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American singer August Alsina’s management has denied the rumor that Kenyan rapper Octopizzo featured him in his recently released track “This Could Be Us”.

The track became popular after the rapper released the video which actually got most of his fans asking questions as to why August Alsina, who was allegedly featured, did not appear in the video.

However, Octopizo has maintained that he never said that he featured the “Matrimony” singer, even the official song credits does not have his name. In fact its now emerging that the lady in the video is called August Lopez.

Good thing about August Alsina’s “curve” is that his over 800k twitter followers will now go Google search Octopizzo and know a thing or two about him. Not bad.

Watch the Video here; 


The local mobile voice traffic for Airtel Kenya increased by a substantial margin during the quarter under review to post a total of 1.8 billion minutes up from 1.2 billion minutes posted during the last quarter.

This traffic was mainly contributed by growth in on-net traffic that recorded remarkable growth to stand at 1.1 billion minutes up from 821 million minutes.

Similarly, off-net traffic grew to 647 million during the quarter up from 474 million minutes posted during the last quarter.

Consequently, the operator’s market share grew by 4.8 percentage points to stand at 21.0 per cent up from 16.2 percent share reported during the previous quarter.

This traffic was mainly contributed by growth in on-net traffic that recorded remarkable growth to stand at 1.1 billion minutes up from 821 million minutes/FILEAirtel’s SMS traffic volume gained 2.5 percentage points on market share to stand at 6.9 percent share with 452 million SMS during the quarter up from 324 million messages registered during the last quarter.

The report indicates Airtel is the only operator that has shown consistent growth in SMS traffic over the last four quarters under review. In quarter 1 Airtel had 2.7 percent market share and in quarter 2 the company had 4.4 percent market share of SMS traffic.

The data market has continued to expand over the period with increased growth in subscriptions witnessed during the quarter under review. The number of subscriptions increased by 14.3 percent to stand at 18.8 million up from 16.3 million posted during the last quarter. In relation to the same period of the previous year, growth of 1.3 percent was recorded.

Mobile data continued to dominate the data market with the number of subscriptions registered at 18.6 million up from 16.3 million subscriptions during the last quarter. This represented 14.3 percent growth and 1.3 percent increase compared to the same period of the previous year.

Airtel Networks Limited had 18.5 percent share up from 14.6 percent share representing an increase of 3.9 percentage increase during the quarter. The number of subscriptions, too, expanded to reach 3.4 million up from 2.3 million posted during the previous quarter.

Compared to the previous quarter, Airtel grew its data subscription by 11% and has consistently grown since September 2014.

This growth may be attributed to its innovative UnlimiNET product that champions #UnlimitedConnections to Kenyans by ensuring that they are always connected by the ability to call all networks and remain connected with friends and family on social media platforms and profession networks on the internet even after they run out of data bundles.

Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said: “The growth may also be attributed to our 3G network upgrade exercise in major towns such as Mombasa and Kitale in the month of January in which we deployed the latest wireless technologies that significantly enhanced network signals, data speeds and improved voice quality for our customers.”

This market share growth in data, Voice and SMS traffic is expected to even grow further in the coming quarters as the company reaffirms its commitment in Kenya with the announcement of an ambitious investment program totalling Kshs.19 billion over the next 3 years. The investment will ensure that the Company delivers on its stated commitment to offer the most reliable and best quality network, products and services in the market.

The acquisition of yuMobile subscribers by Airtel Kenya has also contributed to this growth in data, Voice and SMS traffic. For the yuMobile customers, joining the Airtel network has brought a whole new-world of quality experience to them including a much wider and reliable network, better voice call quality, an opportunity to connect faster to the internet including a totally new online experience on Airtel’s 3G network.

Capital Business’ correspondent

It is outrageous that it took Obama, a foreigner, to tell us the obvious: that our ethnic driven politics is tragically ruinous and that it smacks of lack of imagination.

Ironically, the only Kenyan leader who routinely and consistently spoke against ukabila was Daniel arap Moi. Not surprisingly, much as Kenya’s economy and democratic space must have greatly improved after Moi’s departure, Kenyans felt more united as a people under him than during Kibaki or Uhuru.

Our fragmentation along ethnic lines is not just evident in our politics. It is in our schools and universities, in professional associations, in the media and even in church and sports. That it has woven itself into the very fabric of society and become ‘normal’ – like corruption – can be seen in the puerile and offensive exchanges on social media.

