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Ciiru homecoming #1: meet the uncles and aunties


Ciiru finally met her uncles and aunties from both our families;
Aunty Kakash
Aunty kakash

Aunty Kakash will teach you to be simple, caring and loving especially to children! She will teach you to laugh alot and to make merry. She has a generous supply of cousins for you … so you will never be without friends!

Uncle Mwaura

Uncle Mwaura lives very far away and is dad to your very beautiful cousin Waithera. He works for a big multinational and is a true global citizen. Traditionally he is your only uncle – the rest are your “small fathers” – If you ever choose to go corporate he will teach you the ropes. He will teach you to be honest and how to get up there without forgetting where you came from.

Uncle Mitch

Uncle Mitch is the smooth one in the family. He will teach you the queens English having lived there long enough to master the language. He will spoil you, teach you to be fashionable and show you to appreciate the good things in life!

Uncle Mitch tall

Uncle Mitch tall will teach you how to make every penny count. He will also teach you not to forget your roots and not to be too fussy about stuff… to live a day at a time and to keep a gentle spirit

Aunty Carol

Aunty Carol is Ms Intelligence. She is very caring and loving and I know you will enjoy sleeping over at her house and to play with cousin Leiyan. She is also very generous and will spoil you with lots of goodies. She will be your port of call if you want to join politics and become famous. If you ever want to be the Obama of your generation, keep her close.

Uncle Georgey

Uncle George is the musician and arty one! I hope you will learn art from him and maybe how to sing and enjoy good gospel music. He will teach you to love the Lord and serve Him all the days of your life.

Uncle Eli

Uncle Eli is Mr Swag! He loves to have a good time and be on the social scene. He is a peacemaker and is very caring. He especially cares about your grandma and of all things you can learn from him, I hope you will learn how to care for your family and love your mother the most!

Uncle Shawn

Uncle Shawn is Mr Ambition! He wants to make a lot of money and be rich – and he will be. I hope one day he will teach you how to make money – Money cannot buy happiness but you will need it to be happy! Everyone needs a rich uncle someday – I hope he will be your rich uncle!


The Huguenot Monument

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

Nikita 100 [02 of 4]

I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 2nd of 4 posts:

[05]Naked and Unashamed
At creation, Adam and Eve “were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Before their sin, Like little kids, they made no connection between nudity and sexuality. However, because of their transgression they became aware of their own nakedness. Their sin and sense of shame caused them to think differently about their bodies.

Little Children
Wilderness Beach, Western Cape

“Aaaawww…cute! Such innocence…..makes me want mine back” kbaab
“sweeeeeeet kids! at wilderness beach..” Wangeci Gathua
Roger Gachago, Jackie Pepeno and Jean Githaiga like this.

[06] Higher Learning
If you ever studied at the University of Cape Town, Jammie steps were your everyday exercise. 100 or so steps everyday to get to class in pursuit of a higher education (And all the health freaks said “Oo yeaaah!!”) Seeing all these students … future architects, engineers, artists, politicians, fraudsters, hackers etc … carrying bag-loads of books going up makes for a scene pregnant with potential (and all the latest trends in fashion). Everyone wants to study here, and esp lots of Kenyans do their Masters and PHDs here …

Any journey starts with a small step in the right direction…For those in UCT, the library couldn’t have been placed at a better position. Keep stepping!!! da gud doc.

[07] Someday when am 90 (part 2)
… then again sometimes you don’t want to grow old. You want to be the boy in the lake

Sedgefield- Garden route

“I like the posts, simple yet captivating with a story to tell. keep up the good work dude!” Kerrix

[08] The Cobra at sunset
Ratanga Junction: More than 30 attractions including 24 rides ranging from kiddie rides to family rides and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers. One of the most challenging of the rides is The Cobra, a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 34m along 910m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. This ride is not for the faint-hearted (like me) … but I can take pictures of it

The Cobra,
Ratanga Junction

“Awesome shot man. I would ride that thing first then shoot it down #teamAdrenalinerush”

Groot Constantia; Old bath

Architecture — South Africa — 18th century
Historic buildings; Groot Constantia Old Bath/swimming pool

Cape Dutch architecture
18th century

Swimming in the forest,
Surrounded by monkeys; that must have been lots of fun

Brewing a storm

Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment. Wednesday night was no different for me. Just when the moon was changing color 😦 a biiiiig dark cloud just covered it (so much for an eclipse tht lasted over 100 minutes!!). And for that reason I dedicate todays post to ‘clouds!’ in protest!!

