The Africa Food and Cultural Festival


A brilliant idea with the worst possible execution.

I am only glad I got my ticket for a third of the price on Rupu deals.
I would be pained to have paid the full price for how lowly I felt of this event.

My ideal  African Food and Cultural Festival would include the following from various countries:
1. Food
2. Music and Dance
3. Games
4. Art and Artefacts
5. Clothing and Jewellery
6. Learning a few words

All we had for our enjoyment were a handful of stalls selling plates of food for a fixed price of Sh500. You couldn’t for example, pay Sh100 for Matooke from Uganda, Sh100 for Ghanaian fried plantain and Sh100 for Kenyan Kachumbari. You had to pay Sh500 per stall regardless of what you wanted. Which means you had to think carefully which countries’ food you desired most, maybe limiting yourself to 3.


And if you are vegetarian, good luck finding anything for you, I would know. Although my friend Julie pointed out that many Africans were largely hunters and pastoralists so meat is a big part of our culture. Touche.

Nyama Choma (grilled/ roasted meat)


The Ghanaian stall did have lovely kente fabric and shoes for sale, I’ll give them that. The Ethiopian stand had some stunning silver Orthodox cross jewellery, and freshly ground and brewed coffee.

I did not see a South African, Tanzanian, Rwandese, or Congolese stand. All of which have a sizeable population in Nairobi.

Apparently acclaimed Kenyan DJs Joe Mfalme and Creme de la Creme played their sets, and quite frankly, that passed me by.
I did notice though, that the only music played was a few kwaito beats, naija songs, bongo flava and a couple of other commercial local songs. Good job ‘Africa Food and Cultural Festival’.

Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda was to perform, but didnt. Why?
Because when he came with his band, the event organisers told him that there was nowhere for him and his team to set up camp.

I have no idea who the event organisers were but this was a potentially spectacular event, riddled with rookie errors that rendered it a flop (in my books at least).

The turn out was dismal. In Karanja’s words: “There are more people working at the stalls than there are attendees”.

I did bump into a few friends though, and the weather behaved. I think I got quite a few nice pictures too.
And that is just about all the good I have to say.

My outfit of the day: Mama's oversize shirt worn as a dress and cinched at the waist with a skinny belt.
My outfit of the day: Mama’s oversize Congolese print shirt worn as a dress and cinched at the waist with a skinny belt. I paired it with my black kitten heels and threw my brown leather bag (used to be mama’s) into the mix.

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There’s everything wrong with this Kenyan flag. SMH. Where’s the black?
Ugali and Sukuma Wiki





My cousin Karanja’s cool brogue-style shoes and cammy case
Karanja’s Japanese vintage analogue camera. Such a beauty
Samantha’s pretty print shoes
Julie’s beaded necklace
Ivy and I weirdly had similar earrings and braids! Totally unplanned
I did love the print party!

Lovely start of the week tomorrow everybody.
Love and Light

12 thoughts on “The Africa Food and Cultural Festival

  1. tess says:

    I also attended this event and oh my goodness I was disappointed!!!!The pricing of the food and the fact that some African countries that were meant to be represented were not there just put me off.Hope the next one will be better by FAR!!!l
    Love your braids!

  2. Joan says:

    The pictures look so good I would have thought it was beautiful event. But I hope they grow and learn from all the mistakes they made and orgnise a classic event next time

  3. Sun-dipped African says:

    It didn’t sound very fun but I have to say: damn those shoes! I have the hardest time finding print shoes in london 😦

  4. Faith Karimi Mbogo says:

    I totally agree with you. I was very disappointed with the event, I don’t even get why we got tickets and nobody checked ours when we got there. The event was also supposed to start at 10am, we got there at 1pm and only the tents had been set up. On the plus side, people looked good! I loved your outfit and everyone else’s that has been featured here. Thank you for featuring us 🙂

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