Meet Flossin Mauwano
On roads and highways in Nairobi city, it is easy to spot the sign “Flossin Mauwano”.
Stephen Mule, aka Flossin Mauwano’s, iconic graffiti work always strategically painted on high walls, flyovers and lane barriers, has now found its way into other parts of the country, including Kisumu and Mombasa.
Mule’s work just like other street artworks have been met with various theories from simple tags of identity, to scrawled expressions of protests and politics to complex and beautiful scenes.
Flossin Mauwano has been associated with politicians, criminal gangs out to mark their territories, but others just think it is a bunch of idle youth trying to waste time or grab attention.
As mysterious as it sounds, the tag ‘Flossin Mauwano’ and its origin, has continued to baffle many Kenyans.
And even finding the man behind the ‘graffiti’ is a Herculean task to say the least.
The long search for this faceless artiste finally materialised recently at a coffee shop in Nairobi’s Central Business District, where I finally got to have a chat with him.
As we sip coffee, cars right outside our cafe excessively honk at each other and flout traffic rules as drivers make angry gestures.
It is rush hour and everybody wants to get home fast and by all means. The walkways are crowded by a sea of humanity.