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Tony Mochama Poetry

10 years, 10 books: Celebrating Tony Mochama

Tony Mochama is no stranger to literary controversy. His work resonates his person, disrupting the norm when you least expect it. Twice, he interrupted the programme during a packed session to celebrate ten years of his writing at the Goethe Institute yesterday.   A striking observation was that most of the audience was young. The exact audience that Mochama writes 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


Kenya festivals

Exploring Rusinga: A Hidden Paradise (Part 2)

Now, there seems to be an unwritten edict: a festival without food is no festival at all. And since we were here to celebrate Suba culture, it would have been disappointing to find nothing which could quell my riotous stomach. Definitely, my first stop is at the food tent, where I find all these people with whom we starve in Read More


Lake Victoria

Exploring Rusinga: The Hidden Paradise (Part 1)

If there have been efforts of resuscitating the Suba culture before six years ago, then none of them has been as consistent and engaging as #Rusinga Festival. And with each new year, come new experiences for cross-cultural tourists. No one would have guessed that the cultural celebration would survive this long, growing bigger and attracting thousands of people from all Read More


kenya war

Energised Race in the Wrong Direction

Did you hear of the recent race in Venice where the leading pack of athletes, among them favourites from Kenya, who raced like crazy only to realise that they were running in the wrong direction? That’s my visualization of this whole saga that is the fable Kenyan democracy. Only that we have upped our game and instead of running, we Read More


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The Miles Morland Writing Scholarship 2017 Shortlist

The Miles Morland Foundation has released the shortlist for the 2017 Morland Writing Scholarships. Of the 21 names, 6 are from South Africa, 4 each from Nigeria and Kenya, 2 from Cameroon and one each from Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Gambia and Botswana.