CNN’s Errol Barnett impressed by Kibera residents
CNN journalist Errol Barnett who was recently in Kenya says he was inspired by Kibera residents. The Inside Africa host was visiting the slum as part of a feature that will be aired on his show. "I wanted to get a positive story about Kibera. I met a couple of filmmakers at the Kibera film school who took me through a heart-warming experience in the ghetto. I now have a clue of how they get electricity, running water from broken pipes and how people help each other to survive through the hard times. I realised that people are very united in Kibera," Eroll told Word Is in an exclusive interview.
He also visited the Nairobi National Park and Chyulu Hills where he did a feature on the battle between man and animal. "The Nairobi National Park is among the few national parks that are surrounded by apartments, roads and even the nomads graze at the park sometimes. My best experience was when I kissed a giraffe; it really felt nice," he said.
Errol, who believes that social media and journalism go hand in hand, also visited the I-hub technology centre where he says he was fascinated by the activities that go on there. "Compared to most African countries that I have visited, Kenya is quite advanced in matters concerning social media as majority of the people in the country are connected on mobile internet. I was quite impressed to see that the young people at I-hub have created an application that helps farmers find out about market prices of products from the phones," said the British journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.