Literary festivals are always fun to attend. The point of such festivals is to meet your favorite authors, listen to them read from their works, get books signed, launch others, discover new writers, meet other book lovers over drinks and have a kick ass time musing over all things lit. The Writivism Festival 2015 with […]> Read on
Originally published in the Sunday Nation on 14th June 2015 Most of us spend a lot of our time on the internet, all thanks to the advent of affordable smart phones, power banks and cheap data bundles charges. We’re constantly surfing the web, poring through our social media pages. If it is not updating people […]> Read on
(Republished with author’s consent from his personal blog, Writerphilic.) I was one of the participants of the 2015 Caine Prize Writers Workshop which was held in Elmina, a picturesque coastal town in Ghana from April 6th to 19th. I travelled from Douala on Ethiopian Airlines, so I spent the night in Addis Ababa and boarded the […]> Read on
Originally published by The Sunday Nation Newspaper *** When the Jalada Africa’s second anthology, Sext Me, came out last year, I shared Linda Musita’s Kudinyana on my Facebook Timeline. The comments section came alive with varied reactions, most of which bordered on shock, disbelief, and in some instances, disgust. One thing was certain though; that […]> Read on
Harriet Anena is not as loud as many of my poet friends. At face value, she is a normal Ugandan beauty with the air that acutely contrasts her view of the world around her. But when you sit down with her, she begins to confound you with wit, depth and wisdom. She paints a collage of […]> Read on
Discussing culture is like walking mindlessly into a minefield. It is a subject that attracts unwarranted emotive outbursts especially when it converges at its most sensitive apex: traditionalism vs modernism. The traditionalists believe Africa should not discard her customs and beliefs yet embrace a few aspects of globalization that bring modernity. On the opposite end […]> Read on
South Africa happens to be my dream destination in Africa. It is the place where some of the most intriguing people and cultures of the continent are found. If not for much, I just want to visit a Zulu village and watch them perform that dance they are famed for that involves kicking and jumping. Also, […]> Read on
I’ll never forget the day it happened. 13th September 2014. It was an unusually warm and sunny Saturday, considering it had been raining heavily for the past few weeks. Why can’t forget it? Because of what I did next. I took the car keys from Mum’s drawer, muttered “I’m off to Kikuyu to get some […]> Read on
Consider this; “despite our wheel, our plasma tablet and our tweets about the wrongs of those who rule, well, what of concrete-crumb Nairobi when these craters fire, the ground’s hot guts eviscerate, the next erratic earthquake comes?” – Elementeita and the End of Kenyan Time, Stephen Derwent Partington Perhaps the most anticipated literary event in […]> Read on
Just before going to the Writivism 2015 Workshop in Dar es Salaam, I wrote this post. At the end I said “Sometimes people talk about writing and get so academic. I just sit there, acting like I understand what they are saying. I hope those moments will be rare in Dar.” This was the second […]> Read on
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