Publicist to the stars extraordinaire Anyiko Owoko, spends her entire life trotting around Nairobi, Kenya and the rest of the globe, meeting influential people, trying on new clothes and adornments, tasting foods and drinks and generally experiencing life to the max. In this new column, she shares with her Yummy readers tidbits and highlights from her adventures.
My Funkiest Cocktails
In the last month, I’ve acquired an insatiable craving for the spicy jalapeño Margaritas. After sampling them across the Czech Republic this Christmas I discovered, on my return, that they existed in Kenya too! So I’ve just concluded that the funkiest and most spicy and hot Margarita resides in Tapas (Westgate). This is only for the lovers of spice!
Last year Nigerian music producer, Masterkraft, dropped his debut album: “Unlimited The Tape.” It reminded me of a 2016 interview I had with him. He said: “To stay ahead of the game I make sounds naturally. Sometimes I wear my Timberland Boots and stomp on the ground to record sounds.” Earlier this year, I realised he was serious when he posted this on his Instagram: “I’ll be spending the next 7 days of my life living close to the forest! Making 5 beats a day with sounds from animals, trees, wind, water and as much I can sample! 35 mad beats in a week!”
I am obsessed with Stranger Things, I bingewatched it all as if it were two long movies! What I really love is the fact that the kids and younger characters are the protagonists. It’s the only new age show bringing forth young characters as heroes. So much redemption – I strongly recommend this.
The Funniest Thing!
I just found out that its true that the world’s biggest reggae band, Morgan Heritage, have a thing for Kenya and even consider themselves Kenyan. In January, the Grammy-award winners were in the country for a week right after their concert performance in Uganda. Mojo of the group said to me: “After every tour, we always need to get back to our roots and Kenya’s soil, air and feel completely resembles that of Jamaica. We secretly come into Kenya every year, and have already spotted homes we would like to purchase.
Most Memorable Diva
One time when my company conducted PR for a West African singer, she required us to share with us all pictures we took of her so she could edit them all and add her own filter before sending them back to us for posting. Then another time, she stopped an interview because she wanted to add some foundation to her elbows, which she claimed were ashy. They weren’t! She’s just a diva!.
Best Goodie Bags
I’ve been very honoured to be part of a team of industry professionals consulted by the GoDown Arts Center to attend sessions to exchange ideas on how to join forces in rebuilding the art centre that will be taken down and rebuilt anew. The new space is set to accommodate more artists and create more opportunities in East Africa and beyond. I really adore the Michael Soi fridge magnets they gifted us in their goodie bags. So cute and thoughtful!
Can’t wait to share with you some cool Kenyan things I recently collected! Coming soon …