Kenyan in and around Cape Town

Experience South Africa- Mzansi fo shoo!


University of Cape Town,
Cape Town

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This is my grad School. I am pursuing an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure & Management and its not easy for a newbie dad and husband!
It is made worse by all the steps/Stairs you have to take to and from school … the infamous Jemmie steps!
All Hail UCT Jemmie Steps!!! Keep walking.

I will forever remember these steps!!

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From Marvelous Light into Darkness | A Cape Town short Timelapse


Lagoon Beach Hotel Terrace,

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Lagoon Beach Hotel is not too far from home so every once in a while my wife and I like to go watch the sunset over the Atlantic ocean here. It is nice to watch the sun go down and the lights come up in the city at the foot of the mountain. The scene changes drastically from light to darkness making it all the more interesting. Having learnt how to shoot a timelapse a few weeks ago ( thanx @truthslinger ) I have attempted a few but today I will only share this 20 seconds or so captured over a period of just under an hour …

For those thinking about visiting Cape Town soon this is a nice place to stay and is worth your hard earned dollars! Meanwhile we shall keep enjoying the ambience and the sunsets! So long folks … the sun is about to set – Shabbat shalom!!
Look out for more Time lapses here soon!


Matuta za Ciiru


Yesterday when I got home I was tired! The only place I wanted to be was home … with Keshi and Ciiru. They make me feel peaceful and safe. My wife makes me feel like a teenager because of how much I love her. And Ciiru …. Ciiru brings out all the childishness in me. She makes me feel like a baby again! I love watching her trying to put her hands together, rolling over, drooling, blubbering … the works! But yesterday they shocked me! When my wife opened the door for me I remained speechless for a while … there she was … my little angel in ‘matutas’ (English for that?! … corns I suppose) … For the 1st time in her 7 months of life she had her hair made! She looked like a new person to me. Like I was experiencing her for the very 1st time. She looked more like a girl than a baby now. My little angel is growing up fast and furious!! and it got me thinking.

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I remembered Susan Engel saying “When they’re little they sit on your lap; when they’re big they sit on your heart” … Apparently having little kids is a breeze. As long as you hug them a lot and make good food, things seemed to be, for the most part, O.K. You can fix many problems, and distract them from others. Your home can be a haven from all that might be painful and difficult in the world beyond.

All of that changes when they are grown. They fall in love, break their hearts, apply for jobs, leave or lose the jobs, choose new homes, can’t pay the rent for those new homes and question their choice of profession. They forge their way, all just outside of your helping reach. Then, when bad things happen, they need you like crazy, but you discover that the kind of help you’ve spent years learning how to give is no longer helpful.

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This poem by Brad Anderson came to my mind:

Can I Carry You?
I guess I can hold you one more time before you grow
And tell you that I love you so that you will always know
Please let me feed you again,One day you’ll feed yourself
And when you think back to this time, I hope it’s love I’ve shown
Can I help you put your coat on? Can I please mush your food?
Can I swing you around in my arms? Can I pick you out a treat?
One day you might just care for me,so let me care for you

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I want to be a part of every little thing you do
Tonight could I please wash your hair? Can I put toys in the bath?
Can I help you count your small ten toes before I teach you math?
And one more time can I stand near to make sure you don’t fall?
Let’s take another space-ship ride Up to a distant planet
Before our Cardboard Rocket doesn’t fit us anymore

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Please let me help you up the hill while you’re still too small to climb
And let me read you stories while you’re young and have the time
I know the day will come when you will do these things alone
Will you recall the shoulder rides and all the balls we’ve thrown?
I want you to grow stronger than your Dad could ever be
And when you find success there will be no soul more proud than me
So will you let me carry you? One day you’ll walk alone
I cannot bear to miss one day from now until you’ve grown!


My City My Town


Sometimes I like to forget what is going on around me … like the Elections in Kenya. I like to remind me how beautiful Cape Town is and hope that one day maybe Mombasa will be like this … maybe … just maybe.

My City My Town

Cape Town City Centre
Taken from the 3 Towers up in Gardens


Sleepless nights #firsttimedaddy


Apps for the clueless expectant daddy
Some apps I never thought I would use have turned out to be my best- What to expect when you are expecting – with the daily and weekly updates, I have become knowledgeable in the biology of my expectant wife and growing unborn child. Our baby has grown from the size of a pea to, blueberries, medium green olive, prunes, large plum and now a large melon! I cant identify these but hopefully someone will translate these to more familiar fruits and veggies like, ngwashe, nduma, pilipili hoho 🙂 etc

TO MY UNBORN CHILD:
Time is moving slowly,
The day is almost here.

The anxiety and joy is building up,
For my baby will soon appear.

I can’t wait to see your smiling face,
And hold your little hand.
Just then I’ll know deep inside
that you’re my little angel.

I have so much to share with you
day after day.
And to you my baby I will give my love
in each and every way

We are eagerly awaiting to meet you and share with you our wonderful home!

