Working with Japh, the chronology.

First of all I wanna wish each lady reading this a #happywomensday.

If you know me that well, I’m either scavenging for a new word or ‘reading’ the dictionary as one would a book. So today I got a notification with the entry word minerva and boy was I so glad it’s a word used to describe a woman with great wisdom. So to all you strong ladies out there, I send you all my love this beautiful day.

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As today’s title reads, this post is more about working with my awesome brother. In as much as I love to call him ‘little bro’ there’s no little in him. First of all he’s so wise beyond his years and has a huge heart and boy is he a creative force to reckon with! I know, I know you’ll say I am biased but what can I say, blood is thicker than blood and I can’t help it. Oh and he is taller than I am so, go-figure!

Thing is over the years especially when he just joined high school I noticed his love for photography. In fact he is one of the people who fanned my photography loving flames. When I finished high school, I was a jobless stay at home girl and since he was a tiny tot then mama would take him to her workplace during the weekend and spend the day there. It’s on these fine days that he got to meet one Joseph Mathenge a renowned photographer in Nairobi. Mr. Mathenge took a picture of him and I can’t quite recall well but I think he pushed mama to ask him if he could allow me to learn under his aegis just because my potential was wasting away at home. I could easily ask him if I wanted, but I want him to read this and his heart melts because that’s what big sisters do, amirite?

So, fast forward to him finishing high school and he is at home like I did many years back and a tug at my heart makes me want to do something for him. You know the casual, I miss my brother so much, kind of tug and asking God to make a way for him. Being miles away (I in Rwanda, him in Kenya) I had so little to offer. I gave him a small point and shoot camera I had been gifted by my awesome brother DiTieM and he did amazing stuff. But it was stolen sadly. He then got a DSLR camera but it also got stolen or something. Point is he went back to square one. No bueno. We got to chat and the idea of him coming to Rwanda popped. We discussed, prayed, and laughed about it until it materialized. Boom! He is here with me right now and boy am I so gleeful about his new journey 💃

I tell you all these because my passion for photography is a little shadow in comparison to his great talent. It’s in that manner I present to you works by The Japh or as I like to call him Japh Bizzle or El Japh🔥. You can check his instagram work here, here and here.

Also check out the video we made when he first came to Rwanda: Chopsticks trials at Monmartse

That said here are some amazing works he has done lately using a phone and I make cameos because, what better way to show support than being present to pose 😁 Also expect to see lotsa selfies and one or two of pics of Japh that I took 😝🤭

Teeny tiny ant

This is just a photo, we tried to re-imagine Gulliver’s travels. Can you guess who Gulliver is and the Lilliputian? I’ll wait…

Toy car; Japh is creating a new installation called ‘Perception’ and it’s full of tales that will make you wonder. Can’t wait for him to share them with you all!!!

Peek-a-boo

Coolin’ in the hot sun

Blending or is it breading
Don’t mess w/ da bread!

Peace, Love and Light ✨

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Why I love being at home.

First of all, #happynewmonth to each of you my readers. May your #March bring you joy untold and lots of beautiful experiences that build longlasting memories.

That said, over the month of February I went back home after a rather long time. Almost after like 11 months. The point however is that I got to be with the closest people to me. People who make me whole. People who make me feel alive. People who accept my silly self and allow me to live my truth. I could go on, you know, I love being at home because I feel alive.

I get to be with them, enjoy endless cheer, quality time and great food by mama.

I had a great time for sure. I got to soak on all that and take lots and lots of photos.

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We decided to go ham on them eggs because breakfast

Foodies day out
Went all in on that junkness–chickin likin’

With a full stomach comes my other love for posing and what better way that to have my brother The Japh (favorite photographer thus far — he gets me) take pictures of me.

When me and Japh team together, we take pictures like our lives depended on them

You’d say it’s because my papa loved taking photos of us when growing up that we turned into these photogenic individuals but the element of being free infront of the camera has become one of my favorite things to do and I’m so glad I get to share this with people I love.

Loved stealing this little number from mama, although not fair at all but jeesh I looked good in it
When I meet my sisie it’s jumping for hugs and lots of hugs

Josie and I ♥

Just a mama and her adoring daughters

Fam
Grinning till all them molars show

Sweet Soph, me and Josie

But most of all I got to be part of mama’s golden birthday. She joined the big five-oh gang y’all! And happy, blessed, proud and prayerful for her life am I as I reminisce the way God has been so good to us through her.

