#Review: Super Supa Modo

I closed my weekend out in style by catching the 15:05 screening of Supa Modo at Prestige Cinema with my siblings after church. Supa Modo premiered in Kenya on March 27th at the Nairobi Film Festival and has been hailed as ‘beautiful, funny and fucking flawless’ (yes, by me).

Supa Modo tells the story of a young girl (they never say her age but she looks about 10) from a small community called Maweni. She suffers a terminal illness and has been in hospital until her mother decides she wants her to stay at home. While at home, she develops a love for superheroes and decides to use her imagination to become one. She enlists the help of her family and the entire community to make a movie. Anything else I say from here will be too much of a spoiler so if you haven’t watched the film, stop here and go watch it.

Not only is it beautiful to watch (bravo to Enos Olik for the stunning cinematography), it’s also a great story. The writers do an excellent job weaving in humour, sadness and the tensions of familial relations. My favourite theme is the sense of community which is developed throughout the film. It’s shown through Jo when she asks her mother why she shouldn’t be concerned with saving her community. And most touchingly when the people of Maweni agree to come together and make a movie out of Jo’s imaginary superpowers. Jo is sick but they want to share her burden and ensure she doesn’t feel alone.

The writers also brilliantly problematise the idea of community through Mama Mwix who has to draw the line whenever she feels that the people of Maweni are overstepping their boundaries. Even though she was a known and respected midwife in the community, when she’s called upon to deliver a baby in the wee hours of the morning, she hesitates and doesn’t immediately take it up as her responsibility. I’m really glad that the writers gave a nuanced take on what it means to be part of a community, demonstrating how it can sometimes clash with individual desires.

Watch this film. Take everyone you know to see it. It’s on until April 12. Click here to see times and locations.

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© Tessy Maritim

WATCH: March Favourites

Nairobi, Kenya

Happy New Month! In today’s video, I’m sharing some of the things I loved in March. Hope you enjoy.

You can get the Keel’s Simple Diary here- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keels-Simple-Diary-One-red/dp/3836516780

Adjaye’s book– https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adjaye-Africa-Architecture-Photographic-Metropolitan/dp/0500343160/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522741332&sr=1-1&keywords=adjaye+africa+architecture

Thanks as always for watching. Subscribe to my channel to get updates when I upload new videos!

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This Month in Music- March 2018

I’ve skipped a month of this but here we go- enjoy my March playlist!

Nairobi, Kenya

Track List

Streets of Africa- Burna Boy

Kwani Iko Nini- Blinky Bill

Tenderoni- Tolani ft. Skales

My Humps- Black Eyed Peas

Lover- Muthoni Drummer Queen

Imara- Frederic Gassitta ft. Vanessa Mdee

Never Be The Same Again- Mel C

Leave (Get Out)- Jojo

Wait- Maroon 5

Rewind- Sauti Sol ft. Khaligraph Jones

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Two of My Favourite Quotes

I love a good quote! Both of my favourite quotes make reference to the sky- I love the metaphor of the sky which I associate with calm and the expanse and vastness of life.

Women hold up half the sky” – Thomas Sankara

Apparently, this saying has its origins in China but I first heard it from Thomas Sankara. Women hold up half the sky– and so much more. There are so many women in my life who hold (or have held) the sky for me so that I can experience a rich and beautiful life. I’m thankful.

The sky is too big for two birds to clash” – Anon.

I first heard this quote in the summer of 2016 when I was struggling through a dissertation and a separation from someone close to me. I had my eyes fixed on this thing that was clearly not coming back. This quote was a reminder- that there was so much more to look forward to- a whole sky! I could spread my wings and claim new things.

photo by Seun Roti and edit by Jebet

Last week, I got my artist sister-friend Jebet to do this edit on my picture (click here to see the original picture)- I gave the two quotes above for inspiration and I loved the outcome! Thank you Jebet for this art. Check out Jebet’s work on Instagram and Behance and get her to make an edit of one of your pictures! It would also make a great gift to someone.

Happy Easter, friends! Enjoy the break.

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WATCH: What’s In My Bag?!

