Al-Shabaab’s Nairobi attack is a reminder that tit-for-tat terror never succeeds


Another vicious attack has hit the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The West Mall attack took place six years ago. Now another crowded place has become a place of death and blood and traumatized people. The writer Mukoma wa Ngugu gives his opinion.

day i invited achebe to taifa hall


Last year the Nigerian writer Chinue Achebe passed away. For some people this passing on, one year ago, is a good time to bring back memories of an encounter with the man himself. One of these people with memories is Henry Indangasi from Kenya. When he met Achebe he was the chairman of the Literature … Continue reading day i invited achebe to taifa hall

from canada, in search of a long, lost love


Worlds are connected, not just through the internet, but also through people. One of these people is the Canadian writer M.G. Vassanji. He was born in Kenya, was raised with the southern neighbours, Tanzania, and finally moved to Canada. He now lives in Toronto. Recently he was in Nairobi to launch his latest book The … Continue reading from canada, in search of a long, lost love

distorted view of nairobi


STANDARD DIGITAL, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27th 2013 By JENIFFER MUCHIRI How best does one describe their homeland? The title of Mukoma wa Ngugi’s novel, Nairobi Heat, raises one’s curiosity to find out what the writer has to say about Nairobi. Mukoma is the son of Ngugi wa Thing’o and this alone would arouse readers’ interest in … Continue reading distorted view of nairobi

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

review A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA


They huddle together somewhere on a shelf in one of our rooms. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Africa. A Field Guide to the Birds of West Africa. A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa. And now there is another Guide to the Birds of East Africa. All about birds, strange birds … Continue reading review A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA