Kenya Film Classification Board employee found dead inside a car

A female police officer was found dead at Kibabii University in Kanduyi constituency on Friday at the ongoing national drama and film festivals.

Susan Njambi, who was attached to the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), was found dead inside a car.

The festival was disrupted briefly following the discovery. Bungoma South OCPD Wilson Nanga confirmed the incident, saying investigations have been launched.

“We are aware of the death and our officers are on the ground to investigate if there was foul play in the death of our officer,” said the OCPD.

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Nanga said the officer went to the car and lit a candle to fight mosquitoes as she slept. “Her fellow officers went to check on her only to find her dead,” Nanga said.

The body was taken to Bungoma County Referral Hospital mortuary.

The drama festivals, which started on April 3, were officially opened by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati.

KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua and Kibabii University vice chancellor Isaac Ipara Odeo attended the ceremony.

May she rest in peace and may her family find the peace to overcome this trying moment.

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‘Akothee’s private parts were exposed only in your mind’ Shouts Passaris

Akothee seems to have earned a soft spot in the hearts of many Kenyan leaders among them, Esther Passaris, who is Nairobi’s Women Representative.

Just days after being called a bad influence, Esther Passaris has hit out at one of Akothee’s critics whom she did not name. The critic had insinuated that the singer’s cookie jar was visible during a performance.

The critic responded to Akothee’s supporters maintaining his stance and not budging one inch.

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But Passaris, like Akothee, replied to the critic’s remark saying:

You have a sick mind. Her private part was exposed only in your mind. On stage I saw her sexy dance moves, her flexibility and her confidence in her skin.

You saw her vagina through her costume and double stockings. You need help my brother. You need help.”


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As you might expect, the singer has also responded to the remarks, her main concern being how the critic saw her cookie jar yet he did not attend the concert?

“Sambary saw p#ssy on stage that he was not present? Sambary say Amen @esthermpassaris 🙋🙋”

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We can only wait and see how this drama unfolds. Drop your feedback in the comment section on whether Passaris is right in defending Akothee’s behaviour.

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Rafiki writer-director Wanuri Kahiu sings with Gotham Group

Is she gearing up to go worldwide? Kenyan movie producer Wanuri Kahiu has caught the eye of a top Hollywood management, film and television company.

Wanuri Kahiu is the brains behind Rafiki, a movie about a lesbian encounter, that has been banned by KFCB.

Rafiki (which means “friend” in Swahili), tells the story of Kena and Ziki — both considered “good” Kenyan girls destined to become “good” Kenyan wives who both long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, they are forced to choose between happiness and safety.

When it was banned in Kenya, KFCB tweeted: “Anyone found in its possession will be in breach of law.” Under national law there, gay sex carries a 14-year jail sentence. Despite the ban, it found international distribution through Orange Studios and MPM Premium.

“Wanuri Kahiu is a prodigiously talented and brilliant woman,” said Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group. “As an advocate for Africans, especially young women, Wanuri has established herself as a major cultural force. That she refused to edit Rafiki in any way to avoid the Kenyan ban is a testament to Wanuri’s courage and commitment to her creative vision.”

Her short sci-fi film, Pumzi, which she wrote and produced, is a haunting parable about a world without water, It screened at Sundance in 2010, won the Venice Film Festival’s “Award of the City of Venice,” and was named best short film at Cannes in 2010.

“In our difficult times, and I say this despite the serious themes in much of my work, I also believe film – and television – needs images of joy and frivolity as well,” said Kahiu. “My hope is that the whole dimension of the human spirit, in Africa and around the world, be reflected in my work.”

Kahiu is also the co-founder of Afrobubblegun, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and playful African art.

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The banned Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ is premiering today at the Cannes Film Festival

The ‘Rafiki’ Kenyan film is set to premier today at the Cannes Film festival in France despite it being banned in Kenya.

Kenyan authorities banned the LGBT love story last month on 27th saying that they believe that it will promote lesbianism in the country.

Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu expressed her disappointment, saying they have received lots of backlash from people yet the film has not been aired yet.

To her it was just a story that was beautifully written and was turned to a film. It was an artistic expression.

Despite that, Wanuri and her team will still attend the premier at the Cannes Film festival.

She posted this on her social media account,

That #WaCannesDa glow! Today we start press and a pre-screening for @rafiki_movie. So excited to share the 💗 in this film! #AfriCannes #rafiki.”

It is unfortunate that the Kenyan authorities are banning a film that is the first ever Kenyan feature film to be invited to Cannes.

The best thing they can to is to rate it as 18 and above and allow adults to watch and have their own opinion since it is something that is occurring in our country.

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#Cannes2018: Kenyan film ‘RAFIKI’ banned in Kenya

A Kenyan lesbian love story captured in a movie called Rafiki has unfortunately been banned in Kenya.

The Kenyan woman behind the movie, Wanuri Kahiu, has confirmed details of this move by Kenyan authorities.

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On the film’s website, it’s billed as a love story between its female leads. Per the official synopsis, “Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.”

The Kenyan filmmaker also added that her film is “a story about all that is good and difficult about being in love, so that for those fortunate moments we are lifted above our prejudices.”

The film is Kahiu’s second feature film, following her 2009 drama “From a Whisper.” Her 2010 sci-fi short “Pumzi” screened at Sundance in 2010. Check out IndieWire’s exclusive trailer for “Rafiki” below.