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Lucozade boost final 11 League champion crowned

This is the first E-sport competition for winner James Merigi, a 21-year-old avid-gamer who is currently pursuing a degree at USIU – Africa studying Bachelor of Arts, Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.

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The crowning ceremony.PHOTO/Courtesy.

James Merigi (WTCH M3RIGI) has been crowned champion of the Lucozade Final 11 League.

He beat out 10 other skilled contestants after an intensely competitive game of Fortnight Battle Royale that was held at the Bao Box, Nairobi. Jonathan Ayieko (WTCH Vlotix) and Mao Maobe (Sergeant Mao) settling for second and third place respectively.

This finale was a culmination of a month of knockout virtual rounds that saw over 600 contestants of all ages competing across the country for a spot in the final eleven.

The tournament, the first of its calibre to be launched in Kenya by Lucozade was designed specifically to engage the youth and showcase the brand as a drink that provides mental alertness for the youthful players within Esports an ever-growing popular segment.

This is the first E-sport competition for winner James Merigi, a 21-year-old avid-gamer who is currently pursuing a degree at USIU – Africa studying Bachelor of Arts, Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.

He wants to pursue a career in visual arts and E-sport.

 Speaking at the prize-giving he enthusiastically noted “I am thrilled to have conquered the tournament. I had stiff competition from my fellow finalist, but I had tactics that enabled me to be victorious. I want to hone my skills by competing in more tournaments and create an awareness of E-Sports and the growth of it as a career path for our youth.” said the 21 years old James Merigi.

During the finale, the contestants battled each other across several intense rounds through tactical play and strategy.

A display of ingenuity and resourcefulness was witnessed.

Amongst the final eleven contenders were a selection of under18’s including 9-year-old gamer ttvitsmickey (Michael Gitau) and fan favourite 17-year-old gamer Vlotix (Jonathan Ayieko).

Wanjiru Njenga, Head of Marketing, Suntory Beverage & Food notes“We have seen great skill, dedication and passion from so many contestants throughout this league. It has been especially exciting to see under18’s competing at this level with the encouragement of their families. As a brand, Lucozade recognizes that e-sport is the future and we want to encourage and provide a safe platform for youth to develop their mental alertness in this space. This was a first for us in Africa and we plan to continue taking this further”.

Covid19 has accelerated the popularity of online gaming locally. Over the past 12 months, gaming downloads increased by 55% placing Kenya as the FIFTH country worldwide for the fastest gaming downloads behind India and Nigeria.

Interestingly 72% of Kenyans are casual gamers, with the majority being women aged 18-34. Whilst 7% are frequent gamers made up of men.

With this increase in numbers but also the diversity of the player, Lucozade believed the time was right for an inclusive gaming league championship.

The brand champions positive mental and physical energy giving contestants the essential ‘Energy To Get Through It’ when the stakes are high during any real life or  virtual battle.

The event and game were live-streamed for fans across the country on the official Lucozade YouTube channel.

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Industrialist Shah receives 2021 Philanthropy Lifetime Award

The East Africa Philanthropy Network seeks to create awareness and a culture of philanthropy while inspiring emerging philanthropy leaders.

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Industrialist and philanthropist Mr Hirji Shah

Industrialist and philanthropist Mr Hirji Shah is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Philanthropy Lifetime Award at the East Africa Philanthropy Awards.

The award honours visionary leaders and philanthropists throughout the community doing extraordinary things to make East Africa a better place for the growth and development of Philanthropy.

Mr Shah serves in the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Council as a representative of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).

He is the chairperson of the Planning research, outreach and policy (PROP) Committee of the Council and a member of Human resource administration and finance (HRAF).

KNQA in a statement said it is proud to be associated with Mr Shah and that Mr Shah has over years promoted and grown a culture of giving in the society,

“The objective of the recognition goes beyond motivating individuals and organizations but also aims to highlight best practices and creativity in local philanthropy, “said Mr Evans Okinyi in his congratulation message to Mr Shah.

