Kenyan Culture in Non-Kenyan Fashion Shows: IPs and Cultural Appropriation.

Note: IP refers to intellectual property.

In 2008 Kikoy UK Ltd attempts to trademark the Kikoi (which would give the company sole commercial rights to the Kikoi in Europe). They fail, thanks to efforts of Kenya Industrial Property Institute. Articles are run on the IP drama, Kikoy UK Ltd continues to profit from the Kikoi. No preventive measures are made to make sure Kenyan culture is no longer at risk.

The S/S2012 Louis Vuitton runway show debuts a ‘hot new trend’, a checked textile pattern featuring red, blue, black and purple hues known as the Maasai Shuka. Louis Vuitton takes ‘homage’ to a new colonial-esque level and patents the Maasai Shuka.

S/S2012 Louis Vuitton

S/S2012 Louis Vuitton

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The King

Ivan has done it again! Read the poem he wrote to accompany an art piece I did of the legendary Micheal Jackson. I am awed by the ingenious writing style he’s used.

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The King

HIStory speaks of a king
Whose kingdom spread across continents
A king whom thousands would imitate
But for a thousand years would never duplicate

It speaks of a man of many faces
Whose movements were flawless
And whose voice left many speechless
Legend has it he could even perform magic

Millions attest to his ability to walk on the moon
While staying grounded
Recorded footage shows him giving audiences chills
A true showman who could thrill, a Thriller if you will

Many still Remember The Time they shared with him
They speak of him as a lover
They say out of all the beauty in the world
He found love in the eyes of a Liberian Girl

History speaks of a man of peace
Filled with such compassion, he tried to Heal The World
Black Or White, skin color didn’t matter
The world would be better if everyone came together

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His Words My Muse: 4 in 1.

The day of the dead girl was the last post of the series that I discussed, to make up for the last couple of weeks I thought I would do a 4 in 1 post .

The poems from the past weeks have a strong romantic theme (with the exception of this week’s post). But the stories Ivan tells are not typical romances, loving and being loved is not always the cut and dry romcom plot line; boy meets girl, they fall in love, conflict & resolution and finally happily ever after. But the people we choose to love (and choose to love us)
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No Longer Invincible

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No Longer Invincible

I’m no longer invincible and it hurts
It eats me up inside wondering could it be worse
At times I feel it couldn’t. How could it?
When your dreams get stripped from you
Ripped from you and you’re forced into a nightmare

I know life isn’t fair but this really is too much to bare
I hate days like these when I confine myself to solitude
Long enough to dwell on this disease
Leaving me in a depressed mood

Life isn’t fair, life doesn’t fight fair
And most people won’t care but I’m tired of living in fear
Not knowing when life will hit me so hard
That I won’t even be able to stand back up

I’ve gone from not giving a care, living life my own way
To being consumed by weakness and pain
Thinking about giving up at least once a day
Sometimes I even get mad…

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