This last face of pregnancy has largely been about fatigue and lack of sleep. Carrying a large sized melon (malenge) is no easy task, and I am often moved and touched at what my wife has had to go through and by extension appreciate what my mother went through. The penguin walk and the back aches are now commonplace and the anxiety of the impending birth sometimes gets to us. All in all we are encouraged by the promises of God that he shall always be with us and that His face will always shine upon us and give us peace.

In picture speak I am trying to put to record these sleepless nights when I am woken up by movement in the room only to find my dear preggy reading a book, on fours in bed, drinking water, walking around and stretching or worse still when she starts poking her fingers in my nose, ears, mouth or trying to open my eyes … Aaaargh!!! Meanwhile I will be having this dreams where strange animals are going into my body through my nose and ears only to wake up and find my sleepless wife occupying herself with my face. I was once woken up by the sounds of someone munching and when I opened my eyes she offered me a biscuit (AT 3AM!!!!) …

PRAYER FOR MY WIFE
The promise: Shall I bring to the time of birth and not cause delivery?” says the LORD. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb? says Your God ~Is 66:9
We fervently entreat You Who loves mankind to bless this Your servant, who is with child, granting her help and comfort at this trying time. Ease her labor and bring her to a safe delivery. Yes, O Lord, open the treasury of Your mercies and Your compassion to her, and let her give birth to a fruitful vine to be a cause of joy to her all the days of her life. For You are blessed, together with Your Only-begotten Son, and Your Most-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, now and forever. Amen

Child you have an eager family waiting for you … and you will be treasured and celebrated and admired. The next chapter of our humble family story is unfolding. I would like to ask you to hurry–Mummy is tired, and wobbly, and ready to meet you soon. However, we will wait patiently for you, enjoying you on the inside. Come as you are, my dearest son or daughter. And come when you are ready! Meanwhile mummy and I are praying for you!


Don’t haffy dread to be Rastaman!


I n I Duduza
Cape Town

Rasta Duduza! my In I friend and rastafarian through and through!
He popped into the office and I took some quick pics of him!
When kids see a rasta man in SA they run after him singing how rastas make good Ugali/pap!!


The Huguenot Monument


Franschhoek,
Western Cape,South Africa

The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek, South Africa, is dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots have brought to the Cape Colony (and ultimately the whole of South Africa) after their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries.The monument was designed by J.C. Jongens, completed in 1945 and inaugurated by Dr. A.J van der Merwe on April 17, 1948

The three high arches symbolizes the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On top of the arches is the sun of righteousness and above that, the cross of their Christian faith

The central female figure, created by Coert Steynberg, personifies religious freedom with a bible in her one hand and broken chain in the other. She is casting off her cloak of oppression and her position on top of the globe shows her spiritual freedom. The fleur-de-lis on her robe represents a noble spirit and character

The southern tip of the globe shows the symbols of their religion (the Bible), art and culture (the harp), the agriculture and viticulture (the sheaf of corn and grape vine) and industry (spinning wheel)

The water pond, reflecting the colonnade behind it, expresses the undisturbed tranquility of mind and spiritual peace the Huguenots experienced after much conflict and strife


Kibe – the Ayanu connection


Addis in Cape is our favorite restaurant! the Ethiopian food, staff and the ambiance are great! I like it when we walk in and they welcome us like old time friends esp Hamad, the Kenyan who works there. Here in Addis in Cape am always fascinated by the menus and recently discovered that my friend Kibe is actually an ingredient on the menu. Now I understand why he always has problems at immigration because he travels on a Kenya passport but has Hamitic looks. I think I have finally unraveled this case! KIBE KAMAU is a descendant of the great Mau Mau Gen. Stanley Mathenge who left Kenya about 50 years ago and resurfaced as Ato Lemma Ayanu, an Ethiopian, to mark Madaraka Day on June 1,2003, a day that commemorates Kenya’s internal self governance. Gen Mathenge aka Ato Lemma Ayanu, owns huge acres of land in Ethiopia.

I have not been able to reach Kibe for comment or for DNA samples. But we now understand his love for reggae music and Coffee Arabica!


The Ugandan and the Parrot!


World of Birds,
Cape Town


When I saw this bird I thought of my ugandan friends – am not sure if that is a good thing 🙂


‘Return to Love’


Lira
Kirstenbosch concert
straight off the back of her highly successful national ‘Captured’ tour

an immaculate performance with an emphasis on new material off her fourth, and latest studio album titled Return To Love as well as songs you know from her previous platinum-selling albums, Feel Good and Soul in Mind. Lira is an inspiration to thousands of South Africans and continues to strike a chord with her impactful songwriting, moving vocals, and powerful stage presence.

Lira’s music is defined by its honesty, soulfulness, femininity and utter joyfulness. Not surprisingly, ‘Soul in Mind’ received six SAMA Award nominations and walked away with four, including Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year -OLD MUTUAL-

Best concert I have been to since Papa Wemba @ Beats of the season a loooong time ago in Nairobi 🙂 and closely followed by Hardstone and Kala Mashaka @floodies at Impala club a loooooong time ago!!