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

The birth of a Star [Wambui Maina]

Wambui (Christine) Maina is a Kenyan girl studying music at the SA college of Music, UCT. Her interim recital the other night was proffesional, very well arranged and proudly Kenyan. Well done Christine. We are all proud of you and looking forward to your next recital and hopeful we can plan a Kenyan “blankets and wine” right here in the mother city!

Vocal and African Instruments: Interim Recital
SA College of music; University of Cape Town

Wambui doing a rendition of ‘Mpenzi‘ and ‘cha upele‘ by Safari Sound Band.The rendition included the alto, Soprano and bass marimbas as accompanying instruments!

Here playing ‘Sengenya‘ on the Chivoti from the Digo community found at the coast of Kenya. She played all 4 movements of the Sengenya dance; yandaro, mserego, ngoma tano and changanya.

Wambui trying to explain the meaning of ‘Mpenzi‘ and ‘cha upele‘ to the white audience. Apperently, ‘cha upele mpenzi’ tranlates “My rushed love” … am investigating 🙂

Mwenyenyo… twist … This is a nice way to earn marks! And yu get people to help you!
Alibulali Themba Liyadanisa (Xhosa, South Africa)
Uhadi (Musical Bow)
‘Nyamaropa” (Shona, Zimbabwe)
Mbira (Lamellophone)- perfomed by 2 mbira players. Wambui here showing off her mastering of the basic technique of mbira playing


kwa nini mimi niwache rhumba …
Mabumbumbu Dance
Thanks and acknowledgements!
Well done Christine!!

The mother city

Cape Town is called the “Mother City” due to the highly expressive vocabulary of the local dialect (in which the words “your mother” features regularly) and also that it takes 9 months to do anything in this sleepy hollow. This is according to the tongue-in-cheek website,

Cape Town City Center

Triple towers,
Cape Town

Where am I? Did anything change?

The South African Apartheid government made clear that its ultimate aim was the total removal of the black population from South Africa thereby minimizing contact with the black population. The black population was then forced into homelands townships, shanty-towns and slums on the outskirts of South African cities. This was, among other reasons, because the economy of white South Africa depended on access to a black labour force. Did anything change post 1994? I don’t see black South Africans everywhere I go … maybe I haven’t been to a bantustan or a township 😦

White South Africa,
Strand beach

White South Africa,
Strand beach

The land dispossession of black South Africans

The Land Act of 1913 formalised the land dispossession of black South Africans. It limited African land ownership to ‘native reserves’, with communal land tenure administered by traditional leaders. Other laws prevented Africans from owning land in white farming areas and prevented white farmers from leasing land to black tenants and share croppers* … almost 100yrs later … has anything really changed on the ground for the black South African?!

Beautiful farm,
Durbanville, South Africa

I hope one day this will read “The Land Act of 2013 formalised the land dispossession of white ‘South Africans’ … Other laws prevented Europeans from owning land in farming areas and prevented African farmers from leasing land to European tenants and share croppers
Nb: Africans by colonization doesn’t count
*Government programmes and policies/Land Reform

Africa for the queen

Cecil John Rhodes: An ardent colonialist who dreamt of establishing so great a Power as to render wars impossible and of colonisation by British subjects of all lands where the means of livelihood are attainable by energy, labour and enterprise, and especially the occupation by British settlers of the entire Continent of Africa … why do we even have memorials of such … in Africa?!

Rhodes monument,
University of Cape Town