10 tallest buildings in Africa

Advances in engineering methods and materials has seen man erecting buildings that reach for the sky and symbolise a nation’s power and self-pride. Similarly, some African countries have built colossal structures that strain the neck and scrape the heavens. Here’s a list of the top 10

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1. Carlton Centre 

Carlton Centre, Johannesburg. 223 meters. Photo.CitySeeker.co.za

Located in inner-city Johannesburg, this skyscraper and shopping centre has come to be known as tallest building in Africa. 223 metres, is no joke by any yard stick. The building was designed by an American architectural firm and officially opened in 1974.

Many have said that, on a clear day, if one stands on the top floor of the building, one can see as far as the country’s capital Pretoria – over 60km away!

2. Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco. Photo: Travel HD Wallpapers

This great mosque is situated in Morocco’s famed city of Casablanca. The building stands at 210 metres and its minaret is the largest in the world. Completed in 1983, the building stands on apromontory and has a glass floor through which one can see the sea bed.

The building was built to honour the memory of the departed King Mohammed V.

3. Ponte City Apartments

Ponte City Apartments, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Imagevat.com

When one thinks of the Johannesburg skyline, there is no other building that could serve as a better icon of the city as Ponte City apartments.

It is quite something to look at. It is cylindrical in form, has a hollow centre (“the core”) which allows natural lighting to enter the apartments, and is built on a uniquely uneven rock floor. At 173 metres, it is no doubt the tallest residential building in Africa.

4. Bahia Centre

Bahia Center, Oran, Algeria. 161 metres. Photo: SkyscrapeCity.com

Algeria’s Bahia Centre is a shopping centre and 500-room hotel which stretches to 162 metres in height and boasts 31 floors.

5. NECOM House (NITEL Building)

Nitel Building, Lagos, Nigeria. 160 metres. Photo: Costi

NECOM House is the tallest building in Nigeria and in all of west Africa. The 32-storey building stands at 160 metres and houses the headquarters of NITEL, the principal telecommunications company in Nigeria.

6. Marble Towers

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Originally known as ‘Sanlam Centre’, Marble Towers is the third appearance by Johannesburg on this list. Made up of concrete and marble it is used mostly as an office block. Attached to it is an eight-storey parking garage and the building reaches a height of 152 metres.

7. The Pearls of Umhlanga

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The Pearls of Umhlanga, also known as Pearl Dawn, the resort located north of Durban is an architectural marvel. Having won numerous for its aesthetic appeal and location the building also stands at 152 metres.

Inside the building, one can find luxury holiday apartments for some of South Africa’s well-heeled citizens.

8. South African Reserve Bank

South African Reserve Bank building, Pretoria, South Africa. Photo: Bill Davies/Flickr

The Reserve Bank is the tallest building in Pretoria and has a black glass and Rustenburg granite facade. This tower block, basement and cantilever-supported auditorium used 80 000 cubic metres of concrete.

It houses South Africa’s central bank and is 150 metres tall.

9. 88 On Field building

88 On Field building, Durban, South Africa. Photo: Abakon Property Valuations

Located in Durban’s central business district, 88 on Field is 147 metres tall. It was built in 1985 and is used for office space.

10. Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, Cairo, Egypt

Ministry of Foreign Affairs building , Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Faris Knight/Wikimedia Commons

The building where Egypt’s foreign policy is decided features last on our list. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Cairo stands at a height of 143 metres.

At a cost of 127 million Egyptian pounds (US$18m), the building has six basement floors at 3,600m² per floor. Floors 7-36 each contain 1,700m² of office accommodation, while penthouse floors 37-40 contain 1,000m² per floor. Floors 41 and 42 are service levels.

Source: thisisafrica.me

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A Wedding in the Mara

A Melbourne based wedding photographer Jonas Peterson  captured a couple (Nina and Sebastian) who wed in Kenya’s Maasai Mara in September.

The stunning photos show the wedding’s Western and African influences elegantly, from the brides gown and Maasai jewellery to the picturesque scenery in the world’s seventh wonder.

Some places stay with you forever. When wildlife photographer Nina and her Sebastian asked me to shoot their wedding in Masai Mara in Kenya, I didn’t know this land would touch me so deeply. It sung to me in a way I didn’t know possible, found new chords and played on strings I didn’t know I had inside me.

