Category Archives: Arts and Culture

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


Storymoja

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


Kasichana

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


Ambassador Iqbal Hargeysa Festival

Hargeysa Experiences: A Conversation With Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay

There is a lot of good happening in the Horn of Africa that doesn’t get to be heard by the world, I said when two friends told me they would be attending the Hargeysa International Book Fair 2017 (HIBF 2017), which took place July 22 – July 27. Last Saturday, I had a conversation with one of the attendees, South Read More