Animated Masks: Bringing African Masks to Life

Above: Teddy Mitchener with Sharon his wife as a model for a mask. Copyright Sharon and Teddy Mitchener Published: The East African Nation magazine February 2020 I was at the Nairobi Gallery that houses part of the late Joseph Murumbi’s (Kenya’s first foreign affairs minister) amazing art collection from all over Africa. On that day […]

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On the plains of the Athi-Kapiti in search of the Cheetah

Above: Cheetah on the plains. Copyright Mary Wykstra founder of Action for Cheetahs Published: 19 October 2019 It’s exciting at Lisa Ranch on the plains of the Athi-Kapiti with the iconic Lukenya stretched in the far horizon. The 6,000 acre ranch is both for livestock and wildlife and we’re here in search of the cheetah. […]

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In Malindi, Zimbabwe’s Unique Stone Sculptures

Above: Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe. Courtesy: Carola Rasmussen Published: 4 May 2019 Tucked away near Malindi’s powdered white beaches and tropical  blue waters that are more famous for sun worshippers and ocean sports including all the sharks, whales and dolphins that swim by, l’m in a garden that’s an open art gallery of the most […]

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African Twilight

The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent Above: African Heritage House bathed in morning light. Copyright Maya Mangat Published: The Star newspaper, Kenya – 2 March 2019 “It’s my dream to set up a pan-African centre where artists from all over Africa can come and see the creativity from all parts of Africa,” […]

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Underground River, Coffee and Birding in Juja

Above: Osprey in Juja. Copyright James Kashangaki  Published: 5 January2019 When Elspeth Huxley penned the Flame Trees of Thika, the road out of Nairobi in 1913 was very different from the Thika super-highway we are driving on to reach Juja, 40 kilometres away. Her description from the novel is of her as a six-year old […]

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On a Shopping Spree in Lamu

It’s raining in Lamu Stone Town that has continuously been lived in for seven centuries and hence boasts of being the oldest urban town in East Africa. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, Lamu Stone Town is imbued with a richness of it past.

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A Trip to Takwa

Published 7 July 2018 Sun-burnished mangrove leaves float like skeins of gold thread on the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We’re sailing from Lamu Stone Town on Lamu Island to Manda Island that lies across the channel. Our boatman points to the village settled by the Luo from the shores of Lake Victoria in […]

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Jade & Silver

A walk with Kenyan artist Camille Wekesa on her current exhibition titled Jade & Silver Above: Camille Wekesa at her art exhibition Jade & Silver with the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana) and the shades of the petrified forest by the lake. Published in The East African Nation media 2 June-8 June 2018 Camille is sophistication personified […]

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The Story of Gedi

Published: Saturday Magazine, Nation newspaper 17 March 2018 Above: The Palace in Gedi  Copyright Rupi Mangat In the eventide, a skein of white wings glide over the blue of Watamu Bay to settle on the huge jagged Hemingway rock. Curious, l zoom in on the birds that appear as dots with the naked eye, l get […]

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A Nigerian Fest in Nairobi

Alan Donovan Celebrating half a century in Africa with the arts Published in The East African Nation media – 23 – 29 September 2017 Above: Oshogbo King wearing beaded crown.  Photo by Alan Donovan It was in 1967 and the director of USAID in Nigeria was being installed as an honorary chief, riding on a white […]

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