International celebrities who have visited Kenya in 2018 (Photos)

This year has been quite good for the Kenyan tourism industry. Many international celebrities have graced our mother land for different reasons and some of them have made sure to have made some impact while at it.

Below are some of the international celebrities who have visited Kenya,

1. Rita Ora

2. Ellen Degeneres

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 3. Naomi Campbell

4. Richard Quest

5. Obama

6. Melania Trump

7. Keri Hilson

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Tanzanian Tour Guide Operator Arrested After Falsely Translating Tourists Remarks

A Tanzanian tour guide operator who was filmed falsely translating the words of a tourist has landed himself in big trouble with the authorities after a video of the incident went viral. If you haven’t seen it please check it out below.

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In the video, the tourist was complementing the country and its scenic features but the tour guide operator completely misrepresents what the tourist meant and instead went on to attack the Tanzanian government about hunger crisis facing the East African nation, further saying she claimed that Tanzanians were always complaining about their plight as a nation…

Here’s a translation of the clip.

Tourist: Hi my visit to Tanzania has been beautiful and gorgeous. The people are fabulous and wonderful and friendly. The animals are wonderful.

Guide: Ansema watanzania mnalia njaa  kila siku mnalia nja wakati mna maua nyumbani. Si mchemshe maua mle. Si vizuri kulia njaa.

Tourist: The variety of animals and is incredible unlike anywhere else. 

Guide: Anasema mnaomba raisi wenye ampikie, kwani raisi wenyu ni mpishi? Chemsheni nguo mkunywe.

Tourist: It will be an experience to savor all your life. It is beautiful and remarkable.

Guide: Anasema mhangaike, na raisi hawezi kutoka ikulu awapikie chakula kwa hivyo mjipikie wenyewe.

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After the clip, the country’s tourist minister ordered his arrest. The man worked at the Serengeti National Park before he was arrested.

In the video, the ever smiling tourist has no clue that her beautiful remarks have been totally misrepresented.



The insider’s cultural guide to Nairobi by Josephine Opar

Arts and culture journalist and magazine hoarder Josephine Opar is putting Kenya on the map with her recent article on the Guardian. She is giving tips on the insider’s cultural guide to Nairobi: Tusker beer, urban slang and ‘writivism’.

She gives an insight on the best places to visit while in Kenya, Nairobi’s love for Nyama Choma and Tusker, the current trending songs to listen to, the TV programme to look out for, street art etc…

Check out the article below;

From Lupita Nyong’o street art to occupied playgrounds and poking fun at socialites, let Josephine Opar guide you round Kenya’s capital. Nairobi culture in five words is Sheng, sun, writing , matatus, genge.

Sound of the city
Beeps from security wands and metal detector machines are the norm in Nairobi, because of the compulsory security checks at every major building, mall, event locations and some buses in the city. In short, security checks are everywhere. Individuals are required to put their bags and phones in trays while they walk through the metal detector machine and in some places security guards also frisk people.

Everyone’s tuning into
The Trend, NTV’s hit show, chats with popular and polarising personalities that people in Kenya are talking about on Twitter: from pop stars to skin-bleaching socialites.

The look on the street
Nairobians are all about mixing local and international trends. Local accessories are popular, while clothes are often sourced from markets (mtumba), or from vendors who select pieces from overseas. Designers and tailors are increasingly becoming a popular choice for producing original attire.

Best current venue
Kuona markets many Nairobi-based artists. Recently, director Sylvia Gichia spoke out about the Venice Biennale scandal, which sees Chinese and Italian artists representing Kenya instead of local artists, for the second time.

What’s the big talking point?
Digital migration – three leading private TV stations operating on analogue platforms were switched off for three weeks in February for failing to migrate to digital. The conflict caused Kenyans on social media to swap memes making fun of the situation. Now that all the stations are back on air, Kenyans are required to purchase set-top boxes to watch local channels, unless they already have satellite TV.

Who’s top of the playlist?
Kuona Trust is a vibrant and accessible arts space in the Hurlingham district of the city. It’s a great place for discovering local painters, glass artists, visual artists, sculptors and photographers, who showcase their work there at regular exhibitions and installations, events, workshops and community outreach programmes.

Best street art
Bankslave is a socially conscious graffiti artist. His work ranges from a massive portrait of Lupita Nyong’o to screaming faces with active pipelines coming from the mouths. He calls these “screaming souls”.

