Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I was listening to the radio when a popular afternoon presenter caught my ear. She was furious over a piece written by European about his experience with Kenyans at large. I felt her because as a Kenyan I was contrary to the experience. Kenya people are very diverse. Kenyans are friendly and relaxed people, who seem to enjoy everyday life. They are never too busy to make time for you, and little crowds gather in no time if something extraordinary is happening.
Thats why with a camera I've been able to photograph different Kenyans in different situation or places without any charge. If this is no act of being friendly, then what is? Its like Kenyans are proudly photogenic, never miss an opportunity to show off our beauty. From a Masaai woman in Lake Magadi to a group of boys in the Kibera neighbourhood. From a Turgen elder in Bogoria to the Luo fish seller in Ahero. Peculiar Kenyans and their beauty.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I was going thro' some old files this morning and voila! My 2004 dreams of starting an Ad agency. After some frustrating attempts to join the 'exclusive' Ad Agencies locally, I set out to make my 'imaginary' portfolio for my 'imaginary clients'. Its quite sad that 7 years late I have nothing to show for that dream. I let it die and so was 'my creativity' back then... who knows?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
R.Kelly & ONE8 (African artist including my Kenyan Amani)in 'Hands Across the World'... never been this proud of being African. Great track!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Trips by urbanites to the Kenyan coast are all the hype due to the night life coupled by the 'Las Vegas' notion of what happens at the coast stays there. From the humid climate to the Swahili foods, from the Coastal culture to the foreign investment... the Kenyan coast has a lot to offer. My trip this year was just that... What has the coast got to offer apart from the rave? Fort Jesus never disappoints especially with a good historians as company. I was lucky to ride the new ferries though the crowds are a disaster waiting to happen. Remember the movie White Masaai? the attraction begun on the old ferries. A visit to the Gede ruins and the Vasco da Gama pillar in Malindi was the highlights. Hope the pictures tell it all.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Though the Worlds greatest rally lost its FIA status the memories of Safari Rally or Safo ( slang/sheng) will forever remain with me. The joy of watching rally cars zoom past at high speeds then getting stuck in the mud is the hallmark of the rally. When rains & Easter holidays were synonymous with Safari Rally. This years event didn't disappoint any bit, the trills, the adrenaline rush characterized the Thika section.
I once saw a warning/notice over a bridge advising elephants to cross singularly because of their weight & found it hilarious. Was it actually directed at the elephants or all animals including the humans. You got to give it up to the Hospitality industry for humour at times.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Archaeology (also archeology)
... the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.
Courtesy of a south african client trying to publish an atlas I ventured into a new frontier, archeological tourism. A visit to local prehistoric sites was a start. On friday I set out to Hyrax hill in Nakuru named after some extinct rodent called hyrax.
Hyrax hill has a museum but main attraction is the Sirikwa excavated sites. Sirikwas are the ancestors of the masaai community. Took me the whole afternoon to locate Gamble's cave in Nakuru. Met a guy called Kabiru (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is trying to market the site due to its difficult terrain. Gamble dicovered it back in the '40s but nothing has been done ever since. The following sunday, it was the journey to Olorgosaile on your way to Magadi. The landscape to lake Magadi is awesame. Here the formation of the rift valley is at its best. According to officials at Olorgosaile, the area was under sea evidenced by type of soil. Olorgosaile did not disappoint. The climax for me was the bones of extict elephant compared to the current elephants we have now. The difference in size trully illustrates the gigantic animals that walked on this earth. cant imagine the size of the dinosaurs. This frontier is worth exploring!