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Opportunities are Here announces Kenya’s entertainment giants as Jurors

If you haven’t yet heard about the exciting project coming to Kenya for creatives aged between 18-35, you are just in time!

The ITC-Ethical Fashion Initiative, European Union, KTN Home and Vybez Radio are launching a project in Kenya called The Opportunities Are Here – Project X. We are touring African countries to find the best of the best in fashion design, modelling and performing arts as we launch them into their careers and ultimately transform them from job seekers to job creators. You can read all about the contest here.

Alongside a host of exciting adventures awaiting you, you also stand the chance of meeting Kenya’s finest talent in the fashion and entertainment industry. The tables have turned and they are prepared to judge your talent.

Kenya, without further adieu, we would like to introduce you to your jurors: singer/songwriter Bensoul, model and CEO of Velour Model Management, Paynette Nyawara, and designer John Kaveke. Let’s learn a bit more about them.

Our artist juror Bensoul is progressively building a niche as one of Kenya’s top live acts. The multi-instrumentalist and producer eats, breathes and lives music. He affirms, “All I want to do is to leave a legacy by creating music that is timeless”.

Describing his sound as an ‘eclectic fusion of the live instruments’ and electronic elements creating a unique and fresh urban African sound, Bensoul has taken the African music scene by storm with his first hit releases of Lucy, Favourite Song and Extravaganza, having already gathered over 9M views and counting.

This release coincides with his signing to Sol Generation Records, a music label founded by Africa’ s best live act, Sauti Sol.

Opportunities Are Here Kenya juror, Bensoul.

Paynette Joan Nyawara will be juror for the model category. She is the CEO of one of Kenya’s fastest rising modelling agencies, Velour Model Management. She started modeling in 2012 and, 2 years later, felt the need to help aspiring models maneuver the industry. Starting as a trainer in 2014 and eventually a talent manager, she has managed to help young Kenyan models build their brands. She is driven by the desire to see more Kenyan models on international catwalks and magazines.

Paynette Joan Nyawara will be juror for the model category. She is the CEO of one of Kenya’s fastest rising modelling agencies, Velour Model Management. She started modeling in 2012 and, 2 years later, felt the need to help aspiring models maneuver the industry. Starting as a trainer in 2014 and eventually a talent manager, she has managed to help young Kenyan models build their brands. She is driven by the desire to see more Kenyan models on international catwalks and magazines.

John Kaveke will be our designer juror. He has over 15 years of expertise in the fashion industry, and his stunning masterpieces have graced an international platform of Fashion Week events in London, Sarajevo, Lagos, Port Louis, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salam, and Nairobi.

A graduate of Woodgrove Fashion College in Kenya and Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona, Spain, John Kaveke launched his fashion label in 1999 and is well-known for his bold contemporary style.

Kaveke is a free-spirited individual with a passion in reconstructing vibrations through his work. His creative designs have been known to bring about individualism, strength and artistry. His major focus is on bespoke but contemporary menswear.

Opportunities Are Here Kenya jurors, singer/songwriter Paynette Nyawara, left, and designer John Kaveke, right.

With jurors like these, your experience with OAH Project X will be unforgettable. Stay updated and follow us on Instagram @opportunitiesarehere, Twitter @OAH_Africa and Facebook @theopportunitiesarehere.