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Shujaa Misuli by Osborne Macharia.

Shujaa Misuli, meaning ‘muscle warriors’, is a photo project by Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia that celebrates the diversity, dynamism and accomplishments of Kenyan athletes and sports heroes.

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NEW MUSIC: Just A Band - Probably For Lovers.

Been a minute since Kenya’s Just A Band has released anything new but this music video for their beautiful song Probably For Lovers is probably the cutest thing we’ve ever seen from them.

JAB are no strangers to making great music videos. The band are a highly creative bunch and I was won over by the video to their song If I Could. Now, for their catchy love song taken off their Sorry for the Delay album, they’ve put together a video that consists of compilations of their fans from around the world singing along to the song.

Definitely watch ‘til the end.

Lupita Nyong’o lands her first ever Vogue magazine cover.

Whilst not a throwback post, this is still history in the making. She’s won multiple awards, is the new face of beauty brand Lancome, has acquired the rights to produce Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’, bringing it to celluloid, is starring in the latest Star Wars flick and now, she’s on the cover of American Vogue.

If you, like us, follow her on instagram you probably noticed that she was recently in Morocco. Whilst we know she was taking a vacation, we also now know that Nyong’o was hard at work shooting for her spread in Vogue, photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Don’t quote us on this but we think she’s the first ever Kenyan actress to land this cover and one of the few African women to do so, aside from Iman and Alek Wek.

Read about her interview with Vogue, to appear in the July issue.

Portraits captured on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, by Kenyan-born photographer Cedric Nzaka of “Everyday People Stories.

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Satao, Kenya’s biggest elephant, killed by poachers.

News reports this morning have confirmed that one of the world’s biggest elephants was killed by poachers in Kenya.

Named Satao, the iconic tusker elephant was known for it’s humungous tusks that were so large they almost reached the ground. He was also one of the last of his kind.

He had been living in the Tsavo East National Park in northern Kenya but had become a target for poachers, who were using GPS and mobile phones to track him.

For 18 months, the Kenyan Wildlife Service joined forces with the Tsavo Trust to monitor Satao’s movements using aerial reconnaissance and ground personnel within his known home range.

Despite this, poachers were still able to reach him and in March, the 50-year-old elephant was shot by poachers using poisoned arrows. Vets rushed to the scene to treat him and he went on to make a surprise recovery.

But in May, an elephant carcass was discovered by June Richard Moller, Executive Director of the Trust, and on Friday it was confirmed that the dead elephant was indeed Satao.

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Inside actress Emilyne Mondo’s East London apartment.

As a young 20-something not-yet-professional, I’ve become slightly obsessed with interior decor and the thought of both living and owning my very own apartment. Although the latter seems far off, it doesn’t stop me from constantly scrolling through pinterest for any tidbit of inspiration I can find for what will be my future living space.

My latest source of home aesthetic eye candy comes in the form of British-Kenyan actress Emilyne Mondo’s Dalston abode. She’s big on colour, but not in an overwhelming sense, and between the white accents and natural elements, the apartment has a fresh and appealing quality to it that is incredibly inviting.

All photos by Phoebe-Lettice Thompson.

Our friends over at 2manysiblings have agreed to takeover our account and curate it this week. We’re super excited to have then be the very first people to do this! Head to our blog at dynamicafrica.tumblr.com to learn more about this stylish brother and sister team from #Kenya!

Tourism fuels child prostitution in Kenya.

Whilst both prostitution and sex with minors is illegal in Kenya, much of this illicit trade happens in public spaces. According to the testimonies from both a child sex worker and a man who arranges the meetings between white European tourists and these minors, most of the men come from Italy and are aged between 50-80 years old. Furthermore, bestiality seems to be a common feature in this illicit industry.

As the BBC Anne Soy reports from the coastal city of Malindi, whilst small scale efforts are being made to tackle these horrific activities where children as young as twelve are being lured into performing disturbing sexual acts with tourists, finding the perpetrators and convicted them is an incredibly difficult task.

Another form of sex trafficking that occurs on the beaches of Kenya between older European tourists and locals, this time between Sugar mamas and young men, was portrayed in the film Paradise Love.

Listen to the full report here.

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cool documentary: "Deaf Role Models in Kenya"

The idea of ​​this documentary was released by the Deaf Organizations of all seven East African countries plus Zambia during the East African conference “Deaf Education” in Kampala, Uganda in 2012. One of the main findings was that the early intervention program lacking in any East African country. The documentary could therefore contribute to increasing the awareness of parents and other stakeholders of young deaf children in East Africa plus Zambia.

NIGERIA: A TRULY STRONG ECONOMY?

Don’t be fooled by news reports of ‘Africa rising’ and the supposed burgeoning African middle class. Much of that is hype and not the reality for many Africans and African country. Whilst various emerging economies in Africa are important to note, they don’t always signify a progression or development in civil society, infrastructure, resources and public services. In fact, a country that was only recently named as the continent’s largest economy carries with it a number of stark contrasts.

The country is the world’s eighth-largest oil exporter, and almost 90 percent of its export earnings are tied to oil. It has the seventh-highest population in the world - 170 million people - but over 80 percent live on less than $2 a day, and most of the wealth is confined to a small urban middle class. [x]

If you’ve ever wanted to make some more sense of Nigeria’s economy, this short clip provides some necessary insight into the reality of the country’s financial state. It’s not incredibly in depth, but it’s a great starting point.

Whenever Lupita Nyong’o steps out and has a fab time, a part of me feels as though I was there. She’s just one of the few celebs I live through vicariously and although I wouldn’t be caught dead in the outfit she wore to the MET Gala this year, these instagram pics already have me forgetting what I didn’t like about her Prada dress.

NEW MUSIC: Sauti Sol - Nishike (‘Touch’).

This is one of those music videos that leave you unsure of what to do with yourself only after a few seconds. If you can make it to the end of the song without feeling flushed, I commend you - highly.

These Kenyan guys don’t know what they’ve started.

Nishike indeed.

DYNAMIC AFRICANS: Cedric Nzaka of “Everyday People Stories”.

From the street to the runway, and back to the streets again, Cedric Nzaka is a man on a mission. Armed with nothing but his great eye and passion for style, fashion and culture, and his camera, of course, the Kenyan-born South African-based creative has been documenting everything from the faces of Jozi’s style-conscious youth to the runways of fashion weeks in South Africa.

Intrigued by his documentation of the monthly Johannesburg brunch series THE WKND SOCIAL, I caught up with the jack-of-many-creative-trades to find out more about the man behind Everyday People Stories.

In a few words, tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do. 

I’m Cedric Nzaka, Kenyan-born and raised, but currently based in South Africa. I’d describe myself as a humanitarian, social documentary and landscape photographer, with a particular interest in NGO photography, and with a keen detailed eye for urban and street wear photography. Most of all, to paraphrase Friedrich Nietzsche: “I’m an artist and no artist tolerates reality”.

It’s always so interesting to meet other foreign Africans in South Africa, and Johannesburg has become a magnet for many Africans from all over the continent and all walks of life in recent years. What brought you to South Africa? What’s it like being Kenyan in SA?

The main reason I came to South Africa was to discover a nation’s struggle for freedom whilst following the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Hector Pieterson and many other celebrated revolutionaries. The South African freedom struggle is a compelling story that tells of the sacrifices made by the people in overcoming the oppression of colonialism and apartheid. 

Living away from your country can be a really interesting and unforgettable experience, but at the same time it has very important effects on one’s life. The major effect, and also a very common one, is that once you begin a life away from home, you find yourself missing everything from your past. This is not to say that you are unhappy, but rather that you are aware of your newfound solitude.

Missing your family and the attention they all paid to you is a very common feeling. Little details like sitting on a Sunday morning watching TV alone instead of helping your dad organizing his things or having a nice chat with your mom makes you realize how valuable your family really is. For me, being a Kenyan in SA has made it possible for me to achieve a certain kind of newfound knowledge. You learn how to accept being in another type of society and a foreign culture, as you’re now living in a place with different customs and traditions from yours. You have to be able to develop yourself in unknown conditions. This means making new friends, learning other points of view, accepting different opinions and values, and seizing every opportunity you have to go to new places. 

How long have you been involved in photography? Did you start out wanting to photograph fashion portraits or was there something else you had in mind when you began using a camera?

 I started out with documentary photography because I considered documentaries to be a powerful means of conveying social messages to the world. Many people use television and film as a form of entertainment and if one can add factual information to the mix, the medium of documentary films can produce great changes by creating awareness and simultaneously educating the masses.

But somewhere along the line while I was working on a travel documentary, I felt the urge to do something different and out of my conform zone. Something that would help me grow as an artist and as an individual, which led to me choosing to get involved in urban and street style photography.

You’ve photographed a range of different fashion scenes, from the street to the runway. Is there one particular environment you prefer over others?

Street Photography is art photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Truth be told, I do enjoy shooting on the runway as much as I enjoy working in the streets because it allows me to challenge myself as a photographer. But there is not that much that can be done when it comes to runway photography compared to street photography. To me, street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying “unmanipulated” scenes, with usually unaware/aware subjects. 

You’re someone who seems to be able to capture a certain kind of youth culture and soulful essence of what’s hip in Johannesburg. Where are your favourite places to photograph in Jozi? Can you tell us about some of your favourite hangout spots in Jo’burg?

One of my favourite places to photograph is Braamfontein Centre. It borders the city centre and is joined to Newtown by the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Braamfontein is fast becoming the hipster capital of Johannesburg as it’s home to a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and coffee shops, the Neighbourgoods Market - a Food and Design Market that’s open every Saturday, galleries and quirky design stores.

My second favourite place to photograph when in Jo’burg is definitely Maboneng which has been converted from industrial properties to a happening lifestyle playground. Street art is a big feature here, along with an eclectic selection shops. The pioneer development is Arts on Main and it’s also home to the Market on Main.

Third favourite place would be Newtown. Jo’burg’s original cultural precinct, Newtown is a vast heritage site with the impressively renovated Turbine Hall and immense Mary Fitzgerald square that hosts thousands of people for major cultural events.

My favourite hangout spots therefore would be anywhere around those three above-mentioned areas - from the famous Great Dane and Kitcheners in Braamfontein, all the way to Goethe on Main in Maboneng.

The Johannesburg street scene seems to be evolving from one great thing to the next. What are some of the trends you’ve noticed unfold in recent months?

Johannesburg is shedding its painful, crime-ridden past to emerge as Africa’s hippest hub for art, music and fashion. The fashion industry in Jo’burg is constantly growing - especially the design front of it all. The trends I’ve seen emerge a lot more are centered on the question of identity where most people communicate and express themselves through what they wear.

Besides photography, are there other things you’re involved in?

I’m a marketing consultant, graphic and fashion designer, fashion trend analyst, writer and illustrator. I’ve also had a passion for soccer from a very tender age and it’s something I still take part in when I’m not using my camera.

Lastly, what are five things you can’t leave the house without?

My iPhone, DSLR Camera + 50mm lens, clean pair of sneakers and most of all head gear. I’m always wearing some sort of head gear be it a beanie, snap back or 5 panel cap. I always have to have something on my head. 

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#TBT: Black-and-white portraits of Lupita Nyong’o by photographer Barron Claiborne, a few years before she would become an Academy Award winner and household name worldwide.