My first visit to Nairobi, Kenya!

Jamo jambo my dear friends!

I´m home again after a short, intense but very excited viset to Nairobi, Kenya. This visit was within the project that I am a part of with The Swedish Insitute and The Swedish Embassy in Kenya together with different Kenyan entrepreneurs, artists and others in the creative sector.

In November we will have a conference in Nairobi where we want to lift up and disguss the challenges and opportunities within the creative sector. Different aereas that we will discuss is about sustainibility, fashion/tech, the creative sector as a business and public spaces.

Day 1

So on day one we went to the GoDown Art Centre where we met Joy and her crew. The GoDown Arts Centre is Nairobi and Kenya’s first center for current and innovative culture. The center acts as an incubator for companies in the creative industries – and artists – assisted by active and customized business support, facilities, technical and commercial networks, and financing. A development of the physical location of GoDown Arts Centre is meant to serve as an engine of renewal of the entire area. The GoDown located in an industrial area, but operations are being phased opening the possibility of a renewal of the entire area.

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Day 2

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It was truly inspiring to meet these different artist and to see and hear about their art and work. Afterwards we went to The Nest Collective and met up with George, Sunny and their crew. The Nest explores the troubling modern identities, re-imagine their pasts and remix the futures. They are createing work together using film, visual arts, music and fashion – dissecting and subverting the layers of how Africans are seen and unseen, what Africans can and cannot do, where Africans can and cannot go, and what Africans can and cannot say.

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Day 2
Day two was all abot work and planning for the conference in November, we met with our different groups and visited Marc Kamau at BRCK and iHub. BRCK is a team of software developers, engineers and technologists who are from Africa. They a long history of building things, such as Ushahidi, Crowdmap and the iHub. The BRCK was designed and prototyped in Nairobi, Kenya. They wanted a connectivity device that fit our needs, where electricity and internet connections are problematic both in urban and rural areas.

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Here is my awesome group! Mutua Matheka, photographer, Mwaniki Mageria, film producer, ME, and Brit Stakston, digital media expert and strategist. We are brainstorming and talking about how the creative sector can be a transformative force for change, and also how the creative sector IS A BUSINESS and the people who works in are doing very important work and that it´s not ”just a hobby”.

We also went to Mutuas studio and met his crew, Mutua and I are very similar in many ways. We both love photography and uses the camera as a tool for social impact, encourage new perspectives and lifting up young people. Mutua is one of Kenyas most popular photographers and has a very inspiring Instagram account, make sure to follow him! @Truthslinger

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Mutua also showed me and Brit around in Nairobi city. Wow the city is ALIVE! People everywhere, cool builings both new and from the brittish colony time. We got the best view over Nairobi on the top of the The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

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DAY 3

We all got invited to the Swedish Ambassador´s recidence and had a lovely lunch and work day planning once again, for the conference in November.

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And finally, can you possible be in Nairobi and not go to the national park to see the animals? OF COURSE NOT! 🙂

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