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Pioneer Kenyan Cartoonists

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  

Terry Hirst and Joe Magazine

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
Terry Hirst and Hilary Ng’weno founded Joe Magazine in 1973. They decided to start it because they were working jointly on the With a Light Touch column in the Nation newspaper, with Hilary doing the text and Terry the artwork for the column. Joe magazine, a satirical magazine, developed from…

Terry Hirst – a unique fusion of prose and visual art

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
The story of the professional career of Terry Hirst and his collaboration with individuals and organizations can be told in three periods of his life. First is the period of art education in and artist in UK and Kenya. This is up to 1970. Second is the period of editorial…

Terry Hirst and Paa Ya Paa

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
Thank God for the English language, BBC, social media, and Paa Ya Paa in which Terry Hirst was one of the founding members. This brought us together, and regardless of race, tribe and our different backgrounds, Terry became like a brother to me. Poetry, music and the arts cut across…

"Black & White" Essays In Visual Journalism

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
By Terry Hirst Terry Hirst was trained at Brighton College of Art and Design where he took his National Diploma in Design (Graphics) 1955 and later his Art Teachers Diploma (London University) 1956. He travelled to Spain in 1951 on a scholarship and in 1955 he had another travelling scholarship…

A Tribute

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
It is extremely nostalgic to think of Terry Hirst, Kenya’s greatest cartoonist and artist. 1973 was the year that Terry, who had earlier helped us in the promotion of some of our Cinevision films, and I started a humour magazine that we called Joe. Our aim was to look at…

Terry Hirst’s Epic Journey – MADDO

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
Nairobi of 1965 was drab and grey, but a very neat city just settling down from the frenzy of Independence two years earlier with high hopes of the building of a great nation. There was great promise for all aspects of society; art, culture, economic prosperity and good politics. Terry…

Terry Hirst (1932-2015): A Major & Continuing Influence

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
Terry grew up in England in a politically committed family, at a time when critical political choices had to be made, for this was 1930s Europe. Europe and European tradition were at risk. In 1937, his father went to Spain, a volunteer to fight in the Spanish Civil War. It…

The Memorial

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
At the unique memorial held under a huge tent in the lush gardens of The Arboretum ahead of his burial at Langata Cemetery, on the chilly morning of Tuesday July 7, speakers from the star-studded congregation lavished this literary icon with words, poems and song that both moved listeners and…

Juha Kalulu

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
‘Kula tano, weka tano’ is the trademark greeting the late Mzee Edward Gicheri Gitau used every time he was shaking someone's hand. Gitau was the founder of the longest running cartoon strip in the region, ‘Juha Kalulu’. The late Edward Gicheri Gitau, Terry Hirst and Frank Odoi were Kenya’s pioneer…

The History and Development of Kenyan Comics

Volume 14, Issue 3 | Published 01/02/2018  
The history of comics in Kenya, like in many other parts of the world - America, Europe, Japan, et cetera - has followed different paths informed by their own different cultures. However, there are still many similarities with the rest of the world in this development that is informed by…