SA, Botswana Join Kenya in Copa Coca-Cola AFCON Quarters

Kenya beat Botswana 3-0 in the COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 Africa Cup group ’A’ match at Nakuru High School, in Kenya on December 12th 2018.

Goals from Issa Rashid, Answar Shamuni and Isaiah Abwal ensured Kenya easily triumphed in this game, and also maintained their 100% record.

Kenya went ahead inside the first 30 seconds of the match through the outstanding Rashid’s goal of the tournament.

Jacob Onyango beat his marker on the right flank before crossing the ball into the area, Rashid controlled the ball before firing home via a low shot.

Kenya continued to dominate proceedings with Lucas Maina, Wisdom Nayah and Rashid running the show in midfield. Botswana’s rear guard led by Captain Sekwai Letlamoreng did well to deny Kenya on several occasions.

Letlamoreng had Botswana’s best chance with the scores still at 1-0. He rose highest to meet a free-kick but then failed to direct the header on target.

The second goal did finally come in the 28th minute when a defense splitting pass from Maina was met with an excellent finish from Answar Shamuni.

A rare chance for Botswana in the 49th minute saw Pintes Ricardo shoot wide from a prime position. But it was Kenya’s day, as substitute Isaiah Abwal then added a third in the 68th minute.

“Our strategy was a defensive one and to some extent I can say that it worked. Kenya is a very strong team, we watched them score eleven goals against Ethiopia and to lose 3-0 is not very bad,” said Botswana coach Godfrey Rantoka.

“I expect us to have tougher matches in the knockout stages so we didn’t use match energy today considering we had already qualified for the quarter-finals,” added Kenya coach Peter Mayoyo.

Meanwhile, a dominant Nigeria booked a COPA Coca-Cola African Cup quarter final spot following a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe in a group B match.

Goals from Prosper Chukwuemeka, Gift Williams and Omodara Olamilekan helped the West African team post a comfortable win in a match.

The victors dominated throughout, starting the match on a high and raiding the Southern Africans half in pursuit of an early goal.

The teams that have so far qualified for the quarter-final matches include Kenya, Uganda, Botswana and Mozambique.

Winning Start For Kenya at COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup

Kenya beat Ethiopia 11-1 in the opening game of the COPA Coca-Cola Africa Under-16 tournament at the Nakuru High School in Nakuru County on December 10, 2018.

Jacob Onyango was the outstanding player in this contest, scoring four times, followed by Rashid Issa who helped himself to a hat-trick.

Kenya national youth team forward Daniel Onyango and Haron Kibiwott also scored a goal apiece.

The hosts were ahead after three minutes through Fred Odhiambo who fired home from the edge of the box following an inviting cross from Onyango.

Three minutes later, Odhiambo missed a glorious chance to double the lead for his side even though ultimately it didn’t matter.

This contest gradually turned into a one-sided affair mid-way through the 35-minute opening half with the visitors barely threatening Kenya’s rearguard which was marshalled by the composed Christopher Raila.

Rashid then took full advantage of miscommunication between Tesgey Mikiyas and Tekiu Edmend to fire the ball past Abel Nyang for Kenya’s goal number two.

Ethiopia’s first real chance of the game arrived on 19 minutes but then Obtel Omod’s fierce drive from point blank range was easily gathered by Kenya custodian Issa Samuria.

Rashid grabbed his second and Kenya’s third of the match in the 23rd minute after beating an offside trap set up by Ethiopia’s defence to catch him off guard.

He then fired into an empty net to hand his team a healthy advantage at the break.

The hosts continued with their impressive display after the break, with Onyango adding the fourth after the restart following an error from Nyang. Kengidi made it 5-0 with his second of the day.

In between the onslaught, Ethiopia would pull a goal back on 50 minutes through Tsegaye Dawitt’s long range shot, but Onyango and Haron Kibiwott were at task to pile further misery to the visiting team.

