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KENYA, Nairobi : A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi on July 28, 2014, reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. Kenya takes pride in being a union of “42 tribes”, but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics. “There has been a surge of dangerous speech,” said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi’s sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA


Lupita Nyong’o graffiti at the Go Down Art Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

She sat in the class I daydream in and I can only hope to be like her.


Chris Kirubi’s Runda Project: Two Rivers set to be East Africa’s Largest Shopping Mall

Runda is set to become home of Kenya and East Africa’s biggest shopping mall. The concrete wonder dubbed Two Rivers will be at the heart of the affluent Runda, Gigiri, Muthaiga and Nyali neighbourhoods. The entire complex, which will also include a 5 starhotel, residential apartments and an office park, will be located on a 100 acre piece of land, a few minutes from the UN complex and several embassies.

The whole project is estimated to cost around Sh60 billion. Of the 62,000 square meters of GLA retail tenants, just under 50% are international clients including international supermarket chain, Carrefour hypermarket on 10,000 sqm as the anchor tenant. This will be the second Carrefour in Africa and the first in the region.

The Two Rivers Lifestyle Centre is 50% let by Value; Construction is at the sub structure stage with an expected completion date of September 2015. The Openingdate of the mall is October 2015 geared for the Christmas shopping. Two rivers is owned by Centum Investement where Chris Kirubi is the majority shareholder.

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NEW MUSIC: Sauti Sol - “Sura Yako” (Official Video).

If you never paid attention to Sauti Sol before 2014, then this is the year that you finally should.

After beautifully seducing us with their video for Nishike, the boys started a Lipala dance hype that shows no signs of stopping thanks to their single Sura Yako, and the instructional dance video that came with it. Fans from their home country of Kenya and all around the world have recorded videos of them doing the dance, leading in part to the band being nominated for a Kenyan Social Media Award in the category of f Best Use of Social Media for Entertainment.

Already a hit, Sauti Sol have now released the official visuals for Sura Yako and I’m tempted to say it’s their best yet, thanks to Kenyan director Enos Olik. Sung in Swahili with an infectious Soukous melody, Sura Yako is a song that celebrates the joys of love and beauty - something the video captures so well.

OK, off I go to do the Lipala dance.


(Great Rift Valley, Kenya, Africa 2012


Lake Nakuru National Park | Kenya


Sporting Safari
Gentlemen’s Quarterly April, 1968

Photography and Design Steve Horn - Norm Griner