“It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.”
―Roger Ebert

So some weeks back, the Kenya Diggit! team went to watch the super hyped movie: Man of Steel. We will not be reviewing the movie because… how can we say this… we didn’t like it. And if you wanted a review, there you go. So, we posted a snippet of this post a while back and we thought, why not share the IMAX awesome.

We have traveled a bit, and we’ve had several people ask us whether we have access to movie theatres in Kenya. Yes, I know! I thought to answer that question by sharing the following photos. A huge KD shout-out to the friendly Security team at IMAX Kenya for allowing us to take photos.

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The IMAX Candy Bar

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So what is IMAX? The correct definition of IMAX is: a motion picture film format and a set of proprietary cinema projection standards which was created by the Canadian company IMAX Corporation. But for most Kenyans, we can just go with the 3D movie theatre in the CBD [currently].

It can hold 255 Homo sapiens and has a screen that is 17 by 9 metres (slightly over 55 feet wide). Though not the biggest IMAX theatre in the world, it is an improvement from what we had before. The audience has the choice to watch movies in both 2D & 3D.

If you want to pass time, go out with some friends or just watch a movie, head on to IMAX Kenya.

To watch a movie at IMAX Kenya, the movie theatre is located on Mama Ngina Street, 20th Century Plaza, Nairobi CBD.

To contact them for a movie booking, call: 0737558785, 0737558802, 0702028506.

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Eyes on the Price at IMAX Kenya

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At Kenya Diggit! We love Ugali!

Known as ugali in Kenya and Tanzania, this starchy, polenta-like side dish goes by different names in sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi and Zambia it is called nsimaor nshima. The South African name for it is pap ormealie pap. Zimbabweans call it sadza.  Ugali (also sometimes called sima or sembe) is a dish of maize flour (cornmeal) cooked with water to a porridge- or dough-like consistency.

White cornmeal is the most commonly used grain for ugali. But you can substitute sorghum, millet or coarse cassava flour or even hominy grits. More or less water can be added to achieve the consistency you prefer. Stir in a little butter if you like for a richer flavor.

Ugali is easy to make so we at Kenya Diggit! thought to share a simple defined How-to with you 🙂

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Happy July! From our last post, we told you that the Kenya Diggit! team went for a road-trip. Now we are back home! We can’t wait to share with you the awesomeness that we encountered, and spread the travel bug that Kenya’s roads infected us with 🙂

Tune in! Oh! And don’t forget to subscribe on our Kenya Diggit! Youtube channel for this week’s vlogs. So much in store!

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Back From the Road: Short Summary

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“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

Last week the Kenya Diggit! team visited the Kenya National Archives, which is situated at the edge of the central business district
in downtown Nairobi. The archives were established by an Act of the Parliament of Kenya in 1965 and holds over 40,000 volumes of information.
The Kenya National Archives building houses the Murumbi Gallery on the ground floor, which contains African artifacts that were collected in the 19th century.It was named after the late Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi who was Kenya’s Second vice president. He was also an avid art collector who left behind over 50,000 books and sheaves of official correspondence.

The Kenya National Archives has set up a library containing some of the 8,000 “rare books” , published before 1900! It is currently the largest Pan-African art gallery in Africa and it contains ancient art collections from different regions and communities of Africa. The collection is basically an African cultural tour.

In the archives, you can find out information on different great honorary Kenyan heroes such as the late Tom Mboya, the
first president of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and the late environmental and political activist, Wangari Maathai.

The archives also shelter Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s functions seat [which we got to touch!] and has a list of Kenya’s list of
national leaders.
Are you a stamp collector and would drool over stamps that are over 50 years old? The archives holds them and much more!

The archives are open every MONDAY – FRIDAY at 8.15 a.m. – 4.15 p.m and on SATURDAYS at 8.15 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
It is only closed on Sundays and all public holidays.
Entry charges are very affordable at Kes. 50 for Adults and Kes. 20 for Children for residents and Kes. 200 for
non-residents. If you would like to use their library services, they also charge a membership fee of Kes. 200.

Here are some photographs we took at the historical archives. Oh! We have a surprise for you at the end of the post 😉

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Kenyan History under One Roof: Kenya National Archives

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Time: 1537 hrs

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Destination: Alliance Française, Nairobi

So many people from different parts of the world think that when they go to Africa, all that they will see is poorly developed structures, hungry and sad human beings and war. We would like to inform you that Africa is not only what the media feeds us with. Africa is beautiful people, developing infrastructure and innovative implemented structures and ideas.

Dr. Lydia Waithira Muthuma curated a beautiful, informative and well-done a photo exhibition dubbed ‘Nyrobi: From Swamp to Capital City’. It shows how Nairobi has grown from a papyrus swamp to a modern metropolis. Amazing architecture that exists in Nairobi is exhibited in beautiful photographs, which tells a story of growth, potential and development.

Charges: FREE

Here are some photos that we took of the space and a short vlog that will show that Nairobi is a modern developing city in the amazing continent of Africa.

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Nairobi is amazing and you should come and see our beautiful city if you haven’t. Kind people, improved infrastructure, brewing talent in the air and positive energy. Did you know that the name Nairobi originates from the Maasai word ‘Nakusentelon’ which means ‘The Beginning of Beauty’? Now you know 🙂

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Nyrobi: From City to Swamp Photo Gallery

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Time: 1745hrs

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Destination: Wangari Maathai Auditorium, Alliance Française

Kenya Diggit! has a goal of sharing with you how beautiful Kenya is and how amazing and talented Kenyans are. That is why on Sunday 16th of June, we attended an afternoon concert dubbed Tales and Stories 2 at the Alliance Française in the city of Nairobi. There, heartwarming stories were told, spoken word was recited in attitude and calmness and songs and dances were performed. It was a wonderful event, and not only was it well executed, but it was organized and performed by young Kenyans. There was also a guest stroryteller, Kristin Perdemonti (USA). If you want to know more about her, check out her webpage at storytellerkp.com.

Charges: Advance: Kes. 400

                   At Gate:    Kes. 500 [$5.83 at the time this post was written]

We must say, the event was affordable and worth every single shilling! We took some photographs and we hope that you enjoy them. Also, we have a surprise for you at the end of this post. So, stay tuned!

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Si Ni Sisi Dancers

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Ogutu Muraya, Storyteller & Thespian

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Haimanot ‘Haimie’ Armide, Singer & Songwriter

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Elisha and Haimie, Singers

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Safina, Storyteller

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Si Ni Sisi Dancers

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Kristin Perdemonti, Storyteller

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Leonida, Swahili Storyteller

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Abu Sense, Spoken Word Artist

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The Cast of Tales & Stories (II)

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So we prepared an easy peezy vlog from the concert 😀 We hope you like it and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Nairobi Arts & Literary Culture at Tales and Stories (II)

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