Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic Reloaded June 2012

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic Reloaded June 2012

Featured Poet: Angela Wambui Muiruri(Miss Kenya USA)
Featured Artist: Jemedari and Trifecta
Special Feature: Binyavanga Wainaina (Reading from his Book ‘One Day I Write About This Place’)

MC: Cindy Ogana
Date: 5th June 2012
Time: 7 -9 pm
Venue: Club Soundd
Entry: 200 Ksh

Angela Wambui Muiruri(Miss Kenya USA)
A strong Pan-Africanist, Angela Wambui Muiruri is the reigning Miss Kenya USA and Miss Culture 2010/2011. A Kenyan-American, Angela is proud to represent both sides of her dual cultural experiences and is also  founding member of the Kenya American Youth Association based in Seattle, Washington.  Angela is a recent graduate of Pepperdine University where she received a double Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications. While attending Pepperdine, Angela took leadership roles in many extracurricular activities including the Multicultural Theater Project, the Pepperdine University Genesis Gospel Choir (Founder and Director), Black Student Union Executive Board, and Advancement Via Individual Determination College Counselor. She is currently working on her platform ‘My Africa is Beautiful’ (MAIB), a non-profit organization focused on rebranding the image of Africa. Her goal is to empower young people in the areas of education, leadership development and technology development. She has raised funds to educate youth in Kenya’s Internally Displaced Persons Camps. As a goodwill ambassador, she hopes to inspire a generation of change by investing in youth both in Africa and the Diaspora.


Jemedari and Trifecta
Jemedari has laid stakes in various art form performances including Poetry and Hip Hop. Having been in this scene long enough to have matured in his performance, he possesses a fluid nature coupled with an ability to identify with audiences easily. He is considered amongst the few cross-over rappers in Kenya whose music is enjoyed by both young and old, and  has become a respected artist whose counsel in writing and performance is sought by up and coming artists in the industry. His music speaks on matters of artists and their lives as well as the challenges they face. He is motivated by a deep passion to change the entertainment arena in Nairobi and refining the image of musicians across the board, focusing on Hip Hop artists. His end game is to start up a mentorship program through which talented youth with no avenues for their talent are guided by peers who have carved a niche for themselves

Contact and booking info:
Tel: 0723712507
Sample work:

Binyavanga Wainaina
Wainaina, 41, is a writer, essayist, award winning fiction writer and journalist, and is also the Founding Editor of Kwani?, and one of Africa's most dynamic literary voices. He is presently the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College in New York and as travel writer, has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair (US), The Mail and Guardian (SA), The East African, among other publications. His landmark essay, How to Write about Africa has been translated into twenty languages and is studied in universities and schools around the world as a foundational text about the perception of Africa in the west. His new Book, One Day I Will Write about This Place is a memoir about his life in Kenya and was first released to great critical and commercial success in the United States in 2011. Kwani Trust will be launching the East Africa  edition of his book in June 2012.

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