Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Statement from family of renowned Italian author shot by bandits in Laikipia



On Sunday morning, April 23, 2017 at around 9:00 am,
Kuki Gallmann was shot and wounded by an organised gang of gunmen while she
was driving on the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Her vehicle was ambushed
and she received a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Immediately following the assault, Mrs Gallmann was airlifted to Nanyuki
where she was treated by British army medics and then flown by helicopter
to Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi. She entered surgery at 1:00pm local time and
underwent a 7-hour operation. She is currently stable and in ICU. We have
received a huge amount of support from friends, family, and well-wishers
for which we are extremely grateful.

We would like to especially thank the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Tropic
Air, the British army, Aga Khan Hospital and our team of doctors for their
support and swift intervention.


We will continue to update on her progress. Our thanks to all for their
support and prayers.


Here is more about -Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann is Italian-born Kenyan national, best-selling author, poet,
environmental activist, and conservationist. The daughter of Italian
climber and writer Cino Boccazzi, in 1972 she moved to Kenya with her
husband Paolo and son Emanuele. 

They acquired Ol ari Nyiro, a cattle ranch
in Western Laikipia, in Kenya's Great Rift Valley which she would later
transform into a wildlife conservancy. Both her husband and son died in
accidents within a few years. Kuki decided to stay in Kenya and to work
toward ecological conservation in the early '80s, becoming a Kenyan
citizen. 

As a living memorial to Paolo and Emanuele, she established the
Gallmann Memorial Foundation (GMF), which promotes coexistence of people
and nature in Africa and is active in education, biodiversity research,
habitat protection, reforestation, community service, peace and
reconciliation, poverty alleviation and public health. GMF promotes
environmental education of Kenyan students.

 She dedicated Ol ari Nyiro tothis ideal, converting it into the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Gallmannpublished five books, all global best-sellers. The first, her autobiography *I Dreamed Of Africa*, became a feature film.

Quality human hair now the trend taking over among Nairobi women.

High-end online retailer BeautyClick is selling affordable and quality human hair in Kenya solely online via www.beautyclick.co.ke and via individual hair-dressers, allowing customers to buy quality products from their favorite and trusted hairdresser. 

With a strong social media presence and unique business model, BeautyClick has already established a strong brand as a leader in the human hair industry, just 12 months since inception.

BeautyClick has recently introduced to the Kenyan market high quality human hair blends at affordable prices for the Kenyan lady who changes her hairstyle frequently but still wants the look and feel of human hair. Gaining popularity and ground pretty fast, BeautyClick also have under its belt endorsements from some of Kenya’s top bloggers and media personalities like Kobi Kihara, Anne Kiguta, Adelle Onyango, Nancy Mwai. They have also launched a new Brand Ambassador program that will be tapping into working professionals with the spending power.

CEO of BeautyClick is keen on building on the brand’s strong footing on social media and online retail. He says, “Kenyans are tech-savvy but still not buying a lot online. However, our business module proves that it’s a space fast changing. Our buyers are quickly embracing the independence of shopping online,” adding, “The fact that our human hair weaves come in all texture and are high-end quality is an added plus. We are just a click away, try us!”

The beauty of the team behind BeautyClick is their unique business model - disrupting and different from the ordinary value chain in Kenya. They are now Kenya’s first ‘hair uber’ thanks to their direct marketing and sales through hairdressers and stylists acting as their agents. 
 
They also enable hairdressers to sell products directly to their clients without the upfront costs and burdens of having to store large amounts, and the clients now have the option of buying hair from their most trusted source – their favorite hairdresser.

Monday, 24 April 2017

CS CECILY KARIUKI'S CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO MARY KEITANY ON WINNING THE 2017 LONDON MARATHON AND SETTING A NEW WORLD RECORD

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, CS Sicily Kariuki sent a message of congratulations to Kenya’s Mary Keitany following her victory at the 2017 London Marathon.

Speaking after watching the race whilst in Kenya, CS Kariuki said Keitany’s victory represented the true spirit of Kenyan women.

“Keitany represents the true spirit of a Kenyan woman, determined, and focused, God fearing and true to her mother nation Kenya,” she said. “Keitany is a mother of two, which makes her achievements even more remarkable; she has proved that Kenyan women are resilient and world beaters.”

Keitany’s time of 2:17:01 is a new women’s world record.

