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This 14-seater matatu belonging to Manchester Travelers Sacco that ply Route 237 was spotted by the Thika Town Today crew near Thika Arcade Building bearing the portrait of the First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta. It was just a spectacle that made it look more attractive.

Matatu graffiti art is hot in Kenya. Matatus nowadays compete to beat each other as to which will have the best graffiti art. Bus owners send their vehicles to garages and pay about Ksh.100,000 ($1,000) to have them get a graffiti face-lift. Here, the more colorful a matatu is, the more customers it attracts.

These matatus are usually branded with the trending things, like movies, musicians and so on. Today, more and more of the vehicles sport pictures of celebrities, along with words like “Nuclear,” “Hurricane” and “Repent” as well as lyrical fragments from popular songs

Graffiti triggers enough of a change in commuter behavior that what may look like irreverent art is actually a source of profit for private bus owners. Commuters make a beeline for these magical buses. 

A painted, souped-up matatu can charge double the fare of a plain one. A matatu with graffiti turns out to be the speediest way to get from point A to point B. Since the majority of the young people will prefer a painted bus that plays loud music, they fill up faster and leave sooner. They are also known to get to their destination on time thus are  more popular with anyone who can afford the extra fare.

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