Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Eric Mwangi

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Profile
Name: Eric Mwangi
Occupation: Creative Director & Visual Artist
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Social Media: Facebook: Eric Mwangi

Enterprise Bio
I am the co-founder and creative director at Treble Limited, a full service communications agency based in Nairobi. I am also a visual artist and volunteer art teacher. I draw my inspiration from God, the people that I meet and my surroundings.

Creative journey/ life-cycle
From an early age, I knew that the world of creative is where my destiny awaited. I started drawing (and selling) artworks right from primary school. In 2003, I was captivated by digital art and went on to study graphic design in college. I got my first creative job as a junior designer at Nakumatt. ‪This is where I cut my teeth as a graphic designer.

I then moved into the agency world where, I joined a small, energetic, no-nonsense advertising agency. My role as an art director was to conceptualize, present and execute creative solutions. I oversaw 360-degree campaigns for clients such as Oilibya, Kenya Railways and KWAL.

My journey then took me to the world of publishing where I took on a challenging role that saw me grow from a lone ranger, to a hands-on leader. My job at Integral Media was to manage a team of designers, programmers and writers. I also directed monthly location photo shoots for magazine covers and fashion spreads for 2 magazines. It was a great opportunity that showed me the power of collaboration and the amazing work that can be achieved, when teams of creative individuals from different disciplines, work together.

In 2013, I returned to Nakumatt as the head of creative and enjoyed 3 years of solving different creative challenges and collaborating with designers, photographers, illustrators and content creators from all over the world.

In 2016, my creative journey took a turning point when I felt a strong desire to return to the world of traditional fine art. Since I couldn’t find time to create while still working at a demanding full time job, I left and founded a creative consultancy that would allow me time to learn and paint.

Having enrolled for a visual arts course at University of South Africa (through distance learning), I took on a new chapter of my life. I now juggle my work as a creative director and visual artist while enjoying the daily challenges (and joys) of growing as a creative. In addition to this, I also volunteer as a part time art teacher at House of Hope School; a school that caters for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Vision
To eliminate poverty in Africa, through visual arts and application of creative thinking.

Mission
To empower myself & other artists to create authentic, Kenyan artwork that tells our story and has a lasting social and economic impact.

Portfolio

Cityscape

Cityscape

Still Life

Still Life

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Abstract 1

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Abstract 2

Typography Potraits

Typography Potraits

18 month plan
I intend to focus on the communications agency and see it grow and sustain itself.Simultaneously, I am applying myself, as a visual artist, into creating artwork for an exhibition in 2018.

Ultimately, my purpose in life is to make an impact in the art world and help mentor younger artists both in digital design and visual arts. I plan to set up an artists’ centre/workshop that will provide a space where creative minds from different disciplines can explore, discover and create. From the output of great work, we will be able to market our art and reap the value of creativity.

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Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Francis Ronjey (Nairobi Underground)

the drummer!

the drummer!

Francis

Francis


Profile
Name: Francis Ronjey
Location: Nairobi
Enterprise name: NRB UNDRGRND

Online Footprint
Link: http://www.nairobiunderground.co.ke/
Instagram: @RonjeyRocks @nairobiunderground @nrbrockshowcase
Twitter: @RonjeyRocks @naiunderground
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NairobiUnderground/

NRB UNDRGRND is a digital media startup that promotes Nairobi arts and urban culture. Originally started as a personal soundcloud playlist, NRB UNDRGRND has metamophosised through various stages to become a platform giving the youth and the creative sector a chance to express themselves.

The Spirit Of NuNairobi
NuNairobi is the name for the fresh cultural blossom currently sweeping across Nairobi and the world at large. In a world of predominantly youthful citizens and a growing need for coexistence, NRB UNDRGRND desires to contribute in the shaping our future by finding opportunities for and producing collaborative projects and events.

Creative Journey
Besides my ignorant disinterest in childhood dreams of being a lawyer or astronaut, I could actually draw portraits of famous people from home. I was 9 and I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.

I also loved music.

The last script I wrote was The Prodigal Son for my Sunday school class when I was 12. When I turned 13, I had very little personal initiative other than perusing old magazines, drawing and thinking about girls. I also traversed the rural villages in search of nothing and often found something new; traditional ohangla bands, kids listening to vinyl on players made of reeds and sewing needles…I wasn’t interested in, and still loathe most rural life duties like feeding animals and working on shambas.

At 14 years of age, exactly seven years since getting saved to avoid the horrid hell I had imagined from the pictures they showed us at Sunday school, I once again fell victim to a preacher’s brimstone banter and rededicated my adolescent life to Christ just before the ritual of Christian confirmation.

