WATCH: Kenyan Creators of Banned ‘Same Love’ Remix Are ‘Living in Fear’

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Members of Kenyan rap group Art Attack are in hiding and facing arrest after releasing a music video of an African-themed remix of Macklemore’s marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the artists tell
The Advocate.
“The video was done to highlight the struggles that gay people go through across Africa, which is deeply homophobic and pretentiously religious,” Art Attack writes in an email to The Advocate. The artists added that Kenya “deeply oppresses sexual minorities,” and has “millions of gay men and women who are living in fear and in closets.”
Shortly after the group released its video, Kenyan leaders on Tuesday banned the clip and called for the arrest of those featured, saying the track violates Kenya’s laws criminalizing same-sex relationships. The east African nation is well known for its persecution of LGBT citizens , and newspapers in the country (and in neighboring Uganda) publish front-page stories outing LGBT Kenyans . Images of people holding these vitriolic covers are featured in Art Attack’s video.
The controversial video features images of same-sex couples, interspersed with clips from American television and film tackling gay issues, and updated lyrics which speak to conditions facing LGBT people in Kenya. In its original version, “Same Love,” by American duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featured a hook by out singer Mary Lambert — whose haunting chorus, announcing that “I can’t change, even if I tried,” remains in Art Attack’s version.
In Art Attack’s remix, one of the main characters writes a suicide note, saying he is unable to take the pain, stigma and hate directed toward him. The actor who played that character has already left the country in fear, says Art Attack:
“Dayon, who has been living in Kenya for the last five years, started receiving threats and hostility from his Kenyan neighbors after they saw the video and he had to flee to his mother country.
“As for the rest of us, a warrant of arrest has already been issued against us and we are living in fear. Our video has been banned and we have been alerted that we are to be arrested and charged anytime.”
At a press conference recorded by
KTV24 , Ezekiel Mutua, CEO of Kenya’s Film Classification Board, described Art Attack’s video as illegal, due to its “lyrics that strongly advocate for gay rights in Kenya, complete with graphic sexual scenes between people of the same gender as well as depiction of nudity or pornography.”
At its most graphic, the video features a split-second shot of two men kissing, one with a visible posterior. Other shots feature same-sex couples in bed, though camera angles obscure any actual nudity or direct depiction of sex.
Mutua also added that he had asked Google to remove the video from its search engine results in Kenya, and take down the YouTube video, “to ensure that the video is not accessible in Kenya.” In a tweet Tuesday morning , Mutua confirmed that the video had been “restricted for violation of the law [and] moral values.”
Kenyan rapper Noti Flow, who appeared in the video kissing another woman, took to Facebook after the song was banned:
Even under this extreme pressure, the group wanted to present positive images. “We chose to show gay and lesbian couples kissing to spice it up and show the world that gay people fall in love too, kiss and have sex and romance just like any other couple,” Art Attack writes in the email correspondence with The Advocate. “It was an educational video and still a romantic, fun love song all at the same time.”
However, the fun in the song is limited, as its lyrics speak of the struggle of being out in Africa:
“Homophobia is the new African culture / Everyone’s the police, Everyone’s a court judge / Mob law, street justice, kill ’em when you see ’em / blame it on the West, never blame it on love, it’s un-African to try and show a brother some love.”
The song’s male narrator tells the story of falling in love with a boy and coming out to his parents, only to be kicked out of the house:
“For the last six years my parents have never seen me / Every day I bleed tears hoping that they wish to see me / and I avoid the public ’cause I am scared of the jail / ’cause if they ever caught me they would throw me in jail / you’re a criminal how dare you / falling in love / it’s a crime to follow your heart.”
Watch Art Attack’s banned “Same Love” remix below.

   https://youtu.be/8EataOQvPII

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FORGET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE! This Is The Job With The Most Weird Professional Qualification Ever!

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“THE applicant must have a masters degree, five-years experience, tech-savvy, computer literate blah blah blah…” Just forget about these kind of cliché qualifications that most employers demand from job seekers, mostly for white collar jobs.
Now, Ongielo Primary School in Kisumu is deemed to have been looking for a security guard, aka watchman. Primary qualifications for any interested candidate are; be able to speak in Dholuo and Kiswahili, hold at least a K.C.P.E certificate and a national identification card.
But these other “mandatory” qualifications are a bit physical. The candidate MUST be able to Run, Hide and Fight!

