A Mombasa- based journalist Steven Mwalili has weighed in the fight against Covid-19 by educating the masses on how to prevent the deadly disease.
Mr. Mwalili, a renowned film maker and a blogger uses his production talent in educating the public through films and documentaries.
The former Baraka FM News, features reporter and anchor ditched the station in 2017 to start ‘Mwalily Exclusive Media’, an independent media production company based in Mombasa.
In his new series ‘One Story For Change’ Mr. Mwalili will lead his production crew to traverse various parts of the country to document exclusive stories that have been excluded in the mainstream media.
Mwalili wants to give Kenyans fresh content that is extremely appealing to the ear and the eye, in the audio-visual world.
According to the young, vibrant journalist, the show will be addressing most critical issues affecting the African society while focusing on individuals or group of people who are positively impacting their communities in the fight against Coronavirus.
“These efforts are targeting at enabling communities take responsibility, we are immersed in a blame-game culture that never builds a nation,” noted Mr. Mwalili.
“Since storytelling has a great impact in crusading for a change in the society, our production is focusing more on vulnerable communities in remote villages, urban slums and informal settlements,” he disclosed.
The first episode of the series dubbed ‘Angamiza Corona’ (Conquer Corona) was released early this week and is available on Mwalily Exclusive YouTube channel among other digital platforms.
[Steven Mwalili (left) with his Video Director Gedion Otula. Photo/courtesy/MEM].
The story explains the real life in peri-urban and urban slums during this time of Coronavirus.
In the production, Mwalili follows a group of community champions from a Shining Hope for Communities- SHOFCO community organization in Bangladesh slums, Mombasa who have been working tirelessly in supporting their fellow slum dwellers in taming COVID-19.
The episode also acts as a thorn in the flesh after a young mother in the slums gives birth at the same night the government imposed dusk to dawn curfew, narrating how the curfew took her life.
Mwalili slowly follows the steps of renowned journalists among them former KTN’s investigative reporter John Allan Namu who after quitting his job formed the Africa Uncensored, his workmate Alex Chamwada who after ditching KTN constituted Chams media.
“Working as an independent journalist gives one freedom to conceptualize and actualize great ideas and choose the right team to work with. I have been in the media for 5 years and the future is bright,” he says.
He revealed that Mwalily exclusive idea remained in the incubator for only the time he was at Baraka FM, he kicked it off when he ditched the station.
[On action; from left Mwalily Exclusive Media Video Director Gedion Otula and Steven Mwalili conducting field interviews. Photo.courtesy/MEM].
“I left the station and focused on freelance journalism before I joined Swahilipot Hub. It is at the technology and art centre where I met the Patron and mentor Mr. Mahmoud Noor and a group of young talented youth and after sharing my idea we partnered and formed Mwalily Exclusive Media,” he revealed.
Through his media company that focuses mostly on creating content for digital platforms like Blog, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Mwalili has produced documentaries, feature articles as well as providing media consultancy services.
In 2019, two Nairobi based TV channels approached him for partnership in content creation after his captivating documentary on how Bamburi Cement company is embracing land reclamation after quarry activities but the contract is yet to materialize due to some unresolved terms.
“Though there are ongoing talks on partnership with a new Nairobi based TV channel, Mwalily Exclusive management is yet to approve on some sections of the agreement,” he disclosed.
[You can watch full episode of ‘Angamiza Corona’ below]