Nairobi Now newsletter :: 07.04.2011

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Daily Dispatches: Life in Nairobi through the eyes of an American photographer and reporter

Daily Dispatches: Nairobi is an innovative exploration through photojournalism of a fast-evolving 21st-century African city, unfolding day by day in real time. We will spend each day of April searching out stories from all corners of Kenya’s capital, stories which will paint a compelling, informative and surprising portrait of the city, and the lives lived by those who call it home. Each day, we will send our images and reports back to a series of US universities and colleges we’re working with, who will in turn print them and mount them in an exhibition which grows day by day.

The second Daily Dispatch is up: Challenges and opportunities for Kibera’s small businesses

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Play: Agnes of God, April 8-23 2011 @ Phoenix Players

Agnes of God tells the story of a novice nun (Agnes- played by CRYSTAL MBUGA) who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception. Conventional wisdom points to infanticide- but she stands her ground- drawing her Mother Superior (ANGELA MWANDIA) out of her shell to places she would rather forget! To this mix a psychologist (LYDIA NYAMBURA)is brought in to crack the issue…

Premiers April 8th, and playing until April 23rd.

The show is directed by Nick Njache, and stars LYDIA NYAMBURA, CRYSTAL MBUGA and ANGELA MWANDIA- a veritable collection of sheer acting talent!
Wed, Thurs and Friday’s @ 7p.m, Sat 6pm and Sun 17th @ 4p.m & Sat 23nd at 3p.m & 6p.m.

Students Night! every Thursday! buy one ticket at Ksh 300 and get another free!
(for Students with valid Identification)

To book, please call Naomi at box office on 222 55 06 and 0729 913425 Mpesa Accepted.
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Rotary Club of Muthaiga Golf Tournament, Apr 8 2011 @ Royal Nairobi Golf Club

The Rotary Club of Muthaiga (  golf tournament will be held on April 8th, 2011, at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club. The time will be perfect for the tournament, as some cool weather is expected resulting in lush green fairways, ideal for that perfect tee. Royal is one of the most popular golf courses for Friday Golf in Nairobi, offering golfers an avid golfing experience. The tournament will feature 40 teams, consisting of4 players per team, and they will engage in an 18-hole tournament. Various hole-specific challenges will be held during the tournament which will be open to all participants. The winners will be determined when all teams have completed the18 holes, and to cap off the wonderful day, dinner will be catered at the dining within the club house.
Proceeds of the event will be channeled towards various community projects in the country



Marathon, a contemporary dance performance, Apr 9 2011 @ Alliance Française



Concert: Jazz with June Gachui, Apr 9 2011 @ Tamambo Tapas



TEDx Cinema Nairobi: Apr. 9 2011 @ Westgate

Free, Saturday 9th April 2011, 10am (for 10.30)-12noon, Silverbird Cinema, Westgate Mall, Nairobi

This event is a forum to spark creative engagement between like-minded people. A place where we can challenge our fundamental beliefs and explore new ways of thinking.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.



The Conservatoire’s End of Term Concert, April 10 2011 @ GoDown Arts Centre

Welcome to The Conservatoire’s End of Term Concert scheduled to take place this Sunday 10th April 2011 starting 3pm, at the GoDown Arts Centre.

It features the very best students of this term and The Conservatoire Orchestra. There is classical and modern guitar, violin, piano, jazz saxophone, modern and classical voice, choral singing…

Some of the Music you can look forward to is:
·         Hotel California – Glenn Frey – Originally performed by The Eagles
·         Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man – Jerome Kern
·         Nella Fantasia – Ennio Morricone
·         Spring Sonta for Violin and Piano- (Op 24 no 5) – 1st Movt – Beethoven

Charges for this concert will be Kshs.300 for Adults and Kshs.100 for Children under the age of 12.



French Movie: A Common Thread (Brodeuses), Apr 11 2011 @ Alliance

A Common Thread (Brodeuses)
by Eleonore Faucher (2003 – 1h28)

An unmarried pregnant teenager finds refuge with a distinguished embroiderer. And, day by day, stitch by stitch, as Claire’s belly grows rounder, the threads of embroidery create a filial bond between them.




Musical Open Mic Night: Apr. 11 2011 @ Kengeles, Lavington Green

The intention is for this to be an event where musicians come together to share tunes, skills and just jam. The idea is to keep it as relaxed and informal as possible, but if turns out we have throngs of performers, then time on the mic will be rationed.

Bring an instrument or just yourself. Perform or simply enjoy. The more the merrier!


