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Little Daju: A Review

‘Father beat mother so much the only way Little Daju knows how to express love is by violence.’   I had never thought I’d review a short story for our book section. But Troy Onyango’s Little Daju is not your common story, the one you read in a single sitting and move on to the next. It’s the kind of Read More


Helon Habila

Oil on Water: A Review

Helon Habila’s Oil on Water is now eight years old. But it is not ageing at all. The novel has received raving reviews from The Times, The Independent, The Metro, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Metro, The New York Times, among other major newspapers, and for a valid reason. Not once have we read about the turmoil in Read More


Erick Livumbazi

The Wind Under His Wings: A Review

Among my initial assignments some few years ago at Storymoja was to coordinate the production of The Wind Under His Wings. It is a fascinating story of Mollusk, a 14-year-old boy who finds himself on the streets of Nairobi after his initially promising academic cruise hits the high waves and loses power. The boy has nothing to cling onto to Read More


The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives: A Review

I just finished reading The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, seven years since it was first published. The way Lola Shoneyin spun this story, dexterously weaving the words and lines to create events like an experienced weaver bird, is as if the story was meant to awaken lulled noises in your head.  It is difficult to tell whether that Read More