“Before the 2017 London Marathon, Keitany was the second fastest woman of all time, only second to Paula Radcliffe, today, Keitany is now second to none with a new world record of 2:17:01; this gives us much to celebrate and to be proud of as Kenyans,” she added. 

“To our Kenyan girls and young women, emulate the strength, discipline and ethics that Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, Sarah Chepchirchir, Florence Kiplagat and athletes like Catherine Nderaba, Tegla Loroupe, Rose Tata Muya and many others before them. Learn from these great champions, these are your true role models, these are the women you need to emulate – strong, focused, determined women, world beaters, respected and celebrated globally. 

Emulate them, celebrate them, and copy their discipline and determination, their work ethics, their family values, their Kenyan patriotism.”

Other Kenyans who have performed well in current World Marathon Majors season include Edna Kiplagat the 2017 Boston Marathon champion, Sarah Chepchirchir the Tokyo Marathon Champion.

“Our list of women champions in athletics is long, we are truly blessed as a nation to have such talented and determined women flying our flag, and again and again I must reiterate, that these are the women that our youth must emulate. These are our role models, let us celebrate them,” CS Kariuki commented. “Well done Mary Keitany, a true Kenyan woman. HONGERA!”

MultiChoice subscribers enjoy exclusive screening of Disney Junior’s brand new animated special ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’

Multichoice Kenya through its DStv and GOtv brands and in collaboration with Disney Africa, gave their subscribers a rare treat as they hosted an exclusive screening of Disney Junior’s brand new animated children’s television series Mickey and the Roadster Racers at the Westgate Mall last weekend.

The series, will air every Saturday at 09:30 on Disney Junior (DStv Channel 309 and GOtv Channel 60) from 22 April, takes Mickey and the gang, along with their unique transforming vehicles, on humorous high-spirited races around the globe, as well as hometown capers in Hot Dog Hills. Off the racetrack, Minnie and Daisy also run their own successful business as Happy Helpers, solving problems for anyone in need of a helping hand. Geared towards kids 2-7, the stories are designed to impart social and emotional lessons about friendship, teamwork, optimism and good sportsmanship. MultiChoice Kenya Corporate Affairs Manager, Philip Wahome commented that Multichoice

Over 300 children in attendance were treated to a wide range of entertainment activities including and activity station with activity sheets for cutting and sticking and coloring for the children, photo sessions with Mickey and the Roadster Racers characters, a roadster racers podium amongst others. A themed activity area complete with dummy characters from the show was also created for the children.

The animation special will premiere on Disney Junior (DStv Channel 309) and (GOtv Channel 60) on Saturday 22 April, 2017 at 09.00am CAT and features Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto - as they race around Hot Dog Hills and around the world. Catch Mickey and the Roadster Racers as it zooms onto Disney Junior (DStv Channel 309 and GOtv Channel 60) on Saturday 22 April 2017 from 9.30am CAT.

PLAN YOUR MAY : KHALIGRAPH JONES LIVE IN CONCERT

Khaligraph Jones, popularly known as the OG, baba yao and Papa Jones is one of the best hiphop rappers in the country and this will see his first live in concert performance with band. Something totally different from his usual setting, having hailed from Kayole he is ready to offset the balance between his normal setting and the Nairobi uptown at Westlands.

Having a variety of mixtapes and collaborations with big names in Africa, Khaligraph Jones Live in concert set will include some songs you have never seen perform on stage and some from his anticipated debut album Testimony 1990 which is set to drop later this year.
This year is indeed a big year for the rapper as he has set up a new studio and imprint Blu Ink Corp as the CEO.

Khaligraph Jones Live in concert is brought to you by Lightbulb entertainment which is am entertainment company solely formed to contribute and diversify the entertainment industry across Africa. With meaningful partnerships across Africa that provide us with networks to extend to our clients. Among successful products we have ventured in are Industry Nite, Fena Unplugged, Katika Dance Festival etc.
The live in concert will be on the 6th May 2017 at the Alchemist Bar Westlands.  For only KES 1000 advance and KES 1500 at the gate, get to experience the rap extra extraordinaire Khaligraph Jones live in concert for the first time.

5TH EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL WITH KENYAN LINE-UP SET TO PERFORM ON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

Safaricom has announced the leading Kenyan acts that will perform on International Jazz Day, which will be held on Sunday 30th April at the Carnivore Grounds.
 
