Anyiko’s List: What’s Hot

written by Anyiko Owoko 22nd May 2018

This month, Publicist to the stars Anyiko Owoko attends two of Nairobi’s most hyped events: hip-hop royalty, Rick Ross in Nairobi, and Dela’s second album launch titled “Public Demand”. She also samples Nairobi’s best steak as she swirls up some whisky, before hitting Maasai Market for the best quality and most affordable African jewellery.


If you love Steak, then you must visit Sierra Burger and Wine at Rivaan Centre off Brookside Drive in Westlands. They also serve some mean burgers which explains why most of their published reviews are on their burgers. Whether you order Sierra’s Ribeye, T-bone or Sirloin Steak, they are all juicy, soft and delicious. Their meat comes from the owner’s family farm in Nanyuki with their Angus Beef coming from Marania Farm in Timau. My favourite is their Sirloin Steak, served with
Green Salad and Mushroom Sauce. The restaurant has an intimate inside space, with a classy wooden feel and a patio —perfect for business meetings, family reunions or dates.


After being hugely celebrated for her Swahili cover of Adele’s global hit “Hello”, Dela quickly became one of Kenya’s most prominent and versatile vocalists. On the eve of May 1st 2018, she launched her anticipated second album titled “Public Demand”- nine years after her debut album “Paukwa”. The “Public Demand” concert was fully packed and was the biggest album launch concert I have witnessed in a long time. Backed by her 7-man band, two back up vocalists and the electric GQ Dancers, Dela put on an impressive launch! The album is now available to download from the SONGA and Boomplay platforms.


Photo by Lizzie Farrida

The new radio station (NRG) in town is all about the hype and energy and to prove this they recently organised a huge concert at Carnivore with a massive performance stage presenting the American rapper, Rick Ross a.k.a Rozay. At the concert, a visibly overwhelmed Rick Ross recognized the enthusiasm of his Kenyan fans: “We could have been anywhere in the world but we’re right here, and the fact that you all came [to my debut Kenyan concert] means that you’re bosses!” Despite the heavy rain and thick mud, it was mad fun and Rick Ross’s words were followed by a tweet right after the show stating: “I Love Nairobi” – keep ringing in my head.


In April, Wanuri Kahiu became the first Kenyan filmmaker to be invited to Cannes Film Festival to present a feature film. The annual French festival is a world-renowned hot spot for previewing new motion pictures of all genres. So far, little is known about Rafiki (Friend) because it can’t be screened locally following a ban by the Kenya Film Classification Board which states that it promote lesbianism which is illegal in Kenya. According to the Nairobi Film Festival: “The film is about close friends aiming for more than just becoming good wives. They resist and remain close friends supporting each other to
pursue their dreams in an oppressive society.”


Lately, I have been obsessed with brass Africa-shaped rings and earrings going for KSh 300 and available at Maasai Market – the one located in the CBD right by the High Court’s parking lot. Maasai Market is Nairobi’s biggest travelling open-air market selling: curios, African prints, wooden carvings and unique souvenirs. This should be your stop over every time you’re in need of self or home beautification or gift purchasing. Do not let the haggling divert your eye from the prize—in this case, decorative paraphernalia. While it splinters into smaller versions around town throughout the week, specifically on Tuesdays, Maasai Market relocates to Kijabe street and on Fridays, it camps out to Village Market.


Photo by Picazzo Restaurant

Anyone who knows me knows that I love all types of drinks but I wouldn’t really call myself a whisky lover. However, after recently attending a Glenfiddich Whisky & Food Pairing Event at Karen’s Picazzo Restaurant, I think I have had a change of
heart. Renowned Kenyan whisky connoisseur Kariuki Mukii took us through the history with a tale of how one William Grant began building his distillery, stone by stone alongside his nine children in the summer of 1886. After a year of work, it was ready and William named it Glenfiddich, a Gaelic word which translates to Valley of the Deer. To best enjoy a whisky I learned that the secret lies in adding water to the glass, one drop at a time.

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