About a fortnight ago I was passing Ops (Operations), then a colleague of mine just hollered out, ‘Teresa, just come kidogo I show you something?’
Well I walked by to his desk. In my mind, I intuitively knew it was important. Anyway as I approach, I see him and another colleague looking at some video…
I ask, ‘What is it?’ ‘Its just this guy who has a cool video I’d like you to see. Watch and let me know what you think?’So for like 2 min I watch this movie trailer clip that seems authentically Kenyan yet the quality of production looks like a Spielberg Hollywood blockbuster…
Brilliance. Half-Live pap. I immediately want to know who the director and scriptwriter of the film is as it has truckloads of potential. I ask, ‘ Whose work is this?’
‘It’s for some guy called Keith. He is looking for a media house or anyone who is interested in screening it’.
‘Wow, this is great work, he needs to at least show his work to Alison (film guru – the one for Mali)’. Yes, I happen to know someone, who would be able to give me her digits and I could forward it to him.
‘Man, he is good. Give me his digits?’So I quickly jot down the number and memorize the films name “ Love Taken to a Mysterious Place”.I also mentally note that this is someone I want to meet. A telephone call later and a pleasant young man picks and says he is eager for us to meet. Java, Upperhill, 6 p.m. (Mzungu time).
Fast forward to jana evening. I finally meet him. Keith Oleng. 27 years, suave, a biker (had the obviously sign of a biker, the protective helmet + leather jacket), his fluency of the English language reveals a finesse only acquired by one who has traveled far (over and beyond the continent ).
I am one and a half hours late and he doesn’t mind one bit. (Just to clarify, lateness is not one of my vices, Nairobi rain and Yaya jam is to blame).A freelance Creative Director, ehem! Core is Film. Dabbles with Music and in fact has already done the ‘Factory agency’ stint for 6 months (who hasn’t done that time) and is now out on his own. Shares his history, from the humbling Kakamega High – to the lofty New York Film Academy. What was there not to like?
We chat. Share. Connect. Negotiate. Inspire. Shake Hands and hope to work together. 2 hours solid. The intrigue is in the way 2 strangers can suddenly see things in the same lens. I even get an exclusive invite to an invite-only opening unveil and screening of the cool film. Apparently it will also be his birthday gig. ‘It’s gonna be a cool screening from inside an empty swimming pool, projected on the deep end’, he whispers. What a ‘loco’ idea! I am jubilant. Is it fate or is it speculation?
Time will only tell. Much appreciated Keith. There are young amazing Kenyans out there, doing great stuff. Africa is a Planet; no it’s ‘The Planet’ (with a capital ‘T’). Watch this space to catch the vibe.