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Mau Mau Crucible of War is a study of the social and cultural history of the mentalité of struggle in Kenya, which reached a high water mark during the Mau Mau war of the 1950s, but which continues to resonate in Kenya today in the ongoing demand for a decent standard of living and social justice for all.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. On the panel: playwright and poet Fiston Mwanza Mujila from Democratic Republic of Congo, Etisalat Prize for Fiction winner 2015, and Kenyan writer Stanley Gazemba who is winner of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize and one of the Africa39 writers.
Moderated by Zukiswa Wanner.
This month’s session will be held in Jevanjee Gardens, iMax Theater and Sabina Joy Pub.
Curated by Tony Mochama.
Date: May 9, 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Time: 2-4 pm
Entry: Prior registration
In 2013, almost half of Africa’s top aid recipients were ruled by authoritarian regimes. Many international donors such as USAID, DFID, the World Bank and the European Commission have had their policies entangled with the agendas of the ruling elites. Development policies are thus shaped with a view to maintain the status quo, compromising the rights and democracy of local citizens. This book raises the question: to what extent are foreign aid programmes actually perpetuating authoritarian rule?
On 9 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will host the launch of Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa, edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens.
The book highlights the political and moral complexities that emerge from the relationship between foreign aid and autocratic governments in Africa. It brings to light changing donor interests and rhetoric, as well as the impact of foreign aid on military assistance, rural development, electoral processes and domestic politics in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Mozambique and Angola.
Find more information about this event and registration details, here
Archaeology & Art! Pots and Identities: The Language of Clay + Launch of Edward Njenga’s Autobiography, May 7- Jun. 30 2016 @ National Museum
Until: June 30, 2016
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
Pots and Identities: The language of clay
Pottery is one of the most enduring artifacts in the archaeological record. It has been used the world over to provide relative dates for sites and also to reconstruct life ways of the prehistoric people.
This exhibition is the archaeologist version of the Kenyan history and the contemporary practices of potters/ artists through the language of clay. In both cases, the identity of the potter is easily discernible from either the style or decorations of the pot.
In some cases, archaeological data cannot stand alone and archaeologists have used present day practices to interpret their data. Some of the comparative data include studies on pottery functions, pottery making technologies, innovation and diffusion…
Outstanding archaeological and traditional pottery alongside contemporary works by Magdalene Odundo, Mzee Edward Njenga, Waithira Chege and Emmanuel Ondif among others.
During the exhibition opening there will be a book launch of Edward Njenga’s autobiography ‘Telling it in Clay’ written by Lynette Kariuki.