I had just come to Nairobi permanently with my mum and I discovered a whole new world. I’d spend a whole day visiting galleries starting with the very new Godown Arts Centre, then I’d cross the Railways Bridge back to Gallery Watatu in the CBD before winding up at RAMOMA just before they closed for the night. I watched news and The Beat too, but Tim Njiru and Fred Indimuli were my first celebrities.

I went to church a lot because I grew up in one and also because it was a good place for watching people and sometimes making friends. Ultimately though, I loved going to the church because of music and soon I became a drummer.

In church we read unrealistic biblical stories, at school we read and did very little interesting things and at home, we watched TV, did chores and kept house rules. So I often escaped to the library where kids from other schools read Harry Potter. After a while trying, I wandered further into the less visited areas and discovered Njamba Nene and The Flying Bus. It had on the cover screaming children and a matatu with angelic wings!

At the library, I joined G-Club, a children’s group from where I discovered theatre. So I’d go seeing play rehearsals at Alliance Françoise and Kenya Naitional Theatre before drooling down to the museum to gawk at things. I still remember the artwork that at some point covered the bridge. In 2005, I acted for the first time at KNT. I was Seth in a play about the old Egyptian Gods.

That’s also when I got my first glimpse of heartbreak, a girl I liked was in a dark room with one of my friends.

During this period, I joined the Kenya Children’s Parliament where I eventually got elected as the shadow Junior Minister Of Transport and Communication.

At 16, I formed my first band from the church band. We played mostly Latin jazz and Dave Brubeck covers at events. One time at a youth retreat camp, my friend gave me a rock mp3 and I got hooked to that stuff so that we formed our own Christian version of the bands we liked like Linking Park, Paramore and all that teenage angst punk and emo music from Snow Patrol to Paramore.

An attempt to play One Of Us by Sharon Osbourne borne us rebuke from elders.

That’s pretty much the furthest my rock music went until one day a man of God decided to take matters into his own hands. Throngs of teenagers and parts of the youth congregation had started following us to Club Rezorus where we battled with other bands and this man on his vested powers as both spiritual and biological parent felt convicted to stop the menace.

In a spiritually charged attempt to make the whole church aware that we were becoming agents of Satan, he played some slides and clips including a snippet of the band Disturbed purportedly praying to the devil before a concert! I went down to town and downloaded their latest album. I had discovered new music and a whole other world called Heavy Metal.

As the rock band, we co-wrote and staged a rock musical at KNT. It was so good, we had a split screen on stage. Then we gave the camera and the whole documentation responsibilities to a beautiful friend of the band…that’s how we only have posters and the script as testimony to one of the greatest achievements of our teenage hood.

I eventually got into regular gigging circuit as a session drummer playing everywhere; churches, nightclubs, weddings, birthdays and funerals. I also traveled and discovered places, faces and stories from Nairobi, Katoloni, Nakuru to Narumoru.

After three years of active gigging, teaching and thinking, it hit me that the creative sector probably needed more artists on the thinking side too.

So I quit bands and went to college to study Media Studies and Journalism.

That’s how I got ideas to integrate my blog and Soundcloud page into a weekly podcast of fresh alternative music by little known artists. A big shoe whose magnitude I didn’t comprehend up until 2014 when I decided to actually start a media company based on arts urban culture.

NRB UNDRGRND
Under this awesome banner, I now get to uninhibitedly juggle my hats from producing cultural events, street photography, writing, social commentary, Djing, Booking artists, attending workshops and setting trends. I’m also happy that I’m still a kickass drummer and a continuously developing artist.

All my life is an achievement but I have made a few cool steps in the near past:
*Facilitating for ParkingLotGrass- the first Kenyan rock band to play abroad at a heavy metal festival
*Quitting full time band business to go to school- even though I quit again.
*Starting http://www.nairobiunderground.co.ke
*Nyege Nyege International Arts & Music Festival- we took 21/2 busloads of party people and artists from Kenya to Uganda and back.
*NuNairobi- this is a movement we are championing for the fresh cultural blossom currently sweeping through Nairobi, Africa and the world at large.

Vision
A culturally woke and inspired generation

Mission
To elevate African urban cultures through collaboration, documentation and production of projects

Portfolio
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Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Victor Dzombo Otuoma

Sondeka Festival 2014

Sondeka Festival 2014

Victor

Victor

Profile
Name: Victor Dzombo Otuoma
Occupation: Bass guitarist, songwriter, event organizer
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Social Media Links: http://www.facebook.com/victor.dzombo
http://www.facebook.com/KochFestival
http://www.facebook.com/Music-of-the-People-829492287141701

Bio/Life-cycle
Victor has always been passionate about arts ever since he was young. It started out with drawing in primary school, then poetry in high school (where he also continued drawing) before eventually stumbling upon music, where his heart now lies.

He has been a performing artist since 2012 but took a break from performing in mid-2015. During that period he worked with 3 different bands as a bass guitarist, songwriter and band coordinator, namely, The 63 (an urban pop band that he currently is in ), Siri Kali (an urban pop band) and Posciety (an afro-fusion band). Through the above bands he has been able to grace several festivals and concerts in the country, of notable mention being the Sondeka Festival, Forgotten Furahiday at Sarakasi Dome, Suits and Mics and Pulse Industry Nite.

He currently works with Hope Raisers Initiative as an artist liaison and sound and set up assistant, organizing a monthly music concert known as Music of the People and an annual cultural festival known as Koch Fest, both which take place in the Kariobangi, Korogocho and Baba Dogo areas.

Vision
A world with limitless opportunities for every creative.

Mission
Provide artists with a platform to develop, market and earn through their talents.

Values
Integrity, innovative-ness, empathy

Portfolio
Victor Dzombo

Music of the People

Music of the People

Koch. Fest. 2016

Koch. Fest. 2016

Gigging

18 Months Plan
• Enroll for a music production or sound engineering course to acquire the professional skills that the industry requires
• Resume performing as a bass guitarist (with The 63)
• Record and release a song (as The 63)
• Take Music of the People and Koch Fest to the next level and also get them to be recognized nationally/regionally

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Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Akelo Diana Scarangella

Jadia Creations

Jadia Creations

Diana

Diana


Profile
Name: Akelo Diana Scarangella
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Location/Base: Loresho Springs Apartments. Nairobi, Kenya
Website: http://www.jadiacreations.co.ke
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JadiaCreations/
Instagram: @jadiacreations

Bio/Life cycle
My passion for fashion started as a young girl, even before I could sew. I was always known for making my own fabric dolls and designing clothing for them at the age of seven. In high school, I won the best creative designer 3 years in a row for making ‘garments’ for friends during modeling competitions by taping plastic bags and newspapers together. Over the years, with formal training and support of family and friends my work has evolved.

I am now a full time fashion designer running Jadia Creations which was started over six years ago as a way to professionalize my work and making them available to the world.

About Jadia
Jadia is a fashion house in Nairobi that celebrates beauty and the African heritage through fashion. Our clothes and accessories are originally designed with exquisite taste and locally produced with fabric from different parts of Africa for men, women and children.

Beauty knows no color or size, its best seen when one steps into their true self. And that is what Jadia is built upon; confidence, beauty, uniqueness, self love, self appreciation and self expression. These are things that I shares with my employees and clients. The satisfaction and happiness I see on their faces every time they have clothes made is what drives me as a designer and Jadia as a business.

Vision
Building confidence and happiness in the world through Kenyan designed and hand-made apparel.

Mission
My mission is to give every client who walks through my shop an incredible experience and make them the most amazing outfits ever.

Value
Wealth creation
Honesty
Service delivery

Portfolio

Jadia 1

Jadia 1

Jadia 2

Jadia 2

Jadia 3

Jadia 3

Jadia 4

Jadia 4

Jadia 5

Jadia 5

Jadia Kids

Jadia Kids

Diana Akelo

Diana Akelo

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jadia-7

18 months plan
– Perfect the look of the website
– Produce 3 themed look books a year
– Get an intern/interns to help with social media presence
– Second Photo shoot
– Launch a YouTube channel that I will use to air fashion related content
– At least 2 fashion events in 2017
– Get a shop
– Work towards an online store

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Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Gikonyo Muguimi

Sertified

Sertified

Gikonyo
Profile
Name: Gikonyo Muguimi
Occupation: Film maker
Location: Nairobi
Website: http://www.sertifiedimage.com
Facebook: Gikonyo Muguimi

Company online presence
Sertified Image – YouTube
Sertified Image – Vimeo

BIO
I am a film maker by passion. I have been involved in various projects serving at different capacities including Director, Editor and Director of Photography since 2014.

I am also one of the directors and founders of Sertified Image, a company that specializes in film, motion graphics and photography.

CREATIVE CYCLE
I’ve always loved stories since I was a kid. I spent time watching movies religiously always fascinated by the way they are made. The interest to dive in the film industry fully cropped up while I was in campus in my second year.

I got a platform to learn and be part of the weekly productions of short videos at a community called The Journey which would screen every Friday. With this, my interest in the field grew and I decided to switch the course I was enrolled in at the time for one in Film. Luckily I got support from the people around me.

In the course of my studies, we started a company with three other creatives who shared a similar vision to mine hence the birth of Sertified Image. Since then, we have done several short films and documentaries as a unit and also in collaboration with other creatives in the field. We have also done other jobs in the corporate sector.

I find film to be a powerful medium through which we tell stories, preserve culture and also expand the boundaries of reality.

Vision
To become a world renown commercial film company producing African content.

Mission
To collaborate with creatives in the film industry to tell Kenyan stories through film.

Portfolio

Angles of My Face from OldGold Films on Vimeo.

Angles of my face – Editor

Loretto Kiambu – Director and Editor


Here is the link to our portfolio: http://www.sertifiedimage.com/portfolio/

18 month plan
– do 6 short films in 2017 (1 per 2 months)
– get proper hardware for editing.
– be intentional in creating networks.

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Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Charles Maina Mwangi (Mitch)

Sertified Image

Sertified Image

Charles

Charles

Profile
Name: Charles Maina Mwangi (Mitch)
Occupation: Film maker
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Online Presence
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXhdcVAbk0lX6liDcmyaiLA
Website: sertifiedimage.com
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user51013190

Bio/Creative Journey
Charles aka Mitch is a Nairobi based film maker involved in the film sector for the past two years professionally in different capacities from Scripting to Directing, currently specializing in the Production Management Department. He is also the cofounder of Sertified Image.

Mitch first fell in love with film in second year in campus while participating in a leadership program where one was required to present a short film. He volunteered to shoot the film with zero experience and edited it, the film was ranked last but made sparked an interest that had not been there before.

He joined the Media team in campus (The Journey) where they made short films on a weekly basis addressing various issues affecting campus students. There he met like-minded people passionate about film making. On graduation, they decided to venture into Film and cofounded a company together.

His work is featured in collaborations with Mgreen Productions and Sertified Image.

Mitch is a trained accountant graduating from Kenyatta University and has also a background in CPAs. Additional certifications include a Certificate in independent film making at the Youth Film Platform.

Notable achievements would be being part of crew as a Production Manager of the short film Consigned to oblivion which won numerous awards such as Out of Africa, Arusha Film festival and Riverwood awards. The film also got a Kalasha nomination.

Vision
To become a world renown Commercial film company

Mission
To collaborate with creatives in the film industry to tell Kenyan stories through film.

Values
Integrity
Innovation
Value for money

Portfolio
SI youtube page
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXhdcVAbk0lX6liDcmyaiLA
Kusoma tu

Cornered

CTO

18 Months Plan
– Start writing screenplays.
– Do a short film every 3 months. (Long term)
– Go back to school.
– Start mentoring someone.

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Creative Entrepreneurship 2016 Class VIII Profiles: Dennis Maingi Karanja

Shikanga Ent - Nairobi

Shikanga Ent – Nairobi

Dennis

Dennis


Profile
Name: Dennis Maingi Karanja
Occupation: Graphic designer and Visual artist
Location: Shikanga Ent- Nairobi
Online Presence: facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldboyventures

Bio
Dennis Maingi Karanja is currently a part time / on need basis Communication Specialist and also a professional freelance Graphic Designer. Having been through publishing trainings, he is experienced and expert in writing, editing, proofreading and design of materials for print and web; He is a trained IT(JKUAT) expert, graduate designer(Nairobi University), experienced researcher, consultant and trained project manager.

He has attended various short management courses, conducted trainings and initiated several community projects.

Language
Graphic design, Logo, Business cards, fliers, posters, rollup and road banners, branding, lamination, jpegs, pdf, .ai .eps. tiff. Psd. Adobe, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator. Magazines, calendars, newsletters, annual reports.

Creative Life-cycle
Recognition in the Domain/Field
Dennis Maingi started as a book illustrator with Acacia publishers as book illustrator. He moved from illustration and into graphics design for Mvule publishers. He worked as lead designer for Headline Prints Media House for some years before joining Kuona Trust as a Communications specialist.

Later he started Shikanga Ent. A graphics firm. At shikanga, he has worked for UNWomen, WEL, Kuona Trust, Wamucii Selina among other NGOs.

He has also worked for individuals.

Vision
Shikanga services around the globe any time.

Mission
To offer quality and creative graphic design services at anytime and at any place.

Values
• Creativity
• Quality
• Efficiency

Portfolio

Aida the Musical - Receipts

Aida the Musical – Receipts

Publications

Publications

Business Cards

Business Cards

Banners

Banners

Shikanga Portfolio

Shikanga Portfolio

18 month Plan
• To do a design package to be distributed to different cooperates
• To add another design machine preferably a core I 7
• To move into Shikanga Office (Currently working from a Studio at Kuona Trust)
• Buy an A3 printer and add more workers
• Devolve the services to other counties both online and having physical stations there

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