Your media is now awash with Obama-mania. Kidero’s grass, The Beast, helicopters, Babu Owino, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and all the ridiculous stories that have flooded president Obama’s visit. Many Kenyans do not even know the other global happenings in Nairobi away from Obama.
Kenyan innovators, and quite a number of them below 30 years are already showcasing their inventions to business moguls that have trooped into the city. But who is telling that story? One, Alex Chamwada seems already set to go out of the ordinary and focus on the innovators right at their premises, according to a promo already airing for #TheChamwadaReport show that airs every Thursday on the new KTN current affairs channel from 8.00pm to 8.30pm.
But let me begin by saying that the world is driven by innovation. However, some people who were innovative, in the history of humanity were mocked and cold water poured on their brilliant ideas as they were met with pessimistic attitudes. Some were discouraged and they followed the path that had been designed for them. The outliers’ attitude that they had was extinguished by dream killers.
However, those who closed their ears to naysayers eventually found themselves on the other side of success. They invented a new medicine that cured diseases that had become pandemic, they revolutionized how we look at things and basically transformed the world from a big jungle to a developed global village. They are the sentinels of our galaxy, the custodians of innovation, men and women who have exploited their mental power to contribute to the moving forward of humanity.
We adore and look up to them, they have won different awards and they adorn the walls of the halls of fame. Creating a better future tomorrow, requires creativity today. However, a culture that emphasizes education without creativity and critical thinking has done much damage to the Kenyan innovative agenda. In the midst of a system that frustrates innovators, there are men who are never bound by the limitations of their environment.
On this week’s episode of The Chamwada Report, Alex visits two Kenyan outliers who have revolutionized agriculture and safety.
One such innovative man has developed an app that can help a farmer monitor and manage rabbits. From their gestation period, feeding time and such, the founder believes that this app can increase the productivity of any farmer who deals in cuniculture or any animal husbandry business.
Another innovative Kenyan has developed an app that remotely connects a motorbike with an electronic reflector. He was inspired by many accidents that have turned one of the most fastest growing industry in Kenya into a death trap. According to accident statistics by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), 291 riders have died in the year 2014 as compared to 234 who were recorded in the same period in 2013. The report further stated that motorbike accidents contribute to the highest numbers of patients admitted in accident wards in the country.
As typical of his journalistic skills, Alex Chamwada leaves the confines of the studio and lights as he rolls his sleeve to literally dig out the story of the two Kenyans who exhibited at the GES. Organized annually since 2009, the GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them. This will be the first time the GES will take place in sub-Saharan Africa.
He will interview government officials and leading business analysts to bring to you a cutting edge, extraordinary story of a nation that is on the verge of exporting it’s innovation to the world and the people who are behind this craze. As a man who is passionate about development journalism, this episode of the Chamwada Report is produced to inspire and challenge every viewer that anyone can be innovative.
Alex is known to be thorough, giving his all to get a great story and deliver it to you at the comfort of your seat. Catch up with him this Thursday on KTN News from 8:00 PM.
We close this week with the words of Eric Hoffer, “In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for the world that no longer exists.”