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Nairobi Forum: Our Collective Security – Writers in Conversation, Jun. 28 2014 @ National Museum

Date: Saturday, 28 June 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Entry: Prior Reservation.
RSVP here

The killings in Mpeketoni on 15 and 16 June are the latest in a series of violent events that are challenging the security of Kenya and the East Africa region more broadly. The words ‘terrorism’, ‘assassinations’, ‘tribal clashes’, ‘violent crime’, ‘domestic violence’ regularly appear in mainstream and social media headlines. Traumatic pictures of the aftermath fill the newspapers and TV screens. Kenya is no stranger to violent conflict, as the 2008 post-election violence attests to, but some analysts see the current resurgence as something new. There is no shortage of views on the causes of the current insecurity. Some blame external threats, religious ideology, identity, resource competition, youth unemployment, marginalisation, political intrigue, corruption and inefficiency of the security services. Others point to a failure of collective responsibility.

In the latest in a series of conversations with well-known writers, Kwani Trust, in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, have invited a panel of writers to discuss these pressing matters. The writers include:

NoViolet Bulawayo, Writer
Parselelo Kantai, Writer
Rashid Abdi, Journalist
Billy Kahora, Writer and Kwani? managing editor

This conversation follows a session at 5pm at the same venue titled, Meet the Writers, featuring the three shortlisted writers of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Africa’s most prestigious literary prize: NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/South Africa) and Karen Jennings (South Africa).

June 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Return of Joy Adamson, May 19 – June 30 2015 @ Nairobi National Museum

Joy Adamson painting a portrait of a Masai woman in Kenya, 1960 | Credit: Kenneth Rittener—Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Joy Adamson painting a portrait of a Masai woman in Kenya, 1960 | Credit: Kenneth Rittener—Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Dates: May 19-June 30 2014
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

The legacy ofJoy Adamson Exhibition reflects on the contribution of Joy Adamson in the conservation of Kenya’s natural and cultural heritage. The exhibition chronicles the work that won Joy international acclaim as an illustrator, conservationist and author.

Joy Adamson was a colourful, if at times controversial, character whose work continues to affect how people view conservation. Much of her work is immortalized, not only in her illustrations, but in books and film that have been pivotal in preserving the diversity and richness of Kenya’s people and nature.

This exhibition showcasing copies of Joy Adamson’s watercolour painting is a celebration, not only the illustrator and conservationist herself, but also of the diversity and robustness of Kenya’s culture and natural environment.

May 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Doodle 4 Google: An Exhibition of Top 100 Doodles, May 5-31 2014 @ Nairobi National Museum

Doodle for Google

Doodle for Google

“To the young people I say, you are a gift to your communities and indeed the world. You are our hope and our future.”
-Wangari Maathai

Doodle 4 Google Art Exhibition Kenya: Through the Eyes of a Child

Dates: May 5-31, 2014
Venue: Aga Khan Hall, Nairobi National Museum

Featuring the top 100 doodles!

May 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

2nd Nairobi Cultural Festival: Different Colours One People – Visit Emb. Of Mexico Stand, May 10 2014 @ National Museum

This will be the Second Nairobi Cultural Festival in which the following countries alongside Mexico will showcase their cultural expressions and sell typical food and drinks: Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

There will also be a Children’s Corner, where for a small fee kids can have tattoos and face painting done, do their own paintings and play under supervision.

Date: Saturday May 10, 2014
Venue: National Museum Grounds
The event starts at 10 am and goes up to 5 pm.
Entrance is free.

Day of Cultural Expression is organised by the Research Institute of Swahili Studies of Eastern Africa (RISSEA) that is part of the National Museums of Kenya.

