The final edition of BLAZE B.Y.O.B (Be Your Own Boss) youth summits kicked off in Kisumu last Saturday 29th October attracting thousands of youth from the Nyanza and Western region. This follows other summits which were held in Eldoret, Thika, Mombasa, Nairobi and Nakuru.

Mentors at the summit were entrepreneurs Michael Muthinga- CEO Fatboy Animations, Andrew Kio – BlacJack Jeans, Photographer Mutua Matheka, Fashion designer- Mike Edwin Olulo of 56 Authentique, Sylvia Tunoi- COO Africa retold and media personalities Patricia Kihoro and Nick Mutuma, Entrepreneur King Kaka of Kaka Empire, among others.

The highlight of the summit was wrapped by performances from musicians, King Kaka, Timmy T-Dat, Khaligraph Jones, Octopizzo and local artistes Vicmass Luodollar and upcoming Rapper, Nadia – a Maseno university student.

Octopizzo the Rapper performing during BLAZE Kisumu B.Y.O.B-Summit
Octopizzo the Rapper performing during BLAZE Kisumu B.Y.O.B-Summit
Kaligraph Jones Performing Live at the Kisumu Summit
Kaligraph Jones Performing Live at the Kisumu Summit
Upcoming Rapper, Nadia, a Maseno university student
Upcoming Rapper, Nadia, a Maseno university student

Following TV auditions which took place during the summit, the BLAZE B.Y.O.B TV show will commence next year, Β trickling down 12 participants who will be tasked with impressing a bench of judges in the hope of securing funding for their businesses as well as further mentorship opportunities.

Maseno University BLAZERS
Maseno University BLAZERS

With the BLAZE B.Y.O.B summits coming to an end, the brand’s mentorship initiatives shifts to student boot camps supported by online engagements on platforms like Facebook Live and Periscope.

Safaricom's Yvonne Achieng awards Douglas Nyabuto, a Moi University student after winning the twitter contest. Timmy T-Dat looks on
Safaricom’s Yvonne Achieng awards Douglas Nyabuto, a Moi University student after winning the twitter contest. Timmy T-Dat looks on

BLAZE is a sub-brand of Safaricom and is the first platform of its kind in the East and Central African market to be co-created with the youth, for the youth.

For more information, please visit: www.blaze.co.ke

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