RaMoMA (Ihuoma :-) )

January 14, 2007 at 5:46 pm 8 comments

I last did serious artwork in high school, participating in a national Hiv / AIDS art competition and sketching some on a friend’s premises in a certain, remote Kenyan town.

In my undergrad days, the closest I came to drawing / painting again was when, as Editor-in-Chief, I would either approve or “kill” editorial cartoons at the student newspaper (it was such fun 🙂 ).

A few days ago, one of my cartoonists from them days dragged me into visiting the Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art (RaMoMA), apparently to pick my mind on the usefulness or lack thereof in exhibiting there.

RaMoMA is a spectacle to behold.

Great works of art, – expressive, abstract, realist, romantic, Picassan – classify it as you may.

The cartoonist buddy said a good piece might fetch as much as Kshs. 190,000 on sale; I very nearly wished I was still actively drawing 🙂

A Mr. Richard Onyango’s pieces of work – positioned along the staircase to the only top floor in the Museum – stole my heart.

The Malindi-based artist had such a way of expressing himself – I especially recall his Dorsi in Casino, a tribute to a white woman he loved decades ago – he left me speechless.

Of course Dorsi is the name of the woman he loved.

This coming Thursday – and running till February 10th – RaMoMA will be opening an exhibition of drawings by:

  • Mercy Kagia
  • Tomothy Brooke
  • Beatrice W. Njoroge
  • Miriam S. Kyambi
  • Mandy Bonnell
  • Tabitha wa Thuku
  • Tonio Trzebinski
  • Maggie Otieno
  • Sophie Walbeoffe
  • Samuel Githui
  • Moyra Earnshaw and
  • Peterson Kamwathi.

Works by the late Tonio Trzebinski’s have been selected by the curator of the exhibition, Pat Keay.

For the uninitiated, RaMoMA is housed on the ground floor of the Rahimtulla Tower, Upper Hill, directly opposite the British High Commission.

A contact at the museum intimated that they will be shifting to a more spacious place in Parklands once good old Nairobi City Council ceases toying around with their paperwork for the said process.

*RaMoMA contacts:  Tel. (254 20) 2729181-2.  E-mail: ramoma@africaonline.co.ke.  They are open Monday to Sartuday, 9:30am to 4:30pm, closed on Sunday.  


Entry filed under: Africa, Culture, Kenya, Literature, Media, Society, World.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. James Muriuki  |  January 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Well Done

  • 2. Linda  |  January 25, 2007 at 1:16 am

    You know, i forgot to check out this article until today while cruising on your site and i was like “oh right, Jesse had sent a link about women in art.”…give me a slight push on the head…:-). Well done. Funny, i attended an art show in philly about a week ago about African women in art…great talent our people have, i tell you. I’ll be brushing on the event a bit in one of my articles for the upcoming issue. Anyway, it’s good to know that art is still alive back home! Great of you to being it up on here…Africans need to get into more art appreciation…it’s beautiful!!

  • 3. Kenyananalyst  |  February 2, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    @ James & Linda – Thanks for reading.

  • 4. Joe Mymaw  |  February 14, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    I am a U.S. citizen, and now live in Mexico, and am doing research on my grandfather whom I never met. His middle name is “Omeago”. When inquiring the iternet, a reference was made to “Ihuoma Omeago” at your website. Is it possible you could explain what those words mean? Mucho gracias. JOE

  • 5. April  |  March 12, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Usefull information and all is good arranged.

  • 6. Hi boys!  |  January 31, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Yhanks you4e41af6843426b5a53ff595bebdf4f8b

  • 7. Diana Kiara  |  December 5, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I’m an upcoming Kenyan artist living in Nairobi. How can I get my art showcased in your gallery?

    • 8. Gail  |  June 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

      I am trying to get in contact with Diana Kiara. I am interested in her work. Pls give me her contact details.


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