Thank you for visiting my blog. Karibuni!

I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and moved to the US in 2000.
I currently live in Little Rock, Arkansas. How I got here – story for another day!

Kids at the park

Liam and Ella. My reason.

My name is Shamim Okolloh. I’ve got two sweet kids, Liam and Ella.

When I became a mother, I became Mama Liam. That’s how many mothers are referred to in Kenya. You can have 15 children but you’ll still be Mama #1 child. My mom is Mama Ory. I didn’t know many women’s first name in our neighborhood because they were Mama so and so. I’m still Shamim. I’m now living my life with purpose, hopefully in His will, a big part of that is being a mom. So I’ll gladly take on Mama Liam.

This blog is a digital journey for my children, so they can know a Kenya (and hopefully we travel to other countries in Africa during this life journey) I know and love.  They can know a Kenya not always shown in the US media. They can see a Kenya most Kenyans see, experience, want to knock upside the head (nkt moments!) and love. As we go to Kenya, they’ll have the context to the pictures. They can read this in decades to come and share it with their children and my great grand babies. They can read this with their friends in school who have no clue that Africa is not a country. From the malls to street food, the village to city life, highways to non-existing roads, pedicures in a basin to 5-star spas, schools with no chalk board to world class educational facilities, home cooked meals to KFC (yes! there is KFC…aha, the American KFC) and everything in between.

It’s also for the countless people I meet and invite to Kenya and their response is “Oh, I don’t know – is it safe there?” We are more than turmoil and the Lion King.

Liam Kenya beach

11 month old Liam in Diani, Kenyan coast.

Welcome to my blog. Please subscribe with us. I’ll have backdated posts on our last trip to Kenya in 2011 when my son was 11 months and have an upcoming trip this Spring so you don’t want to miss out.

I’m an African mom raising American kids. This should be fun 🙂


Love and Light,
Mama Liam

Enjoy a few pictures below.




Floating restaurant – Crater Lake in Naivasha


Grocery store in Nairobi & $15 braids



Ole Polos

Afternoon in Ole Polos



7 responses to “Welcome!!

  1. Heather Malveaux

    Just subscribed! Looking forward to all to come 🙂

  2. Looking forward to your journey! Kind of a fun fact about the mama name. 🙂

  3. Hello! I subscribed! Do you have an e-mail address I can contact you on? I have questions about life in Africa and the best places to settle. I am looking to leave the US in the next 5 years or so and would love your perspective and advice.

  4. Love your vision young lady. Am proud to have you call me Aunty 😆…or more realistically BFF. I love you, wish you well and I know you will succeed and make us proud. Go Mama Liam.
    Mama Montell.

  5. So looking forward to! Already enjoying the read.
    Mama Pendo

  6. nice… 😉
    looking foward to reading more

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