KumbuKumbu: Memories of a wild country exhibition

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Wildlife photography is less and more documented at the same time. Why? There are plenty of wildlife photographers in the country but they are not well known or vastly showcased. For a long time it has being documented by a certain group of people and always seen as a luxurious type of photography requiring really powerful lenses.

Photography in itself is both an art and a science, well, according to me. It may not be viewed as a career choice by many, especially the older generation. But with passion and grit, there is so much that photography can reveal creating a positive impact on our planet. Wildlife photography has been able to capture the amazing animal world in ways we have not seen. Capturing still moments that teach us about the animal world that we know less of.

Pictures have a special way of making us apperciate nature. We learn more which inspires us to protect wildlife for future generations.

Why KumbuKumbu?

KumbuKumbu is the story of Thenomadickenyan travels over twenty years. A memento so to speak, of a time that was simple and felt more conscientious.

Thenomadickenyan is a Wildlife Photographer based in Kenya with a creative career spanning almost two decades. Over this time, he has travelled across various parts of the East African region fueled by his undying passion for wildlife and landscapes.

We have all heard the stories about poachers decimating one species or another from around the world. It generates a buzz every time it hits the headlines, a short while later, it fades from public view. Just like the last known male northern white rhino in Kenya aptly named Sudan, whose species has been brought to its knees by the actions of poachers and Human-Wildlife conflict.

Today, the threat of losing the little that is left is so much greater. There is an encroaching human population to almost all national parks, and that means a greater threat to wildlife with conflict. The pollution generated by our cities with National parks like Lake Nakuru, drain sewage into the parks and causing more damage to the ecosystems, or Nairobi National Park and the Athi Kapiti Plains with encroachment and noise and/or light pollution.

The Anti-Poaching campaign launched by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Government of Kenya with the burning of 105 tonnes of ivory shows the extent to which the destructive pandemic has grown and the loss of such a large amount of elephants.

By using the word KumbuKumbu, Thenomadickenyan is aiming to emphasize the point of wildlife and nature in Kenya remaining as nothing more than a memory for future generations.

It is the first Wildlife Exhibition by Thenomadickenyan and coincidentally the very first wildlife exhibition to be hosted by the Michael Joseph Centre.

The aim of this exhibit is to educate the people of Kenya, the youth of Kenya to be more astute as to the availability of such a magnificent resource available for us as Kenyans as well as how we are letting it slip through our hands for the sake of one or two extra shillings in our pockets.

Created by: Rahim Kara – Thenomadickenyan


Interested in wildlife photography?

Kumbukumbu: Memories of a wild country exhibition will be happening at Michael Joseph Centre, Nairobi from the 26th to 31st March 2019 hosted by The Nomadic Kenyan

Anthony Ochieng’, founder of Tony Wild will be facilitating a Masterclass on Conservation Photography. This is a free event and you are welcome to register.


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Vicki Wangui
Vicki Wangui
Vicki Wangui is a believer in all things beautiful. A believer in spreading information in regards to environmental awareness. A believer in sharing all that is good in Kenya's natural world. A believer in speaking truth with no boundaries. Do you have a story, photo, experience or message you need to share? Send your work to vicki@nyikasilika.org or vickiwangui26@gmail.com.

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