Klaire Murithi and Dj Protégé showing off their sketchy cartoons that were drawn by the cartoonist at the event. Photo / Business Today

Thirty-five of Kenya’s finest painters and illustrators on Thursday showcased their works at an exhibition held to celebrate local artists. The artists, whose paintings and illustrations featured in Safaricom’s annual This Is My Kenya campaign and 2019 calendar included: Daniel Njoroge, Kathy Katuti, Edwin Jongo, Michael Soi, Ellam Ombula, Patrick Karanja, Dickson Were and Tobiko Rupante, among others. [ see full list at the end of this article ]

The campaign has been held every year since 2014, and brings together the country’s best talent in photography, painting and storytelling to showcase Kenya’s beauty and diversity through art.

Each year, these works are then featured in Safaricom’s calendar, which has become a collectible and a platform through which some of the country’s finest creative talents can showcase their work to wider audiences.

“We received over 2,000 submissions from all over the country, and worked with the Kenya National Museum as well as renowned art collectives including Kuona Collective, Brush Tu, Dust Depot and The GoDown Arts Centre to help us select the pieces that would feature in our calendar,” said Ms Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer at Safaricom.

“The selection process was quite challenging since we received very many high quality submissions, but we’re happy with the outcome and are fortunate to be in a position to nurture talent, support and celebrate Kenyan artists.”

Over the last 18 years Safaricom has extended its vision of transforming lives beyond the provision of relevant products and services to investment in the arts through various initiatives including the annual This Is My Kenya campaign, Safaricom Youth Orchestra, Twaweza Live music concerts, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival, and the Michael Joseph Centre, a free-to-use space where those in the creative industry can showcase their work.

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This Is My Kenya seeks to celebrate local creative talent in writing, photography, film, illustration and painting and art, and has evolved into an award-winning campaign that not only offers valuable exposure to local creatives; it showcases Kenya’s wildlife, landscapes and cultures through powerful imagery and storytelling.

In 2018 the campaign was recognised at the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) Awards, where Safaricom took home the second runners up awards in the Best Digital Marketing and Best Brand PR Campaigns categories.

Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer at Safaricom, being taken through an abstract piece
named Helicopter and Angels by the art owner George Kang’oroti. Photo / Business Today

Last year’s This Is My Kenya campaign also saw a selection of some of Kenya’s most talented 2D illustrators and painters also offer their work up for sale on https://thisismykenya.co.ke/, where collectors and art enthusiasts can still purchase the one of a kind original pieces.

ARTISTS FEATURED ON THE SAFARICOM 2019 CALENDAR #THISISMYKENYA

    1. Wycliffe Opondo
    2. Clavers Odhiambo
    3. Daniel Njoroge
    4. Hannington Gwanzu
    5. Michael Daman
    6. Patrick Karanja
    7. Kathy Katuti
    8. Stephen Nyaga Hiram
    9. Michael Kyalo – has two pieces
    10. Kennedy Kinyua Kimani
    11. Evans Yegon
    12. George Kang’oroti Muuruh
    13. Kaafiri Kariuki
    14. Charles Ngatia
    15. Wilson Matunda
    16. Patrick Peter Kinuthia
    17. Charles Simeon
    18. Dickson Nedia Were
    19. Munene Kariithi
    20. Samuel N Njoroge
    21. Edwin Jongo
    22. Samuel Waithaka
    23. Coster Ojwang
    24. Tobiko Rupante
    25. Stanley Cheche
    26. Michael Soi
    27. Carl Lewis Ayieko
    28. Okeya Odhiambo
    29. Frank Mcharo
    30. Ellam Ombula
    31. Charles Mutune
    32. Peter Elungat
    33. Anthony Okello
    34. Patrick Mukabi
    35. Dennis Muraguri

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