Ever since her photos appeared on social media last week, Sevelyn Kinya, also known as Seve Gat’s, has achieved fame and infamy in equal parts after photoshopping herself into photos of Chinese landmarks. She then posted the photos on her Facebook profile, claiming to be on a trip to China.

The trip started with her standing in front of a Kenya Airways plane.

I have left the country to china

Posted by Seve Gat’s on Monday, 29 February 2016

She also posted photos of her on various Chinese landmarks, such as the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven.

woow enjoying everything here

Posted by Seve Gat’s on Wednesday, 2 March 2016

China… Nice place indeed. 的中文翻譯 | 英漢字典

Posted by Seve Gat’s on Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Last day of visit. Bye China.

Posted by Seve Gat’s on Friday, 4 March 2016


At least the shadows were consistent.

This led to a series of parodies, including one skydiving…

On the moon…

And with Donald Trump.

She was also photoshopped into the First Lady’s half marathon, where it looks like she’s helping Margaret Kenyatta stretch.

There were copycats…

Sevelyn’s dream of going to China looks like it’s going to come true thanks to Sam Gichuru of Nailab.

Turns out the story behind the photos is one of ambition and aspiration.


Sevelyn asked her friends to photoshop her into pictures of China because she wanted to ‘feel that she was actually there’.

Sam and his friends (and friends of his friends) raised enough money and frequent flyer miles to get Sevelyn a return ticket, pocket money and a stay at a four star hotel. Also included is a potential meeting with the Kenyan ambassador to China.

sevegats 1

It appears that some dreams actually do come true.


Eric Mugendi Author

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