Youth urged to embrace talent to curb joblessness

Owing to shortage of job opportunities in Kenya, youths in Baringo County have been urged to embrace sports and talent nurturing to alleviate poverty.

This is according to Baringo Central Member of Parliament (MP) Joshua Kandie who spoke during the just concluded 10kilometre- Kirandich Water Dam (KIRI-Dam) road race held at Kabarnet Boys’ High school grounds on Saturday.

“It is evident that there are lesser job opportunities nowadays in Kenya to gather for everybody so I appeal to the young people to explore their talents like sporting to earn a living” Kandie said.

He was backed by his counterparts Patrick Mariru (Laikipia West), National Assembly Speaker and Kuresoi North MP Musa Cheboi and wiper party nominated MP Sammy Seronei and Baringo Deputy Governor Jacob Chepkwony.

Kandie further called upon the leaders to nurture and support youth talents saying it will go a long way to alleviate idling and joblessness in Kenya.

“I aspire to mobilize funds to make the KIRI-dam marathon an annual event to attract even more participants from across the country” Kandie said urging the residents to own and participate.

The event seeks to a raise funds to complete the dam’s phase two piping and treatment aimed at ensuring sufficient water supply to Kabarnet town and households within Baringo Central and North.

The first, second and third positions in each category pocketed sh50, 000, Shs45, 000 and Shs35, 000 respectively.


Check Some of These Gospel Songs That Sound Secular Rather Than Gospel

So we all have heard songs that are supposed to be gospel but end up sounding secular to a point they leave us wondering if they are really gospel songs.

The need to get more people listening to gospel music is constantly rising as the world is being swept away by all kinds of modern ideas and opinions. These modern ideas and opinions have been inculcated into our cultures that we feel anything out of that is uncool or old fashioned.



Sadly religion is victim to this modern change as most people barely listen to gospel music. This has in turn left gospel artists with the task of getting more creative to get more people to listen to their music.

Gospel artists have made their songs more relatable to the current generation that is getting swayed by pop culture. They are producing songs that people can actually dance to just like they dance to secular music.

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With the rate at which pop culture is digging its way into African traditional culture, Kenyan gospel artists such as Willy Paul, SBJ, Bahati among others are producing gospel music that is turnt up so as to increase their audiences.


You could actually mistake it to be a secular song rather than a gospel song if you are not paying too much attention to the song. Some of the gospel songs have lyrics that make the song sound like a secular song.

Here are 5 gospel songs that popular gospel artists in Kenya have released that don’t sound gospel when you listen to them the first time.

1. Nyonyo by SBJ

2. I Do by Willy Paul & Alaine

3. Nikumbushe by Bahati ft Rayvanny

4. Tiga Wana by Willy Paul featuring Size 8

5. Thitima Anthem by Kymo and Stigah

NCIS amnesty to Kenyan youth in Al-Shabaab

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission is drafting a policy for giving a six-month amnesty to youths who joined the al Shabaab but want to quit.

NCIC commissioner Roba Sharamo said the returning recruits must be integrated back into society immediately to prevent homegrown attacks.

“We have a national de-radicalisation strategy adopted by the cabinet which is guiding us. We also have had calls from the coastal political and religious leaders to have an amnesty so that the youths stranded in Somalia and fearing to come back can return to their homes,” Sharamo said.

He was speaking in Lamu county on Saturday during a peace meeting organised by the NCIC and the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims.

Sharamo said NCIC is working with the National Police Service, intelligence agencies and local leaders to put the systems in place.

“Only the President can grant such an amnesty. One of our mandates as NCIC is to advise the President directly and once all the systems have been put in place, we will approach him with the recommendations,” he said.

Sharamo noted that many of the youths joined the militia group to alleviate poverty, but are opting out because of disappointment.

“The Kenya Defense Forces has been dismantling the terror networks in Somalia and the situation has forced many of our youths to come back to the country,” he added.

Coast region Supkem chairman Sharif Khitamy said that the youths have adopted an ideology that can only be changed through dialogue and integration programs.

Khitamy said it is the duty of leaders, Imams, pastors and opinion leaders to rehabilitate them.

“Some of our youths have virgin minds and it our duty as leaders to train them on the right paths to follow or else terror groups like al Shabaab will take advantage of them,” he said.

Commissioner Adan Mohammed said the militia group took advantage of the youth.

“Somalia did not have a stable legal government for almost 20 years and the terrorists targeted and recruited the innocent youth,” Mohammed said.

He said they are at a critical stage and need proper guidance.

It is estimated that Kenyan youths make up 10 per cent of the al Shabaab and that 700 of them have returned to the Coastal region.

– The Star

Kenya to host 2017 youth champions

It was another historic moment for the nation with a proud athletics heritage when world body IAAF Governing Council accepted Kenya’s bid to host a global track and field meeting for the first time. Kiprop who made his name the last time Kenya hosted an IAAF event in 2007 by winning the men’s junior 8km gold at the World Cross in the coastal city of Mombasa said the biennial track and field global event will inspire a generation of young athletes.

“The youth of the world coming to Kenya for the track and field world championship! Wow! It will be great and inspiration to the youth in Kenya,” the 2008 Olympics 1500m champion stated. Birech who was in Monaco as part of the bidding team said the event would bring world athletics to its spiritual home.

“It was nice to represent my country as a youth ambassador and I hope this event leads to wider acceptance of the sport that has brought us so much across the nation. Many Kenyans are yet to take to athletics like football but having the whole world at home will make running popular,” the 21 year-old who added Continental Cup and Diamond League crowns in a stellar 2014 said from Monaco.

Athletics Kenya (AK) chief executive officer, Isaac Mwangi, remarked, “Another great moment for Kenya! We thank our bid patron and the First Lady Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta for her support, trust and belief in team Kenya. Our promise is to deliver a memorable world class event.”

The Kenyan capital was the only candidate for this competition but the Nairobi delegation convincingly persuaded the Governing Council to endorse its right to host this event, the second IAAF World Athletics Series competition to be held in the country after the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Source : Leadership

Africa’s young to swell to 1bn by 2050, says Unicef

Africa’s under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says.

The findings show a “massive shift in the world’s child population towards Africa”, it says.

Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950.

This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says.

The continent currently accounts for about half of child mortality globally and the proportion could rise to around 70% per cent by 2050, according to the Generation 2030/Africa Report released by Unicef, the UN’s child agency.