Spotlight: Graffiti Girls Kenya

Published on: Jun 13, 2019

“Always feed your creative, and keep painting.” – Smokillah

Graffiti Girls Kenya is a workshop dedicated in involving young women in graffiti as an art form where they discuss, share and paint on issues affecting them.

The workshop is run by muralist Douglas Kihiko, one of the pioneers of graffiti art in Kenya in 2002 called Spray Uzi.

Being a professional graffiti muralist, Douglas started this workshop seeing there are no women professional graffiti artists in Nairobi. He saw the need of training young women the art form on a professional basis with the aim of balancing out the percentage of male graffiti artists to female.

On how Graffiti Girls Kenya came to be, Smokillah says, “It was in 2015. I used to train a group of young boys in this studio. I started noticing a few ladies who would come and peep through that window at what we were doing, then they would walk away probably intimated by the male only classes. That was when the concept of this initiative was born.”