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African Screens 36 – Lake Chala Sunrise

African Screens 36 – Lake Chala Sunrise

Located on the eastern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, Lake Chala is a small crater lake that sits serenely on the Kenya-Tanzania border. You can easily access it from Moshi and Holili in Tanzania, and Oiloitoktok and Taveta in Kenya. Lake Chala Safari Camp overlooks it and provides the best place to stay while there. Don’t leave before taking a dip in its cool waters while there. You’ll thank me later.

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African Screens 35 – Turkana Landrovers

African Screens 35 – Turkana Landrovers

Turkana is a beautiful yet unforgiving place. The terrain will take your breath away, as well as your car’s shocks, springs and about any moving part.

In the 1960s and 70s, teams the National Museums of Kenya were sent to explore the eastern shores of Lake Turkana in the best 4 X 4 X far. They excavated fossils in areas where no car had been to before and while at it, carved out roads that are used to this day. These are the machines that made sure the teams led by Dr Richard Leakey shared their discoveries with the world, making Sibiloi the Cradle of Mankind.

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African Screens 32 – Samburu Elephant

African Screens 32 – Samburu Elephant

We’ve made it to the end of another year – thank You Father!!

One of the big things I’ve done this year is start the African Screens Wallpaper series. I didn’t think it would take so much time and energy to do this but I’m glad it’s happening. It gives me great joy to see any African image (not just my own) adorning your screens, instead of the default tulip fields or western landmark images that come bundled in many devices. Soon, African images will be used by the device manufacturers for products built for the African markets. Can I get an ‘Amen!’?

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African Screens 31 – Bujumbura Beach

African Screens 31 – Bujumbura Beach

Many Nairobi dwellers are very predictable around this season: we will flock to the Kenyan coast in our thousands. North or South Coast, the beaches are full of Nairobi people wondering why its too crowded to enjoy the holiday.

It’s time we broke away from tradition and visited more places on our continent. Get to meet new people (not the same ones you’ll be stuck in traffic with on your way to the office) and share a different story, not the same one from last year!

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African Screens 29 – Timau Wheat

African Screens 29 – Timau Wheat

A few kilometres past Nanyuki on your way to Meru and Isiolo are some of the most scenic landscapes in Kenya. Landscapes so beautiful you can only take them in with your God-given lenses.

These landscapes are characterised by wheat plantations that have a golden shimmer just before harvest time. The perfect source for this week’s wallpaper.

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African Screens 28 – Nyungwe Forest

African Screens 28 – Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe Forest is located in southwestern Rwanda towards the border with Burundi, and is one of the best protected forests in Africa. According to Wikipedia, Nyungwe contains 13 different primate species (25% of Africa’s total), 275 bird species, 1,068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species.

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African Screens 26 – Turkana Boats Sunset

African Screens 26 – Turkana Boats Sunset

If you love touring Kenya like I do and haven’t been Turkana yet, I’d encourage you to get there  – and by road. Flying there just doesn’t cut it.

I returned to Nairobi last week after an 8-day expedition to northern Kenya that was primarily to see an eclipse that was literally overshadowed by the experience of being surrounded by beauty too awesome to explain. I’ll be sharing more about northern Kenya in a blog post later this week.

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African Screens 25 – Lake Naivasha Kingfisher

African Screens 25 – Lake Naivasha Kingfisher

This week’s wallpaper is an image of a kingfisher that I shot in Lake Naivasha in 2012.

It was early morning when I spotted it getting breakfast from a specific part of the lake, quite close to the shore. After studying its patterns, I positioned myself and waited for the shot.

After a couple of minutes, I managed to get this shot, and today, I present it to you as your African Screens wallpaper of the week.

May you fulfil your God-given purpose for the week.

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African Screens 24 – Fiery Nairobi Skyline

African Screens 24 – Fiery Nairobi Skyline

This week’s wallpaper image was taken on the morning of 1st September 2013, just before the Onetouch team departed on a 17-day 4,000km photographic journey across East Africa. We will be sharing images from #OnetouchLive at an exhibition at Michael Joseph Centre from 13th to 22nd November. More about that later.

In the meantime, as I join the rest of the team in putting final touches to our first major exhibition, enjoy this beautiful image of Nairobi your wallpaper this week.

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African Screens 23 – #WaridiMan

African Screens 23 – #WaridiMan

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. While a lot of communication is directed towards women, we men are also at risk.

That is what the #WaridiMan campaign is all about. We need to ask questions, get answers and make decisions based on facts and not assumptions. We also need to stand in line with the ladies and get tested.

To find out more about the campaign, check out Mantra KE .

The image for this week’s wallpaper was shot at Pawa254 with the great help of Steve Kitoto and Paul Obuna.

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African Screens 22 – Murchison Road

African Screens 22 – Murchison Road

The #OnetouchLive photographic road trip from Nairobi to Bujumbura covered over 4,000kms of East Africa’s beauty.

On the day we clocked 1,000kms, we were in Uganda, on the way to Murchison Falls National Park from Kampala. The highway has little traffic and is paved with sweet tarmac all the way up to Masindi, where you turn off to the right and make a 60km journey on well maintained gravel that becomes very scenic once you get to the park gate.

From within Murchison Falls National Park is where this week’s wallpaper comes from. We were welcomed to Murchison by a beautiful canopy of trees, providing much needed shade from the midday heat. It was a sight very similar to Kakamega Forest.

Enjoy it as your wallpaper this week.

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African Screens 21 – Nairobi Dusk

African Screens 21 – Nairobi Dusk

When travelling across Eastern Africa during the #OnetouchLive photographic road trip from Nairobi to Bujumbura, we got many opportunities to compare Nairobi to other regional capitals.

Evening traffic in Kampala.

We got to discover a beauty of Kampala that we didn’t know existed. Wide tree-lined streets, impressive architecture and a vibrance that is second only to Nairobi’s. It’s traffic however, that needs serious attention.

 

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Kigali… Oh Kigali. Now this is a city I can easily move to and make my home. The beauty about Kigali is that just like the rest of the country, the residents own it. Everyone makes it their duty to keep it clean and orderly. In Nairobi, that is the responsibility of the local government and police. Nairobi, we need to learn from Kigali.

 

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Bujumbura has a while to go before it catches up with the other cities. You can compare it with Kisumu for size and heat, plus they are both on the shores of huge lakes. We had problems finding an ATM that takes Visa in Bujumbura. On the bright side, its beaches are some of the finest inland beaches you’ll find in Africa. More about those beaches shortly.

This week’s wallpaper is a dedication to the City of Nairobi. My home and the region’s economic hub.

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African Screens 20 – Nyungwe Sunrise

African Screens 20 – Nyungwe Sunrise

This week’s African Screens wallpaper is from a sunrise at the most beautiful place we stayed while on the #OnetouchLive photographic road trip from Nairobi to Bujumbura in September 2013.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a place not to be missed when in Rwanda. Read about our experience there here.

Leaving my comfortable bed after just a few hours of sleep was a challenge but the sunrise was well worth it. The sun broke over the misty Nyungwe Forest to deliver this week’s beauty for your screens.

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