This season, publicist to the stars Anyiko Owoko finds herself caught up at work in December. She dreams of a Merry Christmas as she recalls her best moments of 2018, picks her gifts for the holidays before listening to her favourite Christmas playlists.
Most Memorable Person & Concert of 2018
As we cap off 2018, it’s hard to pick the best of the best but it would have to be attending Burna Boy’s first major concert in Nairobi at Thrift Social. He performed all songs off his latest album: The “Outside” among other hits, alongside a live band. Meeting his mother and manager, Bose Ogulu, in Nairobi was inspiring. From my conversations with Bose, I learnt: you could be way older than most people working in the entertainment industry but still steer one’s career to success if you shun trends and focus on what makes your artist unique.
Favourite chill out spots for the holiday season
My all-time favourite chill spot is Maasai Mara. It doesn’t really matter what day of the year I am marking. Apart from the wildebeest migration (although that’s pretty epic to witness too), there are several exciting activities in the Mara. From the magical balloon rides to breathtaking game drives, I never tire of seeing beautiful wildlife and the scenery of acacia trees against the backdrop of the sunset.
My Christmas Gift List
I love bold things and when it comes to jewellery, Adele Dejak is my home for luxurious African inspired jewellery handcrafted in Kenya. The materials to making their ornaments not only come from elements traditionally used by different African tribes, their design sometimes mirrors the originals. Their latest eco-bold collection tagged ‘LOVE’ is a perfect Christmas gift. The collection’s rings, neckpieces and bracelets, among other pieces are sourced from pure, ethical materials and handcrafted with a special focus on men’s pieces. You can order via www.adeledejak.com or visit their store in Village Market or workshop at Kiambu.
I also recently discovered unique handcrafted aprons made in Kenya and from different colourful and fun prints by @shopwamboikay Instagram Page. These are my personal favourites and best pick for the holidays, as I plan to be cooking up a storm.
This Christmas, I have 3 playlists revolving: The Decimator album, A Legendary Christmas album (John Legend) and Coke Studio Africa’s Christmas Playlist. Celebrated Kenyan music producer teamed up with Bon’eye of P-Unit to start Decimal Records record label that has signed new Kenyan acts in the music scene, including Jack Rooster, Brian Nadra and Konkodi. As for the edgiest and funky Christmas Playlist, check out Coke Studio Africa’s Christmas Carols Playlist on YouTube. Have yourselves a great holiday and catch you in Feb 2019!