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Meet the presenter: Kenya
Tim Njiru on how his love the arts helped heal social rifts in Nairobi.
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2009 09:27 GMT

My name is Tim Njiru, 29 years of age. I live work and play in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

I best describe myself  as a sanguine showman and I produce content for television specialising in lifestyle and entertainment which, for me, is a breath of fresh air.

I developed the love for entertainment because, as it is in my country, politics had always been the order of the day.

News of how politicians manipulate the masses for their own good, of how the economy was in ruins without solutions from the same leaders we put our trust in seemed to bombard our screens for ever.

This prompted me to take up another genre of television, specialising in the arts with the hope of giving Kenya a different, more positive,  point of view.

At first the local stations were not inclined to the idea around having art in their programming but when I had the airtime to tell my artistic stories, I made the best out of the 5 minutes I had every week.

I was overwhelmed by the positive response and art defined  the generation I am in.

Programming managers in the local TV stations started following suit, and Arts shows emerged. I no longer had 5 minutes. I had 30 minutes.

I feel good that I am one of the pioneers of arts shows here in Kenya. I feel good that we are all talking a different language from the daily grind of politics.

I now know that irrespective of creed, religion race and background, art brings us together and that remains as one of my greatest achievements in life.

My generation is a generation that is fighting a long battle that had been passed on from time to time. The emergence of the Arts and appreciating artistic expressions has also healed ethnic and political rifts within our society, provided a means of political and social expression.


Artsworld from Nairobi can be seen from Monday June 29 at the following times GMT: Monday: 0530, 1130; Tuesday: 0130, 1400, 2330; Wednesday: 1630; Thursday: 1430; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 1930; Sunday: 1030

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Al Jazeera
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