The Graffiti Revolution in Kenya

Anybody walking, driving and for those flying with binoculars pointed on Nairobi roads graffiti are hard to miss. Kenya once a pinnacle of democracy now lounges in the backdrop of post election violence that erupted from the disputed 2007 presidential elections. I wish I knew who won that election anyway, but even though I don’t this much i know; a few spray can wielding citizens of this great African nation are more sick of our politicians than I do. They have resolved to do something, to spread the word in the only way they can-use of graffiti.

For artists, art lovers and others with keen interest in art, the recent increase of number of graffiti in Nairobi streets is a work of art. To the Kenyan voter it is a wake up call and to the entire international community and a number of progressive minded people it is a revolution.

After this story appeared in guardian on 23rd march 2012 i sought to clarify and bring out the unseen, already seen and the neglected. In these pieces politicians are depicted as vultures who are selfish and a tonne of other negative things and the voter is sensitized to use their vote to send these ‘vultures’ from parliament.

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The graffiti tend to have one thing in common beauty is employed to depict the beast of our politicians and selfish pursuits.

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