The concert, dubbed Kenyan Jazz All Stars Edition, will open the 2017-2018 season of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival and will be headlined by a stellar line-up of Kenyan jazz musicians including: Nairobi Horns Project, Shamsi Music, Mwai & The Truth, AfroSync, Edward Parseen and The Different Faces, Jacob Asiyo & Kavutha Mwanzia-Asiyo, James Gogo, Juma Tutu, Eddie Grey and Chris Bittok.
“We’re excited to be marking the 5th anniversary of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival, and we feel there is no better way to begin celebrating this milestone by kicking off with an afternoon of great performances by some of Kenya’s most well known and loved jazz artists,” said Bob Collymore, CEO – Safaricom.
Also performing at the Sunday afternoon show will be Ghetto Classics, who are quickly making a name for themselves as some of Kenya’s most musically gifted youngsters.
“Working with Ghetto Classics has really opened our eyes to the power of music, and the funds raised through the jazz festivals over the years are helping us transform over 900 young lives in Nairobi and Mombasa. This year we’re handing over a cheque of Kshs 17 million to the programme, up from Kshs 12 million raised during the 2015-2016 edition,” said Mr. Collymore.
Safaricom has been supporting the not-for-profit programme, which equips young boys and girls from underprivileged backgrounds with music skills, since 2014. Ghetto Classics is run by the Art of Music Foundation and has steadily increased its reach since its beginnings in a small church compound in Korogocho, benefitting from Kshs 37 million raised through the jazz festival over the last four years.
Tickets to the event are available at The Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom shops and via M-Ticketing by dialing 1511.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

STELLA MWANGI WAS THE GUEST STAR AT THE LAUNCH OF TOMMY JEANS SPRING 90s COLLECTION 2017 IN OSLO

Stella Mwangi still on her A-Game! Yesterday (Oslo, Norway 18th April 2017) she was a special guest at the launch of Tommy Jeans 90s collection Spring 2017 at the YME Universe store. This comes after her song WORK was picked to create promotional material for Tommy Hilfiger’s high profile TommyLand Concert earlier on this year.

Stella’s invite to the show at YME Universe storeone of the biggest fashion stores in Scandinavia where top fashion designers launch and showcase their products, was exclusive and something revered by many industry players in Europe. 

She also makes history by becoming the first Kenyan artiste to meet up and collaborate with Tommy Hilfiger executives. Looks like her music might be featuring at more high profile shows upcoming.

In the mean time, the all-female remix of Karpe Diem’s mega hit Attitudeproblem that featured Stella Mwangi has reached Gold Status. Others features in the Nordic rap collabo include Izabell, Bendik, Silvana Imam, Julie Bergan & Christine Dancke!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Juliani Finally Proposed To Long Time Girlfriend Brenda Wairimu


Juliani has been known to be that guy who doesn’t talk much. He never involves himself in controversies or baseless scandals. However he once tried a hand in beefing up with some fellow rappers which is a beef I can't say who won as it was all flat out! Juliani is a private person and many people should at least pluck a few leaves from his fruitful tree.

Juliani and Brenda Wairimu, the hot sassy mamaa from shuga were blessed with a baby girl, whom they chose to keep away from the public eye unlike most celebrities who shower their social media accounts with photos of their kid which I believe to be kind of doltish. My opinion here so do not get me wrong..... Anyhow,

A while back Juliani wrote a long letter on social media that clearly stated that the message was for his girlfriend. The first sentence read, “Last night I was discussing with my Fiancée about “HONOUR”. Those are really powerful words and if you noticed keenly, he used the word Fiancée.

In an exclusive interview on The Morning Kiss with Adelle Onyango and Shaffie Weru on Breakfast With the Stars, Juliani finally revealed that he proposed to Brenda while they were in Lamu.

“Yes, I’m engaged to Brenda. We don’t have a wedding date yet, one step at a time. I felt it was important to have a family.”

He also gave full details of how he proposed revealing that he went to Lamu where Brenda was shooting took her to a fancy place and he proposed. Of course she said yes, lol.

Video: Parents At Blue Ivy’s School Are Complaining About Jay Z And Beyonce!

When you’re a tot as cool as Blue Ivy Carter is, you obviously have to roll with an entourage. But the 3-year-old’s preschool is not pleased she has such a big posse. 
Blue Ivy is always dropped with two cars and has three body guards.Despite the school boasting of schooling children of who is who in the entertainment industry, Blu Ivy has the largest security.


