Nairobi’s XYZ Show

17.03.2013 | by Marisa Mazria Katz

Drying Off

During the summer of 2012, I visited the Nairobi studio of The XYZ Show, one of the most beloved programs in Kenya and all of Africa, for Creative Time Reports.

A weekly satirical news show hosted by handcrafted latex puppets, XYZ tackles thorny political issues, from poverty in the streets of Nairobi to Kenyan politicians indicted by the International Criminal Court, with fierce independence and outrageous humor.

Godfrey Mampembwe (“Gado”), one of Africa’s most famous cartoonists, created XYZ in 2009. The show couldn’t have been more timely. The year before, over a thousand Kenyans were killed and approximately 300,000 more displaced in widespread ethnic violence following controversial elections.

With the results of the recent presidential elections just in, and being contested, Gado and the whole XYZ team courageously continue to expose corruption and injustice — and keep the audience laughing along the way.

Click HERE to see the story.

- Filed Under Art, Articles, Multimedia






« Previous | Next »

Copyright © 2009 Marisa Katz. All Rights Reserved | Design: ACS