Our Team

The partners and key officials started offering specialized consultancy services in science journalism and communication as far back as 1994 including being head of communication in Presidential Forums on Science Technology.

As a team of dedicated African science communication experts, seasoned science journalists, production experts, development communication experts, public relations gurus and project management experts, we are convinced that the centrality of effective science communication and vibrant development journalism in moving African leaders, policy makers, scientists and people from rhetoric into action needs no emphasis.

ScienceAfrica aims to be the leader in science, technology, innovation and development communications leading to sustainable socio-economic development in Africa

Editorial Team

  • Editor:                                 –Otula Owuor
  • Consulting Editors:              –James Njoroge Wachai
  • Uganda Editor:                    –Esther Nakkazi
  • Associate Editors:               –Daniel Otunge Dick Agudah
  • Revise Editor:                     –Naftali Mungai
  • Staff Writer:                       –George Achia
  • Staff Photographer:            –Charity Muturi
  • IT Specialist:     –Anthony Rume | +254713180761 | anthony_rume@yahoo.com
  • Operation & Co-ordination:  –Leo Ogwago Florence Choka | +254721248761 | ogwagoleo@yahoo.com
  • Layout Design:                     –Crimson Communications Ltd. james@mycrimson.com 020 8015 222
  • Contributors:                       –Alfred Kituku, Hope Mafaranga, Leocadia Bongben, Ola Al-Ghazawy, Dr Dunnlee Maina, Charles Odeny, Charity Muturi, Wairimu Nyambura, Sylvia Mwangi, Mbae Lawrence, and Sylvia Mwangi.

Professional Experts

Science Africa is made up of professional journalists and development communication specialists who have worked in the media and international research organizations for many years. We have excellent media relationships and contacts or networks in Kenya and across Africa.

Over the years we have been interacting with journalists in Africa, and indeed, all over the world through training, conferences and networking. In Africa we have a network of journalists such as Media for Environment Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) in Kenya, Uganda Science Journalists Association, and Journalists for Environment Tanzania (JET) in East Africa.

For Central and Southern Africa, we work closely with members of the Media for Environment, Agriculture and Development (MEAD) based in Lusaka, Zambia. In West Africa, we spearheaded the formation of the RECOAB (Regional Agricultural Science Journalists Association) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The organization has credible network journalists across Africa all of Africa. It is this vast network that we are ready to use to help organizations achieve their mass media outreach objectives. As part of media liaison we ensure that activities and events are well covered by the media in Africa and beyond including major news agencies. We develop and/or distribute press releases, organize, coordinate and manage press media events (such as press conferences, press briefing, press invitation etc).

Since 2009 ScienceAfrica, an African magazine on science, innovation and development, has provided intensive three months internships in science journalism and science communication.

The internships are accessible to young African students in journalism who seek hands-on experience during their holidays, as well as to final year students and to those who already have journalism degrees.

ScienceAfrica also has room for freelance journalists seeking experience in science reporting and for a few selected science graduates. These various internships have helped train African science journalists successfully thanks to the quality of the training and mentors.

Otula Owuor, editor ScienceAfrica, was also the patron of MESHA, The Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture based in Nairobi, a founding member of the African Federation of Science Journalists and a mentor for SjCOOP (Science journalism COOPeration) in Africa and the Middle East. SjCOOP is a past WFSJ project, which aimed mentoring science journalists and establishing science journalists’ associations in Africa and the Middle East.

Many universities have shown an interest in these internships for their students,  as is the case for  the University of Nairobi, Cardiff University, Riara University, the United States International University (USIU), etc. Since the beginning of the program in 2009, 54 internships have been completed and the  vast majority of these graduates have now found jobs or are successful freelance science journalists. For example, Kiprotich Koros from Moi University, won the African Media Initiative awards for his  ground-breaking investigative story on the use of hazardous -potentially carcinogenic chemicals-  such as calcium carbide, which contains remnants of arsenic and phosphorus and is used to hasten fruit ripening.  Mr Koros also won USD 2,000 from the India Centre for Science and Environment to help him write stories on water and urban pollution. Another outstanding intern and example is Kevin Opondo who just finished a PhD in Tropical Medicine focusing on malaria. While at ScienceAfrica, during both his Masters and PhD, he was interested in communicating science effectively to various audiences.

There are some other examples of successful African science journalists, such as Diana Omondo Makimario, who was among five young journalists from developing countries selected to attend and cover last years #COP21 in Paris.

 No.  NAME OF INTERN  UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
1. CLEMENTINE OSODO KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
2. LAWRENCE MBAE KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
3. GEOGE ACHIA MOI UNIVERSITY
4. BIBIANA IRAKI CARDIFF UNIVERSITY(UK)
5. KIPROTICH KOROS MOI UNIVERSITY
6. JOYFRIDA ANINDO MOI UNIVERSITY
7. GORDON WAYUMBA UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
8. EVA N.KIBICHO UNITED STATE INTERNATION UNIVERSITY (USIU)
9. YVONNE TAKA MASENO UNIVERSITY
10. EFFIE ALOUCH MASENO UNIVERSITY
11. BENARD MULI MOI UNIVERSITY
12. ROBERT MOGENDI MOI UNIVERSITY
13. JEFF OLOO KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
14. ALEX OTIENO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
15. YUNIE ATIENO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY(LAW&MEDIA)
16. CHARLES ODENY MOI UNIVERSITY
17. SLYVIA MWANGI MOI UNIVERSITY
18. WINFRED WANBUGU MOI UNIVERSITY
19. KEVIN OPONDO UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI (science communication)
20. OTIENO S. OWINO KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
21. MELODY WANJIRU UNITED STATE INTERNATION UNIVERSITY USIU
22. LEOPOLD OBI MOI UNIVERSITY
23. SEBASTIAN WASIKE TANGAZA COLLEGE
24. LYDON OGEMBO MASENO UNIVERSITY
25. JOSHUA MAINA MUGWE RIARA UNIVERSITY
26. ERIC KARIRA MAINA RIARA UNIVERSITY
27. ROSE MIKANGI RIARA UNIVERSITY
28. JUSTINE NJOKI WANGULI MASENO UNIVERSITY
29. FRED KUBAI DEYA KAMPALA UNIVERSITY
30. JOY ANNETTE RUME MOI UNIVERSITY
31. JOSEPH AMOLO KWANYA UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
32. DIANA OMONDI DAY STAR UNIVERSITY
33. MURAYA KAMUNDE RIARA UNIVERSITY
34. CLAIRE NGESAH MOI UNIVERSITY
35. BARRY KOFI MASENO UNIVERSITY
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