Meet Ubax, the owner of our new favorite Nairobi bookshop! Born in London to Kenyan-Somali parents, she's created a truly incredible space and community around her thoughtfully curated collection of books and publications. It's more important now than ever that we support our independent booksellers, wherever in the world they may be! We're always thinking of creative ways to connect world-wide, so here's a little glimpse inside Cheche, and we hope you'll enjoy the tour! In the meantime, you can find our crowd-sourced list of bookshops we love on our Community Reading List HERE!
WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Afros and Knives Podcast
Afros and Knives, hosted by Chef Tiffani, is a culinary, culture and lifestyle podcast that has hosted conversations with black women who work, lead and create in the food, wine, and hospitality industries. We've found these conversations to be super inspiring, and we especially love the intimate way they play out, bringing the listener into the fold, so to speak:) We hope you'll check it out!
WHAT WE'RE READING// Luster (a novel)
A best book of the year according to Vanity Fair, The NYT Book Review, and NPR among others, it's safe to say that we're not the only ones who truly enjoyed this book! This story of an independent, multi-dimensional young woman trying to make sense of her life is told with such wit, skill and humor, the writing alone is worth the read.
WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Mahalia Jackson
As one of the most influential gospel singers and civil rights activists in the United States, Mahalia Jackson once explained that she chose gospel over blues because "With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues." (Fair enough.) She was given the honor of performing at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Atlanta funeral, and in this album, she pays tribute to him once again by singing his best loved hymns.
INSTA CORNER! WHO WE'RE FOLLOWING // @VELMA.ROSAI
Velma Rosai-Makhandia is a fashion and art director/photographer/(icon!) based in Kenya, and we are HUGE FANS. Founder of both the style blog 2manysiblings and also the monthly pop-up event, Thrift Social*, she epitomizes the individuality of Nairobi style.
*Fun Fact! The photo on our 'About Us' page was taken at an early Thrift Social event