#faves- Apps on iPhone


El Pastor- Borough Market, London

Bible App

What I use it for– Divine intervention

I’ve lost my physical bible so having a digital one is a great fallback. I’m still going to need a physical one though! There’s something about turning the pages of a physical bible.


What I use it for– Making home video aesthetics.

I use this app mostly for videos on my instastories. It transforms it into a really pretty home-video (with the date and time at the bottom left of the screen). If you follow me on Instagram, you know how cute it looks!


What I use it for– Scanning documents when I’m not near a scanner.

I use this app to scan documents on my phone. It’s particularly useful when I’m not in the office and need to scan something quickly.


What I use it for– Tracking my period.

My sister, Tebby introduced me to this app a while ago. It helps you track your period, fertile window and PMS days. You’re supposed to help make the app more accurate by putting information about your cycle e.g. sleep patterns, emotions, bleeding, energy etc. It’s great!

Heads Up

What I use it for– Games night

If you’re with friends or family at a gathering, ‘Heads Up‘ is a really fun and competitive game to play!


What I use it for– Moving around Nairobi.

Although I have both Uber and Taxify on my phone, I mostly use Taxify because it’s cheaper. I’ve heard some people complain about it, but my experience has been pretty good so far.

What apps do you use? I’d love some recommendations, please share.


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#faves: Instagram Feeds

It’s always interesting to see how people interpret the world around them through photos. Visual stories inspire and challenge the lens through which I see life. Most of the content on my Instagram feed is: architecture, design, fashion, food and travel.

It’s been a few months since my last #faves post, so I thought I’d share the content creators/platforms I love on Instagram.









Meet the Browns. 📸: @bobthestylist

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Imbokodo ✊🏾. #Gmg17

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Never put a price on experiences that enrich your soul. #tbt

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|The Wait|

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Hope you enjoyed this list! As always, would love to hear some of your recommendations!


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Thank You, May ’17

Life moves quickly. So swiftly, that it’s easy to miss the things, people and events that make life worthwhile. I’ve decided to create a new section of my blog, to share, appreciate and reflect on each month.

I’m grateful for:

  • A Trip– After a super busy April, I was delighted to have the opportunity to travel to Geneva for work. I’ve been wanting to go to Geneva for the longest time and feel so blessed to have had the chance to visit this early in my career. God continues to be so good to me!


  • A Lagos Babe– I met Yagazie Emezi! If you read my #faves: African YouTuber‘s post, you’ll remember me mentioning my love and admiration for her. She was in Nairobi for a series of event’s with Everyday Africa and I got the chance to meet her after a panel discussion she was part of. Yagazie is so lovely and sweet! And yes, her hair is just as wonderful in person.


  • An InterviewI was invited to Citizen TV’s Power Breakfast where I shared The Arena story, how I got in to student politics and why I’m so enthusiastic about our generation. Watch the interview here.


  • A Big Conservation Lie– Everything I knew and understood about conservation was picked apart and turned upside down after I attended a lecture by Mbaria wa Mbaria and Mordecai Ogada based on their book ‘The Big Conservation Lie‘. They questioned the hegemony of a conservation model that undermines the rights of local communities and cultures. They asked, “Have you ever seen a black man on Animal Planet?“, demonstrating that black people are largely absent from conservation discourse. I’d encourage you to get the book but you can start with this for context.


  • Free Mind Sessions– Thank you to Free Mind Sessions for inviting me to be a panelist at their ‘Biashara edition’. I got to share alongside some really cool people who I learnt so much from. I’ll do a feature post soon on some key takeaways from the event.


The main thing is the you beneath the clothes and skin- the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely. Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul” (Web du Bois in a letter to his daughter) | Geneva, Switzerland

Thank you May, you’ve been good to me! 


© Tessy Maritim