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(L to R) Second placed Amos Kipruto, winner Eliud Kipchoge and third placed Wilson Kipsang pose on the podium with beer during the winner’s ceremony of the Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018 in Berlin. Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP 

2018 was momentous. Through news editorial photography, we get to see images of the biggest newsmakers at their greatest moments and their lowest lows.

In Kenya, and indeed elsewhere around the world, politicians and top public figures bite off the largest chunk of news coverage. For this reason, curating a list of memorable images that does not wholly consist of these two groups can be an arduous task.

A truly representative list of memorable photos from this year involves a mix of stories from historic events with people you already know, and those you did not get to see, but that you ought to.

flood rain

Nairobians who were caught up by an afternoon downpour in the city centre on March 1, 2018 after prolonged months without rain and high temperatures. The rains caused floods in various cities and towns across the country. Photo | Jeff Angote | Nation 

Black Panther

Cosplayers watch Black Panther in 3D during Movie Jabber’s Black Panther Cosplay Screening in Nairobi on February 14, 2018. Photo | Yasuyoshi Chiba | AFP

Joseph Irungu jowie Jacque Maribe

Joseph Irungu (centre), Jacque Maribe (left) and her mother (right) at Milimani Law Court on December 18, 2018 during the mention of a case they are charged with the murder of business lady Monica Kimani. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO 

William Ruto PhD

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates DP William Ruto after he was conferred with at PhD at the University of Nairobi on December 21, 2018. Photo | Charles Kimani | DPPS

Cyril Ramaphosa Uhuru Kenyatta

(From Left) African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, former South Africa President Jacob Zuma and President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta toast at Absa Stadium in East London, South Africa, during the ANC’s 106th anniversary celebrations on January 13, 2018. AFP PHOTO | MUJAHID SAFODIEN

John Gakuo

Relatives and family of the former Nairobi Town Clerk John Gakuo in shock at the City Mortuary as they come to terms with his death in a Nairobi hospital on October 30, 2018 Gakuo was serving his three years sentence in Nairobi West jail for abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement rules. Photo | Jeff Angote | NMG

matatu ban kencom

An elderly man requests a ride from a private motorist at Kencom bus stop in Nairobi on December 3, 2018 on the day of a matatu ban in the NCBD. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG


Traffic congestion along University Way in Nairobi on Monday, December 03, 2018 on the day a ban was imposed on matatus from entering the Central Business District. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO.

Michuki rules matatu

A policewoman watches as matatu crew plying Thika road remove stickers and graffiti from the vehicle’s windows on November 23, 2018 to comply with the new Michuki rules which is being enforced country wide. Photo | Jeff Angote | Nation

Children in Towakayen village, Turkana County

Children in Towakayen village, Turkana County do their homework along a road under a street light powered by solar panels on September 20, 2018. There is no electricity in the village which makes it hard for pupils to study in the evening. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG

Pupils of Sintaan primary in Baringo play

Pupils of Sintaan primary in Baringo play despite flooding of their playing field. It is the responsibility of the elder pupils is to see that junior ones are safe and that includes carrying them on shoulders when the water levels increase. The students said they were not demoralised by the current situation because it is seasonal. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN

Dance Centre Kenya

Members of Dance Centre Kenya (DCK) speak with the caricature the ‘sugar plum fairy’ before the start of a production of the ‘Nutcracker’, a ballet primarily performed during the Christmas period as their fourth annual show, along with the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra playing the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky at the National theater in Nairobi, on December 1, 2018. DCK, founded by a few passionate families in early 2015, teach over 600 students at 3 studios in Nairobi, and provides lessons based on the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. Selected students in various schools and slums receive scholarships to promote developing their talents. (Photo| Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Moi Girls rape

Activists wear school uniforms during a protest against rape of three girls at Moi Girls School Nairobi, a prestigious government boarding school, on June 4, 2018. Photo | Yasuyoshi Chiba | AFP


Young men play with a ball in floodwaters after a heavy downpour at the Dadaab refugee complex in the north-east of Kenya, on April 17, 2018. It has some 235,269 refugees and asylum seekers in four camps about 80kms from the Somali-Kenyan border and was established in 1991, according to UNHCR camp population statistics in January 2018. AFP PHOTO | Yasuyoshi CHIBA

