He claims to be shy, but I’m not buying it. Especially for a former radio pirate at the age of 10 back in the state-owned media days of the Moi era. Daniel D’uwa was anything but reserved as we chatted in a University of Nairobi innovation lab where he often hangs out. Story telling is his passion, and he loves music too. But, he says, “I have the equivalent of two left feet when it comes to playing.” So he sticks with writing, amongst other creative endeavours.
In addition to being an amateur pirate and a writer, Daniel has also dabbled in film as a director and producer. He’s been a journalist, a poet, an event manager, a speaker, a social anthropologist and (his personal favourite) a Nerd. Not bad for a guy who claims to be shy.
Reflecting on the diversity of his city, Nairobi, he realised that we have to tell our stories. Not only are there lots of stories to tell, but there are also lots of tools to capture them with. His passion for churning out local content made him part of the team that started the Kenya Music Week and also directed the first ever hidden camera comedy show called Krazie Kenyans, way before the hype for these types of TV shows really hit the industry last year.
Listen to the entire interview below:
His poetry: http://storify.com/danielduwa
His art & photos: http://www.danielduwa.deviantart.com/
Some radio shows he did are available on Mixcloud (I can’t promise they aren’t pirated!).
Talk about prolific!
Vered Ehsani is a writer, an environmental consultant & a radio show host of Africa Creates. Africa Creates is an online radio show that provides a platform for African writers, musicians, filmmakers & other artists to be heard & promoted both locally & internationally.