Kenyan in and around Cape Town

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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!!


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

Swartvlei,
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”


Education gone Burst!!


University of Cape Town
At the Foot of Table Mountain/ Devils peak


This reminds me of my University days, on a Friday afternoon after a presentation that didn’t go so well which usually meant more hours in that studio with Fawaz’s old radio and Munya’s rumblings. I sometimes wished the University could go BURST!!! Othertimes I felt like everything was closing in on me!!


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

Marimba

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


Cape Town after Dusk


Knight’s Bridge,
Century City

Jammie Hall, UCT
Cape Town

Gaks’ Balcony,
Bougain Villas

Chai Yo Restaurant,
Canal Walk


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


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 those 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 …

Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight ...

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