Category Archives: Conversations

E-publishing: a Whirlwind in Motion – Conversation with Alex Nderitu

Alex Nderitu prides himself as a pioneer in the epub industry in Africa. And it is for valid reason, having published his first book way back in 2001, to experiment with digital publishing that was picking up pace in the west. He writes as Alexander Nderitu. “The only reason I started using ‘Alexander’ was because it looked better on the Read More

Khadija Mombasa

Writing for ourselves, and the world – A Conversation with Khadija Bajaber

In April, 2018, Kenyan Khadija Abdalla Bajaber was declared the winner of the inaugural Graywolf Press Africa Prize. Her winning manuscript, The House of Rust, which she began writing way back in 2015 but put on hold is inspired by the ill-documented history of the Hadrami diaspora residing in the coast region. And she does not hide her joy, and Read More

Anasoma contest winners

Ready for the Mantle – A Conversation with Erick Livumbazi

Erick Livumbazi Ngoda is one of Kenya’s prolific authors of young adult literature. I got into conversation with him to understand his journey and what he is up to in the coming days.   Most of your acquaintances know you as a writer. Do you write full time? When did you start? How was the experience? I cannot remember wanting Read More


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


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