‘Buni’ Means Innovation
Buni Media was founded in Kenya in 2009 and is registered as a company limited by guarantee. From inception, Buni Media set out to pioneer the use of creative media as a tool for awakening public interest and engagement in contemporary issues facing Kenya first and later, African societies around the world.
The word “Buni” means “innovation” in Swahili, and our approach is to use a variety of innovative techniques such as puppets, animation, social media and mobile to produce creative content that challenges the socio-political status quo in Africa.
Buni Media is a multimedia organization involved in the development, production, and distribution of video, audio, animation, digital and print publication content; in the organization and curation of events; and in training and capacity building.
Through various projects, we are expanding the space for Freedom for Expression, influencing opinions and inspiring action about social and political issues, transforming civic education, and contributing to the growth of the creative ecosystem in East Africa.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & OPEN SOCIETY:
Buni Media envisions a society in which everyone can express themselves freely without suffering adverse repercussions for dissenting or alternative opinions, and everyone can readily access all information and documents related to the management of public affairs.
- Informs citizens about these rights.
- Calls on Government to protect and uphold these rights.
- Deliberately includes provocative content intended to expand the space for discussions around contentious social and political matters.
Buni Media encourages the active involvement of citizens in civic processes.
· Informs citizens about why it’s important to participate in Governance and civic processes.
· Outlines ways in which they can participate in Governance.
· Encourages them to take steps to participate in Governance.
Buni Media contributes to the growth of the creative sector on different levels:
- We train creatives and content producers in technical skills like camerawork, puppet making, editing, etc.
- We support creatives to develop content that addresses social and political issues.
- We pursue innovative distribution channels for multimedia content.
Buni Media envisions a society in which everyone plays their role to achieve positive progress, and faces warranted consequences in case of failure or wrongdoing e.g. prosecution by law or dismissal from duty.
- Criticizes lack of integrity in social, economic and political matters, whether by individuals, groups or institutions.
- Informs citizens and government officials about their roles and responsibilities.
The XYZ Show
The XYZ Show is a political satire puppet series aimed at stimulating political awareness among Kenyans, promoting democracy and good governance, and encouraging dialogue over conflict while activating citizen participation, all through humor and satire.
The XYZ show is influencing viewers:
- 1 in 3 viewers admit that The XYZ Show has changed their perception of politicians.
- 25% admit that the Show has influenced their democratic choices in electing leaders.
- In 2020, 43.6% of viewers admitted that the Show has had a significant impact on their thoughts and actions about social and political issues.
The XYZ Show plays a ‘watchdog’ role, keeping the political class in check.
In 13 seasons, The XYZ Show has tackled a wide variety of issues including corruption and impunity in government, in business and society; tribalism; transparency in government; and two general elections in Kenya (2013 and 2017).
In more than 190 episodes, the Show has reached more than 10 million people on TV, on the web, on transit buses in Nairobi, on community radio stations, on mobile as caller ring-back tones, and as part of related community outreach programs.
The Africa Satire Festival envisions a society in which everyone can express themselves freely without suffering adverse repercussions for dissenting or alternative opinions. Through a series of events, including exhibitions of satirical work, symposia and workshops, panel discussions, live televised debate, music, and stand-up comedy/satire, the Festival aims to promote Freedom of Expression and to explore relevant and timely themes and fundamental questions affecting the global community.
Ogas at the Top
Katiba (the Swahili word for ‘Constitution’) is an illustrated version of the Kenyan constitution that is transforming civic education in Kenya, by engaging citizens in a way that they have never been engaged before. This is the first time that the Kenyan constitution is being made accessible to all – including children and the illiterate, through the use of simplified illustrations.
The immediate objective of the Katiba project is to make the constitution accessible in an easy-to-read and understand graphic format for the majority of Kenyans.
This project unites the expertise and insight of Prof. Charles Oyaya – who served as a research and drafting specialist at the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) – with the experience and creativity of our team of illustrators and writers.
Katiba is reviewed by a panel of peer reviewers that includes the Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya Willie Mutunga; Executive Director of the Kenyan chapter of the Global Peace Foundation Dr. Dan Juma; Strategic Communications Advisor and Lecturer of Drama, Theatre Arts and African Literature Oby Obyerodhiambo; scholar and educationist Dr. Wandia Njoya; and lawyer Demas Kiprono.
The long-term goal is to ignite increased civic participation around the country by increasing the knowledge and understanding of the Constitution, and fostering in citizens a sense of identity, belonging, and ownership of Kenya’s destiny – thereby driving a demand for high standards of accountability and transparency from political, business and social leaders.
Buni Media Workshop
Buni Media Workshops link content creators with experts, commentators and thinkers in different fields, aimed at enhancing the socio-political impact, relatability, and quality of content produced in the Kenyan media industry.
We train creatives in technical skills, and support them to develop content that addresses social and political issues.
Africanism 101 is a documentary series on major East African socio-political issues. The series was produced by Odios Creations between 2012 and 2013, with Buni Media as Executive Producer. Four episodes were released and broadcast to a national audience on NTV-Kenya in the run-up to the 2013 general elections.
Ask Dr. Pamoja + Hiddo & Hirsi
Buni Media has partnered with Project Hand Up and KIPT to combat the spread of covid-19 in East Africa.
Ask Dr. Pamoja is a video and audio series that is designed to teach children about covid-19, as well as how to minimize the risk of infection through the W.H.O-endorsed guidelines. It has been produced in seven different languages so far: English, Kiswahili, Kikamba, Kikuyu, Dholuo, Lingala, and French.
We intend to translate Ask Dr. Pamoja into as many languages as we can, so that the correct information reaches people of all ages in different communities.
This series is suited for distribution on TV, radio, and social media.
Hiddo & Hirsi/Geedka Mooska:
Geedka Mooska (The Banana Tree) is the title of the Early Childhood Educational TV series based on Hiddo and Hirsi, a set of superhero puppet twins who protect their neighbourhood from any all dangers. In the first set of episodes, Hiddo and Hirsi teach children how to stay safe and healthy in the covid-19 environment.
Episodes are in the Somali language, and include an element from a Somali folktale.
The series is produced in collaboration by Poet Nation, Buni Media and Project Hand Up, and sponsored by the Ministry of Health in Somalia.
From Here to Tumbuktu
From Here to Timbuktu is a children’s edutainment short film that follows the adventures of four bright and curious 11-year-olds from the four corners of the continent (Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Egypt) as they travel back in time to 16th century Timbuktu, and find themselves smack in the middle of the Saadian (Moroccan) Invasion of 1593. This short film brings a slice of ancient African history to life.