Twelve youth national teams, including South Africa and Nigeria, are participating in this six day tournament whose climax will be the final at the Afraha stadium in Nakuru on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Spanish Fashion Brand Mango Gives Guests Exclusive Experience.

Mango was literally served at last night’s launch flag-shipping the Spanish brand at Westgate Mall.

As much as I enjoyed every glass, what I couldn’t get enough of was the taste in fashion each guest at the event had. One by one they each walked in heading straight to the aisles to check out whether the new brand had anything suitable for them; style wise and tag wise.

You could tell by the reaction on most faces that they were pleased by what they saw and as expected they left with Mango shopping bags in hand.

I for one started saving yesterday for a pair of black sock boots that stole my heart.

The few invited guests were not only served Mango cocktails and wine but also art and given an exclusive opportunity to be among the first shoppers before it’s official opening tomorrow.

As it opens it’s doors to the public tomorrow, Mango will reward its first 50 shoppers with a bonus voucher equivalent to their entire purchase, which can be redeemed for future shopping for themselves, or a friend.

store carries the Mango Woman, Man and Kids lines. Pieces are changed every 2-3 weeks, with limited availability of each garment, allowing customers to define their own personal style.

It is also the biggest Mango store in Sub Saharan Africa.
























International Fashion Brand MANGO Set To Launch In Kenya  

Yet another good look for the fashion scene in Kenya as Mango, the Spanish fashion house, continues its expansion with the opening of a flagship store in Nairobi for Women, Men and Kids

The fashion mega-store at Westgate Mall, Nairobi, will officially be opened to the public on 27thOctober 2018.

The Kenyan mega-store is stocked with fashion-forward looks that mesh the brand’s European design aesthetic with Nairobi’s urban vitality.  The brand dresses young, urban customers in high-quality clothes that follow the latest global trends, at an affordable price.  The Westgate flagship store carries the Mango Woman, Man and Kids lines.  Pieces are changed every 2-3 weeks, with limited availability of each garment, allowing customers to define their own personal style.

“Kenyan customers tell us they are starved of fashion choices at affordable prices.  Existing options are either low-cost and basic, or extremely expensive and out of reach for most Kenyans.  Mango offers customers the latest trends at accessible prices, with new looks on the shelves every few weeks.”Said CJ Bak, Director of Spanish Fashion, the local franchisee of Mango,

The Westgate store has a selling space of 620 m2, making it the largest store in Sub-Saharan Africa. It showcases the new Mango interior design concept, which emphasizes larger, dynamic spaces, significantly differentiating the customer experience.The use of materials such as marble, concrete, wood and natural stone gives the store its own personality. The Kenyan retail team has been trained at the Mango stores in Barcelona and are well-versed with the new, global collections.

For the opening on Saturday 27thOctober 2018 at 10am, Mango will reward its first 50 shoppers with a bonus voucher equivalent to their entire purchase, which can be redeemed for future shopping for themselves, or a friend. In addition, a host of local Kenyan stylists and well-known personalities will be on hand to offer up their personal styling tips and looks. Mango looks forward to hosting shoppers to a day filled with live DJ music and great style.

The brand is now present in 15 African countries, and 113 worldwide.

Mango’s Hanger Design Centre in Barcelona is the largest design studio in Europe, with more than 600 creative professionals that produce at least 20,000 fashion styles annually.


Kenya Readies For Ethiopia In AFCON Qualifier

A few African Countries have set themselves the objective of shining on the continental scene and qualifying for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, due to be held in Cameroon.

That is easier said than done, however. And while, after two matchdays, Senegal and Tunisia sit in first place in their respective groups, several sections are currently topped by surprise packages not generally accustomed to success. takes a look at these unexpected leaders ahead of the third and fourth round of fixtures, scheduled to take place between 10 and 16 October.

Ethiopia-Kenya: In a Group F that has seen all four teams win a match and lose one, Kenya are hopeful of giving themselves a decent chance of qualifying.

Their double-header against Ethiopia, crowned African champions in 1962 but in the doldrums for years, could enable the Harambee Stars to take a giant step towards booking a spot at the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004.

