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Philosophy Conference: The Henry Odera Oruka Symposium 2013, Nov. 19-21 2013 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Dates: November 19-21, 2013
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 9 am – 4 pm daily
Entry: Free

November 15, 2013 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

RVI Nairobi Forum: IGAD and Somalia, Oct. 25 2013 @ KICC

Date: Friday 25 October 2013
Venue: The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Safari Lounge – Ground Floor
Time: 9:30 am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here

Chair: Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Nairobi
Panellists: Ambassador Mahboub Maalim – Executive Secretary, IGAD, Ambassador Mohamed Ali – Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) aims to promote peace, security, prosperity and economic integration in Eastern Africa. Since 2004, it has been active in supporting the re-establishment of a sovereign government in Somalia.

On 25 October 2013, the RVI Nairobi Forum is convening a distinguished panel of speakers to reflect on IGAD’s past and future role in Somalia. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined on the panel by Ambassador Mohamed Ali, Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya. The meeting will be chaired by Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Counsellor for Somali Affairs for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.

October 18, 2013 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Course: Technology and Social Change by Nick Martin, Sept. 11 2013 @ Frankie’s at the Green House

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What is cooking in the Technology and Social Change sectors?
TechChange and Amani Institute are excited to co-host a happy hour to welcome TechChange founder and President Nick Martin to Nairobi where he will be teaching a short course on Technology and Social Change as part of the Amani Social Innovation Management curriculum. Since this is a small world, we are curious to see how many degrees of separation are between our networks and how we can continue weaving a tapestry of change!
Hope you can join us on Wednesday Sept 11th at 7 – 9 pm

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Conference: Sheng Language in Kenya – Structure, Uses & Pedagogy, Jul. 16 2013 @ IFRA

Date: July 16, 2013
Venue: IFRA-Nairobi
Time: 10am-1pm
Entry: Prior RSVP at

Sheng emerged in the 1960s in the multicultural environment of Nairobi. It is an urban language which combines mainly Kiswahili and English but also other Kenyan languages such as Kikuyu, Luyha, Dholuo and Kikamba. Sheng is characterized by an important linguistic flexibility. It does not have an official status even if it is widely spoken, especially by the youth. Originally used as a vehicular language between people from different regions, it is increasingly becoming a vernacular language, some people born in the 1980s or later speaking Sheng as their first language.

Studies on Sheng describe the codes functions as falling somewhere between secret uses, in its extreme registers, and a general lingua franca purpose. This use as a lingua franca is perceived to neutralize the formality of standard Swahili – regarded as difficult – while at the same time countering the parochial aspects of using ethnic languages. However, current research appears to indicate that Sheng has overrun its original domains and registers: it now permeates the entire sociolinguistic landscape of Kenya.

The conference will be chaired by Prof. Fredrick K. Iraki (United States International University, Nairobi) and facilitated by Claude Frey (Université de Paris 3, French Embassy in Nairobi).

“Linguistic and sociolinguistic description of Sheng” by Aurelia Ferrari (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France). This presentation focuses on phonological, morphological, syntactical and lexical characteristics of Sheng and languages practices/representations in Nairobi. It will also include a brief discussion on artistic uses of Sheng (in hip hop music, literature, mchongwano since Sheng is part of popular culture in Nairobi.

“The rise and rise of Sheng: language and identity in modern Kenya” by Prof. Chege Githiora (Kenyatta University, and School of Oriental and African Studies, UK). Based on recent and ongoing research, this presentation explores the implications of the Sheng phenomenon for school curricula, language use, national identity, and language policy and implementation in Kenya.

“Sheng and Language Pedagogy” by Prof. Peter Githinji (Ohio University, Athens USA). This presentation discusses the issue of language pedagogy and exam performance, exploring the challenges posed by Sheng in teaching Swahili in foreign institutions; it asserts that dealing with language pedagogy issues should involve collaborative efforts between teachers of Swahili in Kenya and abroad.

July 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm 1 comment

Naipolitans v8: Experiencing Nairobi across 12 Neighborhoods, Mar. 8 2013 @ Alliance Francaise

Date: March 8, 2013,
Venue: 3rd Floor, Alliance Française, Utalii Lane
Time: 6-8 pm (event starts 6.30pm sharp)

What makes Nairobi, Nairobi?
This question will be the focus of this month’s conversation as Joy Mboya and Judy Ogana of the GoDown Arts Centre tell us about the Centre’s Nairobi Project which takes the question of identity and belonging in the city to the neighbourhood level.

