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AWF Celebrates 60 Years of Visionary Conservation Leadership with African Wildlife Photographic Exhibition and Announces Winners

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African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) launched its 60th year anniversary at a colorful reception and awards ceremony celebrating AWF’s decades of conservation work on the continent as well as the winners of the inaugural Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards, named in honor of the late former President of Tanzania.

 

Sixteen winning photographers from across the world attended the ceremony at the Nairobi National Museum. They received honorary certificates and awards for their photographs and videos in the global competition that received almost 9,000 entries from 50 countries worldwide, including 10 countries here in Africa.

 

The Grand Prize winner, Riccardo Marchegiani, from Italy received a cash prize of US$ 5,000 (KES 555,476) and a large Shona elephant sculpture for his photo “Gelada and Baby” shot in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. In addition, Marchegiani will be featured with an interview and portfolio in Nature’s Best Photography magazine, as well as a feature in a special edition devoted to the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards.

 

Speaking as he received his award, Marchegiani said, “It gives me great pleasure to accept this award that is a true testament of the hard work and dedication put throughout the years.  I believe that the art form of photography expresses my vision and sensitivity to the beauty of nature.  My objective is to raise awareness and encourage conservation in a more sustainable lifestyle.”

 

Other category winners each received prize money of US$ 1,000 (KES 111,095) and a Shona elephant sculpture. They will also be featured in the Nature’s Best Photography special edition. The categories and category winners include:

  • Coexistence and Conflict category winner: James Lewin from Kenya for “Elephant Orphans from Reteti Elephant Sanctuary” at Painted Rock in Samburu, Kenya
  • Conservation Heroes category winner: Jen Guyton from Germany for “Veterinarian with Rescued Pangolin,” Mozambique
  • Wildlife at Risk category winner: Ingrid Vekemans from Belgium for “White Rhinoceros Battle,” Solio Game Reserve, Kenya
  • Fragile Wilderness category winner: Anette Mossbacher from Switzerland for “Ruacana Falls, Namibia
    • African Wildlife Behavior category winner: Buddhilini de Soyza from Australia for “Cheetahs Swimming across Talek River,” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
    • Africa in Motion category winner: Olli Teirilla from Finland for his video, “Magical Maasai Mara,” National Reserve
    • African Wildlife Backyards category winner: Javier Lobon-Rovira from Spain forFarmer with Green Frog in His Hands,” Anja Community, Madagascar
    • African Wildlife Portraits category winner: Kevin Dooley from the USA forAfrican Savanna Elephant,” Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
    • Art in Nature category winner: Paul McKenzie from Hong Kong for “Galaxy – Lesser Flamingoes,” Lake Natron, Tanzania
    • Youth International category winner: Zander Gallie from the USA for “Mountain Gorilla,” Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
    • Youth in Africa category winner: Cathan Moore from South Africa for “Wildebeest,” Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa
  • Speaking at the celebration, AWF CEO Kaddu Sebunya said, “Within the context of a rapidly changing Africa, and armed with 60 years of experience, AWF has renewed its vision, and crafted strategic approaches to become a truly global African conservation organization. Through the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards, AWF is committed to finding, helping, and amplifying the authentic African voices advocating against the destruction of Africa’s natural wildlife heritage. We are dedicated to defining and refining Africa’s agendas for conservation and development, and to represent these voices — trumpet these voices loudly — around the world.”

     

    The inaugural photography competition was launched earlier this year to honor the former Tanzanian President, H.E. the late Benjamin Mkapa as an iconic conservation leader and one of AWF’s longest-serving board members. In a bid to engage new audiences in documenting wildlife and wild lands conservation in modern Africa, the primary goal of the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards is to engage and involve photographers from Africa and around the world at all proficiency levels to share stories from the field that inspire and encourage new advocates for conservation.

