Meet Blackson, the singing policeman based at Kakuma refugee camp

Kelvin Otieno Ochieng, also known as Blackson, is a police officer based at Kakuma Police Station, located deep inside the Kakuma refugee camp.

Hailing from Homa Bay, Blackson’s journey with music began in church where he was part of the school choir at Mbita High School.

He also participated in the national music and drama festivals and took part in several talent searches held in the Nyanza region.

According to the 23-year-old, he hopes -through his music – that Kenyans will recognize that the police “also have talent, feelings and love everyone” and only aim at directing citizens towards the right side of the law.

Blackson has recently released his first song which helps to raise awareness on the coronavirus pandemic.

The policeman-cum-singer, in his own words, says: “Corona is my first song as a musician and it talks about the Coronavirus pandemic; what it is, how it affects someone when they contract it and how we can prevent ourselves from getting it. The thought to write, sing and produce a song about Corona came about as a result of a lot of misconceptions from the Kenyan public about the disease and the measures that have been put in place by the Government to curb the spread.”

He adds, “Some people, especially in rural areas still believe the disease doesn’t exist, others think the disease affects old people only and even some believe the government is using the pandemic to make money from donors and funders.

So the purpose why I wrote this song is to demystify all the above and help add my voice to the government’s effort in sensitizing the masses about the disease. Lastly, it is meant to emphasize that the Kenya Police mean well for Kenyans and they should not see us enforcing the directives as punishment.”

The song was recorded and the video shot in Kakuma by talent from the Kakuma Refugee Camp.

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