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Naomi Campbell Appointed Magical Kenya’s Ambassador
British supermodel Naomi Campbell has been appointed Magical Kenya’s International brand ambassador. “We welcome the exciting news that Naomi Campbell will advocate for tourism and travel internationally for the Magical Kenya Brand,” announced Najib Balala, CS Tourism on Tuesday.
The 50-year-old, who boasts over 13 million followers across her social media channels, expressed her gratitude on the new appointment while lauding the development of infrastructure at the Coast. “I am also impressed with the world-class standard facilities at the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Baobab course located in Vipingo Ridge, the only golf course credited by the PGA in the whole of Africa. I invite gold professionals globally to visit the course to enjoy the experience,” she said. Details on the nitty grittys of the contract are yet to be disclosed.
However, a section of netizens was not impressed with the appointment. They turned to social media platforms seeking clarification as to why neither actress Lupita Nyong’o nor comedians Elsa Majimbo and Trevor Noah were considered. Check out some of the reactions below;
NAOMI CAMPBELL TO BECOME MAGICAL KENYA INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR. pic.twitter.com/6fw63u86d4
— Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife-Kenya (@Min_TourismKE) January 12, 2021
Naomi Campbell wore this long ago to show her loyalty to Kenya, that’s why i think she deserved the gig, now show me a picture of Lupita Nyong’o or Elsa Majimbo showing their patriotism. pic.twitter.com/YjnnK6CVhl
— Aoko 😍 (@Aoko_Valentine) January 12, 2021
Y’all bypassed Lupita, Elsa Majimbo and many more🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/GBq0GbHuTk
— Milksheikh (@ustadhwaweru) January 12, 2021
Elsa is talented yes, but truth be told, Naomi Campbell is a big brand and has more influence. For Lupita unajua stori saa hizi wakenya.wangekuwa wanapiga
— TIM (@TheMmoja) January 12, 2021
Kenyan Creatives Members of YouTube Black Voices, Class of 2021
YouTube has announced its first round of winners for YouTube Black Voices, Class of 2021. 132 creators and artists from different parts of Africa, including Kenya, will receive a $100 million share in seed funding from the YouTube Black Voices Fund. Channel development, partner support, workshops, training and networking programs are among incentives that Kenyan YouTubers Patricia Kihoro, James Mumo, Kaluhi Adagala of Kaluhi’s Kitchen, and Mitchelle Adagala will receive.
YouTube notes that YouTube Black Voices, Class of 2021 is “part of the comprehensive work currently underway to make YouTube a place where Black artists, creators and users can share their stories and be protected”. “The #YouTubeBlack community is filled with so many passionate, talented, brilliant, and driven creatives. We’re honoured to give these awesome creators additional resources to match their drive,” said Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA in a statement.
The firm is further planning to expand the program by partnering with more than 500 creators and artists worldwide through 2023.
Introducing… the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021! 🎉 This is a multi-year effort to uplift and grow Black creators who exemplify the boundless creativity of #YouTubeBlack. Say hello! 👋🏿👋🏽👋🏻👋🏾👋🏼 → https://t.co/kkJDY84jO1 pic.twitter.com/MtBYyZU8oF
— YouTube (@YouTube) January 12, 2021
— Digital Strategist & Wine Writer (@Jeanwandimi) January 12, 2021
Kaluhi’s Kitchen, Mitchelle Adagala, Mumo and Patricia Kihoro were on Tuesday unveiled as part of the #YouTubeBlack Voices creator grantees from Africa. They are among the 36 grantees selected across the continent for the #YouTubeBlackVoices Creator Class of 2021. pic.twitter.com/1znD9N8F2a
— Kitui Daylight Press (@KituiDaylightP) January 12, 2021
‘Stray’ Docu Trailer Released
Magnolia Pictures has released the official trailer for their upcoming film “Stray”. The documentary explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets.
Directed by Elizabeth Lo, the award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing. “Stray” premieres in theatres March 5th, 2020. Check out the trailer below.