May 7, 2014 at 9:08 am 2 comments

Exhibition: Where he ran, and returned to by Clinton Kirkpatrick, May 3-31 2014 @ Creativity Gallery – Nairobi National Museum

Ghost in a crowd, 2014, Oil on canvas, 100cm x 150cm by Clinton Kirkpatrick

Ghost in a crowd, 2014, Oil on canvas, 100cm x 150cm by Clinton Kirkpatrick

Opening: May 3, 2014 at 2 pm
Venue: Creativity Gallery – Nairobi National Museum

Exhibition Dates; May 3 – 31, 2014
Entry: Museum Rates Apply


April 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Angolan artist Waldermar Bastos Live in Nairobi, Feb. 19 2014 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Final poster Waldemar Bastos
Roots International is proud to present world renowned artist Waldemar Bastos from Angola on stage at the Louis Leakey Auditorium at the Nairobi National Museum on Wednesday, February 19 2014.

Waldemar Bastos was born near the border with Zaire in N’Banza Congo, a little town which was the first capital city of the ancient kingdom of Angola. He started singing at a very early age. “One day, my father arrived home and found me playing his concertina. In the following Christmas he gave me an accordion as a gift…” From then on, a young Waldemar dedicated his heart and soul to music. Since money was scarce, the little kid chose music lessons over the possibility of getting a bicycle. “For many years, since I was a kid, I was in various bands, and travelled throughout Angola playing all kinds of music: pop, rock, blues, tangos, waltzes. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity, and a call for universal brotherhood. It is gratifying for me to hear critics say, as it recently happened in the USA, that my music is universal. That it is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere.”

In the meantime, Angola won its independence and followed the long socialist road. Bastos went to Portugal and later to Berlin and from there to Brazil, where he became acquainted with some well known musicians, such as Chico Buarque, João do Vale, Elba Ramalho, Djavan and Clara Nunes who had been in Angola in the late seventies. Waldemar finds EMI-Odeon, and records his first album, “Estamos Juntos”. He recorded his second album, the highly praised “Angola Minha Namorada”, five years later. In 1990 he visited Angola, and did a concert in front of 200.00 people in Luanda. While travelling through Lisbon, David Byrne, the mastermind of Luaka Bop record label, and ex-leader of the “Talking Heads”, bought, by chance, a record of the Angolan singer in a downtown Lisbon shop.

Soon after that Waldemar would be featured in the album “Afropea – Telling Stories to the Sea”, an anthology of Lusophone artists issued by Luaka Bop. Afterwards there was “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, recorded in NYC, produced by Arto Lindsay, and issued by Luaka Bop. The New York Times described it as “one of the best World music records of the decade”.

In the aftermath of “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, Waldemar won the “Award for the Emerging Artist of the Year (1999)”. In 1998, Waldemar was discovered by the European audience and media. After his successful tours in Europe as the opening act at the UNESCO Festival “Don’t forget Africa“ in June 2000 in the Canary Islands. Later in the year he was invited by Mr. Ruichi Sakamoto to take part in the “Zero-Landmine” project in cooperation with international artists like Arto Lindsay, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Jacques Morelenbaum.

Bastos is included in Tom Moon’s legendary book “1000 recordings to hear before you die”, and three of his compositions were featured in the Hollywood movie The Sweepers . He received several invitations by Prince Ernst August von Hanover and Princess Caroline von Hanover in the course of which he also gave a private concert for Rainier III. Another highlight was the “Bal de Roses” in Monaco in 2004.

Classics of my Soul, is his latest production, recorded in Los Angeles and London, produced by Derek Nakamoto and it features his light hearted music full of optimism and joy.

You can find out more about this legendary Angolan artist on his website

This concert has been made possible through the support of Nairobi Java House, Hotel Emerald in Westlands, and the Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi.

February 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Talk by Jim Nyamu: Conserving African Elephants Through Walking & Talking, Feb. 1 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Are you a conservation enthusiast? Do you love elephants? Does ivory poaching worry you?

Join Kenya Museum Society for an interactive, informative and what should be a captivating talk by Jim Nyamu

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Refreshments 3.15pm Starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS Member, Ksh 500 Guest, Ksh 200 Citizen & Student

Jim, is the founder and director of Elephant Neighbours Center (ENC), an NGO that aims to promote peaceful co-existence between elephants and communities, with a mission to protect African elephants and secure their landscape outside protected areas.

Jim has an amazing passion for what he does, peppered with vast experience in elephant conservation as a research scientist and elephant specialist.

