Publicist to the stars Anyiko Owoko has this month been selected as one of 100 women honorees for OkayAfrica’s 2018 #OKAY100Women list, a move which further cements her enviable position on the regional media panorama. In this issue, she dines with the Global Head of Operations for Apple Music Beats 1, samples Nairobi’s best Chicken Tikka and then attends its coolest festival.
If you love Indian cuisine then you know that Nargis Restaurant still is Nairobi’s best kept secret. I dine at Nargis at least thrice a week and their Chicken is the best I’ve had in my life. You have to try their Chicken Tikka and Chicken Chooza both paired with freshly baked Naan Bread. Make sure you go for the extra hot –it’s spicy, fresh and lips mackingly good! Thank me later.
2018 edition of Africa Nouveau Festival was a 2-day event that went down on the first week of February. Africa Nouveau brings creators, curators and fans from Africa and its diaspora to Nairobi and I never anticipated that I’d find such cool vendors selling art pieces. The festival also collaborated with The British Council to produce a live fashion book—so basically cool and fancy-looking attendees were invited to an open studio high fashion shoot for the Fashion Book to be released soon. It goes without saying that I was featured!
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Six months ago I dined with Julie Pilat – who currently serves as the Global Head of Operations for Beats 1 (Apple Music’s Worldwide Station) at the Carnivore Restaurant. You can imagine how deep a conversation on African music vis-à-vis global sounds we had. Her tales from her visit to Kenya’s Sarara in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust made me so proud to be Kenyan. “Last summer I fell in love. The days I spent at Sarara walking amongst giraffes, meditating with elephants and bonding with the local tribes in Northern Kenya will be with me for the rest of my life. I truly think, even on a cellular level, that time in nature changed me.” Get to know more about Sarara and conservation in Northern Kenya via www.theideafountain.co
I’ve been addicted to chillies and anything hot for as long as I can remember. I never really found the hottest chillies and I had been searching until I bumped into The Chilli Doctor – a company that works closely with chilli growers and producers from Peru, Mexico, Thailand and India. We ordered the Maca Bhut Jolokia, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga and Carolina Reaper online. They got delivered to Czech Republic and then some friends brought them to us in Kenya. Such a long journey to satisfaction but so worth it! I found out that Guinness World Records crowned Carolina Reaper as the hottest chili in the world after the previous record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion. With these fiery babies, even if you pour a whole gallon of water into your mouth to quell the fire – it doesn’t work. Here is where small drops really count.
Everyone is talking about the latest Disney-Marvel movie Black Panther and it’s worth all the hype! In the movie, our very own Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o name-drops Kenya. She is Nakia the spy and alongside Danai Gurira – Okoye, the two are fierce fighters of the kingdom guards known as the Dora Milaje. It’s so refreshing to see how through the storyline, costumes, makeup and hair the film celebrates black culture and heritage. Its costume designer Ruth Carter actually mentioned that the Milaje uniforms shade of red was inspired by the Maasai and Turkana people of Northwest Kenya. It’s also now official that the movie is the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler), after “Straight Outta Compton.”
Item of the Month
I have an obsession for Maasai beads and I found out that the people behind the local jewellery designer – Own Your Culture – are also as obsessed. Their tagline reads: “Decolonising fashion – one traditional piece at a time.” Their Maasai beaded neck pieces are unique but my recent purchase from them was the winner! I just got heavy rounded brass earrings whose design is inspired by traditional Meru ornaments for men. I love items with a story to tell and Own Your Culture create ornaments that document heritage and a vast culture.