We had the good fortune of connecting with Evie Maina and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Evie, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Nairobi Kenya. Born and Bred πŸ™‚ Kenyans are generally light-hearted and friendly people. The weather here is to die for as the equator passes right across Kenya therefore we have the sun practically all year round. Culturally, Kenya is made up of 42 different tribes plus you can get people from different parts of the world here. It is indeed a melting pot of culture. This coupled with my upbringing really made me appreciate the beauty of culture from such an early start. Being kids, my parents would always have visitors from different places around Kenya and the world and this made me see there is a whole cultural world from my own little world back then. Also, coupled with the fact, we were made to read books and magazines that talked about different places across the world. A couple of years later, I hosted a TV show that was about the Arts and Culture and this really opened up my world not only to culture but also to the huge amounts of people who miss out on it given how there is a big need of cultural understanding in our world today. This gave birth to Cultured. Cultured is an organization that creates a space of cultural understanding through cultural education.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Cultured is a space that is all about educating people from different cultural backgrounds through Films, Workshops, Webinars, Television programs, City Tours and Consultancy. This is the essence of Cultured and what truly sets it apart because I get to create a space where people and organizations alike can learn a thing or two about each other and by default learn something about themselves. I am really excited about being spotted by Shoutout L.A to highlight my work plus working with different people who are just geniuses in their line of work. Also in my work as a TV Host and Film Maker interviewing people from different backgrounds. Something else that was very exciting is one of the films I had the privilege of working on with an amazing team being nominated at New Film Makers Los Angeles. That was special. Well, it was not easy. Being a woman in the media has its own pack of challenges. Sticking to the craft has really helped and being surrounded by amazing people has been crucial in overcoming the challenges that come with being a woman in media. In Africa, we say its the village that raises the child and that has definitely been true in my case. πŸ™‚ One major lesson I have learned is the beauty of staying focused to the goal. That has always helped me stay grounded. I would like the world to know we are here to educate on matters Culture and have fun while at it! πŸ˜‰

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this question! πŸ™‚ The perfect day to start if it was a week-long trip would definitely be a Tuesday! Tuesday- Gets to Nairobi in the morning, get something to eat take them to Giraffe Manor for their stay in Nairobi. Unpack and plan their wardrobe depending on what we shall be doing the rest of the week. Sunnies must be packed Nairobi is famously known as the city under the sun! πŸ˜‰ Go get dinner at Mayura, a restaurant with great Indian food. Wednesday- Have breakfast with the Giraffes at Giraffe Manor. Yes! That actually happens! πŸ˜‰ If they are fortunate they can get a giraffe kiss too! πŸ™‚ Check out Kitengela Hot Glass. A glass blowing factory in the outskirts of Nairobi! This is mind-blowing but I will try to keep the surprise so that they can see for themselves how Kitengela Hot Glass Melts glass to make beautifully crafted wares such as vases and plates. Then we would head out for lunch at Java, this is Kenya’s Coffee Place and have a great selection of filling meals. From there we would go down the road to Bomas of Kenya for amazing Cultural Dances. We have dances there from different tribal communities in Kenya! πŸ™‚ Its been a full day so we would go back to the Manor but if they have a little energy after dinner, we would enjoy a cold mug of Tusker, Kenya’s signature beer! Everybody loves Tusker! πŸ™‚ Thursday- Breakfast with Giraffes was a hit right? We’ll have that again and then go to Nairobi National Park for a Safari! πŸ™‚ Nairobi is the only capital city around the world with a National Park in it! It’s beautiful! After the National Park where there all these animals to see such as Lions, Warthogs, Giraffes Buffalos we would head to Nyama Mama to experience Kenyan Cuisine from Ugali, Sukuma, Chapati (This would be Dinner because we have had our lunch already!) Friday- After breakfast, we would head on out to Masai Market to get some souvenirs as well as some African Fashion. Masai Market is an open-air market with all things African. Friday afternoon I would book a date with Aulgah Nato one of Kenya’s renowned fashion designers. We would probably have a glass of wine as we catch up. After that, we would go freshen up ready for some nightlife most probably at The Terrace, a restaurant overlooking the National Park. Saturday- This would be Museum Day! Where my bestie would get to learn a thing or two about Nairobi’s History and Art. We would do this at Nairobi National Museum as well as Railways Museum. I love Italian food so in the evening we would go to Talisman, which is also my favorite restaurant for dinner and some nightlife! Tusker will be served of course! πŸ™‚ Sunday- I would have a party for her to meet interesting people in Nairobi. From Artist, Business People, Musicians, and Ambassadors alike. If we can squeeze in a tour around Nairobi City we would. Monday- Go see different Artists at work at Kuona Trust plus see a Kenyan Film. I would leave some extra space for anything my bestie would like to do.. Have a chilled out day to prepare for my bestie’s flight out

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This would definitely be my Dad… I lost him in death this February of 2020. It’s been tough but I am so grateful to have had him in my life.. His work ethic, his love for people, his sense of humor, and his positivity really inspire me day by day and has a lot to do with my story. His spirit is definitely woven in my story.

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