We hope that his experience and findings on poaching and the illegal ivory trade and their adverse effects on wildlife will leave you wanting to join in this worthy cause of saving the largest land mammals on earth.

Jim will also launch his 2014 campaign plan on the ‘Ivory Belongs to Elephants’ walks.

January 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: FREEDOM – 6 artists celebrate artistic freedom with Kenya at 50, Dec. 8 2013 – Jan. 31 2014 @ Nairobi National Museum

Dates: December 8, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Venue: Ecology Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Daily 8.30am to 5.30pm
Normal rates apply

Exhibiting Artists: El Tayeb Dawelbait, Camille Wekesa, Sane Wadu, Justus Kyalo, Chelenge Van Rampelberg, Peterson Kamwathi

In celebration of Kenya at 50 years, six artists explore what freedom means to them both as artists as well as Kenyans in an economically emerging continent. The artists express the concept of freedom using a multitude of media with minimal constraints or parameters producing a body of work that provokes us to think of what freedom means to us as Kenyans 50 years after Independence.

December 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Affordable Art Show, Oct. 25-27 2013 @ Nairobi National Museum

Affordable Art Show
Dates: October 25-27, 2013
Venue: Nairobi National Museum
Time: Friday 6-9 pm, Weekend 10 am – 4 pm
Entry: Friday Kshs 500, Weekend Free

Raffle prize art work by Dinesh Revankar

Funds raised will go towards supporting the restoration and conservation of the National Museums of Kenya Permanent Art Collection

October 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Celebrating Kenya @ 50 years: Art Exhibition by Edward Njenga & Leonard Kateete, Until Dec. 31 2013 @ National Museum

Celebrating Kenya @50 with Art from Edward Njenga & Leonard Kateete

Celebrating Kenya @50 with Art from Edward Njenga & Leonard Kateete

The Nairobi National Museum is curating two art exhibitions in celebration of Kenya’s 50th Anniversary. The show is part of a series of anniversary events and exhibitions taking place in the National Museums of Kenya throughout the year.

Opening: July 30, 2013
Venue: National Museum
Time: 5 pm
Guest of Honour: Hon. Dr Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary, Sports Culture & the Arts

Exhibition Dates: Until December 31, 2013

Showcasing: Edward Njenga A Son’s Dedication (1962 – 2013 ceramics) and Leonard Kateete Humanity through My Eyes portraits of the traditional African Family

Celebrating Kenya @50 with art

‘A son’s Dedication’ by 91 year old Kenyan ceramist Edward Njenga is an outstanding display of miniature human forms depicting events in Kenya’s history from 1962 to current. Njenga’s ceramics are modelled around the themes of history, health, education, family and relationships, religion, recreation, sports, sustenance, communication, technology and everything human.

The focus on Ugandan artist Leonard Kateete is his almost life-size oil paintings of African communities, commissioned and owned by Nation Media Group and loaned to the Nairobi National Museum for exhibition.
Art has no boundaries; Kateete who resides in Nairobi is responsible for several magnificent murals and sculpture installations in Kenya. An original print of Tears of Freedom (1990); an expressive portrait of Nelson Mandela in oils that is a collection on display at the Mandela Museum SA, will also be on show. Humanity through My Eyes is no doubt a magnificent contribution to the preservation and presentation of the physical history of the African people through art.

The two artists will exhibit in the Cultural Dynamism Gallery and the Ecology Gallery respectively for 6 months.
The Nairobi National Museum is home to some of the most celebrated heritage collections of Kenya and the East African region.
These two exhibitions aim to serve as a major attraction and a useful source of information on Kenya’s history, art and culture.

