Thesis

Well. It’s been a while since I last wrote on my blog. Hah!
I’m not sure anyone’s even reading right now. *Taps mic to check if it’s working*
If I were speaking in a room right now, my three friends would probably be the only ones at the front cheering me on. Hi friends!
Hopefully two or three people will waltz in as I continue speaking. Yes, I have a very animated mind ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been on a writing slump for a while now. I felt likeย I wasn’t doing anything meaningful on here. I’m still collectingย coins and some notes in my thermos cup (don’t ask), saving up for a good camera. Still have a long way of saving to go before I can afford it! I didn’t want to share much anymore because I felt it wasn’t good enough.ย I’d planned for my next post to be AMAZING, with great photos taken on my new flashy shiny camera, aah I can’t wait to open the box and get that whiff of newness, you know?
Then I thought, it is my blog after all. I may not be the best writer, or photographer out there. But I had a vision when I started the blog. Things have changed since, but this is something I want to do. And I will make it work.
I’ve decided to have a new category for ‘Academics’ on my blog.

I’m not sure if people know this about me but I’m studying Architecture at The University of Nairobi. I’m currently in my final year and this year I will be examined in two categories: thesis writing and the final project. For my five readers (two people walked in as I was writing), my thesis will be a study of homeless people, specifically within the Nairobi context.
I have memories from a very young age of chokorasย (slang for street children). They are all sad memories of depraved children my age sniffing glue and begging for food, even a shilling. The harshest memory I have is of one street teenager being burnt for stealing. They put a tire around him, spilt kerosene on him and set him on fire. *shivers*
My apologies for this morbid piece of information. But I will not shy away from these issues,ย it is after all an academic thesis and the goal is to educate people and create awareness.

My thesis will tackle several aspects of homelessness but concentrate on the street families; who are they? What problems do they face? And what can I do, as an architect, to help better their living conditions?
My intention is to post something new at least every week. They may be photos, or just facts I gather along the way as I write.

Oh, one more thing! My lovely friend Dida (who went on a rant about how I’m not consistent on my blog) agreed to help me fix up my site next week. We’ll create a logo and get a theme that is more ‘me’, give this blog the much needed facelift it needs. Thanks boo ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you will enjoy this journey with me, cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Sketch Life 01

Being an architect, I tend to gravitate towards art in whatever form it is.

My two favourites are photography and sketching.
I must mention, however, that I’m not a professional in both. I am a self taught amateur photographer and sketch artist.

I use my mobile phone to take pictures and sketch during my free time. My sketches range from abstract pieces and doodles, to those of celebrities and prominent people. They are not perfect by any means, some turn out really great and some are just pathetic attempts at procrastination. For example, my Bob Marley sketch has to be the best sketch I’ve done! But Malaika Firth and Jhene Aiko didn’t turn out too well, but I love the end result all the same!

Recently, I’ve been meaning to buy myself a painting kit and start experimenting with oil paints, but these things are expensive man! ๐Ÿ˜€
Note: Winsor and Newton products are the best for anyone who wishes to pursue art.
So until I can afford to buy myself the painting material, I’ll stick to my photos and sketches (Mama and dad I hope y’all are reading this because I’ve been saying this for months).
Or you, my readers, can help me buy my paints by purchasing some of my pieces ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
Way to market myself huh? It is my blog after all hehe

I’ll share more of my photos in the next post in’shaa’Allah ๐Ÿ™‚
Wishing you all a lovely week!
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All pictures were taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

PS. What do you think of the new Google Nexus 6? From reviews I’ve read and watched, it seems like a better device than it’s predecessor (which is AMAZING) but I’m a little worried about the size.
If any of my readers is lucky enough to own the device, please leave a comment below on what you think of it!