The Project will support the 12 neighbourhood zones of Nairobi explore questions such as:

+ Who are we at a neighbourhood level?
+ What do we care about?
+ And what elements make my neighbourhood feel like a community?
Collectively, these neighbourhoods will be responding to the question “Nai ni Who?

Come hear more about this project and take part in a conversation that delves into the question of what makes up Nairobi’s identity and how best to showcase these elements.

In what zone is your neighbourhood?
Zone 1: Central Business District
Zone 2: GoDown, Railway, Nairobi West, South B/C, Mukuru
Zone 3: Kamkunji, Shauri Moyo, Kaloleni, Ofafa Jericho
Zone 4: Buruburu, Kariobangi South, Umoja, Tena, Doonholm
Zone 5: Pumwani, Eastleigh, Pangani, Kariakor, Ziwani, Starehe
Zone 6: Mathare, Koch, Dandora, Kariobangi North, Babadogo
Zone 7: Muthaiga, Karura Forest, Gigiri
Zone 8: Ngara, Parklands
Zone 9: Lavington, Kileleshwa, Spring Valley, Kawangware-Kangemi, Dago-Junction
Zone 10: Kilimani, Upper Hill, Ngumo, Golf Course
Zone 11: Kibera, Ngei, Kenyatta Market, Dam
Zone 12: Karen, Lang’ata, Nairobi National Park

Find more info here

March 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: Climate Change During the Last Ice Age, Feb. 27 2013 @ National Museum

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February 27, 2013 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Business Conversation with Henry Njoroge: ICT as an enabling pillar for investment in Africa, Feb 6 2013 @ Business Lounge, Junction Mall


The Business Conversation is a monthly forum created by the Business Lounge where young entrepreneurs and business people can interact with various personalities who have had a track record of exceptional leadership, management and entrepreneurial experiences.

Mr. Henry Njoroge, the founder and CEO of Xtranet is the guest speaker for the next forum scheduled for 6th/Feb/2013 whose theme is: ICT as an enabling pillar for investment in Africa.

Mr. Henry Njoroge works to expand the information technology sector of Kenya and currently runs Xtranet Communications, which aims to capture the growing opportunities in value added services arising out of the rapid growth of mobile telephony penetration and the coming of the fiber optic cable of East Africa Coast this year. He hopes to provide employment to hundreds of jobless youth in Kenya through initiatives such as call centers, outsourcing and business process engineering.

He is also a trustee of the Kenya Youth Business Trust, a non-profit organization affiliated to Youth Business International, whose aim is to empower the poorest of the poor through entrepreneurship by giving microloans. Mr. Njoroge was previously CEO of Openview Business Systems and has also established and expanded several other IT companies in Kenya, Angola, Zambia and Uganda. With each company, he has worked to redefine ICT, the Internet, and telecommunications in Africa, making technology more widely accessible.

Date: February  6, 2013
Venue: Business Lounge, Junction Mall, 4th Floor, Ngong Road
Time: 6:00pm -9:00pm
Tickets: Advance Kshs 1,500 & Gate Kshs 2000
Reservation: 0705 980520
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February 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm 2 comments

Kwani? Litfest, Dec. 9-16 2012 @ National Museum


Kwani? Litfest full program

2012 Kwani? Litfest: Conversations with Writers and Artists from The Horn

The fourth edition of our biennial gathering of writers, poets, literary academics and theorists from the continent kicks off between 9th – 16th December, 2012. Titled Conversations With The Horn: Writers, Artists In Exchange, this year’s festival will host Somali poet Hadraawi, Sudanese-English novelist Jamal Mahjoub & Eritrean writer and historian Alemsegad Tefsayi to share their work with writers from other parts of the continent. These include Egyptian writer and activist Nawal El Sadaawi & Nigerian and Ghanaian novelists, Helon Habila and Kojo Laing. They will also be joined by writers from Mozambique, Namibia, and Cameroon.

