Header

Introducing Okumu Creative: The Controversial Photoshoot

Okumu Creative
Social media has gone crazy this past few weeks over some photos taken by Nairobi-based photography outfit Okumu Creative. The photos, considered demonic and uncouth by some, portray a metal culture demeanor that has caught on for some time. Bloggers, as usual, had a field day with this however so we decided to find out for ourselves what Okumu Creative is all about. Helmed by photographer and part-time tutor, Odhiambo Edwin, Okumu Creative is all about taking stylish pictures. It is a platform to showcase his work.

The Interview

 

Moses Lotuwa: What was the aim of the shoot and was it something you’d been planning for some time or was it an impulsive decision?

OKUMU CREATIVE:

 The aim of the shoot was to showcase a gothic culture, the African version; something that has never been done before. This shoot was not at all impulsive, it is something that took about two months planning; from inception, brainstorming, drawing on paper, costuming, the actual shoot and eventually post-production. 

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: Are the demeanour portrayed actually representative of the models or was it just for the camera?

OKUMU CREATIVE:

These are professional models, they are therefore capable of portraying any character placed on them. They can act.

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: There has been some negative reactions from Kenyans on social media with some even accusing you of devil worship and occult practices. What do you have to say about this?

OKUMU CREATIVE :

Lol!! The Illuminati accusation was not only interesting, but very hilarious. We actually laughed about it; and for a moment we were tempted to think that it actually exists. However, we chose to treat it as a “criticism”, rather than an accusation and decided to use it as a challenge to do even more controversial shoots in the near future. Social media platforms are a pool of various beliefs, and who knows? Maybe Illuminati is real! However, to us, this was just a creative idea that we decided to capture on camera to help popularise the gothic culture

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: The links between the dressing and overall ambience of the shoot with Goth culture can’t be ignored. Would you say you were influenced by the culture?

OKUMU CREATIVE:

Yes. Some of us are Metal lovers and therefore portraying the culture was not a task at all. It came naturally.

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: I would like to know what your favourite metal bands are?

OKUMU CREATIVE :

Sepultura, Anthrax and Slayer all the way! 

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: Is this the last we are to see of you in such light, or is there more to come?

OKUMU CREATIVE :

This is just but the beginning. Watch this space. 

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: Some bloggers have gone as far as saying that you were doing this for attention. What’s your take on this?

OKUMU CREATIVE:

Seeking attention is not bad at all, provided you do it responsibly. You never light a candle to hide it under the bed; you put it up on a stand to spread the light through. The metal/Goth culture is wide and interesting, yet remains unexplored and misunderstood in Africa. We might just change this through photography. This is the attention we seek.

Okumu Creative

Moses Lotuwa: Lastly, we would like to give you the chance to address Africa. What have you to say?

OKUMU CREATIVE:

To Africa, let’s go back a bit and start by looking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that was held in Kenya back in July 2015 and which was attended by several heads of state including the former US President Barack Obama. The message that resonated most was the need for the young African to open up his mind to create or explore the BLUE OCEANS. You may have realized that during this summit, very little was mentioned about formal employment (sitting behind a desk 8am-5pm). What does this tell you? That the era of “go to school, get good grades and get a good job are long gone, and it’s time to usher in the new era of a creative minds, minds that can identify opportunities and turn them into profitable ventures. Minds that create and build, not minds that are only out to seek for opportunities that have already been created. This does not in any way mean that education is worthless, it only means that the African mind needs to be trained to create. With our group of models, we have developed a series of projects; the metal culture being the first; which are aimed at showing what an African mind trained and nurtured differently can achieve given space and opportunity. We believe nothing comes easy and therefore, we are ready and willing to take risks that very few people would consider taking. To my fellow young African minds, fear should be the last thing on your mind. When you wake up with a million-dollar idea, do not let weak minds pollute it and cause you to lose it. Put  it  down  on  paper,  collect  the  necessary  resources  and  turn  it into  a  venture.  If  you  can’t  do  this  on  your  own,  get  like-minded  people  and  do  it  together;  trust  me, you  will  succeed.  But  even  if  you  fail,  you  are  still  a million  times  better than  he  who  never  tried.  After all,  failure  taken  as  a lesson  is  the  best  recipe for  success.

This interview was conducted by Moses Lotuwa AKA OUTLAW DRUGS STERLING and he is a dark poet and metal lover based in Nairobi, Kenya. Known to move as an unknown. He loves his second name, yeah, that’s a double entendre.🤘 He wrote in response to our post WE WANT YOU, TO WRITE. He can be reached via email mail Moseslotuwa@gmail.com and on Facebook facebook 
Check out Okumu Creative on social media: Facebook facebook  and Instagram instagram
Do feel free to send in your own post and we will put it up. You can contact us via email at  mail info@audioinferno.com
Remember to support your local rock and Metal culture and rock on \m/

Austinrock

Name is Austin, peeps call me Austinrock. I like to interact with bands. You DO NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained here \m/{*¿*}\m/ ...THERE...OK. I'm a huge Melodeath metal fan. I'm proud to be a METALHEAD. Metal isn't for everybody, it's for the chosen few. Most friends I have tell me they don't understand why I like metal, that it is too much noise. They just going to have to listen beyond the noise and the truth is they don't have to figure it out, it is either in you or it isn't. Metal is my morning coffee and it's my night sleeping pills...

You may also like...

%d bloggers like this:
1