Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kenya

This article or post is about shedding a little light on the dark continent. Mainly aimed at those of you whose main source of information is the Geographic channel and news of which has portrayed Africa as uncivilised, jungle-ish, barbaric, disease infested etc. I feel animals and indeginous rural African communities are a little cliche but Neil, my Aussie pal, doesn't think so. He feels people coming to Africa want to see all the 'cliches' but how about those who will never come to Africa and there source of knowledge is TV and the internet showing the big bellied kwashiorkor children of famine, the war in Darfur, the Masaai warrior, the rebels of congo and the many mud huts? As much as all these are tourist attractions, we cannot sit back and let the world define us and put us on a pedestal and all we can do is whine about how we need more relief aid and how the G8 is doing nothing for us it is the responsibilty of each African to upgrade Africa. Do not mis-understand, I am proud of Africa...every bit of it, we have a lot to offer, things you can never find anywhere else on the planet; beautiful people and culture, warmth, permanent summer, amazing wildlife and the most beautiful sceneries.

Living in Africa today means facing the fact that there are still basic questions about human rights that are unanswered and maybe unanswerable.
Yet poverty, epidemic, and human rights issues are only one aspect of Africa. It is a continent vibrant with life and music and people who love, people who welcome the world to its doorstep. It is a continent filled with dignity, men and women who walk as though they have royal blood. Africans have resilient spirits.

Therefore, this post is just an addition of the usual wild life and scenery........a little bit more contemporary you could say......a product of an idle day, idle day well spent huh?













Nairobi also known as the city in the sun. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai word, "Enkare Nyrobi" meaning the "place of cool water". This is a modern capital separated from the great wilderness that surrounds it. Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park, 113 sq kms of plains, cliffs and forest. The park is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe and more. Rhino, Cheetah, and a large number of Lions are all found here.


The entire city has a boundless energy and is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character. Nairobi is as compelling a place as any and displays enormous vitality and buzz. On any downtown pavement you can see a complete cross-section of Kenyans, plus every variety of tourist and refugees from many African countries.There are countless activities to take part in Nairobi boast the largest ice rink in the continent the only other ones Egypt, South Africa and Cote d'ivoire - it is not as massive as it sounds really :) there are beautiful parks and huge palacial malls such as the Sarit centre, Village market and the just opened Nakumatt Westgate with cinemas, bowling alleys, numerous restaurants etc


Rink at the Panari Sky centre

Jeevanjee Gardens
Uhuru park

Uhuru Park


Jamia Mosque

Statue of Dedan Kimathi on Kimathi street


Statue of Jomo Kenyatta







Courtesy of colonialism, some habits die hard. For instance the national beverage is tea. Universally drunk at breakfast and as a pick-me-up at any time, it's a weird variant on the classic British brew: milk, water, lots of sugar and tea leaves, brought to the boil in a kettle and served scalding hot. Some of the buildings are in colonial style and there are still those old London cabs as you will see in the pics below.



Windsor golf club

I was slightly perturbed when a colleague visiting from South Africa asked me how updated the movies were and for some reason thought Kenya is so backward we probably receive movie a month or so after release. Some of the cinemas have state of the art dolby systems and display and you even get a choice of either a wide screen or a prestigious home theatre while the rest uphold common cinema standards but are good and well updated displaying movies at least 48 hours after their released. Mall

Sarit Centre
Cinema


The Village Market

Food court at the Village Market



The Junction


There are various sporting activities other than soccer which is the most popular. Rugby is quite big in Kenya, water sports, kayaking, polo, golf, bungee jumping to mention but a few.




There are also annual events such as motor shows :Concour d'elegance, Total motor show, The Rhino charge and the East African motor show.


Concour d'elegance



Concour d'elegance


KCB safari rally


Moving on swiftly to the coastal city of Mombasa. This is the main holiday destination for most Kenyans. The city has a heavy Arabic influence and is dominantly muslim, this is is evident in the architectural designs of the buildings, dress style, culture and even music. Old Town, Mombasa
Fort Jesus Swahili woman

Temple Mombasa.



Nairobi is like a hard drug, addictive and hard to get over. There are loads of fun things to do and places. Vibrance is simply an understatement and you can be sure of having something or somewhere to go to.If there's any city made for partying in Africa, Nairobi is that place. Nairobians party and party hard like every weekend is 1999. There is always something going down somewhere whether it is a campus night or just another DJ or radio station gig.

Tusker safari sevens

The audience
Spectators

Chill-mode


The gals Dance competition


Carnivore

Thought I would add a personal touch to it just as a conclusion.

University of NairobiSome of my clasmates at uniLiz a little jolly



Pool tournament Me

Doing there thing

Ziki was too hungry to keep up


The future suddenly got too brightWaiting their turn


Nelly and I at a party

I wonder what they had had, looks like they are in some sort of trance to me ;D

My boss had no idea what I was up to :)

My workmate Salome and I



These are a few blogs on Kenya I found pretty interesting so if you get the chance you can have a look

Well thats it. Let me know what you think, ideas are welcome.

Christa

































10 comments:

kericho22 said...

Christa,

I think this is such a cool idea. We need such a forum for discussion. We could even start by discussing Barack Obama's candidacy for presidency and what that means to the advancement of human politics.

There are so many things we could discuss and these would not only shed light on Kenya as a country but on Africa as a more complex continent comprised of various civilizations with cultures and norms that date back thousands of years.

We are currently developing countries but have a hope and zeal to be able to compete with the world on an even platform where we are not judged as poor, primitive and needy.

Anonymous said...

Hey I think this is really cool. I loved the 'just a thought' post too.

Anonymous said...

Hey I think this is really cool. I loved the 'just a thought' post too.

Anonymous said...

Christa,

A refreshing out-look on Nairobi. The shots are amazing need to really look at these places again!

Would have loved to see more of Mombasa though. You have an almost intimate knowledge of Nairobi almost makes one feel like a peeping Tom. Well done!!

Anonymous said...

This aiight i enjoyed, africa revisited,is amazing what some of this guyz do mate!

Bernard said...

Hi Christa,
Thanks for the photos. They brought out a hidden yet so beautiful side of our country. The potential of Kenya is infinite if you ask me.However, the youtube video was a little too risque. We really don't want Kenya to sink like Western Europe and the United States where sex has been robbed off its sanctity and the culture has practically collapsed. Just my two cents.

Bernard.

tim said...

VERY PARTRIOTIC OF YOU, THIS PAGE IS SO SO COOL SHOWS ALOT BOUT OUR NOW NEW DISCOVERED BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY...WELL THEN GO GIRL CONTINUE REPIN KEEPIN IT KENYAN YO!...CHEERS.

Benjamin Kagia said...

Wait a minute, stop... could it really be true? for the first time something on the web about kenya without pictures of masai, antelopes, and poverty - could it be?
Wow fantastic blog, for the first time someone has chosen to show the contemporary side of africa!! Dont get me wrong, I truly appreciate the wildlife, landscapes and cultures we are surrounded by, but it's great to feel that people are finally going to get the other half of the picture!

Anonymous said...

thats a good idea......you are very patriotic ...wow keep it up gel.my motherland is very beautiful....najivunia kuwa mkenya

Anonymous said...

Hello

I really loved your pictures and if you don't mind I would like to use some of them in a powerpoint presentation I am doing on Kenya to some 7th Graders. All courtesy will go to you

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