KFCB, TikTok Collaborate On Content Moderation And Regulation

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) is working with social media platform TikTok to ensure that the content posted on the platform is decent and suitable for Kenyan viewers.
KFCB Ag. CEO Joel Wamalwa said that as the State Agency mandated to regulate the creation, broadcasting, distribution, and exhibition of audiovisual content in the country, they are confident that the discussion with Tiktok and other platforms, together with other stakeholders, would bear fruit in terms of ensuring that the content conforms to Kenya’s culture, moral values, and national aspirations.
Speaking Thursday during a workshop between TikTok and government agencies, Wamalwa said that the workshop is a timely engagement as it comes following a series of meetings with regards to TikTok operations in Kenya.
‘It is very gratifying to know that this workshop is a continuation of our fruitful engagement that also includes training, and we look forward to further engagement in the future,’ said Wamalwa.
He emphasised that it is of the utmost importance that we protect our minors from exposure to inappropriate content.
He continued… ‘The Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owalo said that we need to protect our cultural values through audiovisual content’.
He said that as KFCB, they welcomed TikToks’ commitment to working closely with partners to keep the platform free from unsuitable content in a push towards a safe online space, especially for children.
‘Our children are more tech savvy, and every time a parent puts down their phone, they are quick to grab it, and the most likely platform they will run to is TikTok,’ he said.
Wamalwa said that they are looking forward to working with TikTok on other initiatives like the parental digital literacy programme, which is geared towards giving parents and caregivers the requisite skills to guide children in the responsible use of digital platforms.
‘Understanding safety features and community guidelines on these platforms is key to ensuring that children remain safe online,’ said Wamalwa as he explained that recently, there have been online games and challenges with different steps, with some having the last step as committing suicide, and there have been unfortunate cases where children and teenagers have lost their lives.
TikTok Director of Government Relations and Public Policy Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda said that in Kenya, they have seen a rise in the misuse of the live feature on TikTok where people are coming in for sexual solicitation, which violates their community guidelines.
Sibanda said that they were aware of it, and in the meeting between President William Ruto and TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, TikTok admitted that they were aware of the misuse and were doubling their moderation systems to be able to eradicate it.
He explained that in the last three months, they pulled down 91 million pieces of content globally for violating their community guidelines.
Sibanda said that the challenge was that bad actors always tried new ways to circumvent processes and systems, and even if they put in policies and guidelines, there would be people who would try to violate them. They are working hard to stay ahead of these bad actors by stopping them before they post the bad videos.
‘About 95 per cent of what was pulled down was done by our machine learning system,’ said Sibanda, adding that the 91 million looks big, but it only represents 0.6 per cent of the total content uploaded on the platform in the three months period.
He said that by and large, most content on TikTok is good content, as he explained that they were not ignoring the fact there was bad content, and this is why they are having workshops with various State Agencies to see how they could improve their systems.
‘In the first quarter of 2023, about 88.8 per cent of the content we took down was actually taken down before it was viewed by anyone, and our focus is now on the remaining 12 per cent and how we can minimise that,’ said Sibanda.
Other state agencies involved in the initiative are the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Kenya Police Service, Department of Children Services, Communications Authority of Kenya, Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Media Council of Kenya, Judiciary, and National Cohesion and Integration Commission, among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Aodaman festival celebrated in Kunene

The Aodaman Traditional Authority on Saturday celebrated the Aodaman Annual Cultural Festival under the theme, ‘Reigniting our heritage’ at Khorixas in the Kunene Region.

In a statement availed to Nampa on Sunday, the Minister of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) Erastus Uutoni at the event stated that the assertion of cultural identity can only be envisioned on the basis of mutual respect and the acceptance of diversity.

“I believe that this cultural festival in its entirety, presents motivation to remember the important things and to showcase and pass the knowledge and traditions to the next generation,” the minister said.

Uutoni said that as a nation, “we first have to understand each other and appreciate each other’s way of life and socio-cultural identity” and that is only possible when the nation is knowledgeable about its distinct cultures, traditions and value systems.

Furthermore, this particular festival promotes intercultural understanding and showcases the community’s rich and cultural expressions and serves as a major tourist attraction both at local and international levels, he said.

Uutoni added that the traditional authority is also required to promote affirmative action amongst its members, particularly by promoting gender equality with regard to leadership positions in its structure.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Rift Valley Region Music Festival Makes A Remarkable Finale

Maasai cultural dances and Folk Songs champions made it to the 95th edition finals of the national music festival which will be held on 12th up to 22nd August this year at Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology in Nyeri County.

Talek Boys High school crowned the champions of 2023 Maasai dance class 818J as the great finale of the Music festival came to an end at Maasai Mara University.

Four schools out of over 25 participants who performed the Maasai cultural dance qualified to national levels with a very high competition of one-point difference.

Talek Boys High School emerged position one under the class 818J with a mark of 91% followed by Najile High school from Kajiado County with 90%, Maralal High School from Samburu County took position three with 89% and Narok High School closed the best four with 88% mark.

Talek Boys for the first time making it to national level is a great performance and efforts from learners and they ensured that they will be crowned National champions this year in Maasai dance.

This is the first time Talek Boys High school has participated in a regional music festival, the last time they reach county level, therefore, it is commitment from teachers, and trainers who have contributed to the win.

George Sandera, music teacher, also a trainee, said it’s a great performance this year for Talek boys’ high school since they have never reached regional level, hence a great improvement for them.

