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Reading: The Truth and Other Lies – A Novel by Sascha Arango, Sept. 22 2016 @ Goethe Institut Library
Famous bestselling author, loving husband, generous friend – Henry is an extremely pleasant person to have around, or so it seems. But then his mistress – and editor – becomes pregnant and as a result the whole of his carefully constructed life threatens to come apart. When he tries to get rid of his girlfriend, he makes a terrible mistake. Not only are the police soon after him, but his past, which he had painstakingly been keeping under the carpet, also threatens to catch up with him. In order not to be called to account, Henry works out an ingenious plan. Craftily and cold-bloodedly, he intertwines lies and truths and all the shades of grey in-between, with happy coincidences playing a not insignificant part. But bit by bit the noose tightens.
Excerpts from the book will be read and discussed in English and German.
‘City of Thorns’ by Ben Rawlence in a literary conversation with John Sibi-Okumu
Date: September 8, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française terrace
Time: 6.30 pm
On 6 May 2016 the Kenya Government announced that it will shut down the Dadaab Refugee Camp by November 2016 and subsequently disbanded the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA), all in effort to forcefully return Somali refugees back to Somalia. The Kenyan authorities claim that Dadaab has lost its humanitarian character and that it is used as a training ground for terrorist.
Amnesty International and the Rift Valley Institute have invited the British writer and former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the Horn of Africa, Ben Rawlence (author of River Congo and City of Thorns), to participate in a discussion on the closure of the Daadab Camp.
On this occasion, the Kenyan writer, actor and journalist, John Sibi-Okumu, will host Ben Rawlence in a literary conversation on his book ‘City of Thorns’ which interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the world’s largest refugee camp and sketches the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.
Date: August 24, 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa Nairobi
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Nic Cheeseman will talk about the findings of his recent book, Democracy in Africa, and its implications for the prospects democracy in Africa and, more specifically, in Kenya. This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the history of democracy in Africa and explains why the continent’s democratic experiments have so often failed and how they could succeed. In it, Dr Cheeseman grapples with some of the most important questions facing Africa and democracy today, including whether international actors should try and promote democracy abroad, how to design political systems that manage ethnic diversity, and why democratic governments often make bad policy decisions.
Beginning in the colonial period with the introduction of multi-party elections and ending in 2013 with the collapse of democracy in Mali and South Sudan, the book describes the rise of authoritarian states in the 1970s; the attempts of trade unions and some religious groups to check the abuse of power in the 1980s; the remarkable return of multiparty politics in the 1990s; and finally, the tragic tendency for elections to exacerbate corruption and violence. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event at a discounted rate……
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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.