He recently honoured the world’s oldest primary pupil Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge on a wall in Kariobangi. The famous Kenyan started his primary education at 84 years of age, and is the subject of the film The First Grader.

What Nairobi does better than anyone else …
Tusker beer is made in Nairobi, and is popular with Kenyans and tourists alike. Locals often drink it with nyama choma (barbecued meat). Now that police are on the look-out for drunk drivers, Kenyans are doing their best to enjoy their alcoholic beverages responsibly and avoid failing the “alco-blow” tests.

Best cultural Instagram
Artist and content creator Lyra Aoko’s Instagram account is a good representation of the arts scene in Nairobi.

Cultural moment from history
Nairobi National Museum had its 100-year anniversary in 2010. It was a great moment for the city because the renovated museum holds impressive and culturally important artefacts. World-renowned paleontologist and Time Magazine cover star Dr Richard Leakey spoke at the grand celebration, which also featured an art exhibition. Some of the world’s most prized artefacts are housed at Museum Hill, including a homo erectus boy.

Five to Follow
Baz Matters
UP Nairobi
2Many Siblings
Electrique DJs & The Beat Parade Band

Coast reports high rise in abortion cases

Mombasa’s famous party life may be taking toll on women and girls, with hospitals reporting disturbingly high number of complications from unsafe abortions. Hospitals in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale blame the high number on heavy holiday partying and tourism-related activities.

Doctors at the Coast General Provincial Hospital (CPGH), the biggest referral hospital in the region, say they received 102 cases of post-abortion complications in the last four months. CPGH Deputy Administrator Dr Victor Njom says: “90 per cent of the incidents are those that were procured by quacks and health officers had to complete the process to save the women.”

He says when a woman is brought to the hospital after trying to induce an abortion, she has to undergo a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) to complete the process. MVA removes uterine contents through the cervix.

The process is normally used to induce an abortion, or as a therapeutic procedure after a miscarriage or to obtain a sample for endometrial biopsy. Dr Njom says unless the uterus remains are cleared from the woman’s womb, she might acquire infections that could lead to infertility.

The hospital can only offer post-abortion care, which is legal in Kenya. The Constitution has also allowed safe abortion or termination of pregnancy when a woman’s life is in danger but the Ministry of Health withdrew the guidelines that would guide the process last year.

The Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Mobility and Mortality from Unsafe Abortions in Kenya was launched by the Director of Medical Services Francis Kimani in September 2012.

-The Star Newspaper

Ole Lenku set to be appointed as tourism C.S

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to appoint Joseph ole Lenku as the new Tourism Cabinet Secretary, a source at State House has said.

Tourism is currently under the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism held by Phyllis Kandie. It will be hived off as a soft landing for Lenku.

The source said his appointment as Tourism CS was reached at because he doesn’t have to undergo vetting.

Lenku was sacked after sporadic attacks by the al Shabaab, the latest two, of a bus and a quarry, leaving a total of 64 people dead.

Previously a manager at Utalii hotel, Lenku was replaced by Joseph Nkaissery who was sworn in on Wednesday.

Uhuru is also expected to appoint a new Inspector General of police to replace David Kimaiyo who retired.

The new security law gives the president power to make the appointment.

Sources say that Police Reforms Deputy director Kingori Mwangi is tipped to be the new chief.

-The Star

Kenyan beauty queen crowned Miss Tourism Africa 2014

Marley Sianto Sikawa who was in 2013 crowned miss tourism Narok county and in 2014 miss tourism Kenya 2014 has been crowned miss tourism world Africa 2014. Sianto is a prefect example that dreams do come true as she became a mum in 2012 and is now back on the runway

According to the miss tourism world website Sianto is passionate about keeping the environment safe for our wildlife, it is a circle of life and as a Tourism Ambassador I would love to advocate the best for tourism practices that will benefit wildlife, nature and communities not only in Kenya but around the world. I have been able to be involved in a project called the “Solar for Manyatta Initiative”, for the communities that live around the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which helps reduce the poaching of the wildlife and encourages children to go to school.

Miss Tourism World 2014: Japan – Tomomi Kondou
1st R-up: Spain – Ana Marquez Vera
2nd R-up: Great Britain – Ashley Powell
3rd R-up: Brazil – Fernanda Rocha Lemes
4th R-up: Croatia – Jelena Katarina

Miss Tourism Continental Queens of Beauty:

Miss Tourism Africa: Kenya – Sikawa Sianto Marley
Miss Tourism Asia and Oceania: Myanmar – Jue San Thar