Posts tagged ‘john sibi-okumu’

Conversation with Kenyan Writers: Kinyanjui Kombani Author of Den of Inequalities, Jul. 24 2014 @ Goethe Institut

Den of Inequities
Date: July 24, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut – Library
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

Host: John Sibi-Okumu

July 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Kenya’s Songs of Protest: Documentary & CD Compilation Preview Concert, Jan. 31 2014 @ Alliance Française

Songs of Protest
Date: January 31, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7-11 pm
Free Entrance

Performance by: Just a Band, Sarabi, Eric Wainaina and Makadem
Hosted by: John Sibi-Okumu

January 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm 1 comment

Debate: Kenya beyond 50 – Devolution: Problem or Answer in Kenya? Jan. 29 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Kenya at 50 debate
Date: January 29, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Free Entrance

Following countrywide festivities to mark its jubilee anniversary of independence, it is now time to contemplate ‘Kenya beyond 50.’ As we begin 2014, the debate around the effective implementation of the 2010 Constitution continues to be in full swing.

The Katiba Institute (KI) is well placed to contribute to the national discussion as its stated mandate is to enhance the implementation and the realization of constitutional objectives through research, education, litigation and encouragement of public participation.

The panel of experts and decision makers to discuss the impact of the devolution of government, in particular, will include Professor Yash Pal Ghai, the former chairperson of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. The discussion will be moderated by, John Sibi-Okumu, journalist and broadcaster.

Are the objects of devolution to ensure a more inclusive form of governance, closer to the people, that would lead to fair and equitable development for ‘Wanjiku’ being achieved?

January 22, 2014 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

World Premier: Elements [Franco – Kenyan Play], Oct. 18-19 2013 @ Alliance

Author of ‘Role Play’, ‘Minister, karibu!’ and ‘Meetings’, John Sibi-Okumu, returns with the monologue ‘Elements’. This new play is the result of direct collaboration between this accomplished actor, writer, journalist and television presenter, and Nathalie Vairac, French actress.

Dates: Oct. 18-19, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: Friday 7.30 pm & Saturday 6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500


A writer is preparing a speech in response to an invitation to participate in the celebration of her work in a foreign country. As with every artist, in her effort to explain the creative process, she has to dig deep into her own life experience. Who will be able to tell with certainty, just by looking at her, where she is from? Appearances are often deceptive…

Nathalie draws on a multi-cultural heritage, with influences from Europe, the Caribbean, India and Africa, for her performances on stage.

This Franco-Kenyan production is directed by John Sibi-Okumu, and performed by Nathalie Vairac.

October 14, 2013 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

Authors Buffet: Multi-author book signing, May 18 2013 @ the Junction

Book Signing at the Junction
Date: May 18, 2013
Venue: Junction Mall
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Entry: Free

Participating Authors: Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Likimani, John Sibi-Okumu, Joyce Mbaya, Mbugua Mumbi, Dr. Charles Orero, Winnie Thuku-Craig, Antony T. Gitonga, Jenniffer Karina, Stanley Gazemba, Nganga Mbugua, Bonnie Kim, Stephen Kigwa, kinyanjui Kombani and Joseph Ngunjiri

Special appearance by Musyoki Muli, MD Longhorn Publishers

May 14, 2013 at 11:14 am 1 comment

Play: Meetings by John Sibi-Okumu, Until May 11 2013 @ Professional Centre


May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Panel Discussion: Ethics of Responsible Journalism w/ JSO, Gaddo & S. Amin, Apr. 6 2013 @ Cherengani Hills Conference Room

Date: April 6, 2013
Venue: Cherengani Hills Conference Room, 5th Floor
Location: Apollo Insurance Centre, Ring Road parklands
Time: 4-6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 800

Panelists: John Sibi Okumu, Godfrey Mwampembwa (Gaddo) and Salim Amin

April 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Play: Meetings, Feb. 15 – Mar. 2 2013 @ Phoenix Players – the Professional Centre

Phoenix Players, The Professional Centre presents a new and original play by one of our most illustrious and extraordinary alumni, actor and writer John Sibi-Okumu.

