The Nairobi Ideas Podcast

Giving a public platform to the BIG ideas that are changing our world

The Nairobi Ideas Podcast is a science podcast from the Mawazo Institute that launched during 2018 Africa Science Week - Kenya (ASW-Kenya). Hosted by Dr. Rose M. Mutiso, CEO of Mawazo, in its first five episodes, the podcast interviewed some of the exceptional scientists behind the Faces of Kenyan Science campaign. Take a listen as these Kenyan scientists share their Big Ideas — and stay tuned for new episodes returning July 2019.


meet kago kagichiri

Meet Kago: Co-founder and former CEO of one of Africa’s leading mobile learning platforms, Eneza Education, which provides high quality educational material to students in Kenya, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire, with plans to spread across Africa. Kago is a tech-enthusiast on a journey to tackle the shortcomings of the continent’s education systems using technology.

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meet dr. hamisi babusa

Meet Dr. Hamisi: An accomplished novelist, lecturer and senior administrator at Kenyatta University who is pioneering the use of Kiswahili science fiction novellas to educate children on science. He is the author of five Kiswahili novellas and believes that, “Science can get married to literature.”

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meet dr. stella bosire

Meet Dr. Bosire: Founder and Executive Director of the Stellah Bosire Fund and Co-Executive Director
UHAI EASHRI, Stella is a medical physician looking beyond the stethoscope to use science for good, and who advocates for health as a human right. Raised in Nairobi’s Kibera slums, Stella has risen to become one of Kenya’s youngest and most successful public health champions.

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Meet Susan: A trained economist turned astronomer who has traveled the world looking at the skies and believes that “traditional sky knowledge” can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with astronomy. Susan is bringing the stars closer to Kenyan children by taking a portable telescope and mobile planetarium to schools and sites around the country, offering free stargazing. She dreams of creating the region’s first public Observatory and Planetarium.

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meet anthony muthungu

Meet Anthony: Founder of TotoSci Academy, AlexKyan, and Jenga Citi, Anthony is a trained computer engineer, ‘student-preneur,’ and self taught inventor with an impressively long list of inventions drawn from the practical necessities of his home life. He is an inventor and educator who is always looking for “the loopholes in life” and finding ways to bridge them.

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