WATCH: Creator of viral Maandamano Kibera ‘movie’ speaks
The videographer behind the viral Maandamano ‘movie’ filmed in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest urban slum, has spoken about how he went about working amid the running battles between demonstrators and the police during Monday’s protests by the leaders and supporters of Azimio la Umoja colaition.
The videographer, who introduced himself as Ondivow, captured events as they unfolded in Kibera as teargas canisters and other projectiles flew all over the place, amazing viewers with how stable his camera work was in the midst of the chaotic scenes.
He was lauded for his courage with some netizens calling on global streaming giant Netflix and other platforms to hire him for camera work in chaotic scenes because his hands were stabilized and did not lose the focus of the unfolding events.
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In the video, Ondivow also captured himself suffering the adverse effects of teargas. In other instances, he recorded himself running away from the advancing policemen who were pursuing the protestors.
“First I want to give thanks to God for giving me this opportunity to speak to you guys and I’m grateful to everyone who shared it (the video) to be able to reach a wider audience. I didn’t do the video for it to trend. I did the video to show the world how things were happening on the ground. I wasnt easy creating that video, but God made it happen for me,” the videographer said.
He also revealed that she shot the video using a very small camera, whish he said was gift from a friend in Sweden.
“So this is just to encourage young film makers who are out there that sometimes the size of your tool doesn’t matter. Yes, it’s a small camera but very powerful,” he said.
He also thanked those who re-shared his video and added touches such as dramatic music to make its impact greater.
Azimio leaders organised the protests which paralysed many business activities in Nairobi on Monday to push President William Ruto’s government to address, among other demands, the rising cost of living in the country.
Azimio leader, Raila Odinga, who lost to President Ruto, in last year’s elections, has refused to acknowledge the latter as the head of state, insisting that his victory was stolen.
On Tuesday, Mr Odinga said starting next week, he will lead his supporters in demonstrations every Monday and Thursday, until President Ruto meets the demands of the opposition.