Everything around us began with or as an Idea: the structures we live in, the vehicles we commute in, the clothes on our backs, the electricity we make use of…the list is endless. We too began as an Idea; the Good Book tells us in more ways than one that we were one of God’s great Ideas and ultimately His greatest creation. So an Idea is all it takes.

This weekend, coming into materialization are the ideas that people thought of some time ago and some of those we think would be worth taking a look at, so let us get started.

Life Drawing Workshop

Have you ever felt the desire to draw but once your begin on that new journey, whether it be drawing something that only your mind’s eye can see or duplicating another person’s work, the results are disastrous and demoralizing. Even more demotivating is chancing upon someone, either real or fictitious who seems to have gotten to be a mistreo  with barely any hurdles. Well no matter what, if you feel you can best express yourself by drawing then  the Kuona  Trust must be your ‘ fairy godparent’ because starting this Saturday (22nd March) the Kuona Artists will be facilitating a workshop with the aim of enabling participants learn the basics of drawing with different media including pencil, charcoal, ink and pastel. They will also seek to help you understand the anatomy of the human form.

All this will be taking place from 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at only Kshs. 1,000 per session, with all materials provided.  So take this opportunity to bring out the Michael Angelo, Leonardo Da vinci in you by learning the art of drawing from some of Kenya’s finest artists.  Mediums used will be pencil, charcoal, pastels and ink. For more information contact info@kuonatrust.org or call +254 721 262 326

The Songwriter’s Lounge

Writing is hard, ask any author and you especially do not want to hit the writer’s block .If there is a  melody that your soul keeps on singing and you have all but given up trying to put it on paper  and out of the world because the task is an ‘unscaleable’ mountain once again blocking your  path to the land of milk and honey ,then  keep smilling  keep shining knowing that you can always count us to point you in the right direction. In the path to success one needs a guiding hand to steer them in the right direction and a relaxing night out with nice music from Sauti Academy alumni, Ythera , is just what the doctor orderd.

Join Ythera at the Greenhouse, Ngong Road at the premiere Songwriter’s Lounge, she will be performing among other songs, her recently-released debut single ‘Kijana’ and it is also a chance to enjoy fresh sounds of Kenya’s budding artists. This will also be your chance to mingle with these bunch of budding artists and get to share ideas and pointers that would come in handy for one looking into being an industry insider.The show starts at 6:30 p.m and tickets are retailing at Kshs. 500 only Have fun and happy learning to you but most importantly relax and enjoy the journey!

Respect: A rewind Fast Forward Event

The Nest , as described in their website, is a Kenyan multidisciplinary art space that serves as a functional playground for artists, thinkers and curious minds (Simple and catchy if I do say so myself)

Nest designs programs and interventions which allow for exploration, experimentation and the development of artistic outputs. The program brings artists together to create new things as well as push individual artists to push themselves

This Saturday, the 22nd of March, the Nest forum theatre project will be moderated by Dr. Njoki  Ngumi and will be commencing at  2:00 p.m. and will last all the way till 5:00 p.m. It promises to be an interactive and intellectual discussion exploring the instinct, contention and actions behind how we decide to treat people based on where they come from and what they do.

The discussion will also go a step further trying to get you to think of why it is that you hold some people in high regards and what it is that makes you deny others the same. It will also seek to find out how you act towards those that you honour and what it is that makes you decide whether to look up at people or not.

Dubbed ‘respect:A rewind Fast Forward Event’, the following question will then be in order…Are all people worthy of respect? Ponder over that as you prepare to attend the forum and have your say in the subject. The event will take place at House Number 4, Jabavu Maisonettes, opposite Kilimani Police Station, Jabavu Road.

For more information, email theteam@becauseartisiife.org


This week, I chanced upon a dance that had me smiling just looking at the dancers do what they love to do best. The moves were executed with much grace and effortlessly that I thought that I could do the dance routine, that was however before I actually tried it out in which case, after a minute or two in front of the mirror I just found it sagacious to leave it to the experts.

Electrafrique is a premier dance music show, that brings together a worldwide network of artistes fusing elements of African music with Electronic beats. Electrafrique finds roots in African rhythms and musical traditions, adding a contemporary urban/futuristic electronic twist to its groove

This edition brings together our resident team composed of DJ Cortega, Electrique DJs & the Beat Parade Band culminating into an experience that identifies solidly as African and resonates with people and dance floors in all corners of the world.

The event will take place at the Carnovore grounds on the 22nd of March from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m and the admission fee to the event is Kshs. 500. You can also pay via M-Pesa paybill number 360146.

For more info, email info@electriquedjs.com or info@djcortega.com

Chase Group Foundation Walk 2014 – Ngong Forest Sanctuary

A story is told of a child whose time to be born had come. The child was however very apprehensive to leave heaven and he had all this worries that he aired to God and to each worry, God said that the angle that He had appointed would take care of. The child was curious to know who this angle that God kept on saying would take care of him was called, to that God answered that the angle had many names but once the child learned how to talk, he would call his angle ‘mother’.

Last but not least on our list this week,we have the Chase Group Foundation Charity walk on the 22nd of March 2014. The cause the foundation is championing is one that is dear and close to the Mvuli Hotels heart. It seeks to extend a helping hand to give other mothers a chance to experience the joy of motherhood by ensuring that there are enough trained mid-wives to cater to them during child birth. The Chase Group Foundation in partnership with AMREF are running a campaign dubbed ‘Stand Up For African Mothers’ which aims at training 15,000 midwives by 2015 and in this way contribute towards reduction of maternal deaths by 25 per cent.

Join the Chase Group Foundation Charity and AMREF in helping #SaveAMum and by also participating in other tags like #OnlyAKenyaMumWill via the Chase Group Foundation Twitter handle or Facebook Page: Chase Group Foundation.

As you prepare for your weekend remember this:

The bond that a child develops with his mother can never be severed. You grew as an organism inside her for nine months. She carried you and sustained you, sharing her sustenance with you through your umbilical cord. When you are born the cord is severed. It is never severed in her heart. That bond lasts forever. As we grow up we become our own people and may come to forget that woman who nurtured and loved us. But remember this, she will never forget you and never stop loving you.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/family/mother/#ixzz2wbQFLIat
Family Friend Poems

Have a lovely weekend and purpose to do good to one and all.

Written by Maureen Mwangi, a Mvuli Hotels staff member