Raila Odinga swearing in miguna

National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition leader Raila Odinga holds up a bible as he swears-in himself as the ‘people’s president’ on January 30, 2018 in Nairobi. He had himself sworn in as an alternative president in front of thousands of supporters despite warnings from authorities that this was treason. AFP PHOTO | PATRICK MEINHARDT

Miguna Miguna jkia

Kenyan-born Canadian lawyer and self-declared National Resistance Movement General Miguna Miguna shows his Kenyan Identity Card to the media at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on March 26, 2018. He was been denied entry into the country after he refused to apply for a visa that grants him legal stay in Kenya. AFP PHOTO | SIMON MAINA

Martha Karua

NARC Kenya Party leader Martha Karua in court on December 20, 2018 during the ruling of an election petition she had filed against Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru. The case was dismissed. Photo | Francis Nderitu | NMG

Anne Waiguru

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru at the same court on December 20, 2018. Photo | Francis Nderitu | NMG

Eliud Kipchoge

(L to R) Second placed Amos Kipruto, winner Eliud Kipchoge and third placed Wilson Kipsang pose on the podium with beer during the winner’s ceremony of the Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018 in Berlin. Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Wycliffe Kinyamal

Wycliffe Kinyamal of Kenya reacts after winning in the men’s 800m event event of the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai athletics competition, in Shanghai on May 12, 2018. AFP PHOTO | Johannes EISELE

Mr and Miss Albinism 

Mr and Miss Albinism East Africa 2018 Emmanuel Silas Shedrack from Tanzania (seated) and Maryanne Muigai (seated right) along with other finalists on November 30, 2018 at KICC. The first ever Mr and Miss Albinism East Africa saw 30 individuals from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania participating. It was organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO. 

kws rhino

A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger tries to cover the eyes of 2.5-year-old female Southern white rhino, Elia, to calm down after being shot a tranquilizer from a helicopter during an ear notching exercise for identification at Meru National Park, on April 5, 2018. Photo | Yasuyoshi Chiba | AFP

Romain Virgo concert

Fans of Jamaican reggae artiste Romain Virgo groove to his performance on December 17, 2018 at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi during the Guinness Football Fan Zone experience concert. Kenyan musicians Khaligraph Jones, Fena Gitu, Jua Kali, Timmy Tdat and Nai Boi shared the stage with him. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO


A resident of Tuwo in Tiaty, Baringo County points to the crack in one of the dams on May 22, 2018. The dam which was full was emptied by a crack believed to be caused by volcanic activity. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NMG

flash flood

A child victim of a flash flood that wrecked havoc at Eldume, Baringo South on April 9, 2018. Residents spent the night in the cold and were appealing for help from well wishers and government. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NMG

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) with a visitor to the State House in Nairobi during the FIFA World Cup Trophy World Tour on February 26, 2018. Photo | Yasuyoshi Chiba | AFP

Okoth Obado Sharon Otieno

Supporters of Migori County Governor Okoth Obado demonstrating in Uriri town on September 23, 2018. They were against his detention following the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno. Photo | VIVERE NANDIEMO | NMG

Patel Dam

A woman is consoled by a relative when survivors gathered on May 11, 2018 after Patel Dam burst its banks, sending muddy waters raging through homes and killing at least 45 people in Subukia, Nakuru county. AFP PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA

Animals feed on tomatoes

Animals feed on tomatoes at Wangwaci area in Laikipia County on April 26, 2018. Tonnes of tomatoes were rotting in farms due to inadequate market and heavy rains in the area, so farmers resorted to feeding their animals with the tomatoes, with others dumping them on the roadside. They also attributed their huge losses to substandard seeds and pesticides used during the season. PHOTO | STEVE NJUGUNA | NMG

Blue Economy

A security officer stands guard during the second day of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference taking place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on November 27, 2018. The conference’s theme was “The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Photo | Jeff Angote | Nation 

Blue Economy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary and Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Keriako Tobiko during a press conference on the Sustainable Blue Economy conference. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

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