‘We’re going back to school today and practicing more and correcting our mistakes before we proceed to Nationals next month. We will score more points and will be crowned the national champions as well’ said Sandera.

The four schools booked their place at a coveted event after emerging the 2023 Maasai dance winners in the Rift Valley region.

The Maasai folk songs were also completed the day before having four schools who made it to the national level.

Folk songs are the most loved Maasai cultural song as it has moral lessons and fantastic styles of showcasing Maasai culture.

Oloosiyio Secondary school in Kajiado County emerged the regional champions of folk song with 93% which was commented to be of higher, adjudicators mentioned them to have planned well and meet the expectations.

The champions showed their excitement and were hopeful of retaining their championship at national level.

Ololulunga Boys High School comes in second position in folk song with 92% behind one-point Maasai Girls High School Which got 91% and Narok Boys once again closed the best four with 90%.

All those who qualified were urged by the adjudication team to improve their minor mistakes to perfect their competition at national level.

The adjudication team advises the participants and trainers to be keen on enough and unique costumes as it will earn them marks.

The 95th edition of the Rift Valley Music Festival has come to an end, with winners awarded trophies and certificates.

Source: Kenya News Agency

IGAD Executive Secretary Wins African Achievers Award

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu is awarded African Achievers Award in London.

This accolade is a testament to Workneh’s exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to the advancement of Africa, according to IGAD press release.

“His remarkable track record of achievements and relentless efforts in fostering peace, stability, and diplomacy has been duly recognized,” it noted.

The African Achievers Award has a history of honoring outstanding individuals who have made remarkable contributions to African development, serving as an inspiration to many.

It is an annual awards ceremony that celebrates African excellence through recognizing and honoring notable individuals and organizations in Africa across multiple industries that contribute immensely to the growth and development of the continent.

Workneh now joins this esteemed group of laureates, carrying on the tradition of extraordinary service to our continent, the release added.

Previous winners included the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the former late president of Ghana Attah Mills.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Three more qualify for Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off final

The coastal preliminary round of the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition, held this past weekend in Walvis Bay, saw kapana fans Laura Egumbo, Rivaldo Pietersen, and Veueza Kasemba clinch their berth in the competition’s final, where they have a chance to win.

From all the different participants of the day, the trio worked their way up to become the three finalists. They had to first make it through the salsa phase, in which each contender created a salsa dish for the judges, before moving on to the kapana meal preparation round, where they wowed the judges with their kapana making abilities.

The overall winner of the competition, now in its ninth year, will receive an SME business-starter package worth N.dollars 100 000, N.dollars 10 000 cash in a Nedbank account, and a N.dollars 5 000 Bakpro gift voucher.

Nedbank Namibia Communications and Public Relations Manager, Selma Kaulinge told Nampa on Monday that having just under 60 participants in the preliminary round of the competition shows the bank is on the right track in terms of the impact this competition has on the communities.

“The intention of this competition is to uplift the informal market as it enables the winner to venture into entrepreneurship so they can provide for themselves, their communities, and the nation at large,” she said.

Egumbo, who has been competing in the competition since 2019, stated that this time she needed to go above and beyond.

Kasemba, a first-time participant who drove from Swakopmund to compete, stated that if she wins, she plans to expand her business in Swakopmund.

The third and final preliminary round of the competition will take place in Windhoek. The professional chef’s category will be included in this round, with 10 professional chefs competing for a cash reward of N.dollars 10 000.

This round will be held on 04 August, followed by the third preliminary round of the competition on 05 August, where the final three participants will be chosen to compete in the competition final at the Ongwediva Trade Fair on 26 August.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Olufuko festival serves as one-stop shop for multitude of services

Festivals offer a distinct chance to promote products and offerings, as well as convenient access to services that would otherwise be unavailable, attendees say.

Elizabeth Luyango, who attended the Olufuko Cultural Festival in Outapi, said that such events offer a unique chance for the public in small towns to access services and resources that are typically not readily available.

Luyango stated that she first went to the offices of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) in the town. However, upon encountering a queue, she made the decision to attend the festival instead.

“When I came here there was no queue and the officials asked me to sit down right away,” she noted.

Luyango further added she was impressed with the services provided.

NamRA’s Senior Tax Officer for the Northern Regions, Olga Indongo, stated that their presence at the festival is a triumph, as they handle approximately 20 to 30 clients each day.

“We meet them halfway by preventing clients from having to visit our regional offices which may be a bit far. Instead, clients can conveniently submit their tax returns at the festival, where NamRA assists with portal registration and submission. This accomplishment is significant for NamRA,” she explained.

Indongo also indicated that the primary reason for individuals not submitting their tax returns online was due to forgetting their passwords. To address this issue, they assisted by resetting passwords and providing guidance on utilising the online platform.

She additionally urged taxpayers to promptly file their tax returns and take full advantage of the tax amnesty programme which will lapse in October 2024.

Selma Shaanika from Catholic AIDS Action, a national advocacy group that engages in a myriad of focal areas such as HIV testing, TB treatment, GBV prevention and mitigation, after school programmes and soup kitchens, said the entity is positive about its participation at this year’s Olufuko festival.

Shaanika said the festival presented an opportune platform to educate the public on their mandate as well as the various advocacy initiatives they undertake for the betterment of the Namibian society.

Catholic AIDS Action collaborates with various stakeholders as well as other developmental partners to foster a healthy attitude and outlook towards life.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency