It was a pleasure being on the frontline of a significant moment in Kenya’s history, thanks to IMG Kenya and the doors that pursuing my passion have opened for me. I was called upon to cover the second inauguration of Kenya’s fourth president on 28th November 2017 at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
In January 2015, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, who are mandated with regulation and oversight of aviation and safety in Kenya, issued a directive banning all use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Kenya. Rightfully so, because many had been spotted flying in public and private functions without any regulation on when, how and who was allowed to use them. The ban was put in place as a security measure and to give the government time to set up a regulatory framework for the use of drones in Kenya.
Thirty-five years down, many more to go.
God Almighty has blessed me with so much, I can’t list it all. Starting with salvation through His son’s sacrifice, an abundant life filled with family, friends, adventure, photography…
Today, I make a special mention of Gina – my beautiful fiancee, queen and adorable wife-to-be.
Gina, there’s a lot I can say about the many years we’ve known each other, starting from when we were co-actors, to colleagues, to friends, to lifetime partners. But it all trickles down to one thing: I’m in love with you Gina, and I look forward to being your husband, and you my wife.
Ken is a fearless influencer I’m proud to call friend.
When working in Uganda several years back, he casually took a photo of a street kid without clothes. That photo made the rounds and a few weeks later, the kid had decent clothes to cover his body.
On seeing how that single photo transformed a life, he quickly quit his job, returned to Kenya, got an internship at Nairobi Chapel and while there, met with a filmmaker who pointed him to the US for a 13-month filmmaking apprenticeship.
Today, through his company Filamujuani, Ken is teaching kids in Kibera how to tell their own stories through film. They’ve worked on a TV series called ‘Zuki’ which they plan to screen in Kibera soon. Charges will be 3/- and 5/- for VIP.
Ken humbles me.
I’ve always wanted to attend a national celebration. There must be a very good reason why more than 20,000 Kenyans flock Nyayo Stadium apart from listening to their President.
As a photographer, there’s the opportunity to take shots that give a different perspective on the day. Well, not for me today.
I never had the necessary accreditation so I had to slip into the press area and keep my head low lest the security spot me.
The ceremony was entertaining and well choreographed.