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Umoja, Amani Na Baraka (Honoring The Cradle of Mankind)

Umoja, Amani Na Baraka (Honoring The Cradle of Mankind)

Umoja = Unity
Amani = Peace
Baraka = Blessings

Im just another you… We are all connected, we are all making our journey back to innocence. Everyone and everything is just a reflection of who you really are, everyone is just reminding you that we came from the same divine Source and shall one day return home to this beautiful source.

Be good to yourself and to everyone around you.
Thank you for blessing me
In Love, Peace and Blessings,

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Africa, Art And Creativity, Spirituality And Growth


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Taharuki (Suspense)


A man and woman from opposing ethnic tribes and both working for an underground liberation movement are forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive. Time is running out, lives are at stake, and every second counts. What they choose could change the course of history…

“Taharuki” (Suspense) – Behind The Scenes w/ Miriam Chemmoss

Writer/Director: Ekwa Msangi-Omari

Producer: Kia Barbee
Photography: Milton Kam

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Africa, Art And Creativity


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MTV Staying Alive: Shuga (2009)

Shuga is a hard hitting 3-part drama series that follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of risk and danger. It’s a story of Love, Sex, Friday nights and the indelible marks we leave on one another.

Shuga tells the story of Ayira, a modern girl who knows exactly what she wants and what she’ll do to get it; but will her passion for an older man come at the expense of long term soul mate Ty? Running parallel is the Romeo and Juliet style love story of Virginia and Leo – while the two are destined to be together, will they be able to get past the obstacles that stand in their way?

Shuga is based in Nairobi, KENYA; in the heart of EAST AFRICA.

  • Shuga Episode 1:

In episode 1 Ayira has hopes of the high life, meanwhile the fast boys flex their masculinity and Virginia plays hard to get. 

  • Shuga Episode 2:

The Fast boys get caught slipping, while Ayira thinks she is playing Felix, but is she the one in control? Or does he have much more to gain from her than she does him? And what about the implications with long term man Ty? We find out the reason behind Virginia’s erratic behaviour, she’s been hiding something from Leo.

  • Shuga Episode 3: 

Another chance to catch Shuga, an MTV Staying Alive drama set in Nairobi, Kenya. Everything comes to a head in the final episode, Ayira has it all to lose, and Skola is free falling to his lowest point. 

Shuga As Part of MTV Staying Alive HIV/AIDS Campaign.
Shuga explores the issues of sexual relationships among urban youth against a background of continuing HIV/AIDS infections.The drama format is a powerful medium to put across important lifestyle messages to educate and engage young people. It examines the ramifications of sexual decisions on the lives of young people and their partners and loved ones.

Shuga’s Cast include:
Actress/producer/director Lupita Nyong’o,
Reality show star and recording artist Valerie Kimani,
Established actors Anthony Mwangi and Nicolas Mutuma.
Also starring is acclaimed South African actor Tumisho Masha
Cameo appearances include: P Unit, Nonini, Nameless, Juilianni, Jimmy Gate and DJ Adrian.

Drama Series Category: Gender/Sexuality/Health
Drama Series Keywords:
Condom, HIV, AIDS, Protection, Health, Prevention, Sex, HIV/AIDS Campaign.

For more info. on Shuga cast members & behind the scene footage: click to visit: MTV Staying Alive: Shuga

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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Africa


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Pumzi (2010): meaning ‘Breath’ in Swahili)

PUMZI (2010) Trailer By Kenyan Writer/Director WANURI KAHIU.

PUMZI is the Swahili word for ‘BREATH.’

Pumzi Film Synopsis:  It is a sci-fi film about futuristic Africa, 35 years after World War III –The Water War. Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.

PUMZI as described by Wanuri Kahiu (Writer/Director)
 “Pumzi is a visual ode to life. A life that (as described by Lorraine Hansberry) has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful and that which is love. Pumzi is the essence of all these. Pumzi is my breath.”

PUMZI Film Teaser

In 2008, Wanuri completed her first feature film ‘From A Whisper’ based on the real life events surrounding the August 7, twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

The film recently won awards at:

  • 1. The Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture.
  • 2. The Golden Dhow award for Best East African Picture at Zanzibar International Film Festival.
  • 3. Best Film at Kalasha, Kenya Film and TV awards.

Shortly after she completed a documentary about the life of Nobel peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai entitled; ‘For Our Land’ (2009) for M-Net ‘Great Africans’ Series.

Wanuri completed a short science fiction film; ‘Pumzi’ (2009) that was partially funded by Focus Features (part of NBC universal), Goethe Institute and Changa Moto Fund in Kenya.

Other works by Wanuri Kahiu:

‘From A Whisper’ (2008)
Film Synopsis: A Film by Wanuri Kahiu based on real events surrounding the US Embassy bombing in Kenya – August 7, 1998. In Kenyan Cinemas August 15, 2008.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Africa


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