Allan Gichigi featured in our #4 issue, being a runner-up winner in the very prestigious 2016 SONY National Awards category.
Allan is a guy with a camera, with a curious eye for storytelling about everyday human interaction, and capturing the beauty of humanity and nature around us. An independent filmmaker and photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya, Allan holds a masters degree in Film production, from the University of Canterbury, Christ Church, UK.
Allan is one of the few indigenous Kenyan photographers that has developed a passion for telling the story of the marginalized ones. This passion led him on a personal photo project of the Turkana peoples of Loiyangalani, a small town located on the southeastern shore of Lake Turkana in Kenya. The town has 1000 inhabitants and is home to the Turkana people. The Turkana are pastoralists whose lives are shaped by the extreme climate in which they live. Each day one must seek to find the blessings of life—water, food, livestock, wives, children—in a manner that appeases the ancestral spirits and is in harmony with the peace within the community. The Turkana tribe originally came from the Karamojong region of northeastern Uganda. Turkana oral traditions purport that they arrived in Kenya while pursuing an unruly bull.
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Allan Gichigi