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Storymoja Celebrates M. G. Vassanji, Jan. 25 2014 @ Michael Joseph Centre

MG Vassanji program-01
Date: January 25, 2014
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500

Master Class with M. G. Vassanji from 10 am – 1 pm [Pre-register ONLY]
Exploring Inter-cultural Relationships with Drumbeats from 1.30-3 pm
The in-between World of East Africa from 3.15-4.45 pm
Book Launching and Signing from 5-6 pm
Nyef Nyef Stories to Discombobulate the Mind from 6.30-8 pm

Other Scheduled Events
Moyez Vassanji Colloquium and Lecture at University of Nairobi – Dept. of Literature
Date: January 27, 2014
Full info here Invitation to the Moyez Vassanji Colloquium and Lecture [Word Document]

January 16, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Kwani at 10 Lecture: On Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, Nov. 29 2013 @ University of Nairobi

On Americana
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s public lecture at University of Nairobi

Date: November 29, 2013
Venue: Taifa Hall, University of Nairobi

Register & find more info here

November 26, 2013 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Thesis Defense: Political identity in Nairobi CBD by Lydia W. Muthuma, Jan. 14 2013 @ IFRA-BIEA

Date: January 14, 2013
Venue: IFRA – BIEA
Time: 2 pm

Jury : B. Calas (supervisor), Université de Bordeaux III ; P.A. Makachia, University of Nairobi ; C. Musambayi Katumbenga

January 4, 2013 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Facing special Challenges – the Israeli Supreme Court, Dec. 18 2012 @ University of Nairobi

Date: December 18, 2012
Venue: 8-4-4 Hall, University of Nairobi
Time: 3 pm
Entry: Free

Speaker: Justice Eliezer Rivlin, former deputy president Israeli Supreme Court

Commentary: Hon (Dr.) Willy Mutunga – Chief Justice/President – Supreme Court of Kenya

For more info: UoN website

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Talk + Public Debate: Rights in the Age of Terrorism, Dec. 18 2012 @ University of Nairobi

Date: December 18, 2012
Venue: Main Campus – ED 213, University of Nairobi
Time: 2.30-5 pm
Entry: Free

Talk by: Dr. William F. Schulz – President and CEO Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Dr. William is a renowned author, scholar and speaker on human rights, security & terrorism

December 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

[Update] Kwani? LitFest 2012: Stories of the Horn of Africa, Dec. 9-16 2012 @ Various Venues

Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum, University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]

Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum

Kwani Lit Fest Map
Entry to most of the events is Free

Download litfest_programme

Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya

Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia

A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Entry: Free
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 11, 2012
Venue: University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental, Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Free Entry
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)

The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.

For the exact programme please visit the 2012 Kwani? Litfest website:
More information on Moving Africa:

December 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm 2 comments

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

Symposium: the Sidis – Indians of East African origin, Oct. 23 2012 @ BIEA

Date: October 23, 2012
Venue: the British Institute In Eastern Africa
Time: 10 am – 12.30 pm
Entry: RSVP on

Symposium by Dr. Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dr. Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi (b. 1945, Zanzibar) is Professor of Swahili and Comparative Bantu at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Uppsala University in Sweden.

This symposium focuses on the Sidis of Gujarat who are an interesting example of early globalization in the Indian Ocean lands, and the impact of modern globalization on diaspora communities. He has written a publication on the Sidis which will be on sale at the symposium for only Kshs 200.

Respondent: Prof Kithaka wa Mberia – Dept of Linguistics and Languages, University of Nairobi

Moderator: Tom Odhiambo – Senior Lecturer, Dept of Literature, University of Nairobi

October 15, 2012 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Lecture: Dr. Caroline Elkins, author of “Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya”, Jun 16 2012 @ University of Nairobi

The Harvard Club of Kenya presents a lecture by Dr. Caroline Elkins.
Professor Elkins’s first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction as well as other major awards.Her research formed the legal basis for the Mau Mau freedom fighters’ court case against the British Government for crimes against humanity. They are currently examining 300 boxes of files that surfaced last year in England (for more see this recent article from the Harvard Magazine:

This is the first time in several years that Dr. Elkins has spoken in Kenya, and the first time since the British trial. Come and hear about her journey and join in what promises to be a lively conversation with this leading luminary.

