Saturday, December 12, 2015

The car crash that was Pulse Music Video Awards, #PMVA2015

It was very late in the night. I was not sleepy and as I was going through the channels trying to find something interesting. KTN...there was an award show on, the pulse music video awards to be precise. There had been so much hype about this award show, I had made a mental note to watch ut after the several commercial...but I forgot! Thank GOD!! Because if the last hour of the show that I managed to watch was anything to go by, that was a horrid experience.

Let us talk about the venue. Now, before I get into it, let's talk about PULSE, the magazine. one that has managed to build a reputation for itself in the entertainment industry. In fact, I would be forgiven to say the magazine is among the leaders in entertainment reporting. you, know, giving us common folk the current trends in fashion, music, movies, name it. So you understand why some of us had our expectations set high.  

The show was held at IMAX, a movie theater...why? just why?? Performers had to jump from the audience to the stage; so did the few who were privileged enough to give out the awards. I gotta say, even the little shows we had back in high school had a backstage.  The lighting was horrendous, not that we expected much, after all, it was a movie theater. 


After Mercy Masika performed her hit song 'Mwema' it was Papa Dennis' turn to hit the stage. For a minute, I thought it was an album launch..haha...okay..maybe I'm hating a little too much.

Rachael, popularly known to Homeboyz Radio fans as Mwalimu Rachael, had to endure sharing a stage with Shaffie, who was either really drunk, or his idea of funny is completely different from mine. he kept interrupting poor Rachael throughout the presentation and it sucked! His jokes were as stale as last week's loaf of bread.

Here is why me and  few others were so unimpressed by this show.


While proponents of the show said it was just their first show, I disagree  that that was the best way to kick off the show. Others went ahead to say we were comparing the show to BET Awards and the Grammys...But we weren't. As a matter of fact, the only comparison we were making was to other equally successful award shows in Kenya, such as the Groove awards. No, they are not as glamorous as the Grammys but, they are not nearly as heartbreaking as the mess that was PMVA2015. 

Next time, the people at pulse better invest in an event planner, one who knows what he/she is doing. To add to that, it must be noted that other award shows are successful because they are scripted to some extent. Invest in talented writers to make the show more engaging. Also, what award show does not have any fans? Call it me being a jealous fan but STILL,  fans are the awards. Having celebrities looking down their noses as the only audience is part of the reason why the show was a disaster.

That being said, I am looking for investors to launch a music award show for east and west Africa. So we can show them how it is done. Ahem. Would you like to invest? Let me know in the comments below. 


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Joy of Giving

Giving, is so rewarding, knowing that a simple gesture has made such a big difference in someone else's life is an amazing feeling.

You know that dress you do not wear anymore? A little girl somewhere would love it! shoes, cardigans, your old blanket everything you no longer need. Give it.

All the above mentioned gestures count as giving..but they are not the only way or things we can give. How about giving time? a listening ear? a shoulder to cry on...these gestures, while not material, will make a huge difference to someone's life

Today, smile at that stranger, help that little lady across the street, wish someone a good day....

A simple gesture is what it takes sometime.


World AIDS day....

Years ago, the world learnt about this virus...HIV, that would attack the immune system and make you vulnerable to other infections...worse, there was no cure.

people panicked, the stigma that accompanied a positive diagnosis for HIV was insane...the amount of arrogance or was it ignorance displayed by people around a HIV positive individual was crazy.

But that was then.... Now, it is awesome that the rate if infection has fallen significantly, call me over ambitious but I think soon, very soon, the world might be HIV free...
I love that people are more careful, avoiding putting themselves at risk of infection. I love that a HIV test coming back as positive does not mean a death sentence. I love that people are more informed now, and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is long gone..

I love that people have accepted the fact that HIV is not just for homosexuals, that anyone can be infected. It is this information and people's willingness to read the information that has contributed to the drop in the number of infections.

Today, on World AIDS day, let us celebrate the far the world has come, in the fight to curb HIV infections. To celebrate the contribution of medicine in the fight. Increasing the chances of a long healthy life for HIV/AIDS patients. Medicine has helped reduce the risk of mother to child infections...ensuring little babies are brought into the world healthy.

World AIDS day is a reminder, to continue on with the fight, it is not time to quit, at the individual level, not only to practice safe sex but also protecting oneself against infection. sharing needles which is rampant among drug dependent persons (story for another day).

So stay healthy, stay safe and talk soon.

Let's talk, shall we?

peace and love.