Visual and graffiti artist Kevin Esendi, popularly known as Bankslave recently partnered with Cognac brand Hennessy to renovate and repaint the iconic Jericho basketball court in Eastlands.
In an effort to showcase their long-standing commitment to supporting talented artists who embody the brand’s ethos, Hennessy sponsored the campaign and completely restored the court to world standards.
“In The Paint is part of a global series of artistic collaborations based around basketball in the community, with the first initiative having launched in Montreal, Canada, in 2021,” says Gboyega
Ogunfuye Moet Hennessy, Market Manager of Eastern Africa, “We’re excited to announce the first installment here in Nairobi. Basketball has great local potential, and we look forward to celebrating the spirit of the game together with the community.”
Blending urban culture and cognac, the court design draws inspiration from the shield of our Kenyan flag. Its formation cuts across the court symbolizing our peoples’ quest to defend and protect our heritage.
Bankslave incorporates the iconic “Bras Armé” symbol associated with Hennessy in their court design, but with a subtle modification to integrate the NBA collaboration and showcase a basketball in hand.
The design features vibrant colors that symbolize the dynamic energy of the game and draw inspiration from the traditional East African garment, Khanga.