But Obama’s visit, and the offensive comments that some Americans made online about him, offer Kenyans a measure of comfort. That some American citizens passionately hate Obama is not news. That this hatred stems solely from the colour of his skin is no secret.

What is horrifying is how a people can be so blinded by hate that they choose not to see one of the most transformative figures in American and world history. The man they scorn literally pulled them from the jaws of economic ruin and stopped their nonsensical penchant for poking their noses into every little war. Instead, they chose not to see a great leader, but to hate a black man.

Kenya is no different. President Kibaki laid the foundation for Kenya’s economic and democratic transition. But he received nothing but bile for his achievements in extremely difficult circumstances. His ‘haters’ were too blinded by ethnicity to see the obvious.

The same hatred, and a shocking amount of ignorance, permeates American society. And if a country peppered with such an appallingly shallow and ignorant human resource can rise to greatness, then there is hope that Kenya, too, will one day be a great nation!
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In a clearly prepared celebration, Injera reaches into his sock to pull out a pen and sign a ballEveryone loves a special celebration when a player reaches a particularly important landmark. But Kenyan sevens international Collins Injera (pictured) may have taken his commemoration of a try a little too far, destroying an expensive camera in the process.

Injera scored his 200th try for his country in a win over Japan at the London sevens at Twickenham, and decided to celebrate by signing a rugby ball. It was obviously a pre-planned celebration, as he pulled a marker pen from his sock, picked up a ball and wrote his name on it.

The star signs a ball at Twickenham, to commemorate the milestone score, but then got carried away

However, at that point Injera seemed to get carried away, also signing the lens of a television camera. Unfortunately, Injera didn’t seem to realise that permanent marker is not suitable for a camera lens, and he had just ruined a piece of equipment worth around £60,000 (Sh8.8 million).

According to World Rugby, ‘the cameraman was far from impressed… the lens that Injera signed (with permanent ink!) costs around £60,000’.


The try took Injera, who is third in the all-time list of scorers in the sport, to within 30 of leader Santiago Gomez Cora of Argentina. He said afterwards that he was hoping to catch Cora and become the all-time greatest – although if he does, cameramen everywhere will be worried.


While the player runs away to continue the game, the camera is left with a signature obscuring the view

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KENYA is the sixth poorest country in Africa, according to a report compiled by a security think tank.

The report, prepared by South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies, says 18.4 million Kenyans (40 per cent) out of 46.3 million live in extreme poverty.

According to the World Bank, anybody earning or spending less than $1.75 (Sh160) a day is extremely poor.

ISS executive director Jakkie Cilliers said Kenya’s tremendous economic growth has benefited only the rich and not trickled down to improve the living standards of the poor.

“Kenya plays a casino economy that benefits the rich and the politically strong and penalises the poor and the less fortunate,” he said.

Releasing the report in Nairobi yesterday, Cilliers said Kenyans experience greater inequality than any other country in East Africa because investment in the economy focuses on the urban elite.

“Even with aggressive poverty reduction interventions, Kenya won’t meet its targets. But reducing inequality will boost the impact of the economic growth on the reduction of poverty,” he said.

“With pro-poor policies that try to provide social assistance and other support to rural and poor people, Kenya can fairly quickly enjoy a massive reduction while growing its economy and reducing inequality.”

According to the report, 21 million Kenyans will live in poverty in 2030 if the government does not address income distribution.

The report showed that 388 million people in Africa (33 per cent) spend less than Sh160 a day, with 272 million of them living in only 10 countries.

Nigeria, DR Congo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi and Burundi are the top 10 whose populations live in extreme poverty.

The report also showed that 197 million people in Africa are living in chronic poverty (spend or earn less than $1 or Sh91 a day).

Cilliers said only 11 African nations are likely to meet the World Bank target of less than three per cent living below the poverty line.

“Overall, however, 22 per cent of the African population, or 349 million people, may still live under $1.75 a day line by 2030,” he said.

Cilliers said current poverty reduction targets are not specific to the economic and social conditions in many individual countries.

He called on the African Union to set realistic national targets based on individual countries’ circumstances as part of its agenda of Vision 2063.

“AU should consider setting additional country-level targets, as warranted, to meet the specific needs of member countries,” Cilliers said.

-The Star