Date: Saturday 16 June
Time: 3:30 mingle over tea
4pm an hour of Dr. Elkins followed by Q&A
Cost: KES 400 for general public (HCK members free)

Venue: Education Theatre 2, University of Nairobi
This is across from the Norfolk
Lost? call Megan 0722.715.603

RSVP on the Facebook event or by email at megan [at] zanaafrica [dot] org

June 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm 2 comments

Public Lecture: Lessons from Tsunami in Japan-HE Amb. Toshihisa Takata, Apr. 25 2012 @ UoN

University of Nairobi Department of Literature invites you to a Public Lecture by HE Ambassador Toshihisa Takata on Lessons learnt from March 11 Earthquake and the subsequent Tsunami in Japan

Date: April 25, 2012
Venue: Education Lecture Theatre II, University of Nairobi
Time: 2pm

April 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture/Book Launch: by Prof Micere Mugo, Apr. 17 2012 @ UoN

University of Nairobi, Dept of literature & African Women Studies invites you to:

A Public Lecure and Book Launch by Prof Micere Githae Mugo: From the Heart of my Mind-The Story of our Journey

Date: April 17, 2012
Venue: MPH (8-4-4 Building), University of Nairobi
Time: 2pm

Discussant: Hon. Martha Karua (NARC-Kenya Party Leader)

Prof. Micere Mugo is a distinguished writer, scholar and Prof. of Literature, African & African-American studies at Syracuse University

She is also the 2012 Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival Professorial Lecturer

April 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm 5 comments

Public Lecture: Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in a Compared Perspective, Apr. 20 2012 @ UoN

The Embassy of Brazil in Nairobi and University of Nairobi invites you to a public lecture on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, to be held at the University of Nairobi on April 20, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Venue: MPH (8-4-4 Building), University of Nairobi

Speakers: Maria Carolina Marques Ferracini (PhD) and Prof. Winnie Mitullah

More info on Embassy’s Facebook page

April 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm 2 comments

Public Lecture: Trade & Environment in Africa’s Economies, Jan. 18 2012 @ University of Nairobi

The centre for advanced studies in environmental law & policy (CASELAP) and the school of economics invites you to;

An academic public lecture, the 3rd of a series of distinguished lectures.

Presented by: Dr. Patrick Low, Chief Economist World Trade Organization (WTO)

Topic: Trade & Environment in Africa’s Economies

Date: January 18, 2012
Venue: Confucius Conference Centre, Education Building, Room Ed 213, Second Floor, main campus
Time: 2.30pm
Entry: Free

January 18, 2012 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Challenges of Urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa and the Role of Universities, Nov. 8 2011 @ UON

Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, will be delivering a public lecture on “Challenges of Urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa and the Role of Universities” at the University of Nairobi.

Date: 8 November 2011
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: 8.4.4 Hall, Main Campus, University of Nairobi

November 2, 2011 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Critical Theory & Nation-State Formation, Sept. 30 2011 @ University of Nairobi

University of Nairobi Department of Literature invites you to a public lecture;

Date: September 30, 2011
Venue: Education Building 2 (ED 2) Lecture Theatre
Time: 2pm
Contacts: (020) 318 262 ext: 28070 or email:

Speaker: Prof. Gayatri Spivak from Colombia University

September 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm 3 comments

Performance/Concert: The Wind from Dunhuang, Sept. 8 2011 @ University of Nairobi (Taifa Hall)

Friendly performance of China Gansu Arts Troupe to African Countries

Date: September 8, 2011
Venue: University of Nairobi (Taifa Hall)
Time: 7pm
Entry: Free

Presented by: Gansu Provincial Bureau of Culture, China
Performed by: Lanzhou Ensemble of Song and Dance, China

