Nairobi

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Ballet dancers in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya one of biggest slums in Africa. The ballerinas (ballerinos) are young students who study dance for fun, made possible through a program run by U.K.-based charity Anno’s Africa, which provides alternative arts education to over 800 children in Kenya. The classes are taught by Mike Wamaya previously worked as a dancer throughout Europe.  His classes focus on both the physical and mental well-being, that promotes confidence-building.  The children feel and see how much they can accomplish if someone gives them the chance, in turn improves their self-esteem and makes them stronger in their daily life.

Photo series by Fredrik Lerneryd h/t huffpost

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20 orphaned African elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (@dswt) just outside Nairobi, Kenya

Fractal Architecture throughout the African Continent

El Molo Hut, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Classical architecture consists of mostly Euclidean or flat shapes and straight lines (bricks, boards, pitched roofs etc). Fractal Architecture consists of spherical or curved shapes that can be found in nature. Fractal architecture is essentially the opposite of Classical architecture and is generally defined as contemporary architecture. However this form of design has been tradition in many African tribes and villages for ages. Specifically when looking at the forms of both modern huts and ancient structures.  These structures fuse materials, functional design, and aesthetic in an eco-friendly way. 

If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed many of the newer buildings possess a space-like or otherworldly vibe. This stems from the practice of using traditional techniques to incorporate cones, prisms, and spherical elements into modern design.  Modern architecture does not necessarily reference new structures, in this case it represents an ancient technique that is being rediscovered and reused in a modern context. Please enjoy these images of fractal architecture in various parts of Africa.

Multi-purpose building in Hargeisa, Somalia.

Tataouine, Tunisia - Ancient ruins have such an extraterrestrial element to them the location was used as a set in the original Star Wars film

Modern hut interior in Mapungubwe, South Africa

Great Mosque of Djenné in Djenné, Mali

Shortly after purchasing the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya, the owners learned that the only remaining Rothschild’s giraffes in the country were at risk, as their sole habitat was being subdivided into smallholdings. So they began a breeding program to reintroduce the Rothschild’s giraffe into the wild. Today, guests can enjoy visits from resident giraffes in search of a treat. By Cari Hill

“I woke up one day, unable to use my legs anymore. I was fine before that. For two years, I was unable to walk and needed constant care from my parents. During my disability, I overheard some female neighbours telling my mother, who is going to marry a ‘jiis’ girl (limper in Somali). Another day, I accidentally saw the word ‘jiista’ (the limper) as my contact name on one of my friend’s phone’s list. After a while, I recovered, and I had so much energy in me that I wanted it to channel into education. I asked my parents to enroll me back into school, but they kept telling me that I’m still ill and have to stay at home. I know they cared for me, but I needed to get out there, I still complied. Other people still kept telling me that I’m a girl and my place is at home. After a while, I got fed up with the constant morale killer statements and the harsh nicknames that they used to call me. I left home and moved to a different country to seek education. I came to Nairobi, enrolled into school and finished my education all the way to university level. Since I came here, I haven’t witnessed anyone calling me abusive nicknames or tried to kill my dreams. Thank God, I’m healthy now, and I can use my legs once again. I work for one of the best companies in Kenya, and I pay for my other siblings’ education as I’m their role model. One thing I can say is, that the road is long and bumpy, but please be steadfast, and you will succeed.”


(Nairobi, Kenya)

“Subax ayaan soo toosay, mise maba socon karo. Lugahaygii imaba qaadi karaan, sida aan doonayo ma samaynayaan! Wixii intaa ka horeeyey waan caafimaad qabay. Mudo dhan laba sano iyo bar waxba ma qabsan karin. 24-saac waxaan ubaahnaa daryeelka waalidkay. Mudadii aan xanuunsanaa ee guriga aan joogay, ayaa marar kala duwan maqlay dumarka dariska oo hooyaday ku leh ‘yaa kaa guursanaya gabar jiis ah’. Maalin kale, gabar ayaa taleefon numbar-kayga ku qoratay ‘jiista’. Ayaan kadib, caafimaadkayga sidii hore waa  kasoo roonaaday, waxaan go’aan ku gaaray in waxbarashadii dib aan ugu laabto. Waalidkay ayaan in badan ka codsaday in waxbarashadii dib la iigu celiyo, balse mar kasta waxay igu oran jireen, waad xanuunsanaysaa ee guriga iska joog. Dadka qaar, ayaa igu oran jiray ‘awalba gabar ayaad ahayde gurigaaga iska joog’. Markii danbe ee aan u adkaysan waayey niyad-jabka & naanaysyada ay iigu yeerayaan, ayaan go’aansaday in degmadii aan deganaa oo ku taal Soomaaliya aan isaga tago, waxbarashana u raadsado wadan kale. Waxaan imid magaalada Nairobi oo waxbarashadii aan ka sii watay ilaa heer jaamacad.  Halkan kuma arag cid magac xun iigu yeedha ama igu tiraahda heerkaa ma gaari kartid iyo jiis ayaad tahay ee meel iska fariiso. Maanta waan caafimaad qabaa, Alxamdullilah, lugahayga ayaan ku socdaa, waxaana ushaqeeyaa shirkad oo ka mid ah kuwa ugu sumcada fiican dalkan. Waxaan dhinaca waxbarashada ka taageeraa walaalahay iga yar, una ahay tusaale. Sidoo kale, waxaan gabdhaha Soomaaliyeed ku dhiira-galiyaa muhiimada ay waxbarashadu  leedahay. Wadadu weey dheer tahay, caqabadaha waa badan yihiin, laakiin guul baa u danbaysa.”

(Nayrobi, Kenya)

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A lot of people often generalize Africa as jungles and huts so here is a collection of spectacular cities in Africa! 

In order shown: 

Cape Town, South Africa 

Nairobi, Kenya

Port Louis, Mauritius

Accra, Ghana 

Johannesburg, South Africa 

Libreville, Gabon 

Windhoek, Namibia 

Tunis, Tunisia

Gaborone, Botswana

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

It’s raining now. Nairobi in the rain has always been a beauty to behold. She sheds her dusty overalls and dons a green tank top and gets excitably drenched.

But the rain itself isn’t warm and compelling. It is trickling coldness that makes warm bodies sick. If you know what’s good for you, stay out of the rain. If you have been unfortunate enough to get caught in the even-toned downpour, boost your immunity immediately – take 2 panadols, followed by a glass of orange juice, then a hotly brewed cup of tea. Sit by the window and listen to the pitter patter outside. It’s nightfall now, so turn down the lights and admire the canvas of bokehed artificial lights that blur into fallen stars.

It’s raining now. Finally the heat lets up. Finally the mud silts. Finally we inhale the petrichor and stop exhaling curses at the sun like fucking ingrates.