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Concert: Acoustic Worshop, Apr 12 2011 @ Alliance

Show starts at 6:30 – until 9pm on Tuesday 12th April at Alliance Francaise Auditorium

On Keys, George Nyoro
On Bass Tito Valentino
On Drums Mathewmatix Rabala
On Guitar- Kato Change
Vocals- Noel Nderitu.
Also featuring the fantastic trio of singers, Trina, Kendi and Lisa. you just GOT to hear them…
Incredible Jazz guitarist Eddy Grey,
And the brilliant voices Christian Lwanda and Muthoni Hunja

To get advance tickets, 0723-706-310 & 0717-837-735
book now, there are limited spaces available.



Exhibition: Ziba Ufa (Crack Seal), Mar. 29-Apr. 12 2011 @ Kuona Trust

Exhibition Opening: March 29, 2011
Venue: Kuona Trust
Location: Likoni Close, Likoni Lane, Off Dennis Pritt Road
Time: 6pm
Exhibition Runs: March 29-April 12 2011
Entry: Free

‘Ziba Ufa’ is a project and experiment aimed at encouraging the use of the gallery, in particular the walls, as alternative surface for artistic expression. This is meant to challenge not only the artists’ individual processes, but also the audiences’ perception/stereotypes as to exhibition spaces and their function.

Humanity exists within and around walls; vertical manmade surfaces whose sole purpose is to keep the desirable contained, out of reach of the undesirable and vice versa. This duality is constantly applied in the illustration of social/human issues.

The agreed point of departure, which may act as a loose theme, is for each of the participating artist to express their understanding of walls. This is within the context of individual artistic practice.

The participating artists are: Dennis Muraguri, Sidney Magongo, Beatrice Wanjiku, Andrew Njoroge, Michael Soi and Gor Soudan (Writer).

The Project kicked off on the March 14, 2011 and the idea was initiated by Peterson Kamwathi.

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Public Lecture: Making the Pitch, Apr. 13 2011 @ Sarova Stanley

Date: April, 13 2011
Venue: Sarova Stanley
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Entry: by invitation
For an invitation contact: charity., Tel: 020 283 6228, 0722 205 335/0734 600 266
Deadline for confirmation: April 10, 2011

Topic: Making the pitch-presenting yourself & pitching your work
Speakers: Victoria Locklin and Jimmi Gathu

Target audience: Young Professionals/entrepreneurs in-advertising, art & antique markets, broadcasting, crafts, design/fashion, film, video & photography, software, computer games & electronics publishing, music & the visual performing arts/theatre, publishing, graphic design, development sector, management consulting and beauty & cosmetics

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Lecture: Rejuvenating Karura Forest, Apr 13 2011 @ Nairobi National Museum

Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Rejuvenating the Karura Forest:
From Danger Spots to Green Haven

Mrs Alice Macaire, Chair, The Friends of Karura Forest

An amazing story of transformation.  The Karura Forest, once a notorious “no go” zone has become a place to picnic
and the “green lungs” for a rapidly growing city

The Karura Forest Reserve is one of the largest gazetted
forests in the world fully within the city limits

Refreshments 6:15 pm
Doors open 7:00 pm
Nairobi National Museum
Louis Leakey Auditorium

Donation: Non members Ksh 500, Members Ksh 400, Students Ksh 200
Proceeds to fund the National Museums of Kenya
KMS Offices:  0724 255299 or 2339158



Cinema.ES Film Series, Apr 12 – May 10 2011 @ Embassy of Spain

Cinema.ES, a new Spanish cinema series with a unique opportunity for group debate after each screening.
12th April 2011, 18:00 h.: Un Franco, 14 Pesetas, by Carlos Iglesias (2005, 102mins., Original Version with English subtitles)

19th April 2011, 17:00 h.: Siete mesas de billar francés, by Gracia Querejeta (2009, 112mins., OV) – This session will be held in Spanish only (no English subtitles available).

3rd May 2011, 18:00 h.: Abre los ojos, by Alejandro Amenábar (1997, 117mins., OV with English subtitles)
10th May 2011, 17:00 h.: Los lunes al sol, by Fernando León de Aranoa (2002, 117 mins., OV) – This session will be held in Spanish only (no English subtitles available).

WHERE: Embassy of Spain, CBA Building, Mara & Ragati Rds., Upper Hill
Free Entrance.



