Msanii Kimani is the founder and editor-in-chief of Kymsnet Media Network, Kenya’s premier arts and culture news and features agency.
He has published numerous news articles, features, interviews and commentaries in the Kenya and international scene. He has written extensively about cartoonists and comics in Kenya. His articles have been published by the International Journal of Comic Art ((IJOCA)— http://www.ijoca.com). He was the regional Editor of the online music portal www.musicinafrica.netwhen the project was set up.
An ardent advocate for Arts Journalism, Msanii Kimani has attended and helped to organize numerous workshops and training forums for young journalists, who want take up art journalism. He works closely with up-coming writers to originate and develop story ideas in culture and the arts— music, film, theatre, dance, literature, fine art etc.
His other work include Utimbakwiri, an unpublished stage play adaptation of Shamba la Wanyama, a translation of George Orwell’s satire Animal Farm, for the Kenya Institute of Education, poems published in Echoes Across The Valley— An Anthology of Poems from East Africa.
Msanii Kimani has vast experience working with Non Governmental Organisations that are involved in human rights, culture and the arts, women and children’s rights and health issues particularly HIV/AIDS.
Prior to joining the mainstream media, he worked as a folk media expert. He worked as an actor, researcher and animator with communication companies that use Participatory/Interactive Theatre and Folk Media concepts to design and execute community educational, mobilisation and development programs for civic rights awareness, children’s rights, reproductive health, advocacy, gender sensitisation, human rights and rehabilitation of street persons.
Msanii Kimani is an artist and has excelled as a scriptwriter, playwright, an actor, published poet and theatre director.
Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru is a seasoned media and communication buff with an unapologetic bias to Culture and the Arts. He is passionate about arts and culture and he has made significant contributions in the culture/arts policy formulation and discourse, as an analyst/commentator, culture/arts journalist, blogger and editor.