Nairobi Community Media House in Nairobi, Kenya produce African Slum Journal. We are creative film- and video professionals, reporters, camera- and sound operators. We visualize ideas, from concept to product. We train reporters from the slum communities. Our media house’ mission is to empower young reporters to be the voice of the community and tackle the social challenges in the slums. We create employment, support independent media and encourage development that will improve the living standards in the slums.
Nairobi Community Media House employs a team of ten people. Filmmaker and managing director Kennedy Odhiambo cofounded the media house together with VoAMF. He was born and raised in the slum. The media house involves the local slum communities by inviting the people regularly to come to the Bunge Mtaani meetings (Parliament of the neighborhood), watch our documentaries and to discuss relevant local topics.
A Community Media House, concept of VoAMF, 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.
African Slum Journal is a biweekly video journal which tells about the life of people living in slum communities. A weak media sector provides scope for corruption and inequality. By giving African slums a voice we strengthen the local media sector together with the people who live in the slum. Donations of the African Slum Journal are an important source of income.
Nairobi Community Media House is supported by Voices of Africa Media Foundation who 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 Voices of Africa Media Foundation initiates and supports among others Community Media Houses.
African Slum Journal is also supported by Sense Studios for their webcast- and publishing platform.