However, Sebastien Migne’s men have not enjoyed the smoothest of preparations, with complications besetting their plans for a training camp in Nairobi and their journey to Bahir Dar in Ethiopia.

Nigeria-Libya: Few observers would have predicted that, ahead of their crucial October duels, Libya would be leading Group E and Nigeria would be sitting third. The Mediterranean Knights are coming off the back of a well-earned draw in South Africa, while the Super Eagles will be anxious to bounce back from a discouraging 2018 World Cup and a defeat at home by the Bafana Bafana in their opening qualifier for Cameroon 2019.

-FIFA News

JSHBR’s Dance Friday Explained!

Earlier this year, I (Rae Kiragu) was given the incredible opportunity to take on a new On-Air time slot that was mid-morning radio! (JSHBR)

Jam Session HBR – abbreviated as JSHBR airs Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm (EAT)

Granted that leaving my previous slot The Weekend Breakfast (WBWR) proved to not be the easiest (read about my transition here), there was no denying that finally making it onto day-time radio felt like I was receiving a prize.

Whats-more, JSHBR was going to be (and is) an extension of the already successful deejay jam session mix-shows that existed albeit occupying one-hour slots. That meant that not only was I getting a new time slot, but I was also getting five epic co-hosts along with it!

With each day boasting of its own kind of chemistry, sound and general feel, Friday felt most appropriate to play host to a feature I only too enthusiastically created called ‘Dance Friday’.

Why create it? Because what’s a deejay mix-show if not a party!

Its aim? To create and provide a platform where Kenyan dancers, dance crews and choreographers could interact directly with an audience they may not have previously have had access to, while providing our Jam Session family with an enjoyable Live stream feed!

We have so far had the pleasure of hosting a number of dance crews and it became apparent that the dance industry is large and wildly unexploited!

So if you would like to get to know more about the dancers who are creating waves in Kenya…

And the choreographers behind them….

Or perhaps hear from the Kenyan creators of the worldly celebrated and internationally recognized apparel worn by dancers and athletes…

Maybe even get to watch the action for yourselfm via Live Stream, then catch JSHBR every Friday! And oh,… find some WiFi or have your bundles with you!


Taxify Offers Discount Rides For #FreeYourMind Concert Goers.

The good folks over at Taxify are asking you to get down to the Free Your Mind concert this coming Friday, and they don’t want you to dig too deep into your pocket to do so.

They have just unveiled a raft of offers that will see those purchasing tickets to the gig headlined by Jamaican dancehall star Kranium, who will be live at The Ballroom on the 6th of April.

If you have picked up a regular ticket, you get to save 300 bob off your journey to the venue, while if you are balling and have purchased a VIP ticket, you get 500 shillings off.

This will be Kranium’s first performance in the 254 and he will be surrounded by the baddest crew including DJ Maphorisa of ‘In Particular’ fame. Also touching the stage alongside Kranium will be H_art The Band, DJ KACE, Joe Mfalme and Suraj amongst others.

The venue, at the International Casino Complex is pretty much the guaranteed place to be this weekend.

Free Your Mind is all about challenging your reality, and allowing yourself to go with the flow and with the music.

Free your mind from the stress of finding a ride, through one of the event’s official partners, Taxify.

Follow Taxify on Twitter for more details!



In It To Win It! Kenyan Singer Silayio Wows On The Voice (Videos)

For cover song addicts like myself, nothing beats watching music competitions because along with discovering amazing talent, those competitions are more often than not, home to some of the world’s best covers.

This weekend, thanks to emcee and radio show host DnG Kenya, some of us were introduced to the fact that Neema Ntalel, a Kenyan singer who goes by the name Silaiyo, is currently on the Holland edition of The Voice.

Neema (Swahili for God’s Grace) is a Kora Award winning singer and her prowess definitely shows in how she blasted into the competition singing Christina Aguilera’s ‘The Voice Within’, managing to get two of the judges to turn.


