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”

Poesy and Its Masters; Evolution of Kariuki wa Nyamu

Kariuki wa Nyamu

Kariuki wa Nyamu won this year’s Babishai Niwe Haiku Prize, after beating sixteen other artists. In exploring the place of poetry in Africa, Wasomi 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 on the African soil?

Thank you very much for the warm congratulations. Well, a haiku is a three line poem whose origin is Japan. Continue reading “Poesy and Its Masters; Evolution of Kariuki wa Nyamu”

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.