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24 hours in Nairobi

Posted by rod - 13.03.2013

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What would you do if you had 24 hours in Nairobi, Kenya? Would you head into the city or check out the wildlife at Nairobi National Park? What ever you choose to do I am convinced it’s going to be an adventure. The March issue of Qatar airways’ inflight magazine Orxy did the hard work, and explored the city to give you an insight into some of the jewels, The article is accompanied by the illustration above, which was created by illustrator Patrick Hruby. Patrick include some of the capitals iconic things to see and do, such as the animals in the Nairobi National Park, the Jamia Mosque and the crafts at the Nairobi city centre market.

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Masai tribe portraits – Kenya

Posted by rod - 01.11.2012

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These incredible black and white Masai tribe portrays were taken by french photographer Patrick Galibert. Each one of the 17 portraits tells a story of the person, from the clothes and jewellery he or she wears to the tools/weapons the holds.

The Masai people are a semi-nomadic group who live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley, which of the majority live in Kenya. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their residence near the many game parks of East Africa, and their distinctive customs and dress.

If you want to see more fascinating pictures like these check out one of these links:

Turkana tribe Kenya

The Samburu – Kenya

Kenya by photographyer Diego Arroyo

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Ajiri Tea – Kenyan black tea

Posted by rod - 31.07.2012

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Seeing these lovely Kenyan designed tea packaging by Ajiri Tea make me smile. Each box features a unique label which is handmade using dried bark from banana trees. The unique label designs feature Kenyan village environments that reflect the people who are working at Ajiri Tea. These Masai inspired postcard designs have similarities, and worth a look at.

The Tea is an award-winning Kenyan black tea, grown and handpicked by small-scale farmers in western Kenya. 100% of the profits are used to pay school fees for orphans and Ajiri is currently sponsors 19 students in school. The word Ajiri means “to employ” in Swahili. If you want to support Ajiri you can buy their tea in about 350 stores throughout the US, Canada and Australia.

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Kenya by photographyer Diego Arroyo

Posted by rod - 17.11.2011

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Amsterdam based art director and passionate photographer Diego Arroyo traveled to Kenya to photograph some of Kenya’s striking tribes. One of the tribes which he spend a few days with are the Samburu people.

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Kenyan Bike Taxis Designs

Posted by rod - 20.09.2011

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How cool are these Kenyan Bike Taxis also known as boda-boda. The designs are unique, equipped with an extra large passenger seat and a hand-pumped radio. Not to forget the bright colours that hypnotize you to take a ride. Photographed by James Mollison for Colors Magazine. via designtripper

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The Legend of Ngong Hills

Posted by rod - 25.03.2011

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This short animation film trailer is based on a Maasai folk tale. The story is about Ogre, who has a habit of attacking the Maasai Village but then falls in love with the beautiful young maiden Sanayian. Created by the small Nairobi, Kenya production studio Apes in Space, the director and illustrator Kwame Nyongo wants to maintain the heritage and culture of African stories. via africandigitalart

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Colourful Kangas

Posted by rod - 01.03.2011

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I love the vibrant colours of the Kanga. The Kanga is mainly worn by women throughout Eastern Africa and features a strip which contains a message in Swahili. image via africancreature

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Turkana tribe Kenya

Posted by rod - 06.01.2011

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Photographer Eric Lafforgue took some amazing images of the Turkana people in Kenya in 2009. The Turkana are a Nilotic people of Kenya, numbering about 340,000. They inhabit the Turkana District in northwest Kenya, a dry and hot region bordering Lake Turkana in the east. I have posted about Eric before check out some of this North Korean, Ethiopian and Vanuatu images.

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Magical Kenya – tourism identity

Posted by rod - 15.12.2010

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The Kenyan tourism identity is one of the strongest tourism identities in Africa. Braking down the logo, it consists of the Kenyan colours and the arch in the middle represents a necklace from the Masai people which are one of Kenya‘s most famous tribal groups.
Having visited Kenya myself I really like that they are using the word “Jambo!” in their advertising, everyone says it especially excessively towards tourists. Jambo was was one of the first words which I learnt in Swahili and it means Hello.

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Safaricom proudly Kenya

Posted by rod - 18.11.2010

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The Safaricom Proundly Kenya, advertising campaign was produced with a 600 member choir singing in Swahili in scenic locations around Kenya. The locations are Mt Longonot crater, Mt Elgon, alongside the Tana River, Ndere Island, Porror Ridge, the Aberdare Range, Lake Victoria, Kericho, and in the hills at Suguta Valley south of Lake Turkana. It’s worth a watch even if you don’t understand Swahili.

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A Town Prospering on a Legal Drug Trade

Posted by rod - 25.10.2010

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A Town Prospering on a Legal Drug Trade from Touko Sipiläinen on Vimeo.

It wasn’t too long ago since I traveled through Maua, Kenya on my way to Meru National Park. This small Kenyan town is the hub of the Miraa trade in East Africa. In most of world the Miraa plant is illegal but in Kenya it isn’t. via themeasuremag

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The Samburu – Kenya

Posted by rod - 05.10.2010

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These images are absolutely beautiful, picturing the people of Samburu, Kenya. Photographed by Canadian photographer Lyle Owerko. According to Wikipedia the Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya that are related to but distinct from the Maasai. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle but also keep sheep, goats and camels. via another africa

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Masai illustration

Posted by rod - 28.09.2010

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Vibrant Masai illustrations by Cape Town grown artist/illustrator Daniel Ting Chong. The Masai people are among the most well known African ethnic groups because of their distinctive customs and their dresses. They live in Kenya and northern Tanzania.

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Masai postcard art

Posted by rod - 18.08.2010

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During my summer holiday in Kenya I went to the Masai market in Nairobi (as most tourists do). I bought these postcards depicting the Masai tribe in their daily doings. To make the postcards more authentic and interesting they glued traditional Shuka fabrics to it. Shukas are worn by male Masai warriors of pretty much all ages and are usually red.

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Kenya Map

Posted by rod - 29.11.2009

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Illustration of Kenya by ching ching cheng via The Alice Line

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John Kenny – Kenya

Posted by rod - 03.09.2009

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Incredible portraits of the remote societies in the far north of Kenya, including the Samburu, Rendille, Turkana and Pokot. Photography by John Kenny

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The village of Tumai in Kenya

Posted by rod - 04.08.2009

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The village of Tumai in Kenya photographed by Nadia Ferroukhi. Found via Out and about Africa

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JR in Kenya

Posted by rod - 28.04.2009

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JR in Kenya check his website out. jr-art.net

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