Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called on the department of youth and sports to fast-track formulation of the Talent and Incubation Bill to pave way for funding of artists and sporting talents in the county. Sonko spoke at his Upper Hill office where he hosted gengetone group Mbogi Genje .
The group of young upcoming musicians have written 10 songs which Assembly speaker Abdi Guyo and the governor promised to ensure they produce to meet the required standards.
The group also took to Instagram to thank the governor for the meeting and all the support with the production of their music.
“We thank God for this great day with Honorable Govana @mike.sonko . we don’t have much to say but happiness on how He is supporting artists on both sides of the country. He promised to aid us on music equipments and support us on our daily music. My the God Bless you always ????” the group wrote
During the meeting, Sonko said there is a need for a legal framework through which the county can invest in talent development.
“We need to have a proper plan through which we can be funding artists and various youth groups that thrive on individual talent to make a living,” Sonko said.
He said having a bill that addresses the issue will help reduce the unemployment rate among youths in Nairobi.
“It is something that the department of youths must work on very fast with the help of relevant committees in the county assembly,” Sonko said.
His sentiments were echoed by Abdi Guyo who said such a Bill, once tabled in the assembly, will enable youth understand and benefit from such funds.
“If this motion is tabled, we don’t have any other choice but to support it. Most youth have been suffering a lot and it’s high time they benefit from the leaders,” Guyo said.
The governor has previously supported artists like Kelma Shiko, Red Hot with his hit song ‘Show me love’, the Wagi Family from Kware, among others.
Wagi Family is one of the youth groups cleaning the expansive Nairobi river.
They have composed several hit songs with the aim of educating the society, especially about illegal abortions, which have been witnessed in the river.
Sonko has further supported 27-year-old Cleopatra Wanjiku, a young entrepreneur who works in brands.
Apart from music, the Governor made his personal contribution towards assisting young talents including Mathare 4A Football Academy, car washing machines to several youth groups, and salons and barber shops.
He has called on youths to register themselves in youth groups so that they can be funded through well recognized frameworks.
“Music is life. We should get serious like our neighboring brothers in Tanzania (Bongo flava). I am going to do everything possible to get youth to understand the meaning of music,” Sonko said.