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Book Launch: Kenya’s Past as Prologue – Voters, Violence and the 2013 General Election, Jun. 25 2015 @ IFRA/BIEA

Book Launch: Kenya’s Past as Prologue. Voters, Violence and the 2013 General Election,” edited by M-A. Fouéré, S. Mwangi, M. Ndeda & C. Thibon (2015)

Date: June 25, 2015
Venue: BIEA/IFRA
Time: 3 pm

“During the run-up to Kenya’s 2013 general elections, crucial political and civic questions were raised. Could past mistakes, especially political and ethnic-related violence be avoided this time round? Would the spectre of the 2007 post- electoral violence positively or negatively affect debates and voting? How would politicians, electoral bodies such as the IEBC, the Kenyan civil society and the international community weigh in on the elections?…The book’s centre stage tries to explore Kenya’s inescapable past and whether it would prepare the scene for a new political order.”

Published by Twaweza Communications

June 17, 2015 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Contact Zones NRB 15 – Kenya@50 Trends, Identities and the Politics of Belonging by Joyce Nyairo, Jun. 3 2015 @ National Museum

Contact Zones Nairobi
Date: June 3, 2015
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya
Time: 5.30 pm
Entry: Free

Dr. Nyairo will be joined by a panel consisting of Dr. JKS Makhoha (Kenyatta University), Dr. Garnette Olouch-Olunya (Technical University of Kenya), Dr. Charles Muiru Ngugi (University of Nairobi), Milton Obote Joshua (USIU), and Prof. Levi Obonyo (Daystar University)

Find more information here

June 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: Writivism Festival, Jun. 16-22 2015 @ Kampala – Uganda

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5-Day Writivism Festival

Dates: June 16th – 22nd 2015
Venue: Kampala, UG)
Early Bird Offer: KES 6,000

About
Writivism is an annual Literary Festival held every June in Kampala, Uganda featuring leading contemporary writers.

Celebrating its 3rd edition this year, the festival guest list boasts of authors, academics, bloggers, journalists, critics, reviewers, publishers and other stakeholders in the African literary infrastructure and is drawn from various parts of the continent and beyond.

This includes Tsitsi Dangarembga, John Nagenda, Sara Bruya, Rachel Zadok, Michela Wrong, Shedrack Chikoti, Chika Unigwe, Edwige Dro, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Paula Akugizibwe, Dami Ajayi, Aaron Bady, Doreen Baingana, Donald Molosi, Onyeka Nwelue, Aida Mbowa, Moses Kilolo, Jennifer Makumbi and many more.

The festival will also feature book signings, panel discussions, master classes, exhibitions, music and poetry performances, school tours, book launches and readings, stage drama and the Writivism Short Story Prize Awards evening among other activities at the two festial venues, Makerere University and the National Theatre.

Note: Kes. 6,000* Special Early Bird Offer

It covers transport from Nairobi to Kampala and back plus a five-day festival pass. (*Valid till May 31st)
Register now at info@writivism.com

Find a list of discounted hotels and guest houses at http://www.writivism.com (http://writivism.com/?page_id=1726)

May 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm 1 comment

Book Discussion: Kizza Besigye & Uganda’s unfinished Revolution, May 12 2015 @ IFRA/BIEA Conference Room

Date: May 12, 2015
Venue: IFRA/BIEA Conference Room
Time: 11h-1230h

Daniel K. Kalinaki’s Kizza Besigye and Uganda’s unfinished revolution, DominantSeven Publishers – 2014

With : Daniel Kalinaki, Pauline Bernard, Dr.Joshua Rubongoya & Dr. Musambayi Katumanga.

About
“[R]enowned journalist Daniel Kalinaki’s book, Kizza Besigye and Uganda’s Unfinished Revolution […] charts the journey of Besigye starting from his childhood in Rukungiri to working alongside Museveni against the Obote ‘regime’ and finally, to leading an opposition movement.

The backdrop to the story is a Uganda re-emerging from decades of abuse by tyrants of yester-year. Kalinaki provides a concise account of the history of the country and interwoven into it are the stories of Besigye, Museveni and their respective parties and causes. This perhaps is where the book triumphs. In one volume the reader gains an insight into Besigye the man, the evolution of Uganda and the sins and successes of a government which has possibly outstayed its welcome.

In recent years, Besigye has often made headlines for his acts of rebellion, his inability to be silenced and refusal to stand down. The book goes into detail offering accounts of every beating, imprisonment and act of injustice forced upon him by the powers that be. In the midst of this he becomes a husband and a father, and one cannot help but think that this is what he sacrifices in order to continue with his quest for success. Years are spent in exile, away from his family and home; was it for personal glory or an act so altruistic as being for the good of the nation?

While this story is told through accounts provided by Besigye, his wife Winnie and many others that have fought by his side and against him, Kalinaki makes a concerted effort to shed light upon the huge differences between the Museveni of 1986 and the Museveni of 2016”.

May 5, 2015 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic May Edition feat. Vanessa Ombura & Lele Ngoma, May 5 2015 @ the Phoenix Players

Open Mic May 2015
Date: May 5, 2015
Venue: the Phoenix Players
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300 at the Gate

April 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm 2 comments

Kwani? Sunday Salon – w/ Writer Songeziwe Mahlangu, May 3 2015 @ Kwani Trust Office Gardens

Kwani S Salon
Date: Sunday, 3rd May
Venue: Kwani Trust Office Gardens, Riverside Drive
Time: 3 pm
Entry: FREE

About
Kwani? Sunday Salon will feature readings and conversations with 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature winner, Songeziwe Mahlangu and celebrated Kenyan writer, Henry Ole Kulet.

There will be poetry performances, live music by Sage and readings from the new Chimurenga by Caine Prize winner Yvonne Owour, historian Ngala Chome and Kwani Trust Managing Editor Billy Kahora.

The visiting South African author is the second winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books.

Mr. Ole Kulet’s novel Vanishing Herds ( Longhorn Publishers) won the 2013 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. He has published several books and has over 30 years experience writing about contemporary Maa culture.

Chimurenga is a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Started in 2011, The Chronic is a pan African quarterly gazette whose new edition focuses on new geographies, and is published in collaboration with Kwani Trust.

“One of the questions is this: if you try to map the psycho-techno-cultural corridors and ports through which this idea of better life (also known as “Africa Rising”) circulates, what do you see? We came up with this multi-breasted feminine. And more – war machines, secret countries, trade routes, water maps etc.” – The Chronic.

Find more info. on their website http://kwani.org/new/press_releases/87/kwani_trust_to_host_2014_etisalat_prize_for_literature_winner.htm

April 23, 2015 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Official Launch: The African Poetry Library, Apr. 30 2015 @ Goethe Institut Library

Poetry Library Launch

April 23, 2015 at 10:47 am 1 comment

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