african economy

With my portrait series I want to tell little stories about people in different parts of Kenya running a business. I want to correct western prejudices about the mentality of african people. I want to show strong, proud, ecouraged persones, moving forward their own country.

In October 2017 I was travelling arround the country to meet such people and to take portraits of them. I was listening to a lot of crazy stories. I found the fisherman, who is simply struggeling to survive. I meet the smart manager, founder of one of the biggest advertisement agencies in Nairobi. But in everyone I captured I saw the high motivation to improove the life by acting and not waiting.

salesgirls in a shop for mobile-phones, NakuruJoyce – professional care for disbaled children, KorogochoRaphael Angora and Fredrick M. Mwaliwa  –  secretaries of a trade union, NairobiPeter Kuria – shop for videos and music, NyahururuJohn T. Machaa – workshop for steel and welding, NyeriLinda Amulabu – lawyer in her office, NyeriStephen Nzusa – lawyer and social worker at the window of his office, NairobiJoseph W. Theuri and his wife Julia – shop for computergenerated mixed colours, NyeriMandde S. Virdee – factory for tee-production equipment, KerichoJoyce Agufana – manager of Kenyan Seeds Ltd., NakuruMr. Chandaran – founder of one of the first african record labels, KerichoLucy Kibe – roadshop for fruits, northern KenyaJoseph Mwaniki – shoe shiner, NyahururuSarah Nyambura – writer, singer, book shop, NyahururuJoseph Mwangi – butcher, NyahururuIsaiah Opiese – hotel manager, Nyahururu

Esther Mongera – owner conctruction enterprise, northern Kenya
David Avido – fashion designer, Nairobi
Jack Mwai – owner of Design Village, leading design and advertisement agency, Nairobi
Alex Vice – music production and media studio, Nairobi