nairobians and chimamanda


Daily Nation POSTED  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013 |  By CARIEN WESTERVELD Nairobians and Chimamanda love affair blossoms with book launch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stands on the stage of the auditorium at the University of Nairobi, which is filled to the rafters. She is welcomed with a minute-long standing ovation. I’ve attended many literary events in Nairobi, but … Continue reading nairobians and chimamanda

kwani ?


Writer: CHRIS WANJALA When Kenya’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta died in 1978, Daniel arap Moi took over and what followed were dark days for Kenyan politics. This affected not just academia but also the creative arts, especially the written word. Kenyan publishing was reduced to school texts and reprints of literature books, earmarked as high … Continue reading kwani ?

the leaving of madiba


December 6, 2013, by Breyten Breytenbach The Leaving of Madiba Nelson Mandela in 2007 © Denis Farrell/AP Photo A little more than a century ago, when Paul Krüger, the last president of the Transvaal died, a South African poet wrote: “Be quiet, people — a great man is passing by . . .” Krüger met his death in exile. His country, … Continue reading the leaving of madiba

literary gangsters


Daily Nation, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013 ‘Literary gangsters’ take stock 10 years on (Some of the guests that attended one in a series of celebratory events to mark KWANI’s 10 year celebrations. When writing organisation Kwani Trust burst onto the scene in 2003, its entry was treated with disdain and ridicule by mainstream academics and critics. … Continue reading literary gangsters