Published: The East African Nation media 26 October 2019
The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent
Above: African Heritage House bathed in morning light. Copyright Maya Mangat
Published: The Star newspaper, Kenya – 2 March 2019
“It’s my dream to set up a pan-African centre where artists from all over Africa can come and see the creativity from all parts of Africa,” said Joseph Murumbi, Kenya’s first foreign minister and second vice president.
He never lived to see his dream for his house that had one of the most extensive and valuable collections of all things African, was allowed to fall in ruin after he sold it to the government on condition that it would be turned into the Murumbi Institute of African Studies. Murumbi died shortly after that in 1990 when he saw his once cherished house and indigenous garden in Muthaiga, Nairobi bulldozed away. Continue reading “African Twilight”
Above: Sculpture by Francis Nnaggenda at Nairobi Gallery – Copyright Rupi Mangat
Published: 27 October 2018
After an exhausting and stress-filled morning spent in the government office to renew a passport, l needed an energizing boost. The answer lay in the neighbouring Nairobi Gallery, built in 1913 as the PC’s office and dubbed ‘matches, hatches and dispatches’ where all marriages, births and deaths were recorded.
Alan Donovan Celebrating half a century in Africa with the arts
Published in The East African Nation media – 23 – 29 September 2017
Above: Oshogbo King wearing beaded crown. Photo by Alan Donovan
It was in 1967 and the director of USAID in Nigeria was being installed as an honorary chief, riding on a white horse through the city of Oshogbo amidst pomp and glory – and in the crowd was Alan Donovan, young and recently posted to the country by the US government just before the devastating Biafra war broke out.