The inspiration for this blog comes form a great man, a great friend, my east African brother; Francis Tenke, the storyteller.
I'm incredibly blessed to have spent so much time with beautiful people such Francis in the Wild Eye Mara Camp. A few months back I wrote an inspirational blog about these these humble souls, the Maasai. It revolves around the impact that they had in lives of people that have spent time with them. Its a good read and I would recommend taking some time to see for yourself; Maasai Culture.
There is no doubt that I love the my entire east African family. In this blog you will get to know a little bit more about my one brother.
Now, Francis is a jack of all trades with two specialities. One being;
The best barman you will ever find in Kenya.
You name it, he'll blend it!
Holding his tray, ensuring that the guests glasses are never empty is his main roll in camp. This is something he takes so much pride in. During his daily mission, he is forever smiling and continuously rubbing off his positive spirit on those around him.
I know he does what he does for YOU!
He is an incredible man and I do wish that you all get to meet him one day soon. He will not only change the way you see the world but if you are willing to listen to him and ask him questions, he will change your life.
This leads me into his second stand out speciality;
The storyteller will capture people’s attention and more importantly in this case, bake information into their memories. Inherently, humanity has always known that people crave and seek out great stories almost as much as they do food and water.
Francis has lived a life in the wilds of Kenya and is a wealth of knowledge. Most of what he will share with you is based on personal experiences. As a result you will be a part of a pure, true and raw moment. Depending on his mood, Francis will take you on funny and/or inspirational verbal journey. His stories are very dramatic and lively as he acts most of them out. It is this visual amusement that really sets his stories apart from the rest.
Now as we all know, the story is equally important as its setting. I can assure you that there is no better place than around the Wild Eye Camp Fire.
Honestly speaking, the amount of lives changes and laughs shared around this fire place is just incalculable.
This is something I still stand by, the beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people. If you take a moment to not only realize this but to also embrace this you will have a brighter outlook on life.
One thing that I have learnt from "the storyteller" and the rest of my East African family is that one of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be rather than being yourself all through taking in their values of their culture.
Remember, no story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come for your first visit or you revisit, Wild Eye will always be there to welcome you home.
If you are now longing to listen to this mans great stories, please see the two links below which will offer you a full week with the storyteller in 2021 and/or 2022;
Lastly, when you do come visit us in the Masai Mara in the future, ask the storyteller to share these two stories with you; (my personal favourites)
- Trevor and the hippo
- The Amboseli Kori Bustard
Well, that's it for my story...
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and I really do wish that you get to hear a story or two from the storyteller master one day soon.
Until next time,