Author Archives: Wasomi

About Wasomi

Wasomi is a Kiswahili word that means Intellectuals. Wasomi collates news of interest mainly in the education and arts sector affecting Kenya and Africa at large. We also feature articles of science and technology from within Kenya. Kindly contact us in case you have any kind of cultural festival, science and technology fair, or any other event that would be of interest to the Kenyan literati.


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

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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

Babishai Niwe

Poesy and Its Masters; Evolution of Kariuki wa Nyamu

Kariuki wa Nyamu won Babishai Niwe Haiku Prize for 2017, after beating sixteen other artists. In exploring the place of poetry in Africa, I got into conversation with him.   Congratulations first of all for winning the Babishai Niwe Haiku Prize, 2017. For starters, what is Haiku? It sounds so foreign; does it have a place here in Africa?   Read More

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize Open For Entries

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries. ***** We are delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the flagship project of Commonwealth Writers, is open for entries from 1 September 2017 to 1 November 2017