“In the next 2 years, I want to see Fatuma’s Voice claim its space in public. Can we go to these spaces? Claim them and change the mindset thereby be a part of the transformation of Kenya into a Nation that is strong, focused, just… A Kenya that has equity and protects the rights of all.”
The late Achieng Abura was a great musician from Kenya, who performed Afro-jazz, Afro-fusion and gospel music. Achieng’ Abura won Kora Award in 2004 for Best East African Female, the award was shared with Tsedenia Gebremarkos of Ethiopia. She was an UNDP Goodwill ambassador. Source: Wikipedia
“I’ve attended the forum in Nairobi, but seeing Fatuma’s Voice here in Nakuru was personal. The way this forum has changed my social life and grown my talent is tremendously significant and it gives me so much joy seeing it being done at home now. I believe that more local artists will be born out of this.”
Akuya Ekorot, a performing artist with his craft focused on Spoken Word poetry and both stage and screen acting. His intense poetry made him the 52nd Slam Africa King when he was only 18 years on August 2014 during the Slam Africa championships. During this period he was the under 18 representative at the Nakuru Players Theatre, an elected position by the members due to his active participation in the theatre. Source: Artiste Card
Kennedy Odede: What are we learning here? We are learning that anyone can do something. All that you require is to have that spark of passion and you can make a big change that has the ability to transform the lives of thousands.
Kennedy spent the first 23 years of his life in one of Nairobi’s largest slums, Kibera, and came face-to-face with the consequences of the community’s suffering from poverty, everyday. Since 2004, Odede has built a grassroots movement to improve the lives of his family and greater community. Source: Classy Blog
“I joined Fatuma’s Voice as an intern. I have always admired their work and wanted to experience it first hand. After my internship, I was posted to Mombasa and had to relocate. I however heard that Fatuma’s Voice has a branch in Mombasa so I inquired to find out about it and how I can participate. I was linked to Jamila who is the Mombasa team leader and I was directed to the next forum. It was a great place to meet new friends, share views about life. I was given the chance to moderate the session and it was a scary but great learning opportunity.”
“When I first joined Fatuma’s Voice, I was not confident that I could speak in front of people. I have always been afraid of public speaking and when the opportunity first came for me to speak I was shaking so much. One year later, I am the main Moderator for the Fatuma’s Voice Nakuru forum. I have hosted and in successful business people, county assembly electives and hundreds of Artists. I found my confidence by trying and Fatuma’s Voice created that safe space for me.”
I did my first performance as a spoken word poet at a show called Fatuma’s Voice at Pawa 254. I have been a follower of this page on Facebook ‘Kenyan Poets’ Lounge’ where I had been a page poet for so long since the page was put up. Through my pieces, the event’s organizer (Eric Otieno – Rix Poet) who invited me for one of their shows at Fatuma’s Voice and when I attended the show for the first time in September 2013, that was the beginning of the journey as a spoken word artist.
“I never knew Mombasa was this rich in talent. It was surprising to see all these people gathered like that talking about such important issues. Not the Mombasa I know. If it were possible, you guys should make the sessions more frequent like you do in Nairobi. More people need to be here. We are sitting on a revolution.”
“It’s a good feeling to hear views from more women in such a setting. Many of such forums are usually dominated by men, who have a big voice in virtually all the sectors of our lives here. I’m really glad to be part of this.”
“It left a mark definitely, and created the urge to attend the next. The fact that it covers almost all affairs of our lives gives us the mentality that whatever we face in life; physically, spiritually, or politically, has a reason behind it, a beginning and an end.”