    The awards ceremony Guest of Honor, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Wildlife and Tourism, Hon. Najib Balala remarked: “With initiatives such as the Benjamin Mkapa African Wildlife Photography Awards, organizations such as AWF and Nature’s Best Photography are actively encouraging both international and domestic tourists to visit these unique landscapes and tell authentic stories that emphasize the magic behind Africa’s rich biodiversity hotspots and its people.

     

    The growing need to hear more African voices from all disciplines speak on behalf of wildlife and wild lands at global stage has been identified, and I am encouraged to see multiple young champions for conservation emerge from within. These young voices are actively coming up with practical solutions that befit the technology advancements, and we must not sideline them at all.”

    This collection of 79 winning images will be on display at the Nairobi National Museum through mid-January 2022 in a bid to capitalize and engage Kenyan audiences and visitors from around the world.The collection will also be published in a special edition of Nature’s Best Photography magazine and will be featured in a year-long traveling exhibition through Africa, North America, Asia, and Europe as AWF celebrates 60 years of visionary conservation leadership.

     

    AWF Country Director, Kenya, Nancy Githaiga said, “Our 60 years in conservation have shown us just what success can look like. We have seen the continent weather the worst poaching crisis of our lifetime and come out on the other side bruised but still fighting. Conservation interventions have brought back key wildlife species from the brink of extinction, including the black rhino and the elephant, and helped to raise awareness for struggling species such as the giraffe which is often overlooked but has been disappearing before our eyes.

    We look forward to achieving more prosperity through strategic partnerships with the government and other stakeholders to further support our new 10-year strategy.”

     

    Through this annual competition, AWF is committed to building the participation of African photographers through targeted promotion and capacity building — an important component of our African Conservation Voices initiative.

     

     

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New KGU chairman vows to streamline Golf activities.

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Newly elected Kenya Golf Union(KGU) chairman Njani Ndiritu from Kabete Vet Club has vowed to streamline Golf activities by involving stakeholders and the Government.

The new Chairman said he will strive to be part of the solution and pleaded with stakeholders, sponsors and various players to work together to take the game to another level.

Ndiritu polled 49 points against his competitor George Gathu of Kenya Airforce Golf club who received 40 votes.

The peaceful AGM held at Muthaiga Golf club was supervised by Lucas Maranga and former Chairman Francis Okwara.

Philip Ochola was elected unopposed as the new vice chairman while Karugu Macharia from Windsor Golf hotel and country club took over as the Union treasurer respectively.

Ndiritu in his acceptance speech congratulated the outgoing chairman(Peter Kiguru) for steering KGU to greater heights.

“I congratulate everybody who participated in this exercise tonight, i cant forget our Government, The president Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta , C. S. Ambassador Amina Mohamed and cooperates like Safaricom who supported us throughout the year.

We shall continue to walk the journey together, i will consult with the new team to take Golf to another level. ” He noted.

Ndiritu went on” Lets put our differences behind us. This was not a conflict but a healthy competition. I wish also to laud the parents for their past contribution by exposing the children to the great game which has a bright future.

KGU did a commendable job by exposing the juniors to the international events, We are very grateful”.
Ndiritu said competition always brings new ideas adding that “We need to do much more and support upcoming clubs.

I shall give a good report next year, We ave started financial strategic paper to guide us and put more emphasis on Junior Golf. I Promise to be part of the solution and not ready to go back to the Tribunal ”
Newly elected team-
Chairman-Njani Ndiritu
Philip Ochola-(Vice chairman unopposed,) David Ndung’u(Hon. Secretary Gen), Karugu Macharua(Treasurer),
Executive members-Chris Kinuthia, Sam Itemere, Ndiga Githae, Thomas Mwaura, Frank Wambua.and Taufiq Balala

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Nice & Lovely launches limited body Lotion aimed at keeping girls in school

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Kenya’s Number one body lotion, Nice & Lovely, has today announced a limited-edition lotion that is aimed at promoting girl-child education in the country, in partnership with Sky Girls Kenya.