Nairobi, Kenya

I love watching these videos so thought I’d make one myself- I’m taking you through what’s in my bag!

Reference to Erykah Badu’s ‘Bag Lady’ – https://youtu.be/OqN0jsSeqPo

My cousin’s small pad bags: @the_wardrobe254

Thanks as always for watching. Subscribe to my channel to get updates when I upload new videos!

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© Tessy Maritim

PLAYLIST: My Ode to Women Everywhere #IWD2018

Happy International Women’s Day, lovely women of the world. This day applauds women for the contributions they make to every sphere of life. I’ve curated a playlist of music to celebrate sisterhood, hustle, self-love and the general magic of women’s existence. Hope you enjoy it and carry the celebratory and introspective spirit of this day to every day of your life!

photo by Seun Roti

This is my hope for you. 

I’m wishing you life, and life in abundance. May love and joy permeate every realm of your life.

I pray you remember that each day comes with new beginnings and that you gift yourself the grace and forgiveness you so easily grant others.

I pray that you accept the love that is coming your way- and may it edify your life.

I pray for opportunities to open up to you- and may no structural oppression fashioned against you prosper. May you use the access and privilege you have to create room for women now and those that will come after.

I pray that you continue to pour into yourself wholly, that you have good health and that you enjoy the most exquisite experiences this world has to offer.

You deserve it all! Happy Women’s Day.

Tracklist: 

Suzie Noma- Muthoni  Drummer Queen

Holy- Jamila Woods

The Day Women Took Over- Common ft. BJ The Chicago Kid

He Loves Me- Jill Scott

Don’t Touch My Hair- Solange

Ain’t Your Mama- Jennifer Lopez

Suited- Shekhinah

Sorry- Beyonce

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VIDEO: Being in Student Politics

Nairobi, Kenya

A few years ago, I got the amazing opportunity to be a student representative at my university! In this video, I’m sharing what student politics is about, what my job was and my thoughts on student politics in Kenya.

Read the story on Meru University Student Leader, Evans Njoroge here.

Watch some of the campaign videos I did for my second election here.

Thanks as always for watching. Subscribe to my channel to get updates when I upload new videos!

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#faves: A Colors Show

Nairobi, Kenya

Music shows on YouTube are aplenty. But A Colors Show caught my eye and ear with a fusion of minimalist aesthetics and fresh sounds from (usually) lesser known artists. It’s a goldmine for good music!

Enjoy my FAVOURITE picks below (in no particular order). I’ve also stringed these videos into one playlist here for your ease.

https://youtu.be/TeRP-Nhw1VM

Artists I’d love to see on The Colors Show:

  • Simi
  • Jorja Smith
  • Erykah Badu
  • Sonder
  • Burna Boy

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VIDEO: 30 Questions- Get To Know Me

Nairobi, Kenya

Did something fun for this week’s video- answered these 30 random questions for you to get to know me a bit better.

Find out which fictional character I’d love to meet, my most traumatising moment and what I will never do again!

Check out my work with The Arena here.

Thanks as always for watching. Subscribe to my channel to get updates when I upload new videos!

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When Your Mind Says No

I’ve been wanting to scale up my video content for about a year and a half now. The desire was there but the ideas were not. So I just lingered over it, hoping that something would emerge with time.

That time is now. I’m proud to have figured out a style and vision that’s given me motivation to create more videos. Earlier in the year, I was making a big effort to convince myself why this was all a bad idea. I found all the reasons I was looking for- it’s going to take up my time, the ideas are boring, nobody will be interested in what I have to say etc.

For every idea you want to bring to life, there are things working against you. So, if you want to hold on to them and use them as excuses, they will be of service. I didn’t realise it but I’ve been sabotaging myself and feel really bad about it.

Now I’m focused on the creation process and execution! There are times where I’ve started filming and I’ve had to stop because my mind is working overtime to say no to my ideas. But we are overcoming. I’m making this happen. I’m trusting myself. I’m rooting for me!

Wish me luck and pray for me!

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Love to you and thanks for supporting me.

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© Tessy Maritim