Young Kenyan creatives who are doing the most

Apart from the regular school routine, this is what young Kenyan creatives are doing to survive this harsh economic times. Times are hard leading but these youth have been able to incorporate their talent in contributing to the societies creative industry.

Some of this young creatives include,

 

1. Clint Malik and Moh mckenzie

Clint Malik and Moh McKenzie began their first style collective in Jericho Estate, a working class neighborhood in the Eastlands surbub of Nairobi. They are a group of neighborhood boys with a shared love of fashion.

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Earlier this year with the help of their photographer friend Brenon Ochieng Ooro, they started incorporating everyday objects, little relics found around their suburb, into their street style photos on Instagram. Clothespins hang from thrifted trench coat pockets and broken mirror shards are fastened to sunglasses with string. Tailor’s measuring tape and playing cards are safety-pinned onto everything from traditional Kenyan robes to hand-painted jeans and captioned #MadeInKenya.

Malik says,

“We use objects related to our culture, like matchsticks, brooms, and handmade handbags,”

Clint and Moh tell the Vogue

 

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2. Shem Obara

He is an enthusiastic self taught Photographer who has gradually been gaining recognition in the creative industry. He is known for his portraits, creative concepts and editorial images, which have caught the eye of many people through social media. The artistic mind has also captured the attention of some Kenyan celebrities with whom he has worked with. They include, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Kagwe Mungai, Blinky Bill, Antoneosol, Joan Munyi (Yummy mummy) among others.

 

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3. Jebet Navaa

Self-taught artist Jebet Naava effortlessly creates candid, thought-provoking and transcendent art. She is inspired by Nairobi’s vibrant creative scene and by elements of the human condition. Naava is determined to push Africa forward and claim her narrative. As a mother who has battled depression, her work tenderly centers on mental health, self-love, the celebration of the woman and the resilience of humanity. She was the artist behind Blinky Bill’s album cover Mayonde’s ProjectPurple EP.

Jebet tells the culture trip

 

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4. Wabosha Maxine

Maxine Wabosha is a Kenyan makeup and beauty artist who is carving a niche as an “eyebrow” expert. From getting spotted by brands, to working with amazing personalities, Maxine keeps on shining. Her services and YouTube channel, which all go by the name ‘Beauty by Wabosha’, have resonated with a lot of Kenyan youngsters and all who love the art of transformation. 

“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself. Both on the inside and out”

Wabosha tells the spread zone

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5. Vallerie muthoni

Vallerie Muthoni is a recording and performing artist based in Nairobi, Kenya, currently studying a diploma in Music Production. With roots from her childhood in the USA, her music entails a different assortment of sound. From old-school funk and groove to the modern day RnB & Soul, her sound cannot be put into a box. Also being quite the entertainer from a young age, her live performances are experiences, from the story telling in her lyrics to her relation with the audience incorporating dance, dialogue, prose and energy through it all.

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She is also a girl of many traits, she has her own YouTube channel with content varying from Comedy, Music to even Poetry. You can also occasionally find her MC/ hosting events around town. She was recently one of the main performing acts at the Thrift Social-Athleisure edition

 

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Crazy Mzungu Shows Anto NeoSoul The Dark Side Of Nairobi (Photos)

Australian born philanthropist and motivational speaker Mike Flynn can take you to the darkest spots in Nairobi.

He walks freely in places that ordinary Nairobians wouldn’t even think of going and would be lucky to get out alive if they did.

One such place is Karioa slum in Ngara, a small and little known ghetto where Nairobi’s chokoras live.

It’s the kind of place you can get stubbed in broad daylight and people will walk over your body like you are sack of potatoes. Yet Mike Flynn roams the place like it’s his backyard.

Mike FlynnHe narrates:

“I started working in there 10 years ago, there was a huge pile of garbage that kids were playing in and getting sick. The first thing I did was make a deal with the community that if they would clean it up and load it into trucks I would hire the trucks and get it taken away. We did it and that’s was how I got to know the people in there.”

Mike is the founder of ‘Little Sports Organization’, an NGO that has created employment for hundreds of Kenyans. The organization has impacted over 12,000 children in 26 schools who do Sport & Life Skills development every week.

“When I brought Anto-Neosoul here he almost didn’t want to get of the car,” he explains. “However I assured him he is okay as long as he is with me. My friends worry about my security when I am here, but I feel at home here, no one can touch me when I am here.”

This week Mike is set to launch a 12 week mentor-ship program together with sport entrepreneur Cynthia Mambo, multi-talented performer Anto Neosoul, photo activist Boniface Mwangi and spoken word poet.

The Youth entrepreneurship mentoring academy will start in January and will not only equip participants with knowledge but give them access to ONE MILLION shillings capital.

The program will be launched on Thursday 5th October, at an event to be held at the Kenyatta University at 10am and another at All Saints Cathedral at 5:30Pm.

Young people will have a chance to sign up for this program during the two events. For Mike this program is a dream come true, an opportunity to impact the most neglected segment of society: the youth. He says:

“I grew up poor in a tough area of Sydney Australia and a school that was violent. I learned to run, be funny or fight when necessary. My successes have taken me into dialogue with big business people and leaders of countries. My passion now is to use my life as a gift to awaken the seeds of greatness inside everybody and to shine the light on your path to success.”

Here are the photos of the slum tour.

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