By RUPI MANGAT
When the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi announced an exhibition of African masks from around the continent, I expected to see some of the famous looted Benin Bronzes. However, on show was a presentation by American Teddy Mitchener who was painting a Benin Bronze mask.
When Shakespeare Youth Festival LA taught drama to young people in Nairobi, the learning went in all directions.
BY KILA PACKETT
There was a chill in the air when I stepped outside the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. It was mid-August, and night had fallen with a crisp energy that was completely new to me. Groups of Africans were huddled by the exit to greet loved ones, haggle for cab fares, or to guide safari-clad tourists to their vans. Meanwhile, I was an actor headed to a remote village to teach Shakespeare. Curious eyes were gazing at me. Men rushed to me with trinkets to sell and prices to bargain. I was a foreigner in a new city, and yet I felt incredibly at ease.
By John Wanjohi
The United States has maintained its place as Kenya’s top source of tourists, according to the latest data from the Tourism Research Institute (TRI).
The latest TRI data shows that arrivals from the US grew by 8.4 percent (14,617 visitors) in the first nine months of the year.
In the nine months to September this year, the number of American tourists increased to 188,933 from the 174,316 visitors recorded in the same period last year.
By GEORGE TUBEI
Top American investment bank Goldman Sachs has struck its first major deal in Kenya worth $23.75 million.
Goldman Sachs has acquired a stake in Kenyan start-up, Twiga Foods, following a Sh2.44 billion ( $23.75 million) deal with the agro-based firm.
With her long but neatly kept dreadlocks and a white t-shirt emblazoned with a Kenyan flag, Kea Tiffani Simmons, looks every inch Kenyan.She even has a Kenyan name, Wakesho Akinyi.
It is only when she speaks that you can hear her rich South Carolina accent.“I live in one of the most progressive cities in the US, but Nairobi is three times as many homes as the city of North Carolina,” she says.
Simmons is leading a group of 30 African-Americans on a five-day safari in search of their African roots.
By Thomas Matiko
Hundreds of revellers turned up for the annual worldwide Jack Daniel’s Birthday at Blackyz Lounge in Hurlingham in Nairobi on Friday night.
The event saw guests treated to some feel good music as they sampled their favorites Jack Daniel’s Whisky brands, ranging from Tennessee Honey Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack and the new Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire.
By George Tubei
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Kenya’s Craftskills Energy Limited for a feasibility study to develop a 50-megawatt wind power plant with integrated battery storage capacity in Kajiado, Kenya.
Actis, a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, is co-developing the project with Craftskills. U.S. firm Delphos International will execute the study.