Kenyan songstress Nadia Mukami has been nominated for the HiPipo awards as the Best Kenyan Act for the hitsong “Radio Love”
“I’m grateful for being nominated and that’s like a big milestone for my career. I keep growing and getting better every day because thats my first out of Kenya nomination and it means I’m doing well. I’m super excited and I hope to win”
Mukami has promised fans even bigger things this year “I’ve started the year on a high note because I got signed to a new management called Sevens Creative Hub which is amazing and are getting me deals. I have an EP coming up and I’ll let fans know when. It’s gonna be big”
This is the 9th edition of the awards with nominees coming from over 20 sub-Saharan and North Africa countries.
This is a year full of expectations and differences. There have been changes and improvements in what DStv will show and you don’t want to miss out. Have a look at the selections below.
2020 will be a great year for wrestling fans. WWE Raw, SmackDown and NXT live will be available every week. Supersport will feature premium WWE programming including 205 Live, Ride Along, WWE Chronicle and Table for 3.
The 24/7 channel launches on DStv channel 128 beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, and this builds on the success of the WWE pop-up channel that launched in 2019. SuperSport channels will continue to air Raw, SmackDown and NXT live each week
Vodacom Super rugby
The action resumes at the end of January 2020 with mouthwatering fixtures including Sharks VS Bulls on the night of Friday 31 January and Crusaders vs Waratahs on Saturday 1st February.
English Premier League
There is set to be a change at the helm. With another healthy points advantage, Liverpool are on course to finally end what is now a 30-year wait for the title. In terms of league form the Anfield club are streets ahead of their rivals and even with another miraculous comeback the gap – 10 points at Christmas, with a game in hand – should be too big for Man City and Leicester to close.
The 2020 Australian Open will take place at Melbourne Park, from 20 January to 2 February 2020. It will be the 108th edition of the Australian Open, the 52nd in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year
FINA Swimming World Cup
This makes a return in 2020 and will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)or “Short Course Worlds” as they are sometimes known is an international swimming competition. It is swum in a short course (25m) pool and has been held in the years when FINA has not held its main World Championships (currently this means in even years).
IAAF Diamond League
Interesting to watch as eight disciplines have been axed from the core programme of the 2020 Diamond League season, reducing the number to 24 – 12 each for men and women – to cater to a 90-minute broadcast window, according to the IAAF.
The 2020 calendar consists of 14 meetings and one final in Zurich.
The new year is upon us and the countdown to the 2020 F1 season is underway. Out of the 20 drivers in the field, 18 will start the new season in the same seats they ended last year. The exception are at Renault and Williams. Ferrari is set to give a strong fight while it also feels like McLaren are finally back(ish).
The 2020 F1 calendar is the longest in the history of the sport, with a record-breaking 22 races. This is despite Germany’s round of the championship dropping off the calendar. The only brand-new addition to the championship this year is Vietnam’s new street circuit in Hanoi, which should be ready in time to hold its first race in just four months’ time.
The world stood still for a moment as Marc Marquez sealed his sixth MotoGP world title in Thailand in a heart-pounding final corner duel with Fabio Quartararo. He now predicts an even closer title battle this year as the champion sees Quartararo becoming a major threat.
Meanwhile, the Repsol Honda MotoGP team will be a family affair next season after the Japanese manufacturer announced on Monday that Alex Marquez was joining as teammate to older brother Marc.
The 2020 MotoGP season starts in Qatar on 8 March.
African Nations Championship 2020
The 2020 African Nations Championship, known as the Total African Nations Championship (also referred to as CHAN 2020) will be the 6th edition of the African Nations Championship. Organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships. It will be hosted from 4 to 25 April 2020 in Cameroon.
Ethiopia were formerly awarded as host, but the EFF admitted it was not ready to host this competition. Unlike the African Cup of Nations, the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic league.
SuperSport is the major funder and broadcast aggregator of sporting content across the African continent on the DStv platform. SuperSport’s holding company is MultiChoice and its ultimate parent company is Naspers, a broad-based multi- national media group.
