Who/What is Flossin Mauwano: a person’s name, a sleeping-cell, a socio-political idea, a secret cult, a series of coded messages… or just a public property vandaliser?
Flossin Mauwano is the name given to Nairobi’s anonymous graffiti artist who leaves prints of the same name across the city of Nairobi, Kenya. So many theories have been made up with regards to him and till today, no one is sure of his/her identity or what it is if it is thing.
Some of the people online say he is a drug dealer who leaves his name as a code for people seeking to buy drugs while others say he is a victim of the 2007/8 post election violence like solo7 (another Kibera-based street-graffiti artist).
However, a young gentleman in his mid-twenties showed up in an interview with KTN’s Jamaal Gadafi, on #MzuqaBomba. He claimed to be the actual Flossin Mauwano and even offered a complete with a story behind the name, it’s meaning and a Tatoo of the name: Flossin Mauwano right across his face on the forehead.
According to him, the name means flow and sing (since he is a musician) and the Mauwano bit is a reference to killing the track (a figure of speech used by musicians referencing good singing).
About the graffiti, he said it was inspired by a car accident that left both his parents dead, making him an orphan. The graffiti he leaves along the roads is meant to be a reminder for motorists to drive safely.
Asked about vandalism, he says that he focusses on public places along the roads and his work is more important because it prevents car accidents. He has even been summoned by the police about this but since there is no evidence of him actually doing the graffiti, it is generally thought that most of the work was done by fans who’re outside his control.
About the drug allegations, he says there’s only one drug he sells: his music. He even has a YouTube channel where he posts his music that is laced with his name and talks about social issues. Surprisingly enough, he says this was a publicity plan set out over ten years ago and the long term goal is to vie for a political seat.
There is no way of verifying if this is the actual person behind this mini-movement and as of today, fans have picked up the habit and the name has spread out of Kenya to other countries and continents, to places he has never been before.
Regardless of him coming out publicly, the movement seems to have taken a road of it’s own and fans still debate on Reditt, Facebook and in bars: Is Flossin Mauwano a person’s name, a sleeping-cell, a socio-political idea, a secret code… or just a public property vandaliser?