BEBE COOL AND SAUTI SOL TO RELEASE 'MBOZI ZA MALWA' TO CHALLENGE KENYAN & UGANDAN GIRLS TO AN ONLINE DANCE CONTEST

East Africa’s music giants Bebe Cool (Uganda) and Sauti Sol (Kenya) are thrilled to announce the release of their new collabo titled ‘MBOZI ZA MALWA’, luganda for conversations that usually take place when friends are having a drink at their local joint. Written by Yesse Oman Rafiki and Sauti Sol, the song has a dancehall vibe and was recorded in Kampala, Uganda. Produced by Danz, co- arranged by Sauti Sol the song was mixed and mastered by Ogopa Inc.

Bebe Cool explains that: ‘In many African Communities if you want to know the latest gossip in around the communities, visit a local bar or high end bar with friends for a drink and all talk will rotate around what is making news in the community.’

‘We had an amazing time working with Bebe Cool. Our East African fans have been requesting for this and we hope they will love it as we do.’ Sauti Sol added in their statement.

This to announce an online dance contest between Kenyan girls and Ugandan girls as we eagerly await the video which will be out on the 24th of this month. Using the hashtag #MboziZaMalwa, the winner/s from each country will get to go head-to-head with each other. The ultimate winner/s will be announced by Bebe Cool on April 26th and will get the bragging rights of "The Best Dancer/s in East Africa, a chance to hang out with an artist of their choosing between Sauti Sol and Bebe Cool and take home a whopping $500. The contest will run from April 17th - April 26th.  Follow @sautisol and @bebecool_ug for more details.

The rules are simple;

Go to SoundCloud and search for Mbozi za Malwa
Create your own dance video or with friends
Record and upload on Instagram using #MbozizaMalwa
Sauti Sol will repost videos from Kenya while Bebe Cool repost videos from Uganda.
Sauti Sol will pick the Kenyan winner/s and Bebe Cool to pick Ugandan winners
One final battle between Kenyan reps and Ugandan reps ...Winner takes all.

Friday, 14 April 2017

IT WAS ALL SMILES AS ‘THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS 8’ SCREENED IN KENYA

DStv unleashed a to-die-for experience to Kenya’s supercar lovers via screening of the Fast and Furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious during its simultaneous worldwide movie premier.


True to the brand's promise of putting the customer at the heart of its business, MultiChoice East Africa Commercial General Manager, Kenneth Oyolla said, “The latest edition of Fast and Furious has thrown many fans into a frenzy. It is definitely exciting to be bringing you the movie just following its worldwide release . DStv is proud to continue to bring you the latest content first as part of our mission to deliver value to our customers by making great entertainment more accessible. We will continue to work to deliver the shows that people love into their hands through such screenings and also to their living rooms through our DStv platform.”


In the new movie, The Fate of the Furious, fans experience the usual supercars that can leap from skyscraper to skyscraper without as much as a graze on the bumper; a warehouse of precious metals on four wheels including the Dodge Charger driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, 4 identical Subaru BR-Zs and a nuclear submarine chasing cars across a Barents Sea ice plain. The twist in the movie is the new character, and a mysterious woman played by Charlize Theron who seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) forcing the crew back to the world of crime.


The movie is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russel, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.


Before the premier, DStv Premium customers were recently treated to an exclusive Fast and Furious M-Net Movies pop-up channel featuring the past seven high-octane movies playing back to back for 9 days from 1 – 9 April. The Fast and Furious movies make up one of the most successful film franchises in the world.

The screening was done by DStv in partnership with Moët & Hennessy brands, Ford - makers of the Ford Mustang and other versions of the Ford used in the Fast and Furious sequel and Engen (Kenya) also featured in the film.













Churchill Show comedian Ayeiya passes on in a grisly road accident

The Kenyan comedy fraternity is mourning the sudden demise of one of their own.
News reaching us is that popular Churchill show comedian Emmanuel Makori Nyambane aka Ayeiya Poa Poa is dead.

Ayeiya Poa Poa was involved in a grisly road accident near Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He died on the spot.

The comedian was traveling in the company of his wife, actor Maina Olwenya, comedian Paul Wakimani Ogutu and a friend.



SAFARICOM AND KWESÉ TV ANNOUNCE VIDEO DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP



Industry leader Safaricom has signed a distribution agreement with Econet Media’s Kwesé TV, Africa's newest multi-platform Pay TV network, to deliver premium video content to Kenyan consumers.

