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

Thousands of displaced children in Mali have no legal identity

Thousands of displaced children in Mali have no legal identity

Since 2012, disruption in Mali has killed thousands who’ve gotten caught in clashes between security forces and jihadist fighters. According to the UN, the war has displaced nearly 500,000 people including children. A new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says 148,600 displaced children in Mali do not have a legal identity. Lack of official documentation means children are at risk of marginalisation and potential human rights violations. In a...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Uganda closes schools early due to Ebola surge among children

Uganda closes schools early due to Ebola surge among children

Uganda is battling its eighth Ebola outbreak, caused by Sudan ebolavirus. According to World Health Organization data, more than 65 deaths have been recorded including more than eight school children. Uganda has been facing both environmental and health catastrophes this year, putting thousands of lives in danger. Six Ugandan districts have Ebola cases, including the capital, Kampala. Last week, all primary and secondary schools across Uganda closed as a result of...

By Nairobi, Kenya
African Gen Zers to benefit from YouthConnekt summit

African Gen Zers to benefit from YouthConnekt summit

Last week, Rwanda hosted its annual YouthConnekt Africa summit. The continental initiative looks to empower young people by investing in their ideas, innovations, and initiatives. The YouthConnekt Africa summit was initiated by the Rwandese government in 2012 to focus on improving youth employment, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement through tech innovation. This year’s summit attracted thousands from over thirty African nations, private sectors, and non-governmental organisations such as the UNDP. This year's...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Understanding Africa’s Gen Z mental health problem

Understanding Africa’s Gen Z mental health problem

Gen Z are the most likely group to be affected by mental health problems in Africa. Africa’s failure to adequately respond to the surging mental health crisis is affecting more than 60% of the population. It is saddening that poor mental health is not considered a crisis in Africa, despite many young people suffering with depression and schizophrenia. Untreated conditions can negatively impact development, quality of life, and the ability to fully...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Togolese Gen Zer builds sports car from scrap waste

Togolese Gen Zer builds sports car from scrap waste

25-year-old Sourou-Edjareyo Malazouwe from Togo, with no background in mechanical engineering education or training, has made a 4x4 car using scrap waste materials from motorcycles and bus parts. According to recent World Bank data, Togolese is among the few African countries whose unemployment rate is still considered ‘low’ at 9.7%. Gen Zers have casual jobs and don’t earn enough to sustain their needs. In fact, young people make up a...

By Nairobi, Kenya
South African teenagers build solar-powered train

South African teenagers build solar-powered train

Amid South Africa’s power cuts, a group of students built the country’s first fully solar-powered train. The power outages have caused disruptions affecting poor and working-class commuters relying on trains. A group of 20 South African students from Soshanguve Technical School recently showcased a fully solar-powered train at a university event. The prototype, which has taken approximately two years to build, is set to redefine railway travel not only in...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Vanessa Nakate named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Vanessa Nakate named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

25-year-old climate activist Vanessa Nakate was recently appointed as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. This recognition comes after a 3-year climate change campaign that saw her address world leaders both at COP25 and COP26 summits. Vanessa is a well-known East African climate activist from Kampala, Uganda. She was inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s school strikes that gained momentum globally and began her own climate campaign, protesting for months...

By Nairobi, Kenya
VeryNile builds plastic pyramid to highlight river pollution

VeryNile builds plastic pyramid to highlight river pollution

Last weekend, to observe the World Cleanup Day, volunteers from Egypt built a pyramid made from plastic collected at the banks of River Nile to highlight environmental conservation. A group of volunteers in Egypt have taken part in a cleaning exercise along the River Nile to highlight how important protecting the environment and saving marine life is to combat climate change. Egypt is preparing to host this year’s COP27 event in...

By Nairobi, Kenya
How is the ongoing crisis in Burundi affecting Gen Z?

How is the ongoing crisis in Burundi affecting Gen Z?

The ongoing political crisis in Burundi is weaking the country’s economy and negatively impacting the lives of young people. Child labour, trafficking, high illiteracy, early pregnancy, and teenage marriage are all major problems in an already unstable climate. Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The humanitarian and political crisis that continues to unfold has taken a toll on its people and deepened societal struggles. Landlocked in...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Understanding the gold mining problem in Eastern DRC

Understanding the gold mining problem in Eastern DRC

In Eastern DRC, thousands of children and families have been displaced by the resurgence of M23 rebels. Community clashes over gold has left some dead and hundreds of children currently work at gold mines. Since the beginning of this year, violence has steadily escalated in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has caused tension across the country. Different armed groups are specifically targeting gold mines. The ensuing...

By Nairobi, Kenya