The Kenyan music industry is continuously growing with every passing year.
Many people have come to realise the artsy nature of music.
Just like local artists, international musicians have realised the huge fan base they have in Kenya.
Some of them have visited and performed more than twice in the country.
Here are some of the international artists who performed this year.
Jamaican dancehall star Garfield Spence alias Konshens visited Kenya for the second time almost five years after his last visit.
Konshens stirred up Hype fest which was held on November 7 at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi.
The bruk off yuh back hit maker as expected did not disappoint in his performance.
He thrilled his over 10, 000 energetic fans with an electrifying performance for three hours.
However, the one thing that stole the show for the wildly excited fans was one of Konshens’ dancers.
The curvy dancer was aggressively daggering on the stage to the amusement of the audience.
Konshens is known for his extremely raunchy performances with explicit dancers.
American rapper TI headlined the hottest annual hip hop concert, Jameson connects this year. The event was held on December 7 at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.
The award-winning crooner performed some of his greatest hits including live your life, no mediocre, whatever you like among others.
Also, playing at the installation was an extensive lineup including Alternate Sounds, Khaligraph Jones, Bey T and Nviiri the Storyteller.
Dj Hypnotiq, Dj Redbone and Jo Kisila were on the decks as Al Black hosted the showcase.
Jamaican reggae and dance hall artiste Chis Martin was also in Kenya this year at the Big Deal Concert.
Not even bad weather prevented reggae fans who thronged the venue on December 7 at the Impala Grounds.
The weekend love hitmaker greatly ignited the cold night with an on-point performance for the ages.
Fellow compatriots and musicians Future Fambo and D- Major also performed at the concert.
The concert also featured Kenyan musicians including Bensoul, KRG the Don, Elani and Masauti.
The showstopper was moved by the massive turn out and took to social media to appreciate his fan love.
“Nairobi! I am humbled! The love you showed me tonight, I’m that rain…if I spent all the money/valuables I possess I could not pay u for the love u gave me tonight!!! Thank you!!!! I love you all very much!” read his post.
The singer was dressed by Kenyan designer David Avigo of looks like Avido for the concert.
The Grammy Award-winning reggae family Morgan Heritage also visited Kenya this year.
They performed at the much anticipated Tomorrow Leaders’ Festival at the Kasarani Stadium on June 8.
The festival was a charity project between the Jamaican reggae stars and Kenya’s hitmaker Naiboi.
The concert featured huge line-up performances from local to international artists, including Alaine, J Boog, Jemere Morgan, African acts Stone Bwoy and Jose Chameleon, and local acts Wyre the Lovechild, Naiboi and Shiko Femi One.
Morgan Heritage was majorly applauded for going all Kenyan in their video ‘Pay Attention’, featuring Patoranking.
The video, which was released in March featured Kenyan models under Ajumas agency.
The lead model on the video is a Kenyan, Marion Wangechi Atkins.
Apart from the models, the technical crew involved in producing the video was also Kenyan, including Kevin Bosco, known for other big videos in Kenya.
Another Jamaican star who jet into the country this year was the sensational Jah Cure.
The King of Lovers Rock premiered at the Umoja Splash Festival on July 6 which is aimed to promote unity among the youth.
The much-awaited event was sponsored by Radio Jambo.
Jah Cure also toured the slums of Kayole guided by popular Instagram comedian Kartelo.
The Grammy Award- nominee last visited Kenya in 2013. Some of his well-known songs include ‘Call on me’ and ‘Never find’
“I love Kenya and I think I have a connection with Kenyans,” he said during a press conference.
Jah Cure said he sings love songs because they help in creating more lives.
He said he was happy that he got an opportunity to interact with the ghetto people.
Kanda Bongo Man
The Congolese musician was in Kenya during the two – day Koroga Festival which was held at the Bomas of Kenya.
The star curtain raised the event which celebrates African diversity in food, art and fashion.