Following different themes over the years at the Kwani? Litfest, this is the first time that we have invited a combination of different writers from the Horn to be part of a celebration of literature and its role in our lives. Recent developments in the region have created points of convergence that warrant intra-continental literary, artistic and intellectual conversations. To begin with, new writing has emerged in places where little writing at least in Anglophone Africa had been seen in the mainstream and hence Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa are not the only players in a global republic of letters. Some of the most recent exciting contemporary African Literature has come from the so-called countries of the Horn by writers such as Meaza Mengiste, Dinaw Mengestu, Nadifa Mohamed, Abraham Verghese, Abdulrahman Waberi & Sulaiman Addonia. These follow in the rich literary traditions set by Nuruddin Farah, Tayeb Salih and many others.

With Southern Sudan as Africa’s latest nation, the emergence of Ethiopia as a new African economic force, the gradual stabilization of Somalia and the emergence of its resulting Diasporas, new expressions and narratives can challenge the ubiquitous narrative of political crisis. Such narratives, usually driven by outsiders, have been given prominence that mask numerous other layered realities otherwise taking place in the same areas. Writers and cultural commentators from these regions are increasingly becoming prominent in producing new narratives and ideas about their homelands. We hope that this edition of the Litfest provides a platform for the sharing of ideas through lectures, panel discussions and readings. That it can be a site of debate and discussion by writers, academics and literary enthusiasts on how literature, art and culture is related to the layered realities in the countries of the Horn now and in a glorious past.

The very fact that thousands of Sudanese, Ethiopians, Eritreans, and citizens of Somalia through migration and spill-over from conflict in these regions have seeped into Kenya’s national and especially urban psyches tells us that societal relationships have emerged that are complex and fluid. That, in truth, Kenya is as much part of the East African Community as what is known as The Horn of Africa. We recognize the differences, commonalities, and imaginaries between our societies and those of the Horn. We feel that these need to be discussed through the lens of art, literature and culture, and welcome you to the 2012 edition of the Kwani? Litfest.

December 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

2012 African Creative Economy Conference, Nov. 14-16 2012 @ Dakar – Senegal

Dates: November 14-16, 2012
Venue: Hotel Ngor Diarama, Dakar, Senegal.

The African Creative Economy conference, an Arterial Network initiative, will be a rare opportunity that will mark the coming together of powerful debates from across the continent coupled with three days of live and rich provocation from pioneering international practitioners and thinkers, and the unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions from 40 African countries.

The conference offers two parallel programmes – one specifically exploring up-to-date research, experiences and debates; the other is a series of practical know-how exchange trainings and workshops.

The conference will be opened by Senegalese Minister for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Youssou N’Dour. The closing gala dinner will feature performances from renowned African artists.

Download the programme: Program pdf

November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm 1 comment

Launch: SocialPro Clubs, Oct 25 2012 @ University of Nairobi, Lower Kabete Campus

The growth of social media in business and communication in Kenya has necessitated Social Edge Africa to spearhead the formation of social media clubs in universities. The Ministry of Information and Communication, has endorsed the initiative will on Thursday 25th of October 2012 launch SocialPRO clubs and a new campaign to promote responsible & ethical use of Social Media at the UoN; Lower Kabete Campus. The Guest of Honour will be Dr. Bitange Ndemo, other guest speakers include:
Cynthia Nyamai- TV personality
Maryann Michuki- Social Media Manager-Safaricom
Sriram Bharatam-Founder of Kuza Biashara
Doreen Waithera – CEO MSK
Evans Muriu-Wanadamu Initiative
Muthuri Kinyamu- Social Edge Africa
Kennedy Gathu-Lari Smart Villages
Calvin Nyakundi- Discussion on online freedom moderated by Cherrie of KBC.

For more information:

October 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

Creativez Meetup: TV & Film – The Battle for Local Content, Jul 29 2012 @ iHub

July 27, 2012 at 11:01 am 1 comment

Seminar: Policing Contemporary Kenya-Trends, Innovations & Projections, Jul. 19 2012 @ BIEA

Date: July 19, 2012
Venue: British Institute for East Africa (BIEA), Kileleshwa
Time: 8.30am-4pm
Entry: Prior reservation & confirmation []

Discussions on police reforms have been part of the public, official and academic discourses on democratization and change in Kenya for over a decade. Going back to the 1990s, the conduct of the police force has been the subject of numerous policy and academic reviews. Over the years, new actors such as private security agencies have emerged, new subjects of policing have also emerged and ideas on policing of these subjects have also evolved. However, these important changes in policing in Kenya have not received sufficient scholarly attention, leaving practitioners and researchers alike with limited optics with which to view the process of police reforms and security sector reform in general.
The one day workshop will bring together leading researchers on policing and security to share their ongoing research and to take stock of the key theoretical developments in the policing of contemporary Kenya.