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Here are the nominees for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016

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The nominees in the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 (aka BAKE Awards) by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) have been announced today. The nominees that were announced are in 19 categories ranging from Fashion, Technology to the big one; the Kenyan Blog of the Year. The voting phase of the competition has also been launched.
Among the nominees in this year’s blog awards include:
lifeinmombasa.com (County)
potentash.com (Entertainment/Lifestyle)
lubnah.me.ke (Creative)
kaluhiskitchen.com (food)
The nominees were picked from a list of 4,899 submissions that were entered into the competition. Judges who included Mikul Shah, Muthoni Maingi, Ahmed Salim and Terryanne Chebet then went through the list and picked their best 5.
Voting in the competition is now open and will close on 1st May 2016. To vote for your favourite blog(s), just visit blogawards.co.ke/vote .
This year’s competition was launched on January 8th and the winners will be announced at a gala event on 7th May 2016.
The nominees of the competition are as follows:
1. Best Technology Blog
http://www.techweez.com
http://www.mbuguanjihia.com
http://www.droid254.com
http://tech-ish.com
http://moseskemibaro.com/
2. Best Photography Blog
http://mwarv.click.co.ke
http://benkiruthi.com/blog3/
http://victorpeace.com
http://buoart.com/
http://leonmuli.com/
3. Best Creative Writing Blog
http://www.bikozulu.co.ke
http://magunga.com
http://lubnah.me.ke/
http://okumu.co.ke/
http://khanfarhazart.wordpress.com
4. Best Business Blog
http://bizna.co.ke/
http://bankelele.co.ke
http://biznews.co.ke
http://sokodirectory.com
http://www.herbusiness.co.ke
5. Best Food Blog
http://thefitfabfoodie.com
http://www.tastesafari.co.ke
http://pendolamama.co.ke
http://thewineandfoodreview.com
http://www.kaluhiskitchen.com
6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog
http://graduatefarmer.co.ke
http://RocKeSci.Co.ke
http://www.farmbizafrica.com
http://farmerstrend.co.ke/
http://africancityplanner.com
7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog
http://luciamusau.com
http://itsacurvyaffair.com
http://wamboikay.com
http://mskibati.com/
http://justjoykendi.com
8. Best Political Blog
http://info.mzalendo.com
http://gathara.blogspot.co.ke
http://brainstorm.co.ke
https://kanalispeaks.wordpress.com/
http://maunduville.blogspot.co.ke/
9. Best New Blog
http://cherriesvineyard.com
http://afyapress.com
http://stylebyshary.com
http://theycallmedaktari.com/
http://www.e-techafrica.co.ke
10. Best Corporate Blog
http://blog.ongair.im
http://blog.jovago.com
http://ihub.co.ke
http://www.kuzabiashara.co.ke/blog/
https://www.travelstart.co.ke
11. Best Topical Blog
http://owaahh.com
http://amiraafrica.co.ke/
http://thewondercores.com
http://stillamum.com/
http://mummytales.com
12. Best Sports Blog
http://www.michezoafrika.com
http://www.futaa.com
http://goonerpark.org
http://osbke.com
http://thedugout.co.ke
13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog
http://www.ghafla.co.ke
http://www.niaje.com/
http://www.potentash.com
http://lyraoko.com
http://meanwhileinkenya.com
14. Best Education Blog
http://funkescience.co.ke
https://creativesacademy.wordpress.com/
15. Best Travel Blog
http://holidayafrika.com
http://www.safari254.com
http://theadventuresofcathy.com
http://theartofwanderlusting.wordpress.com
https://funtravelke.wordpress.com
16. Best Health Blog
http://afyapress.com
http://sitawa.blogspot.com/
https://couchhealthandfitness.wordpress.com/
http://healthkenya.co.ke/
http://lindaafya.co.ke/
17. Best County Blog
http://lifeinmombasa.com/
http://county-yangu.com/default/
http://kakamega411.com
http://loitokitok.com
http://laikipiaruralvoices.blogspot.co.ke/
18. Best Religious/Spiritual Blog
http://www.braveheartedliving.com
http://ummah.co.ke/
http://imwashigadi.wordpress.com
http://ernestwamboye.blogspot.com/
http://njerigichuki.blogspot.com
19. Kenyan Blog of the year
http://owaahh.com
http://lyraoko.com
http://www.niaje.com/
http://www.bikozulu.co.ke
http://www.techweez.com