DNG’s post showed how close the two had been, writing that they’d even been neighbors growing up, and he was later joined by even more Kenyan celebrities among them publicist, journalist and blogger Anyiko who posted;

Remember Neema Ntalel? Well, that’s not really a question because she’s unforgettable! Wonder how I am just finding out that she’s been on @thevoiceofholland which BTW is the origin of the entire #TheVoice concept and franchise! She’s on her way to the Knockouts and I am praying so hard that she makes it through to the Live Rounds! “First Kenyan to win The Voice” – that’s the headline I want to see! But more so, want to see her win because she is so deserving of it! Congrats @silayio_silayio ❤️❤️❤️ I am a sucker for Voice and always loved Neema. Couldn’t be happier and prouder!

If you’ve watched The Voice before, then you know that after making it into the competition, by getting one or more judges to turn their seat(s) for you, you then go into the ‘battle rounds’, which is where you sing against another singer in the hopes that you’ll remain in the competition.

For her battle rounds, Silayio belted out (one of my favorite singles) ‘Scared To Be Lonely’ by Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa and she won!

Check it out;

Great right? Many Kenyan stars and fans have since shown their love for Silayio but perhaps none more than Jaya Awinja who appeared to have been cheering her on straight from the backstage booth.

Silayio is now awaiting the Knockout stage of the competition which, according to an instagram post of hers, is about a week away.

Taking It Back! Biggest Stories To Have Come Out In 2017

Despite having been a politically fueled year, 2017 was without a doubt one of music’s biggest years with the release of a major album from Jay Z,…

a Busta Rhymes fire comeback that saw him embrace his Jamaican background and feature Tory Lanez and dancehall legend Vybz Kartel,…..

the youngest Jump Off Freshman class yet #NuLifeKe ….


and of course, the reign of Cardi B.

In fact, there were so many different and entertaining things that happened.


I mean Femi One fully embraced her sexy in 2017….





Khaligraph Jones got accused of ‘bleaching his skin’ and responded to Vera Sidika’s comments about it via a freestyle in 2017…

Chipukeezy apologized to Kenyan Hollywood star Christine Wawira after lying about what really happened during his meet and greet with Kevin Hart.


Kenyan artists proved their prowess by releasing viral music videos that garnered millions of views in a matter of weeks including….

Octopizzo’s ‘TBT’

and Nyashinski’s ‘Malaika’.

Our artists also pushed the boundaries of raunchiness releasing sizzling visuals like Sauti Sol’s black women appreciation video for ‘Melanin’.

And collaborations came in numbers, some with fellow Kenyan starts and others (like is the case with Victoria Kimani) were collaborations with Grammy awarded superstars.

Along with sexy singles and dope coallabos, 2017 was also the year of the ultimate comebacks with beloved Kenyan music group Camp Mulla, dropping while re-uniting on stage at the Jameson Party.

See what we mean? 2017 was definitely jam packed with great news and new music which only leads us to anticipate an even bigger year this 2018.

Lol! Magazine Claims Lupita Is From This Fictional Country

I mean I know Kenya is just a wee little country as compared  to other massive states across the world but you’d think that after being named one of six black women to have won an  Oscar in the Best Supporting Character category, it would now be common knowledge that Lupita Nyong’o is in fact from Kenya.

Nope. Not to everyone.

According to British Airways Magazine (published some time this year), an article within it, which ironically was meant to match popular stars with their birth countries, matched ’12 years a slave’ star Lupita Nyong’o to fictional country (from Marvel Comic ‘Black Panther’), ‘Wakanda’.

Yeah. Not only is she not from there but also, Wakanda doesn’t exist.

The writer is clearly a fan of ‘Black Panther’, a comic series that is being turned into a film (which is set to feature Lupita Nyong’o) and whose release date is being projected to be February of 2018.

The story has since been edited accordingly and while it is not a serious issue, it definitely was funny. 

Here are two photos of Lupita in Black Panther (and her character as portrayed in the comics).

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