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  • Pulse: Memoirs of a magazine

    Pulse: Memoirs of a magazine
  • 5 things ‘Working Women’ taught me

    5 things ‘Working Women’ taught me
  • The Afrinado’s Friday Fresh – September 2023

    The Afrinado’s Friday Fresh – September 2023
  • Sip, Savour and Socialise: Wine and Cheese tasting

    Sip, Savour and Socialise: Wine and Cheese tasting

Pulse: Memoirs of a magazine

Pulse, ‘the only way to get a life’! As a journalism student, I remember picking up the magazine insert and marvelling at the layout, the stories, the attitude. This was not a Young Nation with…

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5 things ‘Working Women’ taught me

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Working Women event at Kofisi, Riverside Square. The conversation was both enriching and powerful. The panel consisted of amazing working women, all leaders in their respective…

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The Afrinado’s Friday Fresh – September 2023

Hello and Welcome to Afrinado’s Friday Fresh! I hope your somewhat rainy September has started off well. In this month’s newsletter, we bring you the latest in events, including The Afrinado’s latest bespoke event, be…

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Sip, Savour and Socialise: Wine and Cheese tasting

The Afrinado is proud to present our first ever curated event Sip & Savour, which will be held at the Nomad Corner Cafe on Riverside drive, if you haven’t been there, this would be the…

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Reclaiming the soul of Kenyan music

When it comes to music, Kenyan musical taste is, arguably, democratic. This has been true since the first transistor or gramophone searched for signal in the country. We seem to possess a curiosity not just…

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Afrinado’s Friday Fresh with Naliaka Wafula – June -July

How’s chilly Nairobi treating you? Things have been quite weird lately, but somehow we are surviving. Art and creativity have always in some way been a reflection of the times but lately, I have noticed…

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Story Sosa: The healing we badly needed

It’s experimental and experiential but most of all, I must say, it is healing. Kenyans are living in uneasy times, from the outside things seem okay, high rise buildings keep going up, new number plates…

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Afrinado’s Friday Fresh with Naliaka Wafula – April 2023

Welcome to April’s Friday Fresh, I hope you are enjoying the rainy season, and if not, here is a little something to take your mind off it! Screen Time: All about Edi Gathegi Recently, Nairobi…

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Everything you need to know about Edi Gathegi

Recently Kenyan- American actor Edi Gathegi was in Kenya looking visit his family. While here, Gathegi also met with government officials and Kenyan actors to discuss future collaborative projects. A boy of Eastlando Edi Gathegi…

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Kenyan jams to add to your holiday playlist

December is here. Time for the 3 F’s, family, friends, and food. Time for some good music and while supermarkets dust off their Bonnie M and Mariah Carey, here are some Kenyan jams to get…

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Seven memorable moments from Trevor Noah’s Daily Show

As Trevor Noah announces his departure from The Daily Show after seven years, we look back at seven memorable moments he had on the show.

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In Pursuit of a soft life

For black women tired of the strong black woman narrative, a soft life means finally giving yourself the grace you have always so graciously given to others. Here are some ways to lean into the soft life…

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4 ways networking helps you get ahead

Networking and building a community with women in the same or related fields is always smart move. It provides a sense of support that may be sorely lacking in ones workplace or career.

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Afrinado’s Friday Fresh with Naliaka Wafula – July 2022

Everything from new music, film and events for the cold month of July, subscribe and stay up to date!

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Film Review: Joy’s Garden

Short films are an interesting genre. Giving you a vignette of life in a way a full-length film might quickly gloss over. The Kenyan short film industry is alive and well, with events like Shorts,…

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Africa Day: Five must watch films

Africa Day commemorates the formation of the Organisation of African Union (OAU), now known as the African Union (AU) in May 25, 1963. The OAU was instrumental in the fight for independence and dismantling of…

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Zangalewa: Five things you didn’t know about the infamous song

The Zangalewa song was an extremely popular African anthem throughout the late 80s and 90s. Inspiring dance troupes and musicians across many African countries. Here are a few things you may or may not have…

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The Afrinado’s Friday Fresh with Naliaka Wafula – May, 2022

Back with some Friday Fresh for the month of May, expect some great music, books and events…

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When mama likes nice things for Mother’s day

Does your mama love nice things? Well, Mother’s day 2022 is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate with some very nice things. Here are some amazing gift ideas for mama…

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Five reasons African music deserves it’s own award ceremony

Does African music have an impact on the global stage? Hell yes! The Grammy Awards have long been seen as the most prestigious award in music. Pictures of outstanding artists holding the coveted gilded gramophone…

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Netflix: Young, Famous and African

