Flossin Mauwano, the man many have described as Kenya’s king of graffiti, has now denied being behind an inscription bearing his name on one of the government’s most anticipated projects in the city.
Flossin, real name Stephen Mule, recently became a trending topic after a photo of his moniker inscribed atop a pillar of the Nairobi Expressway went viral.
While a majority of Kenyans online were excited about this, a different section however, most notably led by activist Boniface Mwangi, were not amused.
Mwangi only came short of calling for the arrest of Flossin, describing as a mere vandal who destroys public property.
“He isn’t the king of anything but someone who specializes in vadalising public spaces with paint. We know the kings and queens of graffiti in Kenya,” Mwangi tweeted on March 4.
“Their works don walls from Nairobi to New York. They paint beautiful and powerful pieces. Flossin Mauwano gives graffiti a bad name.”
However, amidst all the cheers and jeers, the man of the moment has come out to say he was not actually behind the inscription.
‘People have been asking how I got all the way up, but to be honest, Flossin Mauwano is a movement and one of my fans probably did it,” he told the Standard.
“Just so to be clear, I am not the one who wrote the graffiti. Actually, I am in awe of how the ardent fan got the signature up there…it’s a puzzle.”
Flossin Mauwano, in past interviews, revealed that he adopted the name and started plastering it across major highways in the city that he considered as accident blackspots.
This was after he watched his parents get knocked down along Lang’ata Road in 1997.
He has denied reports that the name is associated with gangs or idle youth.