Tusker Day is Exactly One Month Away….

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It hit me earlier this year that I have been hosting parties in Nairobi for five years now. It feels like it was just a day ago I was chatting with the lovely Susan Deiters as she attempted to convince me to host my first party ever at her restaurant, Cafe des Arts (now Mediterraneo Gigiri) Ahh.. Those were epic parties!

Toga Party At Cafe Des Arts, 2010

Toga Party Nairobi Akinyi Adongo

Halloween Party, October 31st 2013

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Fast forward to early May this year. I am sitting down looking at the coming year to see which dates I could host which themed parties. September 22nd stood out particularly because it is Elephant Appreciation Day. Now if you live in Kenya only one thing pops to mind when you think of elephants, and this happens to be Tusker beer.

The patriot in me could not resist thinking that any Elephant Appreciation Day should go hand in hand with Tusker Beer Appreciation Day, hence the reason Tusker Day falls on 22nd September.

And then tragedy hit. On June 13th 2014, Tsavo Trust announced the death of Satao, Kenya’s largest African male elephant. He was slaughtered by poachers for ivory. Satao’s tusks were so huge they almost reached the ground. Sometimes he would lean the tusks on the ground in order to rest his head and get some sleep.

Satao The Great Kenyan Tusker

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Satao belongs to an elite group of elephants who have the necessary genetics to grow tusks this big. These elephants are called Tuskers. They are on the brink of extinction. As you read this, there are only 11 tuskers left in Tsavo, the late Satao’s home, out of a herd of 11,000 elephants.

There are other Tuskers in Africa, but my guess is they are less that 50 in total. We are looking at a species dying right in front of our eyes. Therefore, it is only fair that we pay homage to Satao,and the remaining Tuskers on Tusker Day (Elephant Appreciation Day)

Isilo the Great South African Tusker

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That said, I propose we celebrate Tusker Day annually on September 22nd for the following amazing reasons:

1. To honor, protect and fight for Tuskers (+elephants) worldwide which will be extinct in 15 years if poaching continues at such an alarming rate. Find out how you can join the cause by having a look at our campaign, Satao’s Herd.

2. To celebrate Africa’s first annual drinking holiday ever. Tusker beer has been the highlight of many who have fond memories of Africa. The Dutch have King’s Day, the Irish have St. Patrick’s Day, the Germans have Octoberfest and now Africa has Tusker Day.

I now leave you with the amazing elephant and Tusker beer pictures which friends have sent me from all corners of the world. I cannot wait to hear what your plans are for Tusker Day this year! Do send me an email with your thoughts on akinyiadongo (@) tuskerday (.) com

Social Media Links: Tusker Day Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Flickr, Tumblr, WebsiteSatao’s Herd Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Behold, a Satao Piece which artist Sophie Standing is currently working on.

Sophie Standing

Kristy McGovern sure knows how to enjoy a Tusker 🙂

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Erin Petson did the most beautiful sketch of Satao

 

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My all time favourite Tusker Picture from Sam Dave

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Mauro Russo‘s art piece called “Satao the last elephant and the mask of blood”

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A Lion King/Tusker Beer moment in Africa by Scott Smith

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Don’t you feel like going on Safari when you look at Nick Pearse’s wonderful picture!

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Who knew an African Beer could look so good in snow! Mike Nugent‘s picture is quite delightful!

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Pillars of Africa 2: Belgium’s Leen Samyn now Based in Tanzania…

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In my opinion, a Pillar of Africa is an individual who is not of African origin but is passionate about the continent. In their day to day lives these Pillars of Africa knowingly or unknowingly do their very best to further Africa’s interest. They may do this in their line of work or as a fun pastime or simply out of habit.

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Tanzania based Leen Samyn is my second African pillar after Germany’s Stephan Meves (now living in Kenya.) Leen moved to Tanzania in 2006 where she was inspired to design her stunning Morani collection. She has a background in Fine Arts.

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The Morani Collection are leather and beaded sandals made by local Maasai women’s groups around the villages of Arusha, Tanzania.

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Her collection is sold in Spain, Mallorca, Australia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and US. I fell in love with the beautiful sandals because I am a huge fun of Maasai jewellery. If you wish to check up on her collection, have a look at her website and Facebook page for more of her fantastic work.

Photo credit: http://www.leensamyn.com

40 Cork Road Kwamambo, Easily One Of The Best Restaurants in Harare, Zimbabwe

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After losing data and images courtesy of a few disappointing hard drives, I decided to take up Flickr’s offer of 1 Terrabyte of free space to back up  my pictures. In the process, I came across pictures of my Zimbabwe trip (courtesy of one Sue Deiters who we still miss in Nairobi to this day.)

I will do a few blog pieces of the trip so that I can share with you a side of Zimbabwe which the world rarely gets to see. What better place to start than my favourite restaurant in Zimbabwe, 40 Cork Road, Kwamambo.

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The restaurant has parking outside.

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You walk in through the main gate and immediately encounter sculptures of various sizes spread out throughout the restaurant’s lush garden.

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It also doubles as a gallery with art pieces, hand painted ceramics and Teak furniture on display for sale. Kwamambo is open Monday to Saturday between 8:30 to 4:00pm and closed on Sundays.

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We had three different main courses which comprised of fish, avocado salad and chicken. I must say the food was outstanding. They also have a Gelato section shop with really good ice cream.

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I liked their bathrooms with the Africa themed signs and ceramic washing bowls. They also have wireless internet connectivity which those who frequent Africa know is quite the bonus.

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The next time you are in Zimbabwe, stop by 40 Cork Road and have a cup of coffee as you enjoy the sights and sounds of Harare. Their phone number is +2634253585

Artist Margrit-Rose People, Passionate about Africa….

African Art

I stumbled across Margrit by accident recently. She is a German born, US based artist who specializes in paintings (portraits and anstract) jewellery among other things. I spoke to her about her keen interest on painting African portraits…..

One of my favourite paintings by Margrit

The Chronicles of an African Girl: Have you had an exhibition in Africa?

Margrit: I never had an exhibition in Africa, although I would love to have one.

The Chronicles of an African Girl: Which African country inspires your work the most and why?

Margrit: The African country which inspires me the most is Ethiopia, the early home of civilizations. I love the extraordinary diversity of ethiopian cultures, their beauty, strength and vitality. I love their marvelous body painting  and their elaborate decorations borrowed from nature. I am fascinated by the beauty of the Surma, Karo, Dasanech and Mursi tribes.

The Chronicles of an African Girl: The first thing I noticed about your paitnings is they portray a very positive image of African people. How did you find beauty in Africa where some do not?

Margrit: African people are in my eyes very beautiful, full of life and vitality, I love their music and artifacts.

The Chronicles of an African Girl: What advice would you give to upcoming African artists or any other person keen on exploring their creative side?

Margrit: The advice I can give to African artists is to follow your heart, go back to your roots, try to find what is deep inside you and you want to share with the world, tell your story, and the story of your people, be conscious of the cultures, try to contribute with your art to a new future, show the truth in everything. And have FUN ,JOY, and be EXCITED  about life. Alone the process of creating is unbelievable satisfying and hopefully encouraging for more and more young people to do the same.

The Chronicles of an African Girl: You listen to a lot of African music while working on your art. Who are your favourite African musicians?

Margrit: When I listen to African music I like to listen to Soukous music, to Angelique Kidjo, Dobet Gnahore, Lucky Dube, Rokia Traore, Khaled, Cesaria Evora, Oliver Mtukudzi, Youssou N’Dour, Guem, Thomas Mapfumo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Oliver Mtukudzi.

Here is her work…..

For more information on Margrit, check out her websites: www.africanartworkbymargrit.com and www.margritrosepeople.com

Kenyan Artists: 1. Andrew McNaughton

African Art

In my opinion, all artists are gods. They have the ability to create beauty out of nothing, to design marvels from useless matter. It is for this reason I am and will always be in awe of Andrew McNaughton.

Andrew is a Kenyan artist whose art pieces are created from old, discarded things found on the beach of Watamu off the Kenyan coast. I had the honor of meeting him today at the Diani Gallery where his exhibition is currently showing until 16th January. Most of his work comprises of recycled flip flops among other materials. I present his work starting with my favourite piece, the lion he designed for the Pride of Kenya parade by the Born Free Foundation.

1. The Pride of Kenya

2.  An Eye For a Tooth, December 2011

3. Apple-ication December 2011

4. Getting Shirty December 2011

5. The Ball

6. Chrysanthenium December 2011

7. Aqua Marine Debris September 2011

8. Concentricity

9. Cremlin Finial August 2011

1o. Do You Have a Light?

11. Entanglement December 2011

12. Flower Pot Stand December 2011

13. Furniture

14. Las Vegas December 2011

15. Light Bulb

16. Lord of The Rings October 2011

17.  Love Box Two September 2011

18. Mahoganika November 2011

19. Naughty McShorty December 2010

20. Paul Smith November 2011

21. Peep Show, November 2011

22. Roll Me Over, June 2010

23. Rubber Garden, January 2010

24. Rush of Brushes to the Sea November 2011

 

25. Silver Tusker, December 2011

26. Spin Me Around December 2010

27. The Beetle

28. The Eye

29. Tusker Time for Two Bar Set November 2011

30. Undulations, December 2011

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