1. Dance: Raise your Bridal Veil
2. Female Solo: A Glass of Good Wine
3. Female Group Dance: The Love Song of Kangding
4. Play the Matouqin: 1. A thousand horses are galloping ahead 2. Sing a spring song in pasture
5. Female Group Dance: The Green Peacock
6. Male Dance Group: Happy Tibetians
7. Selections from the dance drama of ‘Dreams for Dunhuang’: Pipa Dance
8. Male Solo: Zhuoma
9. Female Trio Dance: Shao Duoli
10. Acrobatic Shows
11. Dance: Goddess of Mercy with Thousand Hands
12. Unique Skill in Sichuan Opera: Change Faces
13. Group Dance: Civil Wind

September 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Discourse: Refugee Situation in Kenya: ‘A Protected Lot or A Burden to the Hosts’, Jun. 9 2011 @ UoN

Date: June 9, 2011
Venue: Multi Purpose Hall (MPH), University of Nairobi (Main Campus).
Time: 2-5pm

Guest Speaker: Hassan Omar Hassan, Commissioner KNCHR

Panelist: Elike Segbor UNCHR Rep. Nairobi and Dr. Adams Oloo Chair Dept of Political Affairs & Public Administration U.o.N.

Moderator: John Sibi Okumu

June 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: The Role of Employers & Stakeholders in Control of Occupation Hazards, Apr. 27 2011 @ U.o.N.

The University of Nairobi and Ministry of Labour invites you to a public lecture to commemorate this years ‘Safety and Health Celebrations’

Speaker: Prof. Mutuku A. Mwanthi
Title: The Role of Employers and Stakeholders in Control of Occupational Hazards

Venue: Education Theatre II, University of Nairobi
Date: April 27, 2011
Time: 2pm
Entry: Free

April 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibition: As Others See Us-China in the Eyes of African Artists, Apr. 20-26 2011 @ Education Building UoN

China through Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) invited 15 African artists (From 15 African Countries) to China and during their residency in China they each produced 2 works of art on China.

Opening date: April 20, 2011
Venue: Education Building, University of Nairobi
Time: 4pm
Entry: Free

Organised by: Chinese ministry of Culture/Ministry of Commerce/State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, General Administration of Press & Publication/General Administration of Sports, State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Embassy of China in Kenya

Presented by: China Arts & Entertainment Group/ University of Nairobi

This exhibition will showcase how African artists see/perceive China

April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Strengthening China-Africa Friendship & Co-operation to build a better tomorrow, Apr. 20 2011 @ Taifa Hall UoN

Date: April 20, 2011
Venue: Taifa Hall, University of Nairobi
Time: 2.10-3.30pm (seated by 2pm)
Entry: Free

Public lecture: by HE Mr. Li Changchun. Member of Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

April 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: International Environmental Governance-Something New Under the Sun, Mar. 15 2011 @ U.O.N.

Notice is hereby given of an Academic Public Lecture in the series of Distinguished Lectures on Environmental Governance organised by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP)

The Second Lecture in the series will be presented by:

Prof. Dr. Frank Maes
Department of Public International Law
Faculty of Law
University of Ghent

Topic: International Environment Governance: Something New Under the Sun

Date: March 15, 2011
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Confucius Centre, Conference Centre. 2nd Floor Education Building. University of Nairobi
Entry: Free

March 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

Public Lecture: Economic & Social Council as an Instrument for Effective Policy Formulation & Consensus Finding, Mar. 9 2011 @ U.o.N

UNDESA, National Economic & Social Council and AICESIS invite you to a public lecture

Date: March 9, 2011
Venue: University of Nairobi, Main Campus, Lecture Theatre Room ED II
Theme: Economic & Social Council as an Instrument for effective policy formulation and consensus finding
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Graute, Senior Advisor-Division for Public Administration and Management Development at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Participants: Faculty members, postgraduate students and fourth year undergraduate students in Humanities
Entry: Free

March 7, 2011 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition: Worship and Religious Diversity, Mar 14-18 2011 @ University of Nairobi

The exhibit takes place at the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library Hall. It features a collection of superb photos by a renowned Iranian Female Photographer: Marzieh Avetyn.

