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I first heard about the Fibonacci Series about six or so months ago. Since then, I have continued to be fascinated by the concept and find it shocking (for lack of a better word) that one individual could have been so astute as to identify a concept that has continued to be applicable in almost all aspects of life from mathematics to nature.[ ]



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residential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj was right when he said ‘we want Madiba to live forever but we know he is a human being and we have to adjust our expectations.’ But we won’t accept it. In a vehement defiance of Mandela’s close friend and former Robben Island inmate, Andrew Mlangeni’s call, we won’t let go. It is just not right to expect us to adjust our expectations.

No Mac. Not now...[ ]


Kenya and mostly Nairobi has in recent times been top-hole with Jazz. I have been to a number of joints where Jazz easily keeps a full and enthusiastic house happy throughout the night. Let’s give the devil his due and acknowledge the fact that Jazz has never been more alive in Kenya than it is today…You can have a wander around in the city of Nairobi to see what I’m talking about. You turn this way and you will hear about Jazz Tuesday, You turn that way its Jazz Thursday, you turn the other way its Jazz Sunday … you cannot help feeling that you would have a jazz ..[ ]


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Those of you who watch local television may have come across a production called Naswa. Now, my Kiswahili is deficient in this instance and, since my dictionary has proved equally wanting, I can only infer that a verb such as kunaswa must mean something like:[ ]

A TALE OF TWO FESTIVALS

A tale of two

Last September, Nairobi was home to two cultural gatherings with international cachet: the now annual Storymoja Hay Festival and the biannual South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts, better known by its acronym as the SAMOSA Festival.[..]

“MOTHER COURAGE”.

If memory will serve, I must have seen Mumbi Kaigwa on stage for the first time with a bit part in a production of Ananse and the Gum Man by the then resident, Ghanaian playwright Joe de Graft, directed by the then resident Malawian literary luminary, .[..]

LEADING TO THE LIGHT.

he understanding is that all of us can be leaders in our own way. Yet, it seems to me that not everybody in our society is convinced that the creative artist is, inherently, a leader of some sort. After all, in Kiswahili, as in French, as in many other languages, [..]

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if the build it we should go


Not because “money has been poured,” in, sadly, all too common Kenyan fashion, for me to give free advertising for the mobile phone company which owns and runs it, but because I genuinely believe that its performance and exhibition space represents a great leap forward in the cultural life of our capital city and, indeed, of our land.[..]

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Booze

While on a visit to a foreign country, I once saw a hilarious beer brand advert that depicted a reveller systematically emptying and refilling his beer mug while seated across an unattractive lady. With every cycle of emptying and refilling, the lady across the table grew more beautiful. [..]

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Which Culture

Article 11 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, reads as follows:
“The constitution recognises culture as the foundation of the nation, and as the cumulative civilisation of the Kenyan people and nation.”[..]

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THE ROLE OF THE ARTS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH.

In the early years of Storymoja, I happened to get into a lively conversation with a senior official from the Ministry of Culture on where the government placed the arts and cultural activities on their scale of priorities. [..]

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PLANNING BIG FOR 2012

I wish to share, with permission, extracts from some publicity material:

“In 2014, the rich culture of the peoples of Kenya will be highlighted and celebrated at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. The Festival will bring more than 100 Kenyans who will share the knowledge and creativity that shape and sustain their ways of life — from its Coast, amidst the pulse of its [..]

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STRAIGHT TO THE ARTS.

It’s a privilege to have been given carte blanche to wax lyrical from month to month on a subject very close to my heart. It’s a privilege which I wish to embrace and to exploit to the utmost. Let me, in this initial offering, declare an interest:.[..]

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