Happy birthday to the angel on earth from God to us with love! Love you mama ♥

Someone we miss definitely has to be my equally favorite brother DiTiEm.

So, I’m curious, do you guys love being at home after a longtime? What are your favorite things to do together?

PS: I didn’t post last week as I was recouperating and to that I say, sorry.

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✨Peace. Love. Light.✨

17 days (Celebrating a champ!)

October 17th is my brother Dennis aka DTM or Syntax Ditiem’s birthday.

Today the 1st of October, I want to celebrate him and I will randomly post something on my various social media platforms as the days go by to appreciate the guy he has been and the man he is becoming.

If you know me well, you know I’m the self-proclaimed queen of humble-brag so that means I brag about so many things near and dear to me. This brother of mine definitely tops that list! He is a blessing whose genius ways have astounded me from the time we were little. He topped his class from the time I knew how to differentiate between first and last. That and so many things he does make him the extraordinary hombre he is. May ambition keep driving you champ!

October is a great month because I got a little brother a year later and I have never not had fun and folly with him by my side. Even though seas, oceans, and many geographical nuances separate us no single day goes without missing you DTM tha dude!

Glow on champ!!!

So here is to many beautiful Octobers full of joy my handsome meant for the stars little but not so little brother. May this month be nothing but the best yet that you’ve had this year! May it bring good fortune, open doors to your dreams untold and very much so renewed faith and hope in your forever glowing soul. I love you so much. Can’t wait to celebrate you when the stars align ❤❤❤

Go big bro! I am cheering you on!!!

You are destined for greatness! Soar on!You have it in you!

PS: In case you had no idea how I got into blogging, my bro who has a poetry blog himself Syntax Says interested me to try and paint pictures using words (and pictures) in the blogosphere and I can never thank him enough. Point is, he is that one guy who has believed in my writing since we were youngins. He had no choice but to stick with me during punishments by our primary school English teachers who somehow hated my guts (but that’s another story for another day). That, my friends, is what through thick and thin means 😁😇😍

So there goes, join me as I celebrate my bro during these next 17 days and send him kind messages over at his blog if you get the chance.

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Here is a pictorial down memory lane to celebrate the unequivocally best bro in the world!

Hehe, this has to be a classic (thanks DT for sending this ❤)

I love you from the bottom of my heart

Your forever numero uno fan ❤

Before all of you grew taller

Brother for life (bestie for life)

Homework for you when you can pose?

Way back when... Los quatro Mujyamberes

This one here is a great routine we practised every first day of school. To many grins brother man!My two favorite gentes on earth and mama bear

He let me take this picture when I was still a newbie in my early photography days.

'90s kiddosWe love you 💞

Happy birthday month DTM! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Mimi nakupenda sana. Praying for you—as always ❤

Dad

Whatever they say about time healing wounds is partially true and false.

True because there is that peace that comes even in the midst of all the uncertainty.

But then again their is that false notion of it all. Especially when you know that the more the years go by the more you’re likely to miss how they smiled, laughed at certain things and looked when they were angry.

To some extent time robs you of the very essence of your gone but not forgotten loved ones.

I would gladly write a thesis on that but today is not that day.

Today I want to look back to 19 years ago when I was little girl whose love of her father was as evident as the big smiles on the old pictures. Yes pictures because that’s what I have as the memory that is firmly etched in mind’s eye.

I will never see you with grey hair and wrinkled skin. I will never see you reclining on a rocking chair when I bring you grand kids. I will never see many things but one thing for sure dad! I never saw you angry no matter how wronged you were. I never saw you let someone feel unappreciated just because you were in a higher position than they were. I never saw you lay a hand on mama out of spite or contempt. And most of all I never saw you choose one child over the other even if it meant your ‘adopted’ children-uncles and aunts.

So daddy today I send you this love letter from my soul to yours written on this blog saying, thank you for being you. You went too soon to be with our Lord whom you loved above all else and when my time comes to be with you, I hope we dance and thank God for finally making all the tears, missing you and sweet memories come to a full circle ❤

Missing you tonight and always,

Your 7 year old girl who wept after seeing you through that tiny window as you lay motionless ending your 36 years as a father, friend, mentor and most of all great husband to your bride mama Bee 😍