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Boxer Conje badly beaten by mob along Kisumu-Busia Highway

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Former celebrated female boxer Conjestina Achieng’ continues to wallow in poverty, deteriorating health, and hopelessness in Gem, Yala in Siaya County. This would pass as one of the most embarrassing grace-to-grass situations in current times.
The one time feared frame, boxing adeptness of Conjestina no longer intimidates anyone; at least going by her elder brother, William Ochieng’s revelation – that a mob clobbered her for ‘intervening where she should not.
Speaking to Citizen Digital , Mr Ochieng’ narrated: “Recently people ganged up against Conjestina and beat her thoroughly along the Kisumu-Busia Road.”
Disclosing what prompted the horde to subject the once celebrated boxing champion to such humiliation, Ochieng’ said: “There was a thief who was being beaten by a mob. Conjestina went there to try to pacify the situation and also help stop the mob from beating the alleged thief to death.”
“However, they turned tables on her and beat her thoroughly! They only stopped battering her when some men and I appeared at the scene. They all ran away.”
“They hadn’t harmed her to an extent of being hospitalized,” Mr Ochieng’ added.
The erstwhile heroic, iconic and loved boxing great is languishing in dearth, says William.
Confirming if the pictures doing rounds on social media of a dejected Conjestina are a true reflection of her situation, he fervently responded on the affirmative.
“It is a 100% true: her situation is wanting! We are totally confused at home.”
Her life of want and anguish is arguably a result of the boxer’s poor management of her brand during her peak times.
Mr Ochieng’, however, has urged either the county or national government to chip in and salvage the condition of the formerly proud embodiment of Kenyan boxing. Too bad, his pleas have often fell on deaf ears.
“This lady (Conjestina) has not gotten any assistance from the state or county government. Nowadays if I knock on any Siaya County officer’s door, they push me away – they even nicknamed me ‘problem man’.”
Ochieng’ added: “I have written many letters to authorities in Siaya County Government requesting for any form of assistance for Conjestina plus her son who has a school fees balance of Ksh 80,000. None of the family members can afford that amount wanted by Maliera Boys High School.”
Mr Ochieng says he is less optimistic the 38-year-old would fully recover, considering the monetary troubles at home.
“Conjestina cannot fully regain her health because of the financial difficulties we are facing. The drugs and medical treatment are very expensive. Her financer stopped injecting money into her medication. He (the financier) used to contribute Ksh 5,000 every month for her drugs.”
“Conjestina’s condition led to her dad’s demise”
Mr Ochieng’ divulged Conjestina’s stagnated health; if not worsening, depressed their father leading to his demise.
“Her situation made our father to pass away December, 2014. It also made my business collapse in Siaya Town, and was forced to retreat back home,” he said.
“With all the returns I got from the business, and also the capital I used to infuse into the business, I exhausted it all on Conje’s treatment.”
He added: “It is now our burden at home to foot her medical bills, we are not economically able.”
Wasted frame
Conjestina’s latest photos circulating on social media show a wasted frame – a razor-sharp contrast to the supple boxer who used to destroy her opponents within the blink of an eye.
In her peak days, the agile boxer would make up to Ksh 800,000 in a single fight in Nairobi.
It is this lost glory of once upon a time great boxer which has prompted Miss Eastlands 2015, Eveleen Mingoye, to put up initiatives aimed at restoring the health and robust structure of Conje.
“My mission is to take Conjestina to India for proper medical care. She has been to different hospitals in Kenya but has never gotten well. I have communicated with an Indian doctor, and we are good to go.”
“However, we have to fundraise for her. The doctor said they will charge Ksh1.86 million ($18, 200) for 15 days. Her treatment could take 2-3 months.That is exclusive of air ticket and accompaniments,” said the 22-year-old beauty queen.
“Now she (Conjestina) is begging for coins to get drunk! The trauma is also so high that it worsens her condition.”
The paybill 215212 named Rescue Conjestina has been put up to help raise funds for Conjestina.

