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Amka Literature Forum: Women in Fiction, May 28 2016 @ the Goethe Institut Library

AMKA-and-Fifth-Draft
Date: May 28, 2016
Venue: the Goethe Institut Library
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Entry: Free

May 21, 2016 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa, May 9 2016 @ Rift Valley Institute Office

Date: May 9, 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Time: 2-4 pm
Entry: Prior registration

About
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

May 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Archaeology & Art! Pots and Identities: The Language of Clay + Launch of Edward Njenga’s Autobiography, May 7- Jun. 30 2016 @ National Museum

Pot and Identities
Opening and Book Launch: May 7, 2016
Venue: the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi
Time: 2 pm
Entry: Free

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.

Book Launch
During the exhibition opening there will be a book launch of Edward Njenga’s autobiography ‘Telling it in Clay’ written by Lynette Kariuki.

May 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

And Then She Said: 5 Novels Re-Imagined, Apr. 14 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

And then she said
Date: April 14, 2016
Venue: Goethe Institut, Auditorium
Time: 6-8.30 pm
Tickets: KES 500

About
Five Novels. Five Women. Five Stories. Experience African literature in a totally new way through an intimate re-imagining of five acclaimed novels, performed for the stage. The women grapple with questions of race, sexuality, patriarchy, friendship, love, loneliness and much more.

– So Long a Letter, 1980: by Mariama Ba, re-imagined by Sitawa Namwalie
– Coming to Birth, 1986: by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, re-imagine by Mumbi Kaigwa
– The Orchard of Lost Souls, 2013: by Nadifa Mohamed, re-imagined by Raya Wambui
– Maid in SA: 30 Ways to leave your Madam, 2013: by Zukiswa Wanner, re-imagined by Patricia Kihoro
– The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, 2014: by Lola Shoneyin, re-imagined by Maimouna Jallow

April 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: The Wretched Africans, Apr. 7 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Wretched Africans
Date and Time: Thursday, 07th April 2016, 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

About
A Study of Rabai and Freretown Slave Settlements By Joe Khamisi.

No one in the history of humankind has suffered the indignity, abuse, and pain of slavery than the African. Unfortunately, the African slave narrative – written mainly by western historians and missionaries – has been contemptibly distorted to portray Europeans as the gallant saviours, the notorious slave traders as swaggering heroes.

The Wretched Africans peels off what is beneath the Arab slave trade, unravels the racism and abuse meted against Africans by European explorers and missionaries, and lays bare the heroism and resilience of the African captives.

The book will be launched in the form of a moderated panel discussion with Joe Khamisi, Dr. Mshai Mwangola, Edgar Manasseh and Khainga O’Okwemba.

April 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm 3 comments

Famine in Somalia: A Rift Valley Forum Meeting, Mar. 22 2016 @ RVI Office – Kileleshwa

Launch of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-12

Date: March 22, 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Time: 2-4 pm
Entry: Prior Reservation, RSVP here

About
In 2011, the scale of famine taking grip in Somalia was just beginning to receive international attention. Although famine had been predicted almost a year earlier, it was not until July that famine was formally declared. Some 250,000 people died in the southern Somalia in the famine, which also displaced and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of others, many of whom sought refuge in Kenya.

On Tuesday 22 March 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will host the Nairobi launch of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-12. This new book by Dan Maxwell and Nisar Majid is based on extensive research in Somalia and the region. It examines the causes of the famine, the trade-offs between competing policy priorities that led to it, the collective failure in response, and how those affected by it attempted to protect themselves and their livelihoods. Its analysis of the humanitarian response, includes the role played by Turkey, the Middle East, and Islamic charities worldwide — actors that had not previously been particularly visible in Somalia.

Copies of the book will be on sale during the Forum.

More information on the book can be found here.

March 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

A Magical Day of Storytelling, Mar. 19 2016 @ Kwani? – Off Riverside Drive

Reimagined Kwani
Date: 19th March 2016
Venue: Kwani? Offices (Off Riverside Drive, opposite DusitD2)
Time: 11am to 6pm and the show from 7pm
COSTS 500 / = (adults) and 250 / = (children) both for the day’s activity as well as for the show at night

About
On the occasion of the World Storytelling Day, the Embassy of Spain in Nairobi is pleased to invite you to A Magical Day of Storytelling Where Nairobi’s finest storytellers, writers and artists will be joining hands to celebrate and to create a magical day of stories.

The one-day Programme will include:
• Interactive performances by the city’s finest storytellers
• A reading nook Where writers and parents will share Their favorite such
• Both workshops for kids and adults on a wide range of topics, from illustrating, writing and poetry
• An art exhibition by a collective of women illustrators and graffiti artist
• A stories’ booth to record children’s own stories
• A charity auction
• Books stalls and much more

The event AIMS to recapture people’s minds With traditional African storytelling and to Encourage a culture of reading amongst the youth. It is Also a celebration of women, as This Year’s theme for World Storytelling Day is Strong Women.

In Addition to the event during the day in Which is open to all, there will be a show from 7pm onwards in Which some texts of the five books will be ACTED Chosen out.

March 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

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