Out of Town/Public Lecture: Making the Pitch, Apr. 14 2011 @ Sarova Whitesands Mombasa

Date: April, 14 2011
Venue: Sarova Whitesands, Mombasa
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Entry: by invitation
For an invitation contact: charity., Tel: 0722 612 511/0720 594 433

Topic: Making the pitch-Presenting yourself & pitching your work
Speakers: Victoria Locklin and David Muriithi

Target audience: Young Professionals/entrepreneurs in-advertising, art & antique markets, broadcasting, crafts, design/fashion, film, video & photography, software, computer games & electronics publishing, music & the visual performing arts/theatre, publishing, graphic design, development sector, management consulting and beauty & cosmetics

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Concert: ‘I Believe’ – Jacques Greg Belobo, Apr. 15 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre

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Screening of Italian Historical Films to mark 150 years of Italian Unification, Apr. 15-17 2011 @ National Museums

To mark 150 years of Italian Unification the Istituto Italiano di Cultura requests the pleasure of your company at the screening of a series of Italian historical films with English subtitles L’Unita’ d’Italia (Unification of Italy) presented by Dr. George Gona of the Department of History – University of Nairobi

Dates: April 15-17, 2011
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya
Time: Friday 6pm and weekend at 4pm & 6pm
Entrance: Free

15.4.11 – 6pm – Historical Introduced by Dr. George Gona with a documentary on Giuseppe Garibaldi / followed by – 1860: I mille di Garibaldi (1860: Garibaldi’s thousand men) directed by A. Blasetti
16.4.11 – 4pm – Allonsanfan (Allonsanfàn) directed by P. & V. Taviani
16.4.11 – 6pm – San Michele aveva un gallo (St. Michael had a rooster) directed by P. & V. Taviani
17.4.11 – 4pm – Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) directed by Luchino Visconti

Friday, 15th April 2011 (6pm)
Historical introduction by Dr. George Gona with the documentary: Giuseppe Garibaldi: Il diavolo rosso (Giuseppe Garibaldi: the red devil)
Documentary by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Rome
Running time: Excerpts only (English subtitles)
Documentary based on the historical events that led to the unification of Italy.

Followed by:
1860: I mille di Garibaldi (1936) (1860: Garibaldi’s thousand men)
Directed by: Alessandro Blasetti
Starring: Giuseppe Gulino, Aida Bellia, Gianfranco Giachetti, Mario Ferrari, Maria Denis
Running time: Excerpts only
Drama, History (English subtitles)

“1860″ is considered by many, even to this day, as the forerunner of the long season of Italian neorealism.
The story is the harried attempt of a Sicilian partisan, as part of the risorgimento, to reach Garibaldi’s headquarters in Northern Italy, and to petition the revered revolutionary to rescue part of his besieged land. Along the way, the peasant hero encounters many colourful Italians, differing in class and age, and holding political opinions of every type.
There is a key train scene, and the film ends on the battlefield, Italian unification a success, despite brutal losses

Saturday, 16th April 2011 (4pm)

Allonsanfan (1974) (Allonsanfàn)
A brief introduction by Dr. George Gona
Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Lea Massari, Minsy Farmer
Running time: 110 minutes
Drama, History (English subtitles)

The political prisoner Fulvio Imbriani is released ill from prison and the authorities expect to find his rebel friends though him. However, he returns to his family’s real state and recovers his health with his siblings. When his lover Charlotte unexpectedly arrives Fulvio’s his sister overhears her saying that their friends would be arriving the next morning and calls the authorities. The soldiers dispose of a great number of revolutionaries but Fulvio escapes with Charlotte who is fatally shot in the back. Fulvio travels with his comrades but with no enthusiasm…

Saturday, 16th April 2011 (6pm)

San Michele aveva un Gallo (1972) (Saint Michael had a rooster)
A brief introduction by Dr. George Gona
Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Starring: Giulio Brogi, Daniele Dublino, Renato Cestie’
Running time: 90 minutes
Drama, History (English subtitles)

Anarchism, socialism, anarcho-socialism: there were enough different varieties of these three political philosophies to fuel hundreds of political movements in late 19th-century Europe. This Italian film looks at the life of one committed radical anarchist from this period. Giulio Manieri is true to his principles and his cause, and he attempts to get a revolution going in a small provincial town. The people, alas, are apathetic, and instead of instigating a revolution, Giulio finds himself imprisoned in solitary confinement for 10 years. When he is transferred to group imprisonment and finally meets contemporary political prisoners, they have nothing but disdain for his beliefs. Their disagreements are unimportant when it becomes clear that an even more radical scheme is brewing.

Sunday, 17th April 2011 (4pm)

Il Gattopardo (1963) (The Leopard)
A brief introduction by Dr. George Gona
Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli
Running time: 187 minutes
Drama, History, Romance, War (English subtitles)

In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero’s
beautiful daughter Angelica. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.