A bunch of Young, Famous and African celebrities in the first show of it’s kind on Netflix? I knew I was going to watch it, if only to support content from the continent. So far,…

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The Afrinados Friday Fresh with Naliaka Wafula (Feb 2022)

The month has flown by faster than we could have imagined. Of course there have been a lot of developments since the year began. In Nairobi, events are slowly starting to make a comeback, still…

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Five Cool Bookstores in Nairobi

For the longest time, despite the presence of books and bookstores, there has been the common misconception that Kenyans do not have a reading culture. Perhaps you can blame a school system that pushed reading…

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Afrinado’s ‘Friday Fresh’ with Naliaka Wafula – Jan 2022

I hope you are having a amazing start to the New Year, we are back with the ‘Friday Fresh’ Newsletter albeit in a different format, still fresh though! Enjoy! New Video: BenSoul x Bien finally…

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Ghana’s Year of Return, what African countries can learn

Ghana’s Year of Return in 2019 proved that well thought out cultural initiatives can reap far reaching benefits both locally and abroad. When the COVID 19 pandemic began, African tourism was one of the most…

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December loading: Get ready for the holidays

December loading! Are you ready? Here are some tips on how to get in synch with the holiday season…

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Made in Kenya Father’s Day Gift ideas

“I smile because you are my father, I laugh because there is nothing I can do about it”

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Five home decor brands to check out in Nairobi

Styling and making your house a home should be a stress free as possible. Whether it is your first apartment or first family home. Here are some Made in Kenya decor brands you will love……

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Nicole Muchai: I quit my job to focus on fashion

Fashion entreprenuer Nicole Muchai went from reselling thrift clothing in college to quitting her job to start design company Coloured Sugar

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Jason Runo, from Improv comedy to the secret life of bees

This week’s Mr Entrepreneur is Jason Runo, an improv comedian and MC turned beekeeper. Jason Runo is behind the wildly successful show Because You Said So, Kenya’s first live improv comedy show. He has worn…

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Kenyan hijabi fashion: Five stylish influencers you should know

While hijabi fashion has always existed, female muslim social media influencers have helped bring it it to the forefront. And major design houses and fashion magazines are taking notice. The trend has seen the likes…

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Thomas Sankara, is this justice 34 years on?

Burkina Faso is finally getting some form of justice for the murder of slain president and pan-African, Thomas Sankara. Exiled president Blaise Compaoré will be tried in absentia for the assassination of his compatriot Thomas…

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Quarantunes 2.0: Your African playlist for 2021

Is the lockdown getting you down? Here are some great quarantunes to listen to and get you through this panoramic, from Nviiri to Fally there is something for eveyone.

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Why your fave influencers need a break too

Here are three main reasons your fave influencers need a break too..

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Six ways to holiday on a budget

Can you still holiday on a budget? The Covid 19 pandemic has put a damper on grand vacation plans while at the same time causing a great deal of cabin fever. As holiday season rolls…

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Review: Why ‘Softie the Film’ is must watch

The last thing anyone would call Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi is soft. He who has faced numerous death threats, teargas, running battles with Kenya’s dreaded GSU, rubber bullets and injuries. As an activist, Boniface’s job description includes going home after a day of being arrested and roughed up then waking up to do it all over again.

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A Kenyan love song for every season and reason…

Do you find yourself scratching your head when it comes creating a Kenyan love song playlist? Is your go to playlist when it comes to African R&B filled with Nigerian and Tanzanian artists with a…

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Five work from home essentials to get you through quarantine

The pandemic is still with us and as time has wears on, there are certain work from home essentials we keep finding ourselves going back to. The ‘work from home’ sweats You can never go…

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The natural hair myths that keep you from loving your fro’

With the pandemic, a lot of women free from the corporate 9 to 5, are going for the big chop. Here is how to let go of the natural hair myths surrounding African hair and…

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Music Review: Steady rocking on the Midnight Train with Sauti Sol

If there is one thing you can give Sauti Sol, even if you happen to be a confused fan, is consistency. The group has stuck together since their inception as band in 2005 And consistently produced well written, well arranged, aurally pleasing albums. Their latest offering is no different in terms of quality, songwriting and style. — By Naliaka Wafula

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Interview: Award winning stylist Wambui Thimba

Like many others in the creative industry, stylist and costume designer Wambui Thimba found herself facing a future filled with uncertainty once the COVID19 directives were first announced by the Kenyan government — 21 days…

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Insecure: What Molly and Issa’s fallout can teach us about female friendship

Issa and Molly’s friendship on Insecure has always been the one thing you can depend on to not go wrong on the hit HBO show. From Season 1, when we get introduced to the duo…

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