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Boxer Conje badly beaten by mob along Kisumu-Busia Highway

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Former celebrated female boxer Conjestina Achieng’ continues to wallow in poverty, deteriorating health, and hopelessness in Gem, Yala in Siaya County. This would pass as one of the most embarrassing grace-to-grass situations in current times.
The one time feared frame, boxing adeptness of Conjestina no longer intimidates anyone; at least going by her elder brother, William Ochieng’s revelation – that a mob clobbered her for ‘intervening where she should not.
Speaking to Citizen Digital , Mr Ochieng’ narrated: “Recently people ganged up against Conjestina and beat her thoroughly along the Kisumu-Busia Road.”
Disclosing what prompted the horde to subject the once celebrated boxing champion to such humiliation, Ochieng’ said: “There was a thief who was being beaten by a mob. Conjestina went there to try to pacify the situation and also help stop the mob from beating the alleged thief to death.”
“However, they turned tables on her and beat her thoroughly! They only stopped battering her when some men and I appeared at the scene. They all ran away.”
“They hadn’t harmed her to an extent of being hospitalized,” Mr Ochieng’ added.
The erstwhile heroic, iconic and loved boxing great is languishing in dearth, says William.
Confirming if the pictures doing rounds on social media of a dejected Conjestina are a true reflection of her situation, he fervently responded on the affirmative.
“It is a 100% true: her situation is wanting! We are totally confused at home.”
Her life of want and anguish is arguably a result of the boxer’s poor management of her brand during her peak times.
Mr Ochieng’, however, has urged either the county or national government to chip in and salvage the condition of the formerly proud embodiment of Kenyan boxing. Too bad, his pleas have often fell on deaf ears.
“This lady (Conjestina) has not gotten any assistance from the state or county government. Nowadays if I knock on any Siaya County officer’s door, they push me away – they even nicknamed me ‘problem man’.”
Ochieng’ added: “I have written many letters to authorities in Siaya County Government requesting for any form of assistance for Conjestina plus her son who has a school fees balance of Ksh 80,000. None of the family members can afford that amount wanted by Maliera Boys High School.”
Mr Ochieng says he is less optimistic the 38-year-old would fully recover, considering the monetary troubles at home.
“Conjestina cannot fully regain her health because of the financial difficulties we are facing. The drugs and medical treatment are very expensive. Her financer stopped injecting money into her medication. He (the financier) used to contribute Ksh 5,000 every month for her drugs.”
“Conjestina’s condition led to her dad’s demise”
Mr Ochieng’ divulged Conjestina’s stagnated health; if not worsening, depressed their father leading to his demise.
“Her situation made our father to pass away December, 2014. It also made my business collapse in Siaya Town, and was forced to retreat back home,” he said.
“With all the returns I got from the business, and also the capital I used to infuse into the business, I exhausted it all on Conje’s treatment.”
He added: “It is now our burden at home to foot her medical bills, we are not economically able.”
Wasted frame
Conjestina’s latest photos circulating on social media show a wasted frame – a razor-sharp contrast to the supple boxer who used to destroy her opponents within the blink of an eye.
In her peak days, the agile boxer would make up to Ksh 800,000 in a single fight in Nairobi.
It is this lost glory of once upon a time great boxer which has prompted Miss Eastlands 2015, Eveleen Mingoye, to put up initiatives aimed at restoring the health and robust structure of Conje.
“My mission is to take Conjestina to India for proper medical care. She has been to different hospitals in Kenya but has never gotten well. I have communicated with an Indian doctor, and we are good to go.”
“However, we have to fundraise for her. The doctor said they will charge Ksh1.86 million ($18, 200) for 15 days. Her treatment could take 2-3 months.That is exclusive of air ticket and accompaniments,” said the 22-year-old beauty queen.
“Now she (Conjestina) is begging for coins to get drunk! The trauma is also so high that it worsens her condition.”
The paybill 215212 named Rescue Conjestina has been put up to help raise funds for Conjestina.

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