From the Snows of Kilimanjaro to Nairobi Half Life: Over 50 years of film in Kenya


  • Lencer Achieng’ Ndede Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Simon Peter Otieno Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Miriam Musonye Department of Literature, University of Nairobi, Kenya


This paper, traces the birth, growth and development of Kenyan voice in film since the dawn of film in the country to present. It further interrogates one Kenyan film with a view to establish the extent to which the Kenyan voice imbues Kenyan films with a unique vantage point when presented to the rest of the world. Thus the question guiding the paper is ‘how has Kenyan film incorporated conventions of filmmaking and language that Cinema employ, while at the same time discerning and maintaining the indigenous, Kenyan voice and how has this been achieved over years. Finally the conclusion reveals that after a period of over 50 years Kenyan films made by Kenyans redefine Kenya; telling Kenyan stories, reflecting the Kenyan life, culture, values and making statements about the Kenyan society without ‘aping’ westernized storylines  which could  demean the Kenyan culture.


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How to Cite

Ndede, L. A., Otieno, S. P., & Musonye, M. (2017). From the Snows of Kilimanjaro to Nairobi Half Life: Over 50 years of film in Kenya. Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(5).