Art lovers, art critics, members of the public and a presidential aspirant all converged at a Nairobi lounge on Wednesday night to witness the official opening of a unique exhibition.
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The exhibition by a talented Kenyan photographer Mutua Matheka aims at portraying the Kenyan capital in a positive light. He has taken artistic images of the major buildings forming the Nairobi skyline and he says he wants to inspire fellow Kenyans to appreciate the beauty of their city.
In an interview on the sidelines of the event, Matheka said for a long time the pictures he had seen of Nairobi especially in the international press were depressing. "All you see are pictures of malnourished children, slums and such negative images," he said.
Matheka has hooked into UN-Habitat's 'I'm a city changer' campaign and he says he would want to showcase positive pictures of even more cities across the African continent and beyond.
Speaking at the function Member of Parliament and an aspitant for Kenya's presidency in the forthcoming general elections Ms. Martha Karua challenged her fellow politicians to prioritise urban issues.
She hailed Matheka's work and appealed to more young people to follow in the photographers footsteps.