Eldoret: Bread basket of Kenya but lacks a serious bookshop

Recently there was some uproar on a question about bookshops in Nigeria. A question along these lines was asked by a French journalist to the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. But what is the bookshop situation in Nigeria and other countries in Africa?

EldoretThe Kenyan town Eldoret is famous for many things. It has a university, it has a proper hospital, it has long distance runners, it has mursiek. But what about a bookshop, a shop not just for schoolbooks, but books of literature, politics, history etcetera? Books to read at your own pace, without an exam waiting at the final page.

In this article the writer explores the situation.

Let me ask you this question: what is you favourite proper bookshop in any African country of city or town or village or airport? Reply with your answer and we will see what is happening.

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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