July 31, 2013 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Celebrations of Kenya at 50 – A Son’s Dedication, Jul. 30 –Dec. 31 2013 @ National Museum

Edward Njenga: A Son's Dedication (1962 - 2013 ceramic collection)

Edward Njenga: A Son’s Dedication (1962 – 2013 ceramic collection)

Exhibition: 1962 – 2013 A Son’s Dedication a Celebration of Kenya@50. Exhibition by: Edward Njenga & Leonard Kateete

Dates: July 30 – December 31, 2013
Venue: Cultural Dynamism Gallery & Ecology Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museums Rates Apply

July 18, 2013 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: 013 Mask Art Prize Nairobi – London, Jun. 11-Jul. 10 2013 @ National Museum

013 Art Mask Prize
Opening Date: June 11, 2013
Venue: Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2 pm
Entry: Free

The exhibition will be opened by the British High Commissioner, Dr Chris Turner.

The winners will be awarded three prizes of Kshs 55,000 each. One Winning Artist will win a trip to London, and one Kenyan state school will win Kshs 100,000 worth of art materials. The Prizes are supported by the Rivers Foundation.

The exhibition will continue until 10 July 2013

It travels to the internationally acclaimed Saatchi Gallery in London from 14 September to 7 October 2013

June 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Children’s Day Outing – Puppet Making, Jun. 1 2013 @ Nairobi National Museum

puppet making at NMK

May 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition: Mwangalio Tofauti II, May 11 2013 @ National Museum

Opening: May 11, 2013 at 7 pm
Venue: Nairobi National Museum
Free Entrance only at the Opening Night

Exhibition Dates: May 12 – June 23, 2013
Entry: Museum Entry Fee applies

Mwangalio Tofauti II is a Photographic Exhibition by Kenyan Photographers who take an Artistic Social Documentary Approach.

Participating artists: Alex Kamweru, Amirah Tajdin, Julian Njoroge, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Paul Munene and Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.

For more information visit

May 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Nuruddin Farah in Conversation, Apr. 18 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

The Nairobi Forum, in partnership with Kwani Trust, will be hosting an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah on 18th April.

Date: April 18, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Free entrance by prior registration only. Register here

Nuruddin is winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011.
Nuruddin will be in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, the Founding Editor of Kwani Trust and author of the acclaimed memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.

April 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Ordinary People, Ordinary Politics by Nyawanda, Nov 8-16 2012 @ Nairobi National Museum


Moses Nyawanda
Moses Nyawanda is a painter who works in series says, “Most of my pieces are urban-based and so I call them “The Urban Survival Syndrome.” to justify my characters’ need to possess extraordinary instincts in order to survive in this “Man Eat Man society” we find ourselves involuntarily into. I also try to pre-empt the notion that extraordinary people cannot do ordinary tasks. Often, this is called humility.

The political subjects wear animal faces, Nyawanda’s way of depicting greed. He calls the moments “The Gray Areas” because the compositions are always hinged between an incident which has happened and one about to happen.

Nyawanda, considers this to be the defining moment where the characters get to make a choice whether to go on to the next stage or not. Ultimately though, it is upon the viewer, to visualize what happens before and after the painting is done.

The exhibition also features sculptures by Michael Dete.

November 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

[competition ended] Win tickets for Sidi Goma’s concert, Sep 24 2012 @ National Museum / Samosa Festival

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for the invite-only second Sidi Goma’s exciting concert on Monday September 24th at Nairobi National Museum – at 8pm, as part of the ongoing Samosa Festival.
Each winner will get two tickets. Who would like to go?

Just leave your name and email and we will award the two funniest comments. All participants agree to be subscribed to our weekly newsletter.

Submit your entry by 1pm  12 noon on Monday September 24 – good luck!

September 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm 4 comments

Preview: Storymoja Hay Festival 2012, Sept. 13-16 2012 @ Nairobi National Museum

Dates: September 14-16, 2012
Venue: Nairobi National Museum
Tickets: Day ticket Kshs 1000, Seasonal Ticket Kshs 1500 [MPesa 0728 285 021, Zap 0733 838 161] or e-mail:

Some of the participating writers
Jekwu Anyaegbuna, Imtiaz Dharker, Noviolet Bulawayo, Billy Kahora, Dinaw Mengestu, Lemn Sissay, Giles Foden, Miguna Miguna, Lola Shoneyin, Precious Williams, Muthoni Muchemi, Tony Mochama aka Smitta and Michael Logan

For more information visit:

August 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

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