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    Posted July 21, 2013 by
    Heathfield, United Kingdom
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    African culture: Street art

    Kenyan street art


    Driving in rural Kenya provides an opportunity to take in the incredible colour and vibrancy provided by the shop fronts and names in villages all over the country. If a place can be summed up by it's shops and pubs, then these bright colours and hand painted adverts conjure up in one photo the atmosphere, sounds, smells, and most of all the people of this wonderful part of Africa. Travelling on Sundays is especially fun, when the people are dressed in their church finery, despite having to walk miles through dusty fields and tracks to reach the main road. There they will pile into small vans (matatus) to arrive at their destination in all their bright satin and lace. I love the names of the businesses, and the way one sign will be casually painted over by a new owner. Every shop has a history. I am sure this will change, as Nairobi begins to resemble any city in the world with the arrival of the usual multi-nationals fast food and coffee shops. I would like to document the little businesses in the Kenyan villages before they disappear.

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