The workshop is jointly convened by Mutuma Ruteere – The Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies, Nairobi and Ambreena Manji – The British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi

July 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Conference: Popular Expression in the Silicon Savanna – Perspectives on the Digitization of Art and Life in Kenya, Jul. 10 2012 @ Goethe

While it remains to be seen whether the digital revolution will bring Kenyas ‘Vision 2030′ to fruition, digital technologies are clearly transforming the landscape of Kenyan popular culture. In Kenya today, popular music is being produced on computers and consumed on mobile phones; fiction is being published, read, and commented upon in blogs; poetry is being podcast; religious and political slogans are circulating on Twitter.

This conference brings together Kenyan and non-Kenyan scholars, intellectuals, and cultural practitioners for lively presentations and discussions on the ways in which digital technologies are transforming the production, consumption, reception, monetization, and politicization of popular expression in Kenya – all with a view toward developing a better understanding of Kenyan society in the digital age.

Organised by Prof. Mbugua wa-Mungai (Kenyatta University) and Dr. Andrew J. Eisenberg (University of Oxford), with support from the Goethe-Institut Kenya and the ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation’ Research Programme at the University of Oxford, UK

Date: July 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 10am-4pm
Entry: Free

For more info & programme check G.I. facebook event page

July 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Conference/Seminar: Citizenship, Belonging & Political Community in Africa, Jul. 11-12 2012 @ BIEA

Dates: July 11-12, 2012
Venue: the British Institute in Eastern Africa
RSVP by contacting Dr Emma Hunter, [Limited places available]

Download the programme herekenya_conf_2012b

June 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: Shakespeare’s Italy and its African connections, Jun. 20 2012 @ Italian Institute of Culture

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June 12, 2012 at 11:35 am 1 comment

Kenya Museum Society evening Talk: Illuminating Africa, May 15 2012 @ National Museum

KMS is inviting you for an enlightening an interactive evening talk on – “Illuminating Africa: No Longer the Dark Continent”

With only 15% of the population covered by the grid and considering high cost and unsafe kerosene lighting, solar energy is a solution for safe, affordable, and modern off-grid lighting.

Join us on Tuesday, May 15th 2012, at 7 pm and learn the opportunities of mass-marketing of solar, from an invited panel of four representatives of leading companies.

Moderator: Mr Nana Asamoah-Manu, Country Officer-Kenya,
Lighting Africa Advisory Services,
International Finance Corporation

Where: Nairobi National Museum, Louis Leakey Auditorium
When: Tuesday 15 May 2012, Doors Open 6:45pm, Screening 7pm

KMS members: 400, Non Members: 500 & Students: 200
Proceeds fund development of exhibitions at the Nairobi National Museums of Kenya

for more information contact: Dorothy Mkala, Society Secretary – KMS: 0724 255299, 2339158

May 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm 2 comments

Event: Mindspeak, Apr. 28 2012 @ Inter Continental Nairobi

Date: April 28, 2012
Venue: Inter Continental Hotel
Time: 9am-12 Noon
Guest Speaker: MD Base ResourcesTim Carstens
Entrance: Free

April 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

International Conference on Religious mobility in Eastern Africa, Apr 24-26 2012 @ Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)

International Conference on Religious mobility in Eastern Africa
Nairobi, 24-26 April 2012 at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Jubilee Hall Auditorium, Langata Campus

Organised by:
Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA), Nairobi
Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement (IHEID), Genève
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi

Opening at 2 pm on the 24th of April
With the University Champlain, Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Administration) CUEA Rev. Prof. Juvenalis Baitu, Prof. Maurice Amutabi (CUEA) and Prof. Christian Thibon (IFRA) and Dr. Yvan Droz (IHED)

Conference themes:
•       Comparative and Global perspective of religious mobility
•       Social Approach of religious mobility
•       Pluralism and Identities
•       Religions and Politics
Link to the programme:

April 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm 1 comment

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