THE AVANT GARDE OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY IN KENYA
FORBES AFRICA 30 under 30 2019 list was recently released and we would like to celebrate three revolutionary creatives who made it to the list.
These three exceptional artists are all Kenyan’s whose works manifested grandly in the Forbes 30 under 30 listing of creatives. Kevin Njue is a Producer, Director, Writer and CEO at Rocque Pictures. Karungari Mungai is a Musical Artist who started off from an alternative hip hop group called Camp Mulla in 2009, and Yaa Bonsu is a Fashion Stylist, Fashion Model & Fashion Designer currently based in Dubai, UAE.
Karun is amongst Kenya’s rising new wave artists with her recent hit song Glow Up where she talks about self awareness, self appreciation and girl power. Karun is a 24 year old who began her music vocation at age 14 and proceeded to go to the reputable Berklee College of Music in the US. She first gained recognition through a trio Camp Mulla who were nominated for a BET Award in the US in 2012. In May 2013, Karun decided to pursue a solo career and further studies in the United States. According to Forbes, Karun’s goal is to be the biggest female R&B act from Africa.
Kevin Njue is a 27 year old Kenyan movie producer, director and screenwriter. He is best known for composing and coordinating the film 18 Hours which won the Best Overall Movie in Africa, AMVCA 2018. This film, checked history as the first Kenyan film to be nominated and win in the history of awards. At 8 years old, Njue was actively engaged with drawing and figured he would turn into an artist. This changed unexpectedly when mobile camera came through and his affection for film developed from that point. He tells Forbes that his goal is to set up a state-of-the-art film studio with a sound stage, backlot, a film park and an underwater film stage in Nairobi by 2030.
Yaa Bonsu is a 28 year old Fashion Stylist and Creative who remembers flipping through Vogue Magazine when she was 15 years old and drew inspiration strongly from it. She then watched the film, The Devil Wears Prada and knew that the fashion world belonged to her. Her fashion career took off in 2016 when she relocated to Dubai and connected with industry powerhouses such as Naomi Campbell, Zeynab El-Helw and Shashi Menon. Early this year, she got the opportunity to style an advertorial for the luxury brand Fendi, SS19. She has also produced a fashion editorial for Revolution Magazine that featured high-end jewelry – Dior, de GRISOGONO, Bvlgari and Piaget. Her goal is to own an internationally-renowned fashion powerhouse joining the leagues of icons Victoria Beckham, Edward Enninful and Vanessa Kingori.
These three artists all started from humble beginnings and put in work to reach the heights they are at now. Just like J.K Rowling, rock bottom became the solid foundation on which they rebuilt their lives. This goes out as motivation to all creatives still pursuing their passions, DO NOT give up! Success could be closer than you think.