Talented Huruma Town Kids Featured on CNN

  • A man being whisked away during the Madaraka Day celebrations (top) and H-Town kids re-enacting the scene.
    A man being whisked away during the Madaraka Day celebrations (top) and H-Town kids re-enacting the scene.
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  • A group of talented children known as H-Town Kids were granted a global audience after their recent re-enactment of a report by CNN's Nairobi based correspondent Larry Madowo got featured on the international media house.

    The original report had highlighted the state of the tourism sector in Kenya after the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the conservation efforts aimed at reviving it.

    The H-Town Kids got featured on CNN's One World hosted by news anchor Zain Asher. Impressed by the creativity shown by the kids, Asher showered praises on the video.

    "The talented kids brilliantly re-enacted Madowo's piece. The group is called H-Town Kids, they are based in Nairobi and they recreate all sorts of things such as music videos and celebrity photos," the news anchor stated.

    Madowo also took to social media to commend the group for achieving yet another tremendous feat.

    "The Huruma kids made it to CNN! The brilliant H-Town Kids made a parody of my CNN story then CNN aired it and it was perfect," he stated.

    H-Town Kids came into the limelight when their parody skits began circulating on social media in 2019. This attracted an audience that lauded the group for its impeccable re-enactment skills.

    The kids seem to go the extra mile by using cheap artistic costumes in order to create a perfect impression and make the video appear more realistic. They then share the video with a side-by-side view of the original video and their own parody. 

    The videos have also gained notable recognition from American producer DJ Khaled as well as German-based station DW.

    Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua also took note of their parody videos and offered to assist them in their art. 

    "(I) would like to buy them the equipment they are looking for in support of their talents. It's so gratifying to see young kids having so much fun in art," he acknowledged. 

    He added that the pieces recreated by the kids emulate KFCB's policy on clean content. 

    "You know that our campaign on clean content has made an impact when kids in the slums can capture the message so succinctly and with fun. Thank you H-Town Kids. You are the best," Mutua stated.

    Kenya Film and Classification Board CEO, Ezekiel Mutua.
    Kenya Film and Classification Board CEO, Ezekiel Mutua.
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