Radio sensation Felix Odiwour aka Jalang’o has faced the wrath of Kenyans on social media after making a post defending Artcaffe.
Artcaffe made a post encouraging creatives to participate in an art and design competition. The post instructed creatives to design a layout for their takeaway cups. Once they submit their designs and win, the restaurant would display the art in one of the restaurant’s locations.
Additionally, they would get free coffee from the restaurant for the whole year. Alternatively, Artcaffe would give the winner an internship with their creative team.
Kenyans took to their twitter accounts to air their sentiments on the prize. Most wondered how, in this day and age, a restaurant would offer to pay a creative with exposure.
Alarmed by the number of people complaining, Artcaffe quickly changed tune and offered cash prizes as well.
Unlike other Kenyans, Jalang’o did not see any problem with Artcaffe’s offer. He pointed out that creatives need the exposure. Additionally, he gave his story on how he once received a packet of chips for payment after performing at the Kenya National Theater.
“I remember when starting at the theatre when our pay was just a packet of chips and that exposure got me to be seen, now I get paid for what I was exposed to!” Jalang’o tweeted.
“In 2009, Chris Kirwa (Event strategist) gambled with me to emcee the 200 World Cup trophy tour at Nyayo stadium. That exposure got me a chance to emcee at the World Cup in South africa! In short I am a product of exposure!” He added.
The radio presenter went ahead to defend Artcaffe stating that the mere display of the creative’s artwork would give him a lot of exposure.
Angered by his post, Kenyans on Twitter told him that creatives did not have to suffer because he suffered before becoming successful.