Kenyan consumers have been early adopters when it comes to digital content, and Safaricom has consistently led the charge in the communications industry with innovative products and services. The announced partnership with Kwesé TV extends Safaricom’s digital services offered to its subscribers.

Kwesé’s TV content showcases some of the best in Sports and Entertainment, including exclusives like NBA basketball, Revolt TV and VICELAND, as well as live coverage of English Premier League and Brazilian football matches, as well as lifestyle and music shows.
                                                       
Leveraging Safaricom’s superfast 4G network, subscribers will be able to stream Kwesé’s world-class programming on their connected devices through innovative data bundles, which will be available to Safaricom customers.

Commenting on the agreement, Sylvia Mulinge, Director- Consumer Business, Safaricom said “Our aim is to enhance our customer experience and deliver solutions that meet their unique needs. Video content is the future of mobile and our partnership with Kwese will enable us to deliver some of the best international and local video content. This is a powerful partnership, which will greatly benefit our customers and have a positive impact on the local industry.” 

"We are seeing increasing integration across our related industries in telecommunications and media. Through our partnership we will be able to leverage our collective strengths to give customers a world-class video service through the fastest network in Kenya. We are excited by the potential that mobile TV offers and look forward to working with Safaricom to deliver our content into the hands of even more Kenyans” said Econet Media CEO Joseph Hundah.

Kwesé TV’s offering will be accessible through Safaricom video data packages and M-Pesa, which will be made available shortly.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Photos: Singer Akothee apparently comes from a family of politicians.

Akothee grew up in a household with parents that worked for the government and one who eventually became a politician.
She seems to have picked a thing or two from her parents. During her flamboyant homecoming, Akothee was received by a Women's group from Migori which she supports. 

Fans met the parents over the weekend as she celebrated her double wins after she was named Best Female Artiste by American based awards; AFRIMMA and AEAUSA.

Driving off from JKIA, Akothee's convoy included a pearly white stretch limousine with custom plates and Nairobi's hottest matatu, Phantom. The same one that Trey Songz rode in when he was in Kenya.







Here is Janet Mbugua's official statement after parting ways with citizen

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life (Buddha)

I happen to be a believer in doing what feels right when the moment feels right, as long as I’ve thoroughly thought it through, prayed, meditated and know that I can sleep with a sense of conviction in my soul. I’m also deeply aware of how blessed and lucky I’ve been. The opportunity to have been a Broadcast Journalist for 10 years has been humbling and rewarding, with 5 of those years spent at Citizen TV. For that I’d like to thank Farida Karoney and Wachira Waruru, who have believed in me through and through. I know the moment is right for me to take a sabbatical; breathe, reflect, pursue my passion projects in earnest and spend time with my young family. It’s more ‘see you soon’ than ‘goodbye’.

I’m not going into specifics about what my next steps are, that’s not my style. What I can say for now is that I am in a space of renewal and rebirth, without wanting to sound too perceptible. It’s as metaphorical as it is literal.

Sometimes life forces you to reboot, whether you want to or not. Am I scared? Sure. A little. Anxious? Yes. Excited? Very! Broadcast has not just been my bread and butter, but the Ying to my Yang as far as career goes. My go to. My comfort zone. Stepping out of all that familiarity, albeit momentarily, can shake ones equilibrium a little…but that’s not unusual. But, I’m a closet Life-ist who’s ready to own that. Life is too short. Better to live it absolutely!

In the meantime continue to follow the projects I’m a part of, #HelpAChildReach5 with Lifebuoy and #TheJourneyWithJanet with Resolution Insurance, and those I’ve founded; #IAmMotherhood (www.iammotherhood.love) and Inua Dada, of which the latter is going through its own organic transition.

I’m excited for what the next few months hold and look forward to sharing all this with you, right here on this platform and across my social media.

Here’s to life! And all it’s possibilities...

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life (Buddha)

I happen to be a believer in doing what feels right when the moment feels right, as long as I’ve thoroughly thought it through, prayed, meditated and know that I can sleep with a sense of conviction in my soul. I’m also deeply aware of how blessed and lucky I’ve been. The opportunity to have been a Broadcast Journalist for 10 years has been humbling and rewarding, with 5 of those years spent at Citizen TV. For that I’d like to thank Farida Karoney and Wachira Waruru, who have believed in me through and through. I know the moment is right for me to take a sabbatical; breathe, reflect, pursue my passion projects in earnest and spend time with my young family. It’s more ‘see you soon’ than ‘goodbye’.

