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TikTok launches educational campaign in Kenya to encourage creativity

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Kenya continues to evolve as a hive for creative talent — and TikTok is becoming increasingly popular as users search for new ways of creative expression. With a series of easy-to-use video capturing and editing tools integrated right within TikTok, users are showcasing a diverse range of creative short videos featuring special effects, stickers and other cool features. 

Now, TikTok is encouraging its community to take this to a new level with its latest #TikTok101 campaign. #TikTok101 features helpful tips for users to become more familiar with what the app has to offer, empowering them to take control of their creativity.

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The campaign includes tips on using effects such as ‘green screen’ to help creators set their videos to anywhere they want, ‘freeze-frame’ which allows users to stop in motion for a certain amount of time, add text on the video, shoot videos using the ‘MV template’ feature, use cool voice effects, and master transitions among others. TikTok is also calling on local creators to jump on the bandwagon and share their own tips and tricks for new users to follow and improve their skills. All you need to do is follow #TikTok101.

Boniswa Sidwaba, TikTok Content Operations Manager, Africa, explains that TikTok is the perfect platform for users to express their creative ideas on the go, share their creativity and connect with a wider community. “By using the platform’s easy-to-use video capturing and editing tools the possibilities are truly endless. For first-time or novice users, setting up an account and creating that first official TikTok video can seem quite daunting, especially when your feed is full of videos that make creators look like professional video editors. The secret is that most creators are just everyday locals having fun on the platform, and that you too can learn to dance and shoot perfectly edited videos just like them using the cool tools available. Getting started and becoming a pro is super easy,” says Sidwaba.

Head over to @TikTok101africa for your starter-pack essentials.

Sidwaba adds that through this project, TikTok aims to gradually expand #TikTok101 so that all users have the opportunity to take their content to the next level. Stay tuned for more inspirational and educational videos from locals.

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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