Derrick Wachaya

Writer Nairobi, Kenya

I’m Derrick (He/Him), a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya. Currently I write about trending topics and major issues affecting Africa for Thred, specifically concerning SDGs. View my Twitter here if you’d like to send me feedback.

Derrick is a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya. While in High School, I did a bit of French but till now I juggle with pronunciations and am still terrible at it.

Immediately after my undergrad I joined a communications company as a Social Media Community Management intern. During my studies I received training in animation. My new love for visual communication could be my next big venture – well, when I decide to explore it fully!

Currently I write about trending topics and major issues affecting Africa for Thred, specifically concerning SDGs. My aim is to raise awareness on the work being done right now to make a positive and prosperous future a reality! Oh, and I love good music, that’s my therapy, even when I’m writing.

Latest Stories from Derrick

Gitex Africa Digital Summit wraps up for 2024

Gitex Africa Digital Summit wraps up for 2024

In an event signifying the burgeoning potential of Africa's tech industry, Gitex Africa recently concluded its second edition in Morocco, attracting innovators, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts from the world over. Held in Marrakech, Gitex Africa brought together over 1,500 exhibitors and startups, along with thousands of visitors from more than 130 countries. The event brought together ideations, innovations, and partnerships aimed at harnessing technology to address Africa's unique challenges...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Nigerian students ordered to leave UK amid currency crisis

Nigerian students ordered to leave UK amid currency crisis

A number of Nigerian students have been ordered to leave the UK after Teesside University reported their inability to pay tuition fees to the Home Office. This comes as the Nigerian naira continues to depreciate sharply against major global currencies. Teesside University, located in Middlesbrough, has confirmed that it took the difficult decision to report Nigerian students after numerous attempts to secure tuition payments proved unsuccessful. University officials stated that while...

By Nairobi, Kenya
The fight to save the African Penguin

The fight to save the African Penguin

The African penguin, ‘Spheniscus demersus’ is an iconic species native to the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. These charismatic birds face a multitude of threats, primarily from human activities and climate change. In the last century, the African penguin’s population has plummeted, pushing them dangerously close to extinction. Human activities have had a profound impact on the birds and their habitat. Overfishing, pollution, and disturbance from tourism are among the...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Namibia eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B

Namibia eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B

The World Health Organization (WHO) has hailed Namibia for its unprecedented success in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B. The country becomes the first in Africa to reach such a milestone. For years, Namibia grappled with the devastating effects of HIV and Hepatitis B, particularly among pregnant women and newborns. According to the World Health Organization, the country is home to more than 200,000 people living with...

By Nairobi, Kenya
WHO approves new cholera vaccine

WHO approves new cholera vaccine

In a significant stride toward combating one of the world's most prevalent yet preventable diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a new cholera vaccine. Cholera has plagued regions with inadequate sanitation and limited access to clean water for years. According to the World Health Organisation estimates, there are 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera annually, resulting in 21,000 to 143,000 deaths globally. The majority of these cases...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Devastating floods continue to devastate Tanzania

Devastating floods continue to devastate Tanzania

Tanzania is grappling with ongoing floods that have claimed lives and left thousands of people affected across the country. Triggered by heavy rainfall, the floods have wreaked havoc causing extensive damage to infrastructure and livelihoods. In the last two weeks, the ongoing floods have been catastrophic, with official reports indicating a death toll of 58 people and affecting over 120,000 across the country. Heavy rainfall, swollen rivers, and inadequate infrastructure have...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Sierra Leone declares national emergency over ‘Kush’ drug epidemic

Sierra Leone declares national emergency over ‘Kush’ drug epidemic

The government of Sierra Leone announced a national emergency, recognizing the need to address the concerning rise of ‘Kush’ drug abuse among the country's young population. Kush, a potent synthetic drug mixed with marijuana, fentanyl or tramadol, has surged in popularity among Sierra Leone's young population, posing a significant threat to public health and security. The declaration of a national emergency signifies the gravity of the situation and the government's commitment...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Africa is witnessing a huge electronic waste problem

Africa is witnessing a huge electronic waste problem

Africa is increasingly becoming a dumping ground for electronic waste from developed nations. Despite having the lowest annual e-waste production per capita, UN agencies project a growth rate of 3 to 5 percent annually - a trend likely to continue with further technology integration. The African continent has emerged as a significant destination for electronic waste, often originating from developed nations. According to the United Nations Institute for Training...

By Nairobi, Kenya
South Sudan schools continue to close amid heatwaves

South Sudan schools continue to close amid heatwaves

In a bid to safeguard the health and well-being of students, educational authorities in South Sudan have taken the unprecedented decision to close schools across the nation in preparation for a 45C heatwave. South Sudan, already known for its scorching temperatures, has experienced an unprecedented rise in mercury levels over the past weeks. According to the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry advisory, temperatures have been soaring well above 40C...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Nigeria contends with yet more school kidnappings

Nigeria contends with yet more school kidnappings

Nigeria has found itself once again thrust into a state of anguish and despair after 287 school children were abducted last week. The repercussions continue to reverberate across society, leaving scars that run deep amongst thousands of victims. Nigeria’s security situation continues to worsen after 287 children between the ages of seven and eighteen were abducted in north-western Kuriga Kaduna state. A further fifteen were abducted the same week by...

By Nairobi, Kenya