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.
Mawazo Africa Writing Institute announces a Call for Submissions for its first writing workshop: Writing the Novel, led by award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. The aim of the workshop is to provide advanced training and support to African writers who want to complete full-length novel manuscripts (normally of 30,000 words minimum). The workshop will be held online and is a Read More
That Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a towering literary and ideological influencer venerated by the world without the Kenyan borders is not contestable. Neither is the fact that he isn’t a divisive nor a uniting figure in Kenya, simply because a larger chunk of the youthful population active in sociopolitical discourse does not identify with him. This important segment of citizenry Read More
The Winners of the Text Book Center Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 were announced last night in a colourful event held at Pride Inn, Westlands last night. Adult Category in English The Elephant Dance by H. Ole Kulet – Publishers – Longhorn Publishers This is a story of contemporary business empires and an illumination of how some of Read More
I was dismayed to see Embakasi East MP elect Babu Owino being arrested for calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa. First, I couldn’t make out what exact crime the maverick had committed until I heard he had been charged with subversion. Subversion? What’s that? How can calling an unidentified person mtoto wa umbwa lead to the fall of a Read More
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