This new exciting play starts next week Friday 15th February and runs till 2nd March. George Mungai directs an amazing cast of Phoenix Players in bringing this production to life.

Faoulata, under the guise of interviewing her grandmother for a book on the families of political dissenters is, in fact, searching for her own roots. She already knows that the father whom she has never seen since she was a little girl went into exile and formed a union abroad with a woman other than her own mother. There is expectation in the air: Her father Augustus, ‘Gus’ to all, is returning to be in Kenya in time to witness momentous elections. Some excitement and tension are also foreseeable; Some sensitive encounters will be in order. Over a series of ‘Meetings’ what will be resolved, and what will not…

February 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

Editors picks for @Storymoja #HayFestKe: Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture & Hay 25, Sept. 15-16 2012 @ National Museum

Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture
Date: September 15, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium
Time: 3-4pm

The inaugural lecture honoring Kenya’s great Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement, will be given by Chinese writer and historian Jung Chang.

Jung Chang is the author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (which the Asian Wall Street Journal called the most read book about China), and Mao: The unknown Story (with Jon Halliday).
Chang won the UK Writers’ Guild Best Non-Fiction in 1992 and Book of the year UK in 1993.
Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies.

Hay 25

The way we live now from Hay Festival on Vimeo.

Date: September 16, 2012
Venue: BC Courtyard
Time: 3-4pm

Panel: Jung Chang, Giles Foden, Sitawa Namwale, Chief Nyamweya, John Sibi-Okumu and John Kampfner

To celebrate Hay Festival’s 25th anniversary we asked many of the writers we have worked with over the 25 years to pose 25 questions to Hay Festival audiences.

Kampfner chairs this session addressing three of these questions. Interactive, inquisitive and ground-breaking – have your say and post your replies at

September 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Play: Minister karibu, Oct. 28-30, 2011 @ Michael Joseph Center

Phoenix Players present Minister karibu by John Sibi-Okumu.

Opening Date: October 28, 2011
Venue: The Michael Joseph Center
Time: 7pm
Tickets: Kshs 1000
Online Booking:

Dates: October 29-30, 2011
October 29, 2011 @ 7:00pm [Kshs 1.000/-]
October 30, 2011 @ 4:00pm [Adults Kes 800/- Children Under 14 Kes 400/-]

Contacts: Telephone: +254 20 221 2661 or 222 5506 Cell phone: +254 729 913 425, Email: and Web:

In the run-up to the next general elections, the Opposition Parties’ Conference is the talk of the country. It is horse-trading time- and a motley collection of incumbent legislators, each with their own agenda- are bent on cobbling together a semblance of unity to secure their seats- and of course the hefty perks!
Key to this conference is Winston Churchill Matumbato- so called ‘Kingmaker’- who is supposedly a venerable political animal.

The meeting is being held at the Walevis’ Authentic African Hotelunder management of the proprietor- Mama Toto. The proceedings are followed keenly by her general factotum- Solo. The press are attracted to the conference like moths to a candle. The local press is represented by Pitbul Nteria, and the international angle is covered by Don Brother. However, it transpires that everything is not as it seems to everybody. This production sees the return to the Phoenix Stage of Ng’ang’a Kirumburu and Mwangi, and features David Opondoe [Propose Me!], Yriimo Mwaura [Duets], Bruce Makau [Romeo & Juliet] and Kevin Amwoma [Smile Orange], among others- including some fresh talent

For more info: nickcreations

October 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Play: Minister Karibu, Jul. 22-Aug. 6 2011 @ Phoenix Theatre

Minister Karibu is a comedy by John Sibi-Okumu directed by George Mungai.

Premiers: July 22, 2011
Dates: July 22-August 6, 2011
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Time: Weekdays 7pm, July 23 & 30 at 6pm and August 6, 2011 at 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Kshs 500
Tickets info: 222 55 06 and 0729 913425 Mpesa Accepted
Email bookings:

Students Night every Thursday where you buy one ticket at Ksh 300 and get another
free! (for Students with valid Identification)

July 21, 2011 at 8:18 am 2 comments

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