Monthly Archives: September 2017

kenya MPs

Babu Owino Is a Hero and Should Be Treated As Such

I was dismayed to see Embakasi East MP elect Babu Owino being arrested for calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa. First, I couldn’t make out what exact crime the maverick had committed until I heard he had been charged with subversion. Subversion?  What’s that? How can calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa lead to the fall of a Read More

Kuria arrested

Muthama Thinks a Duel of Honour Ends Up Honourably

Former Machakos Senator, Johnson Nduya Muthama, was arrested last week, a second such arrest in two years. Many people suspect various reasons as to why he was arrested. His supporters suspect the government is witch-hunting him. Others suspect he engineers his own arrests by transgressing the law unnecessarily. Police suspect


StorymojaFestival@10 – A Galaxy of Stories

We have eyes, but we don’t see. We have ears, but we don’t hear. We can read, but we don’t understand what we read. It is on that premise that the literati at the University of Nairobi, led by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Taban Lo Liyong, advocated for the complete overhaul of the curriculum at the Department of English so Read More

African poet

Hargeysa Experiences: Conversation With Raphael d’Abdon

Raphael d’Abdon is a man of two continents, having been born and raised in Udine, a small town in the North East of Italy, and moved to Pretoria, South Africa, in 2008. He is a writer, scholar, editor, and translator and teaches at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. For a man who walks and lives poetry, finding himself in Read More

Ole Kulet

Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 Shortlist

The shortlist for the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 is out.   English Adult Category The Whistleblower (Samuel Wachira) published


Hargeysa Experiences: Conversation with Riziki Mumba

Kasichana Riziki Mumba has a vivant demeanor. She describes herself as a lover of art, poetry, literature and music. You’ll find me at almost all the events that have these being showcased and my love for reading helps me to appreciate the books I get to buy and read, she says.   It was no coincidence that she found herself Read More