“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?”
~Karen Blixen

From Nina:

“The last couple of years I have spent many months in the Masai Mara following one pride of lions on my project about the world’s last wild lions. During this time I have become very close friends and almost family with the Maasai who have welcomed me into their lives. Therefore and because we were planning to hold our ceremony on the land of the Maasai it was very important to us to incorporate some of the traditions of the Maasai culture into the ceremony; for example the arch built is a traditional symbol of the entrance to a boma – the typical house construction of the Maasai, and after the announcement a traditional Maasai song and dance followed according to tradition. Also, the bride of the Maasai normally wear a lot of jewelry where the necklace, called enkarewa, is especially important. When I first told my closest friend in the Maasai community about our wedding early in 2014 he came back to me with a necklace and bracelets as a special gift made for me by his family. The stick carried by Sebastian was also a gift from the local Maasai community. But even more generously my friend then offered to bring warriors from the Maasai community to the celebration. So in the end our two cultures and nature merged in the perfect moment and the best day of our lives.”

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This wedding was edited with VSCO Film’s new pack – FILM’06. Get your copy here.

Cinematographer: Pieter Ten Hoopen
Wedding Planner: Vanda High Events and Gina Vuolo
Jewellry: Maasai beadwork necklace and bracelets given as a gift from the Maasai in Masai Mara
Flowers: Tom Cawley and Priscilla Schaeffer
Ceremony Venue: A tree on Paradise Plain, Masai Mara
Reception Venue: Governors Camp, Masai Mara
Celebrant: Peter Green

Source: Jonaspeterson.com

7 Lupita Nyong’o Moments That Rocked Our World

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Lupita Love. It’s real. And official.

For the past few months the Kenyan beauty has stunned on-screen and off. Over 10 Best Supporting Actress nominations, magazine covers, beauty campaigns, and an Oscar nod. As Alicia Keys would aptly say, “this girl is on fire!”

In celebration of all things Lupita Nyong’o, we’re taking a look at 7 moments that have “slayed” us.

1. Lupita attends the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in a stunning Ralph Lauren gown:

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2. Lupita gave an emotional, heartfelt acceptance speech at the 2014 Critic’s Choice Awards: “I’d like to dedicate this to my uncle…who always came to watch every single play I was in, and in one of the last performances he saw me in, he said, ‘You’re good. But let’s see what Hollywood thinks of you.’ He didn’t live to see this day, but I’m sure he’s proud of me. Thank you.”

3. Her latest spread in Vogue Italia:

4. “Thank you for taking a flashlight and shining it under this nation and reminding us what it is we stand on,” said Lupita to director Steve McQueen at the 2014 SAG Awards:

5. This Vanity Fair “Hollywood” Issue with all the major players:

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6. This hair!

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7. Her adoration for her brother, Peter. “He’s amazing! He lives in an exclamation point!” she told Jimmy Kimmel.

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Story Source: AfriPOP!

7 Bad ass Heroes from around the World

Badass has no passport. It has no rules. When badass finds you and hands you a titanium pair of the sac, you can’t say no. Badass does not take no for an answer. You don’t choose badass, badass finds you. It asks nothing of you but to go completely berserk and show Death the middle finger. Meet 7 badass heroes from around the globe.

#7 Liviu Librescu

How many disasters could one man survive? Image from www.vtechworks.lib.vt.edu

The man who would become the hero of the day during the tragic Virginia Tech mass shooting was born in Romania a mere decade before the Holocaust. As a Jew, he was confined to a Jewish ghetto by the Nazis as they rampaged through the country.  He immigrated later to Israel, and then to the United States as a professor at the Virginia Tech. Professor Liviu was teaching a class in room 204 of Norris Hall on Monday April 16, 2007 when Seung-Hui Cho embarked on his murderous rampage.

When the gunman got to Liviu’s class, the ageing professor locked the doors and held them shut. As Cho battled to get inside, Liviu’s students escaped through the windows. Cho shot the professor five times before he fell and died, finally loosening his grip on the door. Cho then entered the classroom and shot one student, a tragedy that would have been much worse if the professor had not sacrificed himself for his class. He was awarded the Star of Romania, the country’s highest civilian order, and other awards posthumously.

#6 Didar Hossain

Didar and Aana. Image from www.dailymail.co.uk

The eight story building was originally meant to carry four floors but ended up being eight stories high. To make the situation even worse, the tenants of the upper floors were factories with heavy manufacturing equipment. In mid-April 2013, huge cracks appeared in the walls and escalated over the next few days. Several business closed shop but the garment factories forced their workers to go to work or lose their jobs. On April 24, 2013, the building’s walls finally gave way, taking with them more than 1100 lives to become the second most deadly structural failure in modern times after 9/11.

Across the street, a 28-year-old called Didar Hossain was at work at the Al-Muslim factory. The logical thing to do would have chosen to stay back and let death have her way, but Didar Hossain was no ordinary man. He dashed into the wreckage and began a solo mission that would become one of the most heroic acts in the face of disaster.

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Hossain began dragging survivors and corpses from under the wreckage. When he reached a young factory worker called Aana Akhter, he realized that he could not pull her out because her hand was stuck under a concrete block. Aana told Hossain to cut off the arm and save her life. He rushed outside and asked a doctor to go with him to perform an emergency amputation but the medic, fearing for his life, refused. Hossain ran back in armed with only a surgical knife and an anaesthetic.

For almost five hours, Hossain worked at cutting the arm and freeing her. He eventually dragged her outside and could have gone home a hero even at that moment. But he wasn’t done. He rushed back in and rescued even more people, estimated at between 34 and 38, and performed another amputation on a man’s leg. Didar Hossain lived to see the people he had saved heal and in characteristic modesty, apologised for cutting off Aana’s arm when he first visited in hospital after the disaster.

#5 The Chernobyl Divers

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Their names were Boris Baranov, Valeri Bezpalov and Alexie Ananenko. More than a week after the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion, a looming secondary disaster was discovered. Beneath the reactor core was a hot smouldering lava that had formed from the materials that had been dropped to smother the flames. The lave-like substance was now flowing towards the emergency water pool below the white-hot of the core. If the lava-like substance found its way into the now-radioactive water, it would result in a Doomsday thermo radioactive explosion that would possibly extend the radioactivity to most of Europe and make Ukraine uninhabitable for a century.

The only solution was to open the gates and let the water flow out, but the gates were at the bottom of the tank. Three men volunteered for the job. They dived into the radioactive water, knowing too well that this was sure death. The lamp died at some point during the dive, and the engineers had to feel around to find the gates and open them. As they swam back up, the first of the 20, 000 tons of water began to flow out. Valeri and Alexie died two weeks later at a Moscow hospital. Boris followed sometime later. Although the three were not the only heroes of Chernobyl, their sacrifice was remarkable. Their bodies were so radioactive that they were buried in lead coffins, soldered shut.

#4 Muelma Magallanes

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When the Tropical Storm Ondoy hit Philippines in 2009, it brought with it massive amounts of rain. The resulting floods threatened to sweep away anyone and everything on its way. Muelma “Toto” Magallanes was only 18 at the time, living with his family in a small village Barangay Bagong Silang in Quzon City. As the water rose in their family home, Muelma, his elder brother, and their father worked to move the rest of the family to higher ground. Muelma could have been satisfied with this and stayed out of harm’s way but he did not.

He plunged back into the water and went back for his neighbour. What began as a small act of heroism eventually saved 30 people, most of them who had been stuck on their roofs until Muelma yanked them from Death’s reach. Then he disappeared into the raging waters. When his body was found the next day, it was clear that he had suffered some form of impact. It is thought that a solid concrete wall collapsed on him, ostensibly because Death had run out of ideas on how to kill him.

#3 Fred White, ‘Operator Fred’

A Mega-Clusterfuck of a Hurricane David threatened to wipe out a nation. But one man had a radio. Image from Wikipedia

On August 29th, 1979, a devastating Hurricane David slammed Dominica, a small island nation in the Caribbean. It was the first such major hurricane since Hurricane Edith in 1930. In the interlude, a few hurricanes had hit the small island, but nothing prepared them for the monster that David was going to be. David hit the island with 150mph winds and pounded the small island nation for a solid eight hours, immediately killing 32 people and injuring 5000 others.

It destroyed nearly all the built environment, rendering three quarters of the 75,000 population homeless. It wiped out all the economy and the infrastructure, including all the telephone lines. For an island country that had no food and was already in a state of anarchy, to be cut off from the world was perhaps the next worst thing to the imminent death by starvation.

That’s when a little-known hero emerged. Popularly celebrated as “Operator Fred”, the 26-year old Fred White lived in a suburb in Roseau. While the Hurricane pounded the country, Fred knew the value of his small Kenwood radio unit. He spent the bulk of the time crouched behind a wall protecting the radio. Once the storm subsided, he moved house and used car batteries to contact his ham network. One of his contacts was the then Venezuelan ambassador to St. Vincent, which explains why Venezuela was one of the first countries to begin sending relief to Dominica.

He then moved his ham radio to the police station, making it the post-disaster communications headquarters. There, he was allowed to hook up his radio to the only emergency power generator from where he sent the first official SOS.  He remained the only point of contact between Dominica and the outside world from August 30 to September 1 when some radio network was restored.

# 2 Jesús García, The Hero of Nacozari

Garcia, seen here in one hell of a badass pose. The angle of his hat should shows how much he cares about what death thinks.

On 7th November, 1907, 25-year old Jesús García  was doing his job as a brakeman for a train that covered the 8kilometer line between Nacozari in Sonora, Mexico and Douglas in Arizona. It was in the afternoon, he had had lunch with his mother and was back to finish his shift before turning in. He had already been badass the month before, halting a train by reversing the wheels and dumping sand on the tracks after the brakes failed. The train stopped with less than 4 meters to the end of the line. Today, badass was coming for García again.

While driving Locomotive Number 2, García noticed that one of the cars carrying hay had caught fire. A bigger problem loomed, the front two cars were carrying 70 boxes of dynamites, mines and detonators. But that was not even the worst part. The train was coming into Nacozari with explosives in the front cars, against company regulations which stated that they had to be attached to the back. Near the station were the dynamite stores and gas tanks. It would not be a simple single blast but a cataclysmic explosion which would almost certainly wipe-out the whole town of Nacozari. That’s when badass and adrenaline found García, the simple lad who had risen from a waterboy to the best maquinista (engine driver) in the town by the age of 20.

García kicked everyone else out and drove the train in reverse. Six kilometres away from the town, the embers finally reached the dynamite and the train exploded. With his vantage point at the brake being near the cars with explosives, Garcia made the ultimate sacrifice. 12 other people died in the blast but García saved the rest of the town of Nacozari from cremation. For that they remember him today as the Hero of Nacozari. He is celebrated in songs and statues, and November 7th is now celebrated as Día del Ferrocarrilero (Day of the Railroad Worker).

#1 Cpt. Mbaye Diagne, The Angel of Rwanda

The smile that fooled murderers and calmed down survivors.

Often called the Forgotten Angel of Rwanda, Captain Mbaye Diagne was a Senegalese officer on a UNAMIR peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. In the face of ruthless, murderous, machete-wielding militia, Mbaye emerged as a one-man army of charm and cunning.  After the brutal assassination of Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, her husband, and their Belgian bodyguards, Captain Diagne sneaked into the house and saved their four children.

He took them into the neighbouring UNDP-owned compound. When official UN assistance to ferry the kids out of the danger zone failed to come, Mbaye went full badass. He covered the children with a blanket and drove them all the way back to Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali, through tens of roadblocks where death was only one swing of a panga away. After that, the 36-year old launched a solo mission to rescue hundreds of Tutsis and moderate Hutus from the militia.

He ferried six people per trip in his official Jeep, sometimes going past more than 20 roadblocks. Whenever he got stopped, he negotiated his way through or even bribed with cigarettes and alcohol. It is estimated that his solitary efforts saved between 600 and 1000 people from imminent death. The heroic captain was killed by a mortar shell on May 31st, 1994. The shrapnel travelled from the back of the Jeep and hit his head, because even death was too embarrassed to take him while facing him. On 8th May 2014, the UN Security Council created the ‘“Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” in honour of the forgotten hero of Rwanda.

Story Source: Owaahh, 2014.

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Exploring Nocturnal Nairobi: A photographer finds beauty in a city’s declining commercial center

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A security guard and two companions keep watch in downtown Nairobi. (Msingi Sasis)

Nairobi’s Central Business District, or CBD, was once the hottest spot for East Africa’s entrepreneurs. A small shop on the corner of Kenyatta Avenue or an office in one of the cities modest skyscrapers was prime real estate in one of the continent’s most sophisticated commercial hubs. Recently, however, the downtown area has started to wither in both appearance and esteem.

