It started when a jua kali artisan saw a bench online, replicated it and an interested client posted it on social media, and suddenly, an influx of orders from clients seared.
That is the situation with Stephen Odhiambo, an artisan operating along Ngong’ Road in Nairobi who now has more than 700 orders for a multipurpose garden seat after posting it online last week.
It is a bench that accommodates three persons but when extended it takes up to six people facing each other complete with a table. Since it made to the internet, his phone has seen no rest.
Among his new clients is DP William Ruto was on Thursday spotted bargaining to get five seats from two carpenters whose work of art went viral earlier this month.
Odhiambo and Dennis Otieno creativity wowed many Kenyans including the DP who invited them to his Karen office and made an order.
Even has he did this, Kenyans were able to see the other side of Ruto as he bargained with the two carpenters.
“Vile nitafanya. Niko na kiwanja kubwa.. utaenda kunitengenezea ingine tatu….zikuwe tano… itakuwa elfu mia moja sio..ama niaje..ama nikupatie 120?” he posed.
But the carpenters laughed briefly insisting they sell the five furniture sets for Sh150, 000.
” I was privileged to meet and interact with Stephen Odhiambo and Dennis Otieno, two enterprising Kenyans with innovative ideas on garden furniture. I was thrilled by their cutting-edge skills and efforts,” Ruto tweeted.