Rosemary Karuga

Listen Rosemary Karuga is an artist who specialises in making collages, which are so intricate they are often mistaken for paintings. Her work has been featured both at home and in the UK, Ireland and at various exhibitions, including the International Francophone Festival in France and the First International Show by Six African Artists in […]

Makena Mwiraria – Keeping Africa’s heritage alive through art

Listen Makena Mwiraria abandoned a lucrative career in pharmacy to venture into the arts. Her African Heritage Design Company (AHDC) – now trading as ARI Africa Limited has been instrumental in raising the profile of African crafts from mere souvenir trinkets to objects of art with world-class appeal. Born in Meru in the 1960s, Makena […]

Magdalene Odundo

Listen Magdalene Odundo is an accomplished artist, specialising in crafting handmade ceramics. She draws inspiration from countries like China and Mexico and also from the Ancient Greeks and Romans. She is a Professor of Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts (formerly Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College) in Farnham, England, and […]

Joy Mboya – Architect turned musician impacting the Kenyan art scene

Listen Joy Mboya is the Executive Director of GoDown Arts Centre. She was a member of the band Musikly Speaking, remembered for Jamriambo, the hit song that raised the profile of Kenyan music in the early 1990s. A trained architect, she continues to influence the art scene through research, study and training. An encounter with […]

Koki Mutungi

Listen Koki Mutungi was the first female pilot to fly with Kenya Airways in 1993. And in 2014, she went down in history as the first woman in Africa to receive a Captain of the Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ certification. Mutungi developed a passion for flying from as early as age five, watching her father  a […]

Florence Kerr Wilson

Listen After the First World War, Florence Kerr Wilson, fondly known as Florrie, came to Kenya with her husband, Major WH Wilson. The couple settled in Timau and took up farming until Major Wilson’s death in 1928. It took a four-day business trip in John Carberry’s Fokker Universal plane dubbed ‘Miss Africa’ to convince Wilson […]

Suzie Wokabi

Listen Pioneering a home-grown make-up line to meet the needs of the African woman has earned businesswoman Suzie Wokabi a permanent place in Kenya’s beauty Hall of Fame. When Suzie Wokabi was declared 2014 winner in the Wholesale and Retail Category of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, it was a bold statement that she had arrived. […]

Patricia Mbela

Listen At the age of 14, Patricia Lulu Mbela decided she wanted to become a fashion designer. She has come a long way since then, and now boasts over 20 years of fashion industry experience. She is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and head designer at fashion de – sign and ethnic jewellery house POISA, which creates garments […]