March 4, 2011 at 3:02 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Obama’s Revolution-What lessons for Africa, Feb. 22 2011 @ Taifa Hall, UoN

Public Lecture: Obama’s Revolution: What lessons for Africa by Prof. Horace Campbell, author of recently published “Barack Obama and 21st century politics”

Respondents: Tom Maliti, political analyst and Njoki Njehu, Director, Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource

Moderator: Hakima Abbas

Date: February 22, 2011
Venue: University of Nairobi, Taifa Hall
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm
Entry: Free

Prof. Horace Campbell has authored the following books;
1.Rasta and Resistance From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney
2. Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation
3. Pan Africanists and African Liberation in the 21st century

Via Kenyanpoet

February 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm 1 comment

Photo Exhibition: Wonderful World Expo, Smiling Africa, Dec. 6 2010-Jan. 6 2011 @ Education Building

The Confucius Institute of Nairobi University is showcasing a photo exhibition at Education Building (ED) ground floor. The photo exhibition highlights Africa’s presence at the recently concluded Shanghai Expo 2010 and is done by Xinhua News Agency.

Theme: Wonderful World Expo, Smiling Africa
Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2010-January 6, 2011
Venue: Education Building, University of Nairobi

December 20, 2010 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: A 50yr Journey by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Dec. 15 2010 @ University of Nairobi

December 14, 2010 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Reflections and Lessons by Micere Mugo, Dec. 14 2010 @ University of Nairobi

December 14, 2010 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Event: Launch of the 2010 Global Human Development Report, Nov. 4 2010 @ University of Nairobi

Launch of the 2010 Global Human Development Report
20th Anniversary Edition
The real wealth of nations: Pathways to Human Development
UNDP website

Date: Thursday 4th November 2010
Venue: MPH Hall, 8-4-4 Building, University of Nairobi Campus, University Way
Time: 3.30-6pm
Entry: Free

Featuring Performances by:
Just a Band
Pillars of Kibera

Discussion led by;
Dr. Tegegnework Gettu-UNDP Assistant Administrative & Director, Regional Bureau for Africa
Mr. Aeneas C. Chuma-UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator

November 2, 2010 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Seminar and Readings, Oct. 27 2010 @ University of Nairobi

Date: October 27, 2010
Venue: Education Building, University of Nairobi
Time: 0900-1100Hrs

Seminar and Readings
Seminar, performance and readings with writer and author Kaha Mohamed Aden with the participation of the department of Literature-University of Nairobi

In accordance with this years theme* we present the cultural diversity that the Italian language can offer and create an exchange of experiences with Kenyan writers.

At the University of Nairobi-Room ED213-3rd Floor-Education Building

On 26th October Kaha Mohammed Aden will meet with writers published by KWANI?

*A language as a friend: Our Italian and that of others

October 26, 2010 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Delivering Aid Differently, Sept. 30 2010 @ Main Campus

Date: September 30, 2010
Venue: University of Nairobi Main Campus, Multipurpose Hall 8-4-4
Time: 2pm

Delivering Aid Differently: Lessons from the field
A book launch by Dr. Wolfgang Fengler (World Bank, Lead Economist), including discussion with PS Treasury Joseph Kinyua, Dr. Richard Leakey, and Prof. Michael Chege

We live in a new reality of aid. Gone is the traditional relationship, the old fashioned mode of delivering aid, and the perception of third world as a homogeneous block of poor countries in the south. Delivering aid differently describes the new realities of a $ 200 billion industry that has overtaken this traditional model of development assistant. Dr. Wolfgang Fengler is the co-editor of this new book; Prof. Francis Mwega (Director, School of Economics, University of Nairobi) has written the chapter of ‘Delivering Aid Differently’.

“Can aid deliver the economic, social, and political transformations development demands, or is it condemned to small successes and failures? This is the central question that Wolfgang Fengler and Homi Kharas take on. Their approach is novel: to elicit the answers from scholars from the aid-recipient countries themselves. I commend this book to all those interested in reforming how aid is delivered so that it eventually becomes redundant.”—Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, The World Bank, and former Minister of Finance, Nigeria

September 30, 2010 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

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