• Oscar nominee for: best costume
• Golden Palm Award to Luchino Visconti
• David Award for: Best production
• Silver Ribbon Awards for:
• Best Cinematography, Best costume design, Best production design.
• San Jordi Awards: Special Award to Luchino Visconti, Best foreign film.



Flamenco Party: Feria de Sevilla, Apr. 16 2011 @ Goan Gymkhana



Party: A Thousand Lanterns, Apr. 16 2011 @ Delamere Petrol Station, Naivasha

Ladies and Gentlemen, For the first time ever, Guava Ent is throwing the maddest party in Naivasha…

The Guava Djs Yungone and Trixta going all wild with Mikhail Kuzi & Barney Barrow at Delamere…

House, Techno and Trance at its best making sure your night is a non stop rave affair…
what better way to mix the wild outdoors and pulsating music, so if your a Guava fan, this is something you don’t want to miss out on.

Its a Thousand lanterns experience…. come party with the best..

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Concert/exbition: THE NAKED TRUTH IS… Apr. 21 2011 @ Talisman Restaurant

THE NAKED TRUTH IS… Pre album listening party/ art exhibition


A combination of art and Music.
As I play songs off the new album, take your time to scope the works of some of my favorite artists. Jacob Ezigbo Wachira and Eugene Cooke.

…Their works will be displayed for the next 2 weeks and available for purchase.

Two great artists from Two different parts of the world come together to create master pieces. Eugene Alala straight from Atlanta Georgia:

Harmony, balance, discipline and precision are the fundamentals of art. Over 20 years of creativity give birth to every line and brush stroke in Gebsite Visions. Eugene’s art is primarily figurative work. With the belief that beautiful images of ourselves help to encourage personal growth and self esteem, the focus of the work over the last ten years evolved into presenting images of people that promote and encourage higher consciousness. What this looks like is images of people in nature, in meditation and service.

Eugene’s first trip to Kenya in 2007, would prove to be beneficial to his creativity, as its landscape has proven to be a major influence in the artwork since his return. While in Kenya he had the opportunity to collaborate with artist Jacob Wachira Ezigbo and was able to leave a series of work in Kenya with film-maker Wanuri Kahiu. He’s back with more to show and give.

And Kenyan based Jacob Wachira

Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975, Jacob Njoroge Wachira cannot recall a time he was not drawing or painting. One of his favorite things to do was to create brightly colored murals on the sides of the houses in Mathare. Mathare is a gigantic slum in Nairobi where Jacob was born and spent his childhood. Jacob has traveled about the world yet he has chosen to return to Mathare where his lives today. Jacob adopted the name Ezigbo (ezigbo- meaning the good one from the Ibo community of Nigeria) he signs all of his painting Jacob W. Ezigbo.
When asked were his artistic inspiration comes from, Ezigbo says: My paintings are the only voice which I have, and which I sometimes hide behind, as people who live in Mathare don’t really have a voice. What we have is poverty; we lack health care, education and other basic amenities. We are at the bottom of the food chain; this means that many people here still dye of treatable sicknesses such as Malaria, TB, and Typhoid as well as preventable sickness such as HIV/Aids. Police brutality, ethnic and political violence and corruption is the norm here. Many officials, who are supposed to keep the peace and protect the people, actually prey on the ignorance and lack of education in the area. There is never a lack of inspiration to paint!


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Concert: The Gentleman’s A-FFAIR, Apr. 21 2011 @ Alliance

The A-ffair is back
This time, Chris Adwar, Jacob Asiyo, Dan “Chizi” Aceda, and new addition Abbi take centre stage and bring you a show like no other

Date: April 21, 2011
Venue: Alliance Française Garden
Time: 7:30-11pm
Tickets: Gate Kshs 800 and Advance Kshs 500
Tickets available at Alliance Française,, Sound Africa 20th Century Plaza.

Also featuring, The Wananchi and The Villagers Band

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Party: SUNSET TO SUNRISE, Apr. 23 2011 @ Clubarn (Ngong Racecourse)

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Play: A Cry for Help, Apr 23 – 24 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre

Setting is in modern Kenya.

The story begins in court where three people are on trial; The Local police inspector, the town mayor and Junior, the inspector’s wayward son.  They are accused of various crimes.. and the witness in the stand is none other than the Inspector’s wife.

She is in a state of confusion as defending any of the witnesses would mean accusing the other, including her husband and son. The Drama unfolds through her eyes as she takes the audience on to the series of events leading on to the case.  We find an inspector who will clearly stop at nothing to rid the community of its evils and the gangs and cartels behind it. Shock awaits him as what he finds out threatens to ruin his family.. and shake his loyalties, personal and professional.

