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 Nairobi. They were all eating mixed grills, let them not lie to you. The only way to describe western Kenya foods is by sampling them and letting the stomach do the talking, otherwise you’d just bite your tongue.  Sample all of them if possible, and you’ll still live to sing the praises of Suba cookery. Continue reading “Exploring Rusinga: A Hidden Paradise (Part 2)”

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 over Kenya. The resilience of the festival organizer, Anne Eboso, a Mandela Washington Fellow (for this effort) has seen the festival become a trademark in the Kenyan cultural festival scene. This year marks the sixth edition of the event and promises, as usual, not to disappoint. Continue reading “Exploring Rusinga: The Hidden Paradise (Part 1)”

StorymojaFestival@10 – A Galaxy of Stories

A night event at the Storymoja Festival.

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 as to see the Continue reading “StorymojaFestival@10 – A Galaxy of Stories”

Hargeysa Experiences: Conversation With Raphael d’Abdon

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 Hargeysa was just another trail in the literary hike. Continue reading “Hargeysa Experiences: Conversation With Raphael d’Abdon”

Hargeysa Experiences: Conversation with Riziki Mumba

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 in Somaliland for the Hargeysa International Continue reading “Hargeysa Experiences: Conversation with Riziki Mumba”

Hargeysa Experiences: A Conversation With Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay

Amb Prof. 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 Africa diplomat, Ambassador Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay. In the Continue reading “Hargeysa Experiences: A Conversation With Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay”

Storymoja Festival 2017

The Storymoja Festival, one of the largest book festivals in Africa, will be happening this year in Nairobi again. The dates are Sept 27 – Oct 1.