• Gikomba market

    Rebuilding Gikomba market

    In the huge fire at Gikomba market last march all of Nyambura’s stock and of many other traders was reduced to ashes. Gikomba is East Africa’s largest open air second hand market, situated in Majengo slums. Over the years numerous fires, mostly preventable, laid the stalls in ashes. For Nyambura and other traders a huge […]

  • Chang'aa

    Illicit brew

    Poison or medicine? Illicit brew or chang’aa has led to many deaths or loss of eyesight. But can it also cure? Consepter claims her chang’aa is unique. It comes from a village, has no chemicals and even can cure you from diseases like the flu, typhoid or a wound in the mouth. Can that be true? […]

  • Rape of a minor

    Rape of a minor

    For Faith home is not a place anymore where she feels safe, after she was raped by a 35-years old neighbor. ‘Before I was raped I was always happy and did study very well. Since that day I am afraid of everyone, the elderly, the young adults, because of what happened to me.’ According a […]

  • Tattoo

    Tattoo or not tattoo

    The more tattoos the better a lot of youngsters think, also in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Tattoo studios here are fully booked. But what if you are tired of the design, or think your tattoo is a childish one, like Ken does. The consequence is when you remove it, you have a scar. So […]

  • ASJ Diabetes

    Diabetic and invalid

    Beatrice wishes she were dead because she feels she has become a burden for her children and husband. Diabetes has made her invalid, depending on other people to move around, including going to the bathroom. She wishes she had a wheelchair to be at least autonomous. But at the same time, she’s lucky. Her husband […]

About us

logo Voices of Africa Media FoundationAfrican Slum Journal is an initiative of  Voices of Africa Media Foundation. The video journals highlight different topics about life in the slums, not only negative but positive and inspirational issues as well, e.g. careers in the slums, sports and fashion.

Reporters admit the subjects themselves, but supporters of African Slum Journal can also suggest topics. Strengthening media capacity in Africa brings out the voice of Africans to a wider audience and contributes to transparency of local issues at a local, national and international level.

Voices of Africa Media Foundation

Ursula_camera_sideVoices of Africa Media Foundation encourages talented young Africans to play an active role in reporting about their communities and pursue a career as a video reporter or editor. In order to strengthen the African media sector in a sustainable way it is important that the trained reporters are able to generate an income. Therefore the Foundation has initiated so called Community Media Houses. 

A Community Media House

Musa_Peris_Camera!A Community Media House is an organization, deeply rooted in the slum, which trains young people in film making and editing. These reporters bring out real life stories from African slums that they sell to both a local as well as to a worldwide audience. In this way a Community Media House offers young reporters a chance to build up a career and to support their families.

Nairobi Community Media House

TeamNCMHNairobi Community Media House (NCMH) in Kenya is the first community media house. Youngsters from the slums are recruited and trained into professional reporters and media production crews. The media house’ mission is to empower young reporters to be the voice of the community and tackle the social challenges in the slums. In the process employment is created, and we encourage development that will improve the living standards in the slums.

Nairobi Community Media House in Kenya is now operational and employs a staff of eight people. Kennedy Odhiambo, filmmaker and managing director, was born and raised in Majengo slum. The media house involves the local community by inviting the people regularly to come and see the documentaries that have been made and to discuss relevant local topics.

African Slum Journal

Eriss_shootAfrican Slum Journal is a surprising biweekly video episode which tells about the life of people living in slum communities. Donations of the African Slum Journal are an important source of income. A weak media sector provides scope for corruption and inequality. By giving African slums a voice we will strengthen the local media sector together with the people who live in the slum. During the last years the Foundation has trained many mobile reporters in seven African countries. Our future goal is to start Community Media Houses in other African countries. 

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Bunge Mtaani Korogocho

Is extreme poverty reduced in 2015?  The Korogocho slum residents debate on this Number 1 Millennium Goal. How far has the government and the country achieved this goal? Are there any concrete plans to reduce poverty for us? Can we feed our children and let them go to school now better than in 2000? And […]

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Bunge Mtaani Mathare

Going digital? Analogue TV sets were switched off in Nairobi on 26 dec ’13. More than 90% of the TV viewers in Nairobi were affected by the switch off. Television sets became useless in homes where owners had now yet acquired a set top box to receive digital broadcasts. The prices of the set boxes (about  Sh4,000) are […]

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Bunge Mtaani Kayole

This debate Bunge Mtaani about Living with HIV/Aids is held in the slum of Kayole, Nairobi. We speak about how we deal with the virus HIV/Aids. What are the facts. Information is everything. How to live positively, how to eat well to keep your strength, how to deal with the medication, etc.  Most important message: ‘Do […]

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Bunge Mtaani Kibera

It was a hot debate at the Bunge Mtaani screening in Kibera, Nairobi. Most of the people present say: ‘Family planning is good. Life is very difficult if you don’t plan ahead.’ Women say: ‘Men should always use protection.’ Condoms too are a way of family planning. The use of the female condom was also […]

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Bunge Mtaani Mukuru

Should slums be demolished? In Mukuru slums a court order has been set to demolish homes in Mukuru slum area and evict people who might have lived there most of their lives. Because they do not have title deeds, they cannot claim the land as theirs. Watch also the Mukuru slum Journal No Man’s land.  […]

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Bunge Mtaani Majengo

‘Does 24hr business reduce the issue of unemployment especially in the slums?’ Yes, it creates jobs for youths who then stay away of crimes. No, it attracts illegal business during the night and makes people irresponsible. In this 2nd Bunge Mtaani screening, organized by Nairobi Community Media House, Majengo residents debate the pro’s and con’s of […]

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Bunge Mtaani Dandora

Bunge Mtaani project - ‘Parliament of the street’. Once a month in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, we screen short documentaries for an audience of one of the twenty slums that Nairobi is ‘rich’. Residents participate actively.  They raise relevant issues from the slums. After the broadcast the residents can actively have their say on these issues. The […]

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Living in the Slums

African Slum Journal creates a platform for giving the slums a voice and a face. We, young reporters from the slums tell you these captivating real life stories about situations that affect the people in the slums positively or negatively. Stories from Mukuru, the ‘valley’ dumpsite for industrial waste. Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya. […]

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