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Africa Creates

Africa Creates: Creating Opportunity

Part of the recent ‘brain gain’ that Kenya in particular has experienced the past few years, Brian Waswani Odhiambo is an honors graduate from Yale University w...
Empress Black Omolo

On Our Radar: Empress Black Omolo

The modern Kenyan music scene has  always had special links to the Netherlands, one of the most liberal places to live in. Perhaps it is this culture of toleran...
Africa Creates

Africa Creates: The Art of Shoes

In Kenya, Bata is synonymous with shoes. But where do the designs come from? Enter Esther Kute, a designer who still harbours ambitions to be a pilot. From the...
Moses Kilolo

Africa Creates: The Insanity of Writing

From the aptly named Cloud 9 atop the Clarence House Hotel, I had a great view of Westlands. That’s completely irrelevant to the topic at hand, but it did provi...
The Samaritans

Africa Creates: How to Mock in Style

Producer Hussein Kurji had no idea how many nerves he’d touch when he first thought up his idea. It seemed so simple: a mockumentary TV series about the non-gov...

Africa Creates: Confronting the Silences

I caught up with Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor shortly after the pre-release of her first full-length novel, Dust. Over a pasta lunch, we discussed Kenya’s 50th anniver...