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UP MAGAZINE VOL 6.04 The Geeks And Techies Issue

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Conversations with Yvonne Chaka Chaka

In the thirty years since she first hit the stage with “I Fell in Love with A DJ”, South African songstress Yvonne ChakaChaka has continued to grow and expand the power of her music.

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“Catching Feelings” and the Evolution of Feeling Nazism in Kenya

We are a society notorious for trivializing and ridiculing other people’s feelings, especially when these feelings make us uncomfortable. It plays out vividly on social media. ‘Stop catching feelings’, ‘You’ve got issues’ are two statements that are often used to tell people to magically snap out of whatever they might be going through. At some

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Anger and Fury Culminate in Diplomacy as Artists Meet Wario

Online fury at the hijacking of the Kenya pavilion by foreigners at the Venice Bienalle, first broke out in 2013. Unfortunately, nothing had changed by early 2015. Tuesday afternoon saw the beginning of movement forward.

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While You Were Out: Lending a Police Plane, What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

This is apparently, a common practice among top brass of the Kenyan Police, to use funds however they wish, to ‘make use’ of police resources as they see fit. So what could possibly go wrong?

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Xenophobic violence breaks out in South Africa…again

It is with horror that the world witnesses the flaring of xenophobic violence that sparked off in KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban city; violent mobs seeking out foreign nationals and looting their businesses.

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ThrowbackThursdays: Kenyan made vehicles

In this week’s #throwbackthursdays we take a quick glimpse at Kenyan attempts in vehicle manufacture…dating back from 1986.

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Kenyans come together in solidarity at Garissa memorial concert

A dark cloud hang over Uhuru Park’s Freedom Corner on Tuesday night as curious passersby lost their conviction to beat the newly upgraded Nairobi traffic on their way home, and instead joined the milling crowd to find out what was going on at the grounds. Set up as if to address government offices (most of

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Weekend Wishlist

From film to after-work parties to drumming competitions. This weekend has something for every creative taste… Where will you be?

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When will Kenyan Art Become Internationally Recognized Art?

The 1:54 New York Contemporary Art Fair is here and Jim Chuchu is the sole Kenyan among the 70 artists from Africa. Seeing as Kenya is an top performer in sports and even economics as compared to other African countries, why is the visual arts situation so dismal?

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Golden Child: A Film from the Neibaz

The Neibaz Fashion House stylists are on yet another creative mission, here showcasing their Afro-vintage wear in a wonderfully grungy and beat-up setting. ‘Golden Child’ explores identity

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Five Terrible and Unforeseen Consequences of the Roundabout Debacle

The traffic snarl up caused by the roundabout may not last long but it does have unforeseen circumstances.

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Garissa Memorial Concert

Head down to the memorial concert for the Garissa terrorist attack victims and the survivors today from 4pm to 7pm at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park.

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I’m Dying- Nafisa Rayani

Nafisa Rayani discusses carpe diem as she comes face to face with her own mortality.

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#FarajaStories: Conversations with Photographer Paul Obuna

Paul Obuna is currently exhibiting his works at the #FarajaStories exhibition at Michael Joseph centre. In this interview with Vincent Libosso he discusses how he went from photographing wildlife to cancer patients.

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#FarajaStories: Raising Cancer Awareness One Exhibition at a Time

Faraja stories seeks to highlight the cancer scene in Kenya and also let the public know about the free complementary therapies offered at Faraja Cancer Trust.

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#PichaMondays with NPC #NPCMood

How well can a photograph capture a mood? Take a look at the amazing submissions on Nairobi Photography Club #npcmood

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Looking Back on the Shifta: A comparison with today’s terror

The War against Al Shabaab is proving to be quite a milestone for Kenya. However, we cannot ignore the fact that kenya has has been involved in armed conflict in the North before; the Shifta War. Is the present day terrorism a form of retaliation and hence a continuation of the Shifta War?

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Kenya Film Train Has Left the Station

The Second Riverwood Academy Awards prized Kenyan filmmakers who are striving to put the country on the international map. We have a bit to go, finds Arjun Kohli but things are still looking pretty bright.

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Hip Hop Karaoke

we dug deep and found there are urban Nairobians who do a whole night of nothing but beats, mic and lyrics- the Youth Knows No Limits led event, Hip Hop Karaoke.

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Has Nigeria Stolen the Crown of Silicon Savannah from Kenya?

Nigeria is one of Africa’s largest economies and so is Kenya. However when it comes to tech, who is the top dog?

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