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We are very happy to announce the official launch of our new Facebook page called "Media Focus on Africa" that brings together all friends and supporters of our other project pages: Imani FC, The Team, Chanukah Girls, Michakato Majimboni, Youth for Peace in Africa, and Media Focus on Africa Foundation pages. Like us for all the latest updates on past, current and Future projects on https://web.facebook.com/Media-Focus-on-Africa-1241551662599134/

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2017 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 20, 2017.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is currently seeking applications from women journalists for its program entitled “Howard G. Buffet Fund” to support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists.

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Media Focus on Africa Uganda has launched ‘Yat Madit’, the long awaited 13 episode drama series focusing on life after the war in Northern Uganda. The Launch that brought together the series producers, actors, development agencies, the media, MFA, partners and friends was held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on December 8, 2016.

21st November is World Television day. To Celebrate the day, we spoke to Investigative TV journalist John Allan About Kenya’s Shrinking Media Freedoms.

Getting angry about it. Angry enough to want some truth to come out’’ That was John Allan- Namu’s response when I asked him what his motivation for doing investigative journalism was.

Today, John Allan Namu is one of Kenya’s most respected investigative TV journalists.   He’s won many awards. I met him at his new office, where he recently started off as an independent investigative journalist.

Media Focus on Africa in collaboration with FIDA Kenya has conducted 4 trainings for women Member of County Assembly, popularly known as MCA, and gubernatorial aspirants in the last 2 months. The trainings focused on leadership qualities, media relations, campaign branding, legal requirements for the positions plus more. The first held on 17th and 18th September in Eldoret town brought together Nandi, Trans-Nzoia and West-Pokot Counties aspirants. The Second held on 29th and 30th September in Nakuru town brought together Nyandarua, Kajiado and Narok Counties Aspirants.

Our team member Frenny Jowi, is Africa’s representative at The Global Breastfeeding Partners' Forum that is currently going on in Malaysia. The forum is organized by The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). Follow the link for more on the Forum.

Below, Frenny shares her thoughts on the subject breastfeeding.

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Do you want your children to earn more on their job as grown-ups? Here’s quick fact to help you - Breastfeed them.

Long winding queues under the hot sun, angry voters demanding for delayed ballot boxes, electoral officials put under extreme pressure from the public and the media. That describes your typical Kenyan polling station. Before long you will start seeing some pushing, shoving and queue jumping.  

Lucy Chepkwony, told me more about what the behind the scenes of the voting day is like for women.

Without journalists, you probably wouldn’t know much about what happens beyond your neighbourhood.  You might miss out on important things happening in government such as decisions leaders make on your behalf.  Media Focus on Africa is committed to supporting journalists do their work effectively, so that there is free flow of accurate information to the public.

Communities in Kenya are beginning to accept and embrace women leadership. A recent study commissioned by MFA in a number of counties has show that many Kenyans believe that women who have been in top leadership positions, especially political ones, have generally proved to be less corrupt, more aware of people’s needs and generally better at planning and prioritizing things.

“I had to travel with my still breastfeeding daughter.  Most times I had to express breast milk and carry it.  But as you know airlines don’t allow fluids in hand baggage. Whenever I asked to be exempted because I was carrying breast milk for my baby, airport officials looked at me with a near expression of disgust on their faces. To them it was unthinkable that I would dare carry my breast milk on a flight!

Our new drama series,Yat Madit, will begin to air on a leading Ugandan TV station very soon.

A European Union (EU) delegation to Uganda led by the First Secretary and Head of the Economic Growth Section, Dr. Stefan Lock has made a visit to the filming location of Yat Madit drama series.  The drama is being filmed by Trivision, a production house based in Kamala. The delegation was accompanied by MFA staff and was taken around by the director of Trivision, Irene Kulabako.

The November 10 visit gave the delegation a glimpse of how the drama will be like as they watched the shooting of scenes and interacted with the exited actors and crew members.  

MFA has received a grant from The FORD Foundation to train journalists in Kisumu, Busia, Baringo and Kitui Counties. The training will give them skills to become better reporters and effective watch-dogs over public resources in their counties.

 

A similar training funded by The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has been conducted in Nyandarua, Taita Taveta and Narok Counties for the last two years.  Asked what they thought of the training, journalists in the 3 counties had the following to say;

 

The drama series under the project Crossroads finally has a name, “Yat Madit” it is! MFA has chosen a name that embraces the overall objectives of the project.  That is bringing people together with the goal of jointly working to both embrace their differences and find solutions to challenges brought by those differences. The name also had to resonate with the people of the north.

In the year 2014, MFA trained 27 journalists from Nyandarua,Taita Taveta and Narok Counties on how to report on County budgets and devolution in general. The goal was to build their capacity to become better watch-dogs over public resources in their counties, and through their reporting educate and inspire public discussions around budgets and resource allocation in the counties.

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