American rapper Cardi B has joined the growing list of international stars who have appreciated the unique artwork on public service vehicles in Kenya, locally known as Matatus or Nganyas.
The Grammy-winning rapper had a glimpse of Kenyan matatus bearing her graffiti portraits via Twitter. This after a page going by the handle @CelebsLove Cardi shared pictures of the matatus and tagged the rapper.
“There’s a bus in Kenya with @iamcardib Graffiti all over it. Hope she gets to tour Africa one day. (@BARDIKENYA) took the photos,” Celebs Love Cardi tweeted.
In her response, Cardi B said America was boring and should borrow a leaf from the Kenyan matatu industry.
“Wow. I love ya sooo much. America is boring they need buses like this,” she tweeted.
Cardi’s endorsement of Kenyan matatus caught the attention of one of the industry’s stakeholders, ‘Matwana Matatu Culture’ founder Brian ‘Graff’ Wanyama.
“It feels good and shows that they appreciate matatu art and culture. I think it’s also a message to Kenyans that the work we are doing is exceptional and even outsiders are appreciative of it,” Graff said.
Other Kenyans on Twitter reacted to Cardi B’s tweet by inviting her to Kenya.
— Celebs Love Cardi (@celebslovecardi) January 29, 2021
Wow .I love ya sooo much.America is boring they need buses like this ? https://t.co/FvRpnTgBKk
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 29, 2021
Jambo Cardi , for a piece of that WAP I can issue a directive for all Ongataline nganyas to have your graffiti and artwork on all parts ,even the exhaust pipe.
— Sun Tzu (@ItsChanzu) January 30, 2021
Everybody in this comment section jealous asf because all those buses are from Kenya. Kenya got sauce? pic.twitter.com/zZWFXYw1ay
— Naitwa Elton,Wewe?? (@Idolelton) January 30, 2021
Tembea Kenya maze. Cheki vile mafans wamekuchangamkia na grafitti kwa mathree.Rudisha mkono.
— Ken K (@gitumakk) January 30, 2021
Come to Kenya, we got more of this.We would be so happy even you just showing up for a simple fest.We love you❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/yQFPKAufum
— Brandel (@BARDIKENYA) January 29, 2021
New one pic.twitter.com/e8uGfg3sVt
— Nganya nation ? (@Mathreeculture) January 30, 2021
why dont you come down and take a ride , there is no cholera here
— Greyspot. (@Samba_lamba) January 30, 2021
Kama unajinauwo vyenye unajinauwo monchonka,, kuja kenya udandiwe kama hizo manyanga ??
— _Kevinology_?? (@_i_m_kevin__) January 30, 2021
Here in Kenya we don’t call them buses??it’s nganya
— Plum? (@254_Rosalie) January 29, 2021