His performance was proceeded by fellow compatriot-cum musician Mbilia Bel.
Other artists who performed at the festival included Emma Jalamo and Steve Kay.
Despite the cold weather, wet roads and mud, Kenyans turned out in large numbers to enjoy the African hits.
Bongo man is an internationally acclaimed Lingala musician.
He was living in Kenya for about five years before 1991.
The star was deported out of the country together with members of his band in still unexplained circumstances.
The 26th edition of Koroga Festival was graced by Nigerian Afrobeat musician Olufemi Kuti, popularly known as Femi Kuti.
Kuti who performed on the second day of the event was the main act of the festival.
Other artistes who performed include The Mushrooms, Jua Kali, Samido and Ethics from Kenya.
Kenyans came out in numbers and dressed to kill in African-themed attires.
Legendary singer Mbilia Bel was in the country for the 28th Edition of Koroga Festival. She introduced her new dance song called Kanyanga, which encourages people to forgive.
She also told Classic105.com in an excluisve interview of her relationship with the late South African singer Miriam Makeba asked her to take over, months before she died.
“Six months before her passing, she invited me to her home in South Africa and said to me ‘Mbilia, I am tired and I am old. It’s now your time to take the touch and hold it strong’,” the Congolese singer said.
“I cannot forget that. I have very warm and strong memories of Mama Africa [Miriam Makeba].”
Mofe Bamuyiwa, the photographer, captioned this photo:
‘Oh yes she’s human ! She’s also an angel ! “J A R E “
I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless !
I could have made her smile and make her laugh out loud but I put her in their natural moments for us to see through their eyes !
Posing them as adults ! Was my trick to create it a timeless portrait !
J A R E , when you clock 21 remember to do same pose and style.’
All in all, pretty much everyone who has laid eyes on her photos has been calling her, ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.’
The Art of Music Foundation celebrated 10 years since inception with stellar performances headlined by Polish music composer, conductor and producer JIMEK (Radzimir Debski) and top Kenyan Orchestras.
The Foundation which was represented by the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, Ghetto Classics and the Safaricom Youth Orchestra was also joined on stage by renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Viladoms. The celebration started with a Gala dinner on the evening of 30th November at the Trademark Hotel, followed by an open concert on the afternoon of 1st December at Amani Gardens in Karura Forest.
“10 years ago I would never have thought that we would come this far. We have had lots of challenges along the way, however, we have been able to overcome them due to the optimism of the 1,500 children under our guidance and care. We started with nothing more than faith and hope for a brighter future and the support we have received from donors, local and international musicians and the Safaricom International Jazz Festival has been priceless,” said Elizabeth Njoroge, Director, Art of Music Foundation.
JIMEK and Viladoms who have come to Kenya at different times for Safaricom International Jazz Festival have been collaborating with Art of Music Foundation by doing voluntary music classes with the children over the years.
“The Ghetto Classics music programme has been a beneficiary of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival since 2014 and has received KES 60 million, funds that have benefitted over 1,500 children from Nairobi and Mombasa.” Said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer officer, Safaricom.
“Playing Hip Hop on classical instruments is something you have to practice for a long time before you get it right, which the orchestra does and it shows the kind of talent these young musicians have. I would like to congratulate Elizabeth and her team for work well done,” said JIMEK.
JIMEK was one of the headliners for the 2018 edition of Safaricom International Jazz Festival. He has worked on several projects with Ghetto Classics, among them, producing a song for Ghetto Classics member Cyndicate Kabei, titled Asante.
In addition, the Pole has donated KES 800,000 to cater for the needs of the children which was part of a cash prize he won at the Polish Film Academy Awards for best score to Sztuka Kochania/ Art of Loving in 2018.
Viladoms has been working closely with Ghetto Classics for four years and has committed to take 14 members of the music program to play alongside his students at the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland in January 2020.
Women love bad boys and this is something that has been a mystery to many. It is not clear on what attracts them to these types of men but it is obvious that’s what works for them.