A cry for help is a high energy conscious drama that brings to light issues of family values, integrity and honesty and how they affect the society. Delivered with an exciting fusion of poetry and spoken word, this is a wake up call set to leave the audience at the edge of their seat and in the verge of taking their place to answer the society’s cry for help.

The cast includes among others Elizabeth Wangui, Emmanuel Omamo, Samwel Waweru, Paul Kamau, Cynthia Awinja, Sarah Mwihaki and Aziricome Andove with a special appearance by kajvincent and Juliani.



Exhibition: Cloth & Art, Mar. 30-Apr. 30 2011 @ Nairobi Gallery

Dates: March 30-April 30, 2011
Venue: The Nairobi Gallery, Next to Nyayo House
Time: 9am-6pm
Tickets: Museum Rates Apply

For more info
Contact the curator on email: or tel. 020 2216566



Musical: The Unforgettable Dance, Apr 21-24 2011 @ Mavuno Dome, South C

How far would you go to right a wrong? And what would you do to get the attention of the only man who can make it right?

This Easter come enjoy the glitz and glamour of Herods’ palace and meet a girl whose one request leads her down a road of scandal, drama and controversy. Mingle with Jerusalem’s high society in an unforgettable blaze of laughter, tears, true friendship and betrayal.

Village Musicals presents the 3rd installment of the Easter Musicals series titled the “Unforgettable Dance “

Directed by Yafesi Musoke
Written by Tina Nduba, Mugambi Nthiga & Yafesi Musoke
Music by Doris Mayole, Kaima Mwiti, Aaron Rimbui & Kanjii Mbugua

To pay for and reserve your tickets call 020- 231 6871 office hours 8am – 5pm or contact



Exhibition: Camminanti (Wayfarers), Apr 28 – May 14 2011 @ Italian Institute of Culture

Find more information about Italian artist Franco Accursio Gulino



Concert: Smooth Urban- Atemi Live!, May 7 2011 @ Kifaru, Kanjata Road, Lavington

Smooth Urban- Atemi Live!
Time: Saturday, May 7 · 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Kifaru, Kanjata Road, Lavington
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Picture this:

A lovely garden.The sunset. Grown folks and a personal favorite, some
breathtaking music from Ms. Atemi and her awesome dynamic band Ma3.

Diva Inc. bring you Smooth Urban.

An early evening of a live performance from Atemi’s debut album Hatimaye as well as new stuff from her upcoming album.

We have such an amazing group of partners working to make this event epic; Namely

Resolution Health: East Africa’s leading Health Insurance company will provide us with information on their awesome products and packages.

Rainmaker Ltd: Will be providing the magical venue for the event.

Suluhisho gym: Physical Fitness at its best

ESL: The best sound and lighting company in East Africa! Why go anywhere else

Angelsmile: Fashion Stylist to the stars! Ensuring Atemi steps out in Diva elegance!

You really dont want to miss this one.Its surely gonna be our finest one yet And there are only 300 tickets out there so get them early.

Ticketing information will be out April 7th 2011. So you have a month to get your tickets. No excuses.

To book your ticket now call 0726 54 54 29.



Exhibit: Jungle Visit, Apr 2-29 2011 @ Banana Hill



Exhibition: The Hadaf International Somalia Cartoon Exhibition, Apr. 2-30 2011 @ The GoDown Arts Centre

The Association of East African Cartoonists (KATUNI) wishes to invite you to the launch of the HADAF International Somalia Cartoon Exhibition.

Opening: April 2, 2011
Venue: The GoDown Arts Centre
Location: Dunga Road, Industrial Area
Time: 2-5pm
Entry: Free
Exhibition Runs: April 2-30, 2011
Open: Monday-Saturday
Time: 9am-5pm

H.E. Mohamed Ali Nur, Ambassador of the Somali Republic will be the Guest of Honour and will officially launch the exhibition.

During the launch, an expert panel will discuss the theme: The search for peace in Somalia: Achievements and Challenges and take questions from the audience.
A short documentary filmed in Mogadishu will also be screened.

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Sailing Course: Apr. 30 May 1-7-8 2011 @ Naivasha Yacht Club

The Laser Adult Training Course organized by the Naivasha Yacht Club will take place the 30th April/1st May and the second weekend on the 8th/9th April.

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Fashion show: Tribal Chic, May 7 2011 @ Tribe Hotel

DATE: May 7th
TIME: 7pm
PLACE: Tribe


Nairobi’s most glamorous annual event, Tribal Chic, is back! After the huge success of Tribal Chic 2009 & 2010, Tribe presents another incredible line-up of new and established talent from Kenya’s fashion world.

Designer applications are now being accepted, kindly contact Alina for application forms and more information



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