Rapid rates of urbanization have clogged the CBD’s narrow, colonial-era streets. Thousands of minivans, called “matatus,” dominate the city’s informal transit system, flooding the city center each minute. Infrastructure woes funnel matatus into bottleneck traffic throughout the day. Nairobi’s most revered businesses have responded to the decay in unison: They’re simply leaving. Emblematic of the area’s eroding climate was the Nairobi Stock Exchange’s relocation last year to Westlands, a leafy residential area that has quickly become the city’s club district.

One Kenyan photographer, however, has captured the subtle beauty that lingers in the depreciating commercial hub. Nairobi Noir is the project of Msingi Sasis, a 35-year-old artist who was struck by the odd allure of the fading CBD.

“One night I noticed how beautiful the city looked after dark, and it caught my fancy to take a few photographs,” Sasis says. “This became a habit, and in time I found myself wandering more and more into Nairobi’s streets in search of its scenes and stories.”

The CBD is the background for most of Sasis’ photos, but the nighttime’s sundry occupiers are the subjects. Concerned business owners, underpaid security guards, the homeless, and youthful passers-by all occupy unique roles. “Nairobi Noir is mostly about people,” he says. And the CBD’s enduring humanism will outlive its fleeing businesses.

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All photos courtesy of Msingi Sasis, found at Nairobi Noir.

INTERVIEW – Smokillah (Spray Uzi, Graffiti)

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Smokillah is a graffiti artist based in Nairobi. He is a member of the group of graffiti artists knowna s Spray Uzi. Check out his video interview at Spray for Change.

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You can read more about graffiti in Kenya at Kibera Walls for Peace and Kibera Hamlets. Here’s an article on Kenya’s graffiti train and a video (about the use of graffiti to comment on the 2013 election process).


1. Where are you from, What was it like growing up?

Eastlands, Nairobi
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2. What kind of hustles were people involved in?

Basically Everything

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3. How did you start doing graffiti? How did you learn to do graffiti? What does graffiti mean to you? How do you see it fitting in with hip hop?

I started doing graffitism on (PSV Matatu) after high school, Graffity just came to me and started practising alot with the spray can. Graffiti is spiritual Art. It always fits because the artforms go together. Rappers have been doing graffity backgrounds since the 80’s

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4. What is ‘politicking’?

Most probably talking about stuff that builds you as a person


5. What is ‘mental slavery’?

Being entrapped by your thoughts that misguide you


6. Do you have a philosophy of education?

You can learn everything so its up to you if you want to or not

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7. You mention in your Spray for Change interview that you “do things that other people are scared of doing or are not interested in.” What sources do you draw inspiration from? Are there any sources that you think would surprise people?

My inspiration comes from my surrounding am a product of my environment ‘’African Nostalgia’’

8. Where do you see people having “space to express themselves”? Are there any organizations/communities that you see building these kinds of spaces?

There’s lots of space especially in the city centre these buildings have space but the Nairobi Council has put up billboards for profit. It sad don’t you think?

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9. How do you feel graffiti art is different from other forms of visual art?

Style! In a major way, grafitti has class other forms of visual art are just that visual art


10. How do you think the placement of graffiti in public spaces, rather than in galleries or wherever, changes the nature and politics of graffiti?

Banksy said ‘’if you do graffiti indoors that’s interior design’’ so graffity is for walls

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11. Graffiti, by nature, being in public spaces, how does you, as an artist, feel about the art being out there for the public to see, welcome or unwelcome? What makes you decide to put graffiti where you do?

I feel good about because we do the artform not just for us as writers but for the public also meaning they don’t have to go to galleries to see art. We bring the art work to them


12. Also understanding many times graffiti is also welcomed by people, please talk about what kind of agreements you have with people who willingly allow you to do graffiti where they live/work, etc.
Who supports the work you are doing?

We often agree on excecution, meaning the job has to come out well and how long the job eill and will finish within the period of time we agreed upon

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Different people suprisingly cooperate.

13. Do you find yourself a target of police harassment? What would you say to people who see graffiti as “visual terrorism”?

