Self-taught Kenyan digital artist and photographer Osborne Macharia has been creating dope fictional stories for a while now; he came up with a series on Kenya's badass retired grannies who are living the jet-setting life after heading various corporate and government positions.
And now Macharia is back again with a fictional photo story MENGO which is based on four members of Nairobi’s illegal underground fight club, who have undergone intensive training since the age of 5.
The photo series in partnership with Short Stature Society of Kenya (SSSK), features only people of short stature in an attempt to portray them as strong, energetic and vibrant people who do not need pity - as they are often stigmatized in Kenya.
Set in an abandoned warehouse in Nairobi and funded by an elite wealthy group of former fighters from around the world, the fight club meets every month and the four fighters in the series, Dudus, Sonko, Mrefu, Mangaritos, come together to battle it out.
The models who play each character were able to choose their own names and each character has a unique back story; Like Dudus, who has been in the ring since she was 10 and is currently the reigning champion. Or Mangaritos, a veteran fighter and the only warrior who’s won every championship title there is.
Watch the video below to discover how MENGO came together and to learn more about the creative team behind it. To see more of Osborne Macharia's work, check out his Instagram page.