Change Story: Melvin Owuor

Melvin Owuor is a rapper, producer and designer; an artist all round. He first heard of the GoDown from Facebook and recently came by. What’s particularly interesting is that Melvin travelled overnight from Mombasa to Nairobi for a social media strategy meeting  here at The GoDown about a month ago, upon an invite via Facebook direct message from us.We were pleasantly surprised! Why’d he make the trip? “It was something worth doing, not only as an artist but also as a stakeholder in the Arts industry in Kenya. Plus a

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Change Story : Gloria Muthoka

Gloria, a visual artist now based at The GoDown, first heard of GoDown from an artist who was based here. Her first experience in the compound completely drew her in. She went to a number of studios, taking in the art and talking to the artists. She found it therapeutic watching some of the artists work, especially because at the time she wasn’t producing any work due to her full time job. She left knowing she had unfinished business at the GoDown. Gloria desired to be amongst other artists; to

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Change Stories: Sara Melillo, Catherine Nalugemwa and Vera Ng’endo

We are continually inspired by those who give to the GoDown Transformation, whether having been here or not, artist or otherwise. Would you like to share your own giving story? We would love to feature you. Drop us an email on transformation@thegodownartscentre.com including your phone number and we’ll call you to hear more about what inspired you to be part of this Transformation! For now, enjoy reading these 3 stories of 3 givers to this transformative campaign.   Sara Melillo Sara Melillo made her contribution to the GoDown Arts Centre

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Change Story: Dan Aceda

Dan Aceda first came to the GoDown to audition for a 21-song musical theatre piece called Lwanda, A Ghetto Story circa 2006, fresh out of high school. He made it through, and was part of the show’s chorus. He kept coming to the GoDown throughout university, for some production or other, along with a friend he fondly remembers – Melissa Omeh. Perhaps it is in this coming back and forth that the GoDown endeared itself to Dan, as he is currently based here. “GoDown hosts my office and studio. It

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Change Stories: Andrew Mutua, Emmanuel Oluoch and Reema Doshi

We are continually inspired by those who give to the GoDown Transformation, whether having been here or not, artist or otherwise. Would you like to share your own giving story? We would love to feature you. Drop us an email on transformation@thegodownartscentre.com including your phone number and we’ll call you to hear more about what inspired you to be part of this Transformation! For now, enjoy reading these 3 stories of 3 givers to this transformative campaign. Andrew Mutua Andrew Mutua was the second person to give to #GoDownTransforms during

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Change Story : Nelson Munyiri

“We – the Mukuru Youth Initiative – have built a relationship with The GoDown over the years. I see the wider vision. For me, as someone from Mukuru, and a beneficiary of the GoDown, I know that it’s been a space that has been good to many artists. We have activities in the community and GoDown has been supporting us, and we have also supported the Nai ni Who campaign,” says Nelson Munyiri, one of the many people who have supported us financially in our #GoDownTransforms campaign. Nelson Munyiri is

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Change Story : Lizzie Chege

Lizzie Chege, a project coordinator who is also a lover of hikes and events, has never been to the GoDown, and she was the first to give to the new GoDown rebuild during the 9 Day Drive in December 2018. What inspired her to give to a space that she hadn’t physically been to? She heard about us through one of her favourite bands, H_Art the Band. “I’m a huge music fan, and H_Art the Band is one my favourite bands, and that was enough to make me give,” Lizzie

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Change Story : Sarah Opondo

Sara Kwala first heard of GoDown from a friend in 2006, during the break between high school and university. Sara was, and still is, a hip hop fanatic, and when her friend told her that there would be a dance workshop at The GoDown that would incorporate hip hop dance, she was over the moon. Sarah went for the first few sessions, which were purely contemporary dance. She was not amused. Even so, her friend kept her going back with the promise that there would soon be a hip hop

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Change Story : Lydia Dola

“I have been a beneficiary of the GoDown; I have learnt at the GoDown without paying a single coin, I have attended concerts without paying anything, I have sung on their stage and they have paid me. It’s a beautiful thing to support the arts,” – these are the words of Lydia Dola, the very first person who has managed to complete our Raising 19 challenge. We had asked her what motivated her support for us, and she left us both proud and in awe. Lydia exudes passion for and

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Lulu Saidi

Lulu Saidi doesn’t remember her mother ever buying them school uniform. “If your uniform was old she would make a new one for you.” She chuckles. She’s a petite girl with bountiful energy. Her mother was a hairdresser who ran a small salon when they were growing up. She later went into catering because she loves cooking. “My mom’s inclination to the artistic influenced me a lot and maybe my siblings too: My sister is an artist, a painter on top of being a financial analyst, my brother is a

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