I’m not going into specifics about what my next steps are, that’s not my style. What I can say for now is that I am in a space of renewal and rebirth, without wanting to sound too perceptible. It’s as metaphorical as it is literal. 

Sometimes life forces you to reboot, whether you want to or not. Am I scared? Sure. A little. Anxious? Yes. Excited? Very! Broadcast has not just been my bread and butter, but the Ying to my Yang as far as career goes. My go to. My comfort zone. Stepping out of all that familiarity, albeit momentarily, can shake ones equilibrium a little…but that’s not unusual. But, I’m a closet Life-ist who’s ready to own that. Life is too short. Better to live it absolutely! 

In the meantime continue to follow the projects I’m a part of, #HelpAChildReach5 with Lifebuoy and #TheJourneyWithJanet with Resolution Insurance, and those I’ve founded; #IAmMotherhood (www.iammotherhood.love) and Inua Dada, of which the latter is going through its own organic transition. 

I’m excited for what the next few months hold and look forward to sharing all this with you, right here on this platform and across my social media. 
Here’s to life! And all it’s possibilities.

Award-winning Kenyan play opens Africa Tour in Nairobi

The award-winning Kenyan play 'A Man Like You', which was nominated for
7 awards at last year's Sanaa Theatre Awards, winning Best Actor and
Best Tragedy, is now to tour Africa, following its Nairobi premieres
last year, and three week July run off Broadway in New York.

'A Man Like You' will be performed at the Braeburn Theatre on 28th and
29th April, and will then go to the Harare International Festival of
Arts from 2nd to 11th of May, closing in Cape Town between 14th and 20th
of May.

The tour, which opens in Nairobi then moves to Zimbabwe and South
Africa, taking Kenyan theatre to some of the highest profile arts events
in southern Africa.

The play will be directed by writer Silvia Cassini whose tale of two
idealistic headstrong men; Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage,
and his Somali kidnapper Abdi, has them defending their world-views in
an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

The windowless concrete room in Somalia where North is imprisoned is the
setting for the poignant and thought-provoking conversations he has with
his captor Abdi, which raises questions about the nature of
radicalisation, the flaws of differing cultures, and the similarities
between them, as people.

The cell scene is intercut with a scene in North's home in Nairobi,
where his wife Elizabeth fights for her husband’s freedom whilst she
deals with his absence, and the reality that he may never return.

New York critic Thomas Scully wrote of the play: "The whole affair is
gritty, honest and un-sensational in the best possible way. This play is
not torture-porn, a plastic manufactured white-guilt play; so often
these are the traps with these works, to make a thing brutal and violent
with no regard for reality.

‘A Man Like You’ avoids these pitfalls.
Cassini’s writing instead speaks extensively to cultural
misunderstanding, and the parallels of entrapment between privileged and
unprivileged cultures. Neither Abdi, nor North, is outright villainized
or deified, but are instead presented as individuals; people who under
the circumstances presented to them became the creatures they are.

Their interactions and understandings within misunderstandings, and vice
versa, have to be seen to be fully understood. Suffice to say, the play
speaks to honest, common humanity, without painting over either side’s
atrocities."

For this third production of 'A Man Like You', Cassini's cast will again
include theatre stalwarts Maina Olwenya as Abdi, and Davina Leonard as
Elizabeth, both prominent actors on the Kenyan stage, as well as Kevin
Amwoma, who will reprise his role as the sinister Hassan. There is a key
change in the lead, however, with Cassini having, for this latest run,
cast internationally renowned Zimbabwean actor Kevin Hanssen as Patrick
North.

The staging of the play for its new tour will, however, be completely
different from the original, giving it a new look and a totally fresh
feel. "Each new production of this play should be a clean experience,
not just for the audience but for everyone involved. I have no interest
in doing the same thing twice; change is what keeps us relevant and
growing," said Silvia Cassini.

The play speaks to issues that are now fueling the world’s most
prominent debates, across cultural stereotypes and national identity,
and through being set in Somalia, making Cassini's message of increasing
significance, and the timing of the play’s continental tour extremely
pertinent.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Exclusive: Tour inside Vera Sidika's mansion

More money= more hapiness. Vera seems to be living the life at her million dollar mansion over at kitusuru. Here are some photos.