Bad boys attract unwanted attention regardless of whether they are handsome or not, whether loaded or not women don’t seem to consider this with many wanting to experience some adventure with the said men.
Mary J Blige sang a song dedicated to the bad boys and here she says”Me and Mr wrong get along so good even though he breaks my heart so bad, we’ve got something special going on.”
Here are the types of men that women are attracted to.
1. Nduthi Guys
These kind of men mostly attract young girls who are either still in school or new in campus. They are liked and loathed in equal measures for their promiscuous nature .
They have mainly contributed to increased early pregnancies among teens something that has left a bitter mouth in the society.
The above behaviour has not deterred married women who are now having sexual escapes and illicit affairs with these forbidden lot.
2. Gym instructors
Every woman wants a fit man. No one likes an over sized guy who cant even pick up after himself thus gym instructors attract women. Women are mainly attracted to gym instructors for their physique which is mainly attractive but in most scenarios end up disappointed when it reaches between the sheets.
So the next time you hear your woman is are hiring a male gym instructor, be very worried as you might end up single and depressed in this cold weather.
3. Dread locked guys
There is something about guys with dreadlocks that women cant resist. Most of the men are eye candies with well toned bodies good for our instagram pages and showing off to our friends.
Unlike some men who are unkempt most dread locked guys are well kept, with the well maintained body comes a good performance between the sheets something that a woman can’t resist.
Odibets has announced that it will use their kits sponsorship initiative to promote safer gambling among Kenyans.
Country marketing manager Aggrey Sayi, mentioned that the company was ‘delighted’ with the success of the first phase of their 35,000 kits initiative stating that the new one will continue to build on what the company was already doing in various parts of the country.
He also acknowledged the role sports betting firms play when it comes to gambling problem in the country.
“Gambling companies and the industry at large have a role to play in promoting healthy betting behavior among the youth.
“Our company abides by the rules and regulations from the government through the BCLB around responsible gambling which you can see on all our adverts,” Sayi stated.
Although the company dropped their shirt sponsorship deal with premier league side Mathare United due to the massive tax burden, Sayi stated that Odibets will reinvent sponsorship to benefit more local communities while citing initiatives the company has sponsored in areas like Vihiga, Rongai and the expansive Rift valley.
“Our strategy is to find partners in all corners of the country to have a more direct impact,” he concluded while reiterating that the company hasn’t completely written off premiership sponsorships in the future.
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The medicine practitioner, Robert Anika claims to have started betting two months ago after the closure of betting sites SportPesa and Betin.
“I started betting on OdiBets two months ago when SportPesa and Betin were closed, I wasn’t sure of winning but when I saw the message congratulating me of my win I was elated,” said Robert as he received his cheque from country marketing manager Aggrey Sayi.
Speaking to the press during the winners’ unveiling, Odibets lead bookmaker Daniel Macharia said that the company is focused on giving a better betting experience to customers with betting markets that are quite entertaining to play.
“We offer up to 120 markets to ensure that we take bets for nearly every interesting outcome on events. One can also stake as much as 20,000 on bets daily,” he concluded.
With exit of betting giants in Kenya, Sportpesa and Betin, people have been looking for reputable betting firms they could join with solid reputations.
Well, look no further; this expert has jotted down key factors that you should consider. www.mafans.com/ has also compiled a list of user friend betting firms/websites that you should consider.
This 8 point guide will help you land the best betting firm in Kenya, with a section of the public hailing Odibets as mobile friendly and easy to use:
Licensed betting site
Pick a website a betting website that has been licensed to operate in Kenya by the Government. To make work easier, Mafans.com has compiled this list to make work easier for you.
Mobile Betting Friendly
Over 80% of Kenyans access the internet via mobile devices. It’s always good to pick a betting website that is easy to navigate on mobile.
Look for Interesting offers that favour you
Do they have bonuses or boosted odds? Do they refunds deposits on Mpesa especially if you’re a first timer? Better betting odds for you means more winnings as a punter.
