Filling up your calendar

Hey beautiful people. What an awesome month it has been so far. Teachers are back to where they belong, no El Nino rains (yet) and the hot sun is perfect for a dip in the pool. In this post, I wanna share with you all the amazing events to look out for this October. There are all kinds of art events from food to poetry, so get ready to indulge yourself.

Let me start with the 3rd Annual OLX SoMA Awards 2015 which was held yesterday at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani. (SoMA stands for Social Media Awards.) I was privileged enough to get a ticket and attend it with some of my colleagues. The event was to commence at 7 pm, but the actual awards were dished out at 10 pm. (That is how you know that this is Africa.) Presenters included local comedians such as Eric Omondi, Chipukeezy, and Sleepy David who coincidentally were all from Churchill show. Representing the ladies was Mamito who made fun of Julie Gichuru’s ululation during Obama’s visit in a rib cracking fashion.

The first category was Social Media and the Facebook Personality award was the first to be presented. The winner of this award was Israel Robert Butale of Fashion Police who looked dapper as always in a black tuxedo, setting the fashion bar high for the men in the house. Brian Mbunde literally leapt with joy when he was announced the winner of the Twitter personality award. He had carried out a vigorous campaign before and couldn’t help showing off his award all over Twitter. Due to poor time management, the winners had to keep their speeches brief, 30 seconds to be precise. Sadly, two-time winners Sauti Sol weren’t present to receive their Instagram Personality and YouTube Channel awards. The New Blogger award went to Rachael of GirlsSansDoubts.com, beating theVeon, mukaallan, femmehub, and gathiimwangi. What a lucky lady.

In the Social Corporate category, it was the same old winners; bigwigs like Nakumatt, Churchill Show, Safaricom and Nivea. The crowd was displeased to say the least when Churchill won the most influential media personality, beating more popular choices like Larry Madowo and Caroline Mutoko. This trend (see what I did there) raised a couple of questions in my head, is there something else going on behind the scenes?

I didn’t know winning a SoMA award was so exciting until Ababu Namwamba was announced the Best Social Legislator. His huge entourage celebrated for almost 5 minutes before accompanying him to the stage to receive his award. As he gave a slightly long speech, there were some youth in the yellow section who started clapping before he finished talking. During the show, they would also periodically boo or shout when someone was on stage. I’ll call them barbaric, not saying that they are, but I’ll  just call them that.

Other well deserved winners were Dr. Alfred Mutua for Social Governor Award and Huduma Kenya for most Social State Category. KTN’s Jeff Koinange Live bagged the Most Social Television Show Award while Boniface Mwangi rightfully got the Activism Award. I also have to mention the most shocking acceptance speech of the night. As Citizen TV picked their award, they also thanked the other nominees for voting for them. Like what?!

The final award was the Special Award awarded to Zawadi Nyongo of her involvement in the Jadudi online campaign, which raised over 6 million shillings for his cancer surgery. Clad in a beautiful red gown, Lupita’s sister was escorted to the stage by the one and only Jadudi, who no longer needed a stick to walk with. What a special moment it was. To see the full list of winners, check it out here. I hope to attend the ceremony next year, but in a different kind of way; this time as a nominee. Si Lupita said all our dreams are valid?

The flashy stage
The flashy stage
Zawadi Nyongo giving her acceptance speech
Zawadi Nyongo giving her acceptance speech
OLX Soma Awards 2015
Being taught how to pose, lol

For transport to and from the venue, I used Uber Taxi which I must say is the best invention since sliced bread. Getting a ride is so easy, all you have to do is set your location and destination, and a taxi is automatically sent to you. How cool is that! No more looking for taxi guy numbers from your friends or your phone anymore. Dealing with the drivers is quite pleasing as they are friendly yet professional. Moreover, the fare rates are fixed so there is no risk of being overcharged. To use this uber cool service, just download the app from any store and create an account. Then get ready to start moving.

There’s something REALLY exciting happening today. Coke Studio Africa is coming back! I bet you’ve seen those billboards all over Waiyaki way and other highways that have been teasing us for weeks. Well the wait is over as Season 3 is finally premiering tonight on Citizen TV at 8 pm. It first premiered in Uganda on Friday during their Independence Day.

This season will be bigger and better featuring incredible mash-ups from 27 African artistes; 6 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanians, 4 Mozambicans, 4 Ugandans and 9 Nigerians (why do they have to be so many), plus one American who is also part African. I dare not spill their names; you’ll just have to watch it to find out. The only thing I can say is that in tonight’s show, expect to see Nigerian Yemi Alade performing with our very Sauti Sol. As you can tell, I am VERY excited. Can 8 pm get here already!

What are you doing this coming Sunday? If your answer is ‘nothing really’, then I got an awesome plan for you. The Poetry Slam Africa which is a competition where the best Kenyan poets recite their original works will be taking place this particular day.

One of the participants is my good friend Koi Kimani who is a poet (or is poetess) as well as musician. I watched her perform one her pieces during an Evening of Afrojazz concert back in September, and she was simply phenomenal. To watch her and other talented poets, the place to be is Alliance Francaise on the 18th from 2pm, and the ticket is only 500 shillings. Advance tickets cost half price and they end today, so hurry!

Poetry Slam Africa

On Saturday 24th October, the 4th Edition of the Cake Art Affair will be going down at the Arboretum Grounds. If you haven’t heard about this event before, let me give you the lowdown. Cake Art Affair is where the art of baking, live performances and visual arts come together in one event.

Apart from live performances by Kenyan artistes, there will also be an exhibition of  paintings and drawings by some of the finest artists in Nairobi. And at the end of the day, there will be free cake for everyone (who doesn’t love cake?). The ticket is cheap too, at only 500 bob at the gate. If you are an all rounded art lover, this event is just for you. To get all the details about the performers, check out their event page. Hope to see you there!

You thought I was done but nah, this month is just too exciting. If you are a lover of film, then you are not left out. Are you ready to catch the premiere of the latest Kenyan movie Mizizi? The red carpet premiere will be at the Century Cinemax theatre in Nakumatt Junction, Ngong road on 30th October.

Not only do you watch the new movie, you will also get to mingle with lots of Kenyan actors and filmmakers (read celebrities). Plus you also stand a chance to see the private invite-only screening of the short film ‘Get Some Money!’.  All this for just 1000 bob, it is totally worth it. So let’s get patriotic and support our local film industry, I know I will. You can get your own ticket from Century Cinemax, or just contact 0736165796. And don’t forget to watch the Mizizi Official Trailer on YouTube.

Last but probably most important, something pretty huge is happening this week. It’s my birthday! And since I love my readers, you are all invited to my party. It will be an exclusive event where the guests present their gifts to the birthday girl. Hehe. Just kidding. Speaking of, here’s a short clip of how we celebrate birthdays as kids versus when we’re adults.

No mama, I’ll try to be good this year. I promise.

 

Allow me to get a bit personal over here, okay? I absolutely love writing; it’s one of my many passions. But what I love more than writing, is when you guys read what I write and let me know how much you liked it (or not). That is truly the only present I need. Nonetheless, other presents are also most welcome.

To stay abreast of all the upcoming art-related events in Nairobi (that is not my birthday), keep coming back and also follow the blog for easier access.

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Have a fun and eventful month!

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