The Standouts: Looking Back at 2015

Every time the calendar flips over and another year is due to commence many of us are temporarily stuck in the past. For a few weeks, we have to correct ourselves when we’re writing down dates; when we think of what is here now and what was here before.

But beyond confusion, we also take time to celebrate the start of something new by highlighting the memorable things that preceded it. Some particularly memorable occasions in 2015 was Pope Francis and President Obama visiting Nairobi and Lupita (to no one’s surprise) adorning her second Vogue cover. But beneath such milestones a wave of culture is rising — at home as well as throughout the entire diaspora. People want to know more; see more; listen more. We at KenyanVibe can confidently say that we want to be your outlet for knowing, seeing and listening. So we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best that this past year had to offer. We’re hungry for what the new one will bring and hope that we will be able to share it with you.

1 – President Obama doing the Lipala dance with Sauti Sol to their hit, “Sura Yako,” during his unforgettable 2015 visit:

2 – Lupita adorning her second vogue cover for their October issue:


3 – Africa Nouvea Festival: Kenya’s first international two-day music festival with the theme “Africa is Now.” The festival featured Ghana’s Jojo Abot, Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Yellow Light Machine, Blinky Bill and Boddhi Satva:


4 – Singer/producer Ne-yo in Kenya this past August for season three of Coke Studio Africa:


5 – Yasiin Bey in Nairobi for Nairobi Hip Hop Rhapsody in late May:

6 – Just a week after Obama’s visit, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella jets into the country to launch the latest version of Microsoft Windows:


7 – Pope Francis in Nairobi. Religious or not, there’s no denying how memorable the Pope’s visit was. The Pope even got his own hashtag #popebars:


8 – Coke Studio Africa season three featuring Ne-yo, Wangechi, Alikiba, Ice Prince, Elani, Chidinma and more:


9 – The Fashion High Tea 2015 event was one of the most talked about events throughout the year. What made it extra special was the “I Support  My Daughter Charity Campaign” committed to educating girls in Samburu:


10 – ATL rapper/singer B.o.B performs in Nairobi for the Jameson Live event 2015:


11 – Styyled by Nairobi — design challenge for East African fashion designers to create men’s accessories using a Sky Vodka glass:

12 – Nairobi Fashion Market— voted best fashion event of the year.


Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.