Different betting sites are stronger/weaker in what odds they offer for particular sports. Check out our betting site guides to find out more.
Betting Sites with Apps, Live Streaming, Cash Out & More
Do you prefer if your betting site has its own dedicated mobile app? Is live streaming sporting events for free something that appeals to you? Many betting sites offer these additional features and more so it’s worth investigating what each of them have to offer.
Checking the Terms on Offers & Promos
Everybody loves deals, promos, bonuses and offers – right? Well of course. But any smart player knows to read the small print on a betting site offer they may find tempting. Using various bonus comparison tables you can compare the bonus amount, turnover requirements and minimum odds of different welcome bonuses from the betting sites.
Excellent Customer Support
Excellent customer service for clients is very crucial. Do they respond to queries on time? It could be via phone, online chat systems or social media platforms.
Withdrawals & Deposits
How fast is it to deposit and withdraw money from the betting website? There various payments modules that are available on betting firms, choose the one that suits you.
Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Look for a betting website that has good recommendation from friends, punters and other Kenyans. It counts for everything and is very crucial.
Was it mere luck or prowess in Taveta man predicting matches? A punter did the unthinkable and correctly predicted 4 correct score bets on 4 games.
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Dalton Kisaka, a pump attendant from Taita Taveta, has placed over 300 football bets since joining and correct scores are his favorite markets.
“Strikers and teams should score goals and that’s why my choice of bets are correct score markets. Odibets has boosted odds on them,” he says.
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Speaking during the winners’ unveiling, Odibets Country Marketing Manager Aggrey Sayi said that the company is focused on giving a better betting experience to customers with various options in the betting marketing that are breathtaking.
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Which are you? The person who can comfortably sleep in a plane or those who can’t sleep at all and pull out a book to read till the end of your destination?
The former spring out of their seat upon arrival at their destination, fresh-faced, clear-eyed and ready to throw themselves into the ways of a new country and culture. But the latter happens to be one of these unfortunate souls, the start of any long-haul trip can quickly unravel as both sleep-deprived and jet-lagged. You’re barely able to function for at least 72 hours. Don’t fret, there are ways and means of securing a bit more shuteye.
Grab a row to your own self
Are you on that long-haul trip to a faraway country and the flight you in is half full? These are normally the best because after take off you can negotiate your way to the back of the plane. If this happens, ask a member of cabin crew as soon as possible if it’s OK for you to switch and bag yourself some extra legroom.
Top tip: once you’re lying comfortably, make sure you put on your seat belt so it’s visible over the blanket. There’s nothing worse than being woken up by a flight attendant during turbulence to check you’re belted up. Trust I know.
Though some airlines provide sleeping masks, I would encourage you to carry your own other than the satin masks they offer. The essence is to get a dark mask with a soft lining and raised edges to create a truly dark interior. You will be sleeping comfortably till you land.
Put in earplugs
Just like sleeping masks, the right plugs can be a gamechanger. Most people find it irritable by the sound of the engine or nagging crying babies in the plane. Find the right earplugs that fit your ears and you’ll be good to go.
Carry your own neck pillow
In the event that you have to sleep sitting up, those horseshoe looking neck pillows come in handy as your neck feels very comfortable and you avoid straining your neck.
Drink some alcohol
As much as booze may affect you at high altitude, It is advisable to take it in small doses in order to have a good sleep in the plane.
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Erase bad streak betting history
Sports betting is for entertainment purposes but sometimes it hurts when a good bet goes sideways. Take the Colchester vs Tottenham Hotspur FC game on Tuesday evening ending in a draw. And Tottenham losing so much in the end.
Daniel Macharia, who is the head of book making at Odibets, stated that despite being a legally obliged to keep customer’s betting history, they now allow punters to delete and erase the bad betting streak.
Delete bet history
To delete your betting history on Odibets simply go to “My Bets” and highlight the bet you want to delete then simply click on “delete