Mr Shah is a director of several companies, including Mabati Rolling Mills Limited, Comcraft Kenya Limited, Kaluworks Limited, Booth Extrusions Limited, Booth Fire Fighting Limited, Bahari Forwarders Limited, Bahari Insurance Brokers Limited, Kifaru Investments Limited, Juhudi Investments Limited and Juhudi Distributors Limited.

The East Africa Philanthropy Network seeks to create awareness and a culture of philanthropy while inspiring emerging philanthropy leaders.

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Nikama Ndrama: How pilot cop rescued minors from abductor

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Chief Inspector Justine Ouya

Two girls aged 3 and 4 were last evening rescued by a police officer from a man who had abducted them from their home and was ferrying them to an unknown destination.

The innocent angels had been lured from their home as they played by one Jackson Mutinda, 31, who was arrested at a shell petrol station along Langata road, as he walked with the girls to a yet to be established location.

Chief Inspector Justine Ouya, an aircraft engineer at the National Police Service Airwing, had just landed from a troops resupply mission and was walking along Langata road when she came across the man holding the two girls by their hands. They were walking with the minors towards Karen.

“After observing him and the little girls briefly, her intuition as a police officer coupled with her motherly instincts led her to be suspicious,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in a Facebook post.

She immediately stopped the man and interrogated him. She also spoke to the minors and established that the man was not their father as he had alleged.

Chief Inspector Ouya immediately restrained the man and raised the duty officer based at Wilson Airport, who responded with a contingent of officers instantly.

After interrogating the abductor, it was discovered that he had lured the little angels from their home in Muthurwa, promising to buy them a soda. The officers immediately set off for Muthurwa, in search of the parents to the minors.

After a few hours, the distraught parents of the angels identified as Judy Nyakio and Teresia Njeri were finally traced, desperately looking for their missing girls.

As they were reunited with their beautiful angels, the two parents could not hold back tears of joy thanking God for the miracle of seeing their babies alive and the officers for bringing them back home.

“The suspect is currently in custody at Langata Police Station, being processed for arraignment on Child Trafficking charges,” stated the DCI.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations thanks C.I Ouya for going beyond the call of duty and rescuing the little angels from the jaws of their captor.

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ASALs counties declare formation of UPYA Movement ahead of 2022 polls

The UPYA movement will also be used as a tool to unite residents from ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections, negotiate for greater socio-economic investment and development in the region.

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Leaders from ASALs counties addressing journalists in Naivasha.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Leaders from Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir have declared to rally behind new political formation UPYA Movement.

The leaders led by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani met in Naivasha on Saturday to reflect together on the future of their region to give it a voice and political direction at the national level.

They raised concerns on the effects of the ongoing drought in ASALs
gravely affecting lives and livelihoods in the region.

“We appreciate the quick response directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta declaring the drought a national emergency, thereby mobilizing local and foreign response to respond to the dire situation” they stated.

While noting with concern that despite ASAL areas constituting a vast land mass with a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and culturally diverse population, the leaders argued that has suffered from political and socio-economic marginalisation over the years without a unified voice, and only being regarded as a ‘swing vote’ region.

It is for these reasons that the leaders vowed to use UPYA Movement to ensure unity in the area and that their voice is heard.

“Having learnt from our past mistakes, the time has come to chart a brave and brighter future for the ASAL regions which remain Kenya’s most promising.We pledge our loyalty to the current government as led by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and with whom we are working closely to resolve the immediate challenges affecting our regions.We declare that the UPYA movement will be the political platform at the national level speaking on behalf of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya. As an umbrella political platform, UPYA supports the revitalisation of 2-3 political parties in the region to guarantee the right of our people to participate in the 2022 general election” the said.

Under the new political formation,the leaders vowed to institutionalise and operationalise as as a viable coalition by establishing a functional governance structure from the national to the grassroots across the region.

The UPYA movement will also be used as a tool to unite residents from ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections, negotiate for greater socio-economic investment and development in the region.

On the mass voter registration that the IEBC is planning to roll out in October 2021, the leaders called on IEBC to  assure the people of Northern Kenya that it has mechanisms to ensure every eligible citizen in the region is able to register despite the on-going drought.

The leaders also revealed that they wl work with like-minded leaders to unite towards a common agenda for the continued development of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and the Republic of Kenya at large.

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