David Mutiso, the architect of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), has shared an interesting tit-bit about the main tower of the building. The 28 floor tower was apparently inspired by a donkey’s penis. You read that right.
The phallic nature of the tower should have pointed us to the obvious but it is nice to get a confirmation from the man who designed it. Let’s just say that we won’t look at that building the same again.
The building, formerly known as the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, was commissioned by President Jomo Kenyatta in 1967 aand was built at a cost of 4 Million Pounds (Ksh. 80 million in today’s currency). Construction was done in three phases. Phase I was the construction of the podium, Phase II consisted of the main tower and Phase III involved the Plenary. Construction was completed in 1973.
Kenyans on Twitter reacted to the news with amazement, horror and humour. Here are some of the reactions.
Man who designed the iconic KICC building in Nairobi says the design was inspired by a Donkeys penis.
— cookoutthursdays.com (@shobanes) October 8, 2018
Those of us from upcountry who take photos at angles that make us look like we are holding the TIP of KICC… pic.twitter.com/07UDVcnb9x
— Kinyanjui Kombani (@KKombani) October 8, 2018
Cc Bwana @EzekielMutua. Can it be demolished? It is destroying the moral fabric!
— totoise (@afrikanbutter) October 8, 2018
When mzee Mutiso mentions, "the tower" 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/tCpLCP4BxD
— Mr. B (@Benogola) October 8, 2018
Statue of Liberty : Embodiment of freedom
Sydney Opera House :The sails of a boat in the wind
Big Ben : grandness of British achievement
KICC : A donkey's dick.
— AfroBubblegum🇰🇪 (@nash_oh_my) October 8, 2018
So KICC's management been making you people pay to get on top 😁
— Amamacho (@Amamacho) October 8, 2018
Where there are Bantu Dragons there’s donkæ d i c c pic.twitter.com/aLUU6zmfKk
— • zoë • (@FakerDeep) October 8, 2018
Yo, that Samsung billboard around KICC was a cock ring.
— Neighbor Vadim (@AdrianSurname) October 8, 2018
We have a donkey’s dick in the middle of our fucking capital sksksnsnsksn
— tropkossss. (@SookieMurage) October 8, 2018
— 𝖊 𝖈 𝖍 𝖊 𝖓 𝖟 𝖊 (@echenze) October 8, 2018
'I'll never get on top'
while you've already been at the top of KICC pic.twitter.com/5a55bXjOJt
— Dan 🇰🇪 (@Danfar_) October 8, 2018
How many donkey dicks does one see before they think "You know, that would make an awesome addition to the skyline…"
— Angel of Murphy. (@Buggz79) October 8, 2018
All those pictures of people standing at the foreground of KICC “touching the tip” pic.twitter.com/CnZvKWPyPg
— Sleepist 🇰🇪 (@IamGeci) October 8, 2018
I’ve never been on top of KICC man.
Keeping the sisterhood of never getting on top strong.
— SHARON (@Tsharz) October 8, 2018