I have been thinking about the positive in Kenya of late. There seems to be a lot going wrong (or not going anywhere at all) in our beloved country. For the past few days I have been telling myself that at least once a week I should highlight some of Kenya’s positive happenings. The universe heard me and decided to hold me to my word. In the past few hours a friend linked me up with two news articles of what I call greatness from Kenya.
The first one is Pumzi – a short SciFi film written and directed by award-winning Wanuri Kahiu that was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Yes, I know, it’s 2014 and I just heard about the film…better late than never! Pumzi imagines a post-WWIII (The Water War) Africa where there is no water and people live locked away in contained communities. Watch Pumzi below.
Here is an interview that Wanuri Kahiu gave on “Africa and Science Fiction.” Listen carefully for it is full of gems.
CNN also did a feature on Wanuri Kahiu where she talks about her filmmaking journey. Read it here. She has worked on other projects including From a Whisper, Ger: To Be Seperate, Just A Band and State House, among others.
The second one is news of Captain Irene Koki Mutungi becoming the first black female Boeing 787 captain in the world. Here’s to attaining her sky dreams in a Dreamliner! Captain Mutungi was also the first female pilot at Kenya Airways. Talk about showing all Kenyan girls who desire to be pilots that their dreams are valid. She has truly opened many a doors not only for them but also for those of us who aspire to work in fields that have traditionally been male-dominated.
Below is an image of Captain Mutungi and here is a feature on her.
Today we celebrate Wanuri Kahiu and Irene Koki Mutungi, two phenomenal women who are lighting the path for the rest of us. They have and continue to show that it can be done. We are the authors of our own stories and the captains of our own lives.