 

In a campaign dubbed, ‘She is counting on you,’ the new Nice & Lovely Limited Edition aims on one hand to boost the confidence of the girl using the lotion, and on another, to help another girl stay in school. Speaking during the product launch ceremony held in Nairobi on Friday, L’Oréal East Africa Managing Director Serge Sacre, said that the company would donate money from the lotions to help keep disadvantaged girls in school.

 

“We are proud to announce a partnership that will see Nice &Lovely commit to donate Ksh 5 for every limited-edition lotion bought,” MD Sacre said.

 

The limited-edition lotion will be available in 200ml and 400ml  packs from June 2022.

“We would like to have this partnership ensure that more girls are given a chance to realize their dreams, especially after the impact that COVID-19 has had contributing to early pregnancies and marriages, with parents lacking school fees.”

 

Close to 200,000 teenage pregnancies were reported in 2020 alone.

 

“As Kenya’s Number 1 lotion, it is not only a duty, but also an obligation, that we have products of the best quality at an affordable price to enhance natural beauty and also give back to our consumers who have come to know, love and trust our brand.”

The beauty and cosmetics company has been consistently making improvements on Nice & Lovely skin and hair products since L’Oréal acquired the brand in 2013.

According to the iconic beauty brand, the partnership will also work on bringing out the confidence and individuality in the teenage girls while having them remain true to themselves.

 

“We work to inspire young girls to stay true to their values, and what they care about, helping them resist peer pressure. We aim to increase girls’ confidence, self-reflection, decision-making, and refusal skills so that they can make positive choices that are true to themselves,” concluded Svetlana Polikarpova, Director & Co-Founder of Tandem Agency in charge of Sky Girls Kenya during the ceremony held in Nairobi on Friday.

 

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A New Dawn as KCB Group Plc appoints Paul Russo as Group Chief Executive Officer

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The KCB Group PLC Board has today appointed Paul Russo as the company’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) effective May 25, 2022.

He replaces Mr Joshua Oigara who has been the GCEO for the last nine and a half years. Joshua will be available for a period of time to support a smooth transition. The appointment follows a competitively run selection process that kicked off in March 2022.

 Paul brings a wealth of experience in banking, operational management, people management, strategy, and a sharp business acumen. He is currently the Managing Director National Bank of Kenya and the KCB Group Regional Business Director. He has over 20 years of work experience spanning executive and key roles including Group Human Resources Director, KCB Group Plc.

 He holds an MBA from Strathmore University Business School and a Bachelor of Business Management from Moi University. He also holds a Senior Executive Program for Africa Certificate from Harvard Business School and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resource Management (Kenya).

 Paul has consistently been a great leader of outstanding performance. Over the past 8 years while at KCB, he has been involved in the running of key strategic assignments within the Group business, lately looking after the regional businesses (KCB’s businesses in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan as well as KCB Capital and KCB Bancassurance Intermediary) and National Bank of Kenya.

“He is therefore the right person for the job and will take the Group to the next level in its growth ambitions to become the undisputed regional leader and drive much-needed business transformation for greater impact of economies and communities around us” said KCB Group Chairman Andrew Wambari Kairu adding that the Board is confident that he will carry on with the Group’s resolve to simplify the world of our stakeholders to enable their progress.

 “During his tenure at NBK, he has executed a significant turnaround, moving the previously lossmaking business into profitability and on a trajectory for stronger growth into the future,” said the Group Chairman.

The Board commended Joshua for his service to the Group since joining in 2011. “Joshua has had a fantastic run as the Group CEO and MD and has led the Group through its fastest growth in a decade.

“He has left a solid legacy for the Group across Africa and beyond that is dotted by transformation of millions of lives, enhanced financial inclusion across the region, digital banking innovations and has built a Group that is anchored on sustainable business practices,” he added.

The board appreciates Joshua’s immense contributions and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

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