“Sanaa ni kioo cha jamii” Art is the reflection of the community “K ibera is one of the most densely populated urban settlements in the world. An untold number of people, possibly as many as one million, crowd a 632-acre area outside Nairobi, Kenya. In this small, crowded community, residents struggle to meet basic needs—daily meals, clean water, adequate housing. It is one of the fastest growing areas in Kenya and as many as half its residents are under the age of fifteen. Despite these sobering statistics, the resilient youth of Kibera do overcome their circumstances showing great courage, creativity and determination and these same qualities are essential for affecting and sustaining great change in their community and in our country Kenya. “Kibera’s artists show there is more to their home than what is supposed to form the “slum menu: poverty, poor education, violence… Kibera is also about solidarity, strength, generosity, adaptability, beauty, perseverance, and a lot of laughing. People use crafts, poetry, music, painting, dance, acting or comedy as ways to tell their stories. It is the collection of all these diverse talents of the people of Kibera that draws the fascinating, constantly moving, picture of Kibera “ ~ Kibera Creative Arts In this issue, we proudly celebrate the Kibera artist. 22 africanphotomagazine ISSUE 7 NOVEMBER 2017 23
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