Mwamerika: A Retired Trucker

I guess all Kenyan millennials can relate to this ''Maziwa Ya Nyayo'' phrase. Well, not all of them though but i'm pretty sure most of them can. Nyayo Milk, commonly referred to as Maziwa Ya Nyayo, a school milk programme that lasted 20 years between 1979 and 1998 and was a commodity that many school going children considered so precious.

Unfortunately I started school in '99 when the programme had officially ended. I never got the chance to be part of that history.  Mr. Njoroge, populary known as Mwamerika is a retired truck driver who transported the milk to each and every corner of this nation for the whole 20 years the programme was in existence. Learn more about the Maziwa Ya Nyayo on KBC's YouTube Page 

Here's what we shot;

Mzee Mwamerika
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
 A low resolution image of a Nyayo Milk  200ml packet from KCC. (image from Pinterest)

A low resolution image of a Nyayo Milk  200ml packet from KCC. (image from Pinterest)

Although the failure of the programme was highly blamed on poor road infrastructure which lead to high transport cost and heavy losses through spoilage, Mr. Njoroge used to tell me stories of how the delivery work was, delivering the milk to education headquarters for a later distribution in schools was one of the greatest experiences. He used to tell me how his truck was 'unstoppable', not even the traffic cops would dare mess with his Nyayo truck. Sadly he woke up one day only to realise his work was no more, he quit active truck driving and retreated to his garage which he has been operating since then

 Limuru at Dawn when its all misty

Limuru at Dawn when its all misty

 Kiambu-Limuru highway has one of the most beautiful scenaries. 

Kiambu-Limuru highway has one of the most beautiful scenaries. 

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When I first met Mwamerika in December 2015, I was looking for an elderly model for another photo shoot I had back then, that was my story at that time but I wanted to tell his own story. He helped us select some of the props in the image, especially the 1978 Volkswagen Beetle,the pipe, hat and shoes which were his favorites at that time. 

 1978 Volkswagen Beetle

1978 Volkswagen Beetle

The shoot experienced some delays from the driver of Volkswagen who arrived quite late, we had to rush to the location so we wouldn't be cut short by the daylight. Sadly the rush and confusion caused us to forget camera trigger hence the strobes wouldn't work. We ended up shooting with natural light (we unsuccessfully tried to sync the strobes with the shutter clicks just incase magic happens and we both press the button at same time, lol ). We had intended to shoot a short film about Mr. Njoroge, unfortunately it was too late to start filming video at 5.40pm.

 The Team. 

The Team. 

Short video clip from the shoot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPAKmBc5I9w

 

Special Thanks to all the production team, especially the Producer, Mr. Onyango who is the car owner and all other guys who helped me achieve this, for me i'm truly honoured to be part of this project.

Production Credits;

Peter Pekat- Producer

Mr. Jacob Onyango- Car Owner

Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties) - Makeup Artist

Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling)- Stylist

Murayan (Waire Films) - Videography

Ian Kola - Styling Assistant

Francis- Driver 

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Text By; @its_kamau