​Meet South Sudanese who works as official photographer of Kenya’s President  

​Meet South Sudanese who works as official photographer of Kenya’s President  
Emmanuel Jambo, Kenya’s State House official photographer with President William Ruto and former President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo: Courtesy of PSU]

​Every government office in Kenya will have to fork out SSP1500 to buy the portrait of newly elected Kenyan President William Ruto.

While most Kenyans are still coming to terms with Thursday’s announcement by the government that for the first time in the history of the country, they will have to pay, to have a picture of the president hung on their walls, the roots of their problems could be traced back to South Sudan.

The picture of Ruto dressed in a grey coat, White Shirt, and a yellow tie – was taken by Emmanuel Jambo, a South Sudanese photographer based in Nairobi.

Jambo is among the most sought-after photographers in Africa having now taken the official portraits of the last two Kenya’s heads of state.

He is the same photographer who took the official portrait of immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Official portrait of President Wiliam Ruto taken by Emmanuel Jambo.

He has worked as the official photographer of President Kenyatta for the last ten years that he was in office.

Jambo also worked with the former president of the US, Barack Obama and also the president of Zambia.

 The celebrated photographer was inspired in the trade by her sister whom he had visited in Kenya.

The sister who was also a photographer worked for the United Nations in Kenya, by then.

Cyrus Oguna, the Kenyan government spokesperson said that the official portrait will cost them KSh 300 (approximately SSP1500).

While there is no legal requirement to have the president’s portrait in offices or business establishments, most government institutions have the picture as a show of respect to the head of state.

Most businesses opt to have the portrait mounted inside their premises as a show of respect.

With the devolved government, Jambo’s work could earn the government of Kenya millions of shillings in revenue.

In 2012, Jambo was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential photographers in Africa, and later on, named the official.

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