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Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi

Otieno Gomba is a visual artist whose practice is deeply informed by signwriting and the space in which he works and lives – Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, or slums. In 2001 he and fellow artist Otieno Kota founded the pioneering Maasai Mbili Art Centre – which serves as a studio cum gallery and a platform for many creatives from the area. Since then Gomba has developed his own distinctive style, referred to as ‘ghetto art’, and while painting is at the heart of his practice Gomba also ventures into community outreach projects, conceptual art, fashion, mixed media and music. In order to find out more about the artist, whose work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internally, I popped by the Maasai Mbili Art Centre to have chat with him.

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Happy Global Day of Parents: Their four important roles in our lives

Today we commemorate the Global Day of Parents. Parents are the most important people in our lives from an early age until adulthood. The love, care and nurturing they give often determine the life we have. Sometimes we may be tempted to limit the role of parenting to the birthing process, however the bigger role is the nurturing, protecting and taking responsibility for another human being’s life. What message do you have for your parents today?

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Celebrating Cultural Diversity: Dialogue and Development

The 21st of May marked the day for cultural diversity for dialogue and development, a day which provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. This celebration precedes Africa Day for our continent, and today we want to hear from you. What aspects of your culture are you proud of and what do you wish could change about your culture either politically, socially, religiously and/ or economically?


A Shout Out From the Garden Route in South Africa

Greetings from the Garden Route, a 300 kilometers stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It includes a mix of golf courses, ancient forests, secluded artists’ communities, retirement estates, modern malls, craft centres, mountain hideaways and beach holidays. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.

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The African Drums Festival in Pictures

The African Drum Festival that took place in Ogun State Nigeria was a colourful ceremony that saw more than 20 cultural troupes from about 13 countries in attendance. The festival also drew participants from Haiti and observers from Dallas in the United States. The Kano State contingent emerged overall winners taking with them a whooping N5 million prize money. On today’s GMA we bring you some of the pictures taken by TIA during the festival.