Definitely. I even think I’m being followed around but am not sure. Its just phobia for the artform. Graffiti strikes minds and thoughts provoke

14. How do politics and your own personal values impact your work?

Politics is just a dirty game and so my work keeps values in every vice that surrounds me.


15. What is “tagging”? How is it different from graffiti art or murals?

Is part of the art form. When a writter passes an open area he’ll definitely want to leave a mark and that is his/her graffity name tagging is done quick, rural pieces may take days or weeks

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16. What do you see the function of your graffiti art being in your communities and the places where your art is visible?
What role does graffiti art play in the communities?

The biggest role is improvement


17. Do you see graffiti art as a possible way to re-vitalize, beautify, and/or support local communities?

Definately, Grafiiti has a strong essence and where we do it we definately touch souls. Its just a way of letting communities know we can do better

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18. What’s a place you would love to work on but haven’t had an opportunity to yet? (Is there any public space you would love to create graffiti for if you had the chance?)

Any or one of the billboards on the city centre


19. Could you talk about the “Unga Revolution”?

It is basically about food scarcity, and food is expensive in supermarkets so its pressing the government to regulate prices.

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20. Is there a language, or languages, associated with graffiti art? Or could you talk about different styles and approaches to graffiti art you have seen?

The language used is style. I think even writer has a style to be able to communicate to fellow writers where he is at and his craft

21. Could you talk about different historical figures you see being repeated in Graffiti art, and talk a little about their significance?

Mahatma ghandi, Haille selasie they were figures who inspire free spirits and as a writer I should be free to express myself at any given time.

22a. How do you see graffiti art in dialogue with public spaces? Do you see graffiti art re-imagining public spaces, or otherwise creatively engaging with them?

Definitely, as I said graffity strikes minds so where else than public places to strike public minds

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22b. Is graffiti only for urban spaces? Where are some unusual places you have encountered graffiti?

Mostly because graffity is street art and upcountry folks have no idea what paint can do. Most only in nairobi streets


23. Are you part of any graffiti organizations?

Only spray uzi, I think we are legends period. We try to give graffiti a good name but we still kick street places and tags now Cooperate organizations are interested in us because of our principals and all.

24. How are graffiti artists making money from their work today?

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Contract jobs, Mostly commisioned jobs from difffernt institutions cooperate companies known restaurants, churches and graffiti enthuasusts

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25. Who else do you see ‘doing’ hip hop, other artists, deejays, dancers, activists, hustlas, etc.? How are you coming together with these different varieties of hip hop’s people?

Mostly we get together at hip hop gigs in and around the city where hip hop is more vibrant and where it is vital


26. What are some obstacles you have encountered during your involvement in the arts/activist scene(s)?

None, its been smooth because we are protected.

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27. How have women contributed to graffiti art in East Africa? (name, if you know of any artists or supporters of graffiti, etc.)

Not so much, there are a few but I mostly they get on but fall of quick


28. Could you describe some positive things you have seen hip hop communities doing? Whether it is artists sharing resources, a place to stay, getting linked with work
etc.

Mostly links like judge hooked us up and am a graffity writer he’s a rapper. So yeah and resources too. We work together as a company


29. What hustles are you working on now? is there such a thing as hip hop jobs? ama only hustling? (Talk about any of your projects, visual arts-based or otherwise) What sort of opportunities has the graffiti world provided you with?

I don’t hustle no more, Spray uzi alredy established , we got people for that, what are hip hop jobs getting that cooperate money for sure.

bamboo


30. What are some of the obstacles/problems facing young people in Kenya today (zote, Lodwar to Dando to Westi?)

Unemployement, platforms to discover their inner abilities i.e resource centres


31. How are you interacting with artists across the globe and also particularly in East Afrika?

Social media is a big contributor e.g Facebook


32. What sort of positive things do you see happening with young people in Kenya?

Creativity is the most powerful weapon youths have right now.

S.P.U


33. How can people learn more about your work and other projects you are involved in?

Websites and social media (Smokillah Masada and Spray Uzi on facebook)

34. please give a brief bio of uaself.

am a pro graffiti artist have been in the art for about ten years noe, My crew is spray uzi, One of the most Prolific crews in Nairobi

Asante sana,

Kevlexicon @hiphopkambi

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