography, fashion, food, stories and games. He is the Creative Director at WiBO Culture, an enterprise creating authentic experiences.

His journey in music started out at 13 where he was a percussionist for the church choir. Later in life, he developed a keen interest in music production, djing and remixing. As a result, he inspired Santuri Safari, a platform for experimentation, learning and expression for musicians, DJs, curators, and audio engineers within the East African music scene.

His direction of music can be described as mainly Afrolectic with an element of experimentation with the diversity of percussion instruments from Africa. His sets are largely full of afrogoodness ranging from Afrohouse to Afrofunk to Aropop to Afrojazz.

GreggTendwa is currently working with various artists to discover, rework, and publish Bengatronic, the future sound of Benga. Through this project, he seeks to identify and nurture a genre that defines the intersection between Benga and Electronic Music.

‘I Define Me’ Photo Exhibition

I define me vertical Amnesty

I Define Me is a collaborative photography project by Amnesty International, Xavier Project and Pawa254.

I Define Me challenges the labels imposed on Somali refugees in Kenya. In a context of xenophobia, prejudice and assumptions, I Define Me creates a space for participants to share their experience and define how they identify themselves.

Photographer Armstrong Too, found innovative ways to capture the participants’ identities without revealing their faces. Many of the images show participants holding an object that represents their occupation, what they sell to make a living, an interest, something important to them – a football, clothes, sim sim, books.

On the 28th of February, you are invited to attend a public viewing and discussion at The Kariobangi Mirror from 3-8pm. The Kariobangi Mirror is based at Sauti Ya Mtaa Kariobangi Hub in Kariobangi North, Land Mark Plaza along Kamunde road branching off Outer Ring Road at Kariobangi North Catholic church and Shell Petrol station.

On the 7th of March the public are invited to the official offline closing, and online launch of the exhibition which will take place at the Pawa254 gardens from 2-6pm

Viewers are invited to respond to the exhibition by reflecting on how they define themselves and how they feel about identities that are imposed on them.

Entrance for both events if FREE




This Saturday, 21st of February, pass by the Pawa254 rooftop from 12-6pm to enjoy raw, underground jazz, soul, rnb and hip hop tunes and live graffiti pieces on the dopest rooftop in Nairobi.

A special tribute lined up for the legendary Detroit producer/artist, the late James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dee/J Dilla.

Y’all know the drill, THE PIT keeps it underground and f0nky!

There will be a vinyl sale and merchandise section on the day.

Spread the word!