Kakamega

Is that you, Treebeard?

Is that you, Treebeard?

She said asthma is what prevented her from becoming a car mechanic and the profession is poorer for it. Stocky with closely-cropped natural hair, Stella is a mother of three and Kakamega town’s sole female motorcycle repairer. We picked her up early Monday morning and she was a delight to shoot given the hostile environment we were working in.

Hecklers and curious pedestrians were determined to interfere with Sebastian shot. But Stella’s dimples defiantly creased her chubby cheeks as she demonstrated her skill for the cameras.

Crowd control threatened to become the thorn in the team’s flesh.

Pushili's Prof

Pushili’s Prof

At Pushili Market, the noisiest fellow was a flamboyant 55-year-old man. The best way to keep him from straying into the shoot was by engaging him in conversation. And the man had plenty of stories to tell. The only time I believed Prof is when he said that he was married with 8 kids (2 boys and 6 girls). But who knows, perhaps he did study mechanical engineering, serve as an accounts clerk in Sweden and enjoys a balanced diet daily?

The worst bunch of hangers-on were in Kakamega Forest. Tipsy and covered in leaves, they refused to leave the scenic Isiukhu Falls. A sharp word from a KWS warden id what saved the day. And that’s when we could properly focus on Hussein, the jovial diver and rainholder. The man moved in the water as if he was cutting across a field of grass.

He's not even 10 yet he's riding that bike like a pro. #VillageLife

He’s not even 12 yet he’s riding that big bike like a pro. #VillageLife

Hussein is a self-taught swimmer but got his apprenticeship in rainholding from his grandfather. It is a sacred art and lucrative business. He’s hired to use the roots, skins and seeds bestowed on him to dispel grey clouds that would interrupt large gatherings such as weddings and funerals.

The highlight of the evening for me was the fight between Osama bin Laden and Awinjo…but that’s a story for another day.

Meet the entire Capture Kenya 2015 team here and read more stories from the road!

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