This is the story of Kenya’s League Of Extravagant Grannies who were once corporate and government leaders in the 1970’s but are now retired. They now live the retired high life, traveling to exotic and remote areas within Africa to explore, party and enjoy in exclusivity. Little is known about them.
This is the story of Kenya’s League of Extravagant Grannies who were once corporate and government leaders in the 1970’s but are now retired. They now live the retired high life travelling to exotic and remote areas within Africa to explore, party and enjoy in exclusivity.We managed to catch up with 3 of them in Somalia soon after they landed. Little is know about them till now…..
STYLING / PRODUCTION: Kevin Abbra MAKE UP: Valary Mdeizi HAIR STYLING: Richard Kinyua (Strand Africa) CONCEPT & PHOTOGRAPHY: Osborne Macharia
I love when AFRICAN photographers capture images like this one!
Meet Your Photographer is a series that introduces you to the contributing photographers to yagazieemezi.com. Yagazie Emezi began this website as a project to locate young and upcoming photographers with the intent of providing a platform that showcases their work and points of view of Africa. This is part of a concerted effort to encourage the creative arts movement within Africa and the Diaspora, to provide us with spaces to tell our own stories, support our creative entrepreneurs, and view ourselves through our own lenses.
This is the story of a special unit of 4 women in a small village within Kipipiri Forest. They were the wives to 4 of the Mau Mau generals and just like their men, they too had leadership roles. This women would be endowed in the most unique hair styles whenever a full moon was approaching. To the ordinary folk this was normal but to the villagers of Kipipiri their hair style was symbolic. Little is known of the 4 brave women till now…..
BOBO: She was the leader of the Kipipiri 4. Once she did her hair, she would walk majestically and gracefully across the village without uttering a word. This was a message to the village women that at midnight they were going to visit the men deep in the forest. Her hair was twisted and curled in a complex design to form a route map to the caves that only her 2nd in command would interpret. Never did they get lost or caught.
CHEP: She was 2nd in command and was always behind Bobo. Being the arms bearer, she was a crafted fighter with more than normal night vision. Her work was to smuggle knives and other blunt weapons for sharpening to and from the Mau Mau hideouts as well as fresh supply of weapons inside her hair.
ACHI: She was the chief cook in the village and in charge of transporting food to the Mau Mau fighters. Her hair was weaved to support carrying baskets of food. At a glance one could tell she had a very strong postured neck. She always prepared an assortment of meals to the fighter’s liking.
MWENDE: She was the lead entertainer and the only one among the 4 who never went into the forest. Instead she stayed behind preparing the women in the village in welcoming their men back home. She was a great dancer with powerful vocals and would lead the women in song and dance as the men approached home. She designed her own mouth piece that had pipes connected to vocal resonators in her hair.
Props / Styling / Production: KEVIN ABRAHAM Make Up Artist: VALARY MDEIZI Hair Stylist: RICHARD KINYUA & CORRINE MUTHONI Illustrator: JEFF OTIENOAssistants: VICTOR NDALO, JARED MAINA, JOSEPH KYULE.
Illarripok Loosarrat is Maasai for Guardians of Isarrat. This was driven by the desire to capture one of the remaining highly cultured people in the Kenya, the Maasai in a style that has not been captured before. Isarrat is the place we found one homestead situated near Amboseli National Park. We found a Manyatta which houses Moran (warriors) and we were lucky to be allowed to photograph a few of the young men after carrying gifts and extensive negotiations that went on for close to three hours. Let not their looks deceive you, they are indeed warriors capable of surviving days in the wild hunting and killing lions. - Macharia
Similar to last year I was commissioned by Kenya’s leading Telecom company Safaricom to travel throughout the coastal region for a period of 10 days. The brief was simple on paper ‘This Is My Kenya’ but its never easy once you are on the ground. The project had the agenda of changing the negative stereotype the world has about Kenya despite our issues. #Love it!
The following project is called Shujaa Misuli which is Swahili for Muscle Warriors. It is an ingoing project showcasing outstanding sports personalities who have achieved a lot but are least recognised or are being recognised. It is self funded and personal to me.- Osborn Macharia
David Kinjah: Top Kenyan cyclist and world renowned mountain bike rider. He’s responsible for training 2013 Tour De France winner Chris Froome.
Humphrey Kayange: Kenya 7’s sports legend. He has been key in producing some of the best performances in the Kenya 7’s team.
Andrew Amonde: Kenya 7’s rugby captain and captain of KCB ruby team. Guinness ambassador.
Benson Gicharu: Kenya Lightweight boxing champion and Commonwealth Silver holder.
Silalei Shani Owuor: Former Kenyan Women’s Basketball captain.