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Book Launch: Kenya’s 2013 General Election -Stakes, Practices and Outcomes, Jan. 21 2016 @ Goethe Institut

Kenya's 2013 General Election -Stakes, Practices and Outcomes

Kenya’s 2013 General Election -Stakes, Practices and Outcomes

Date: January 21, 2016
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium

The papers in the book are written by mainly Kenyan academics and civil society actors who examine the drivers of the 2013 general elections and the sources of the mandate to lead.

Inspired by the determination to have inclusive governance and the advancement of democracy in Kenya, the book asks important questions related to, among others, political participation, identity, electoral institutions and the judiciary. Although past elections have hardly transformed the lives of the majority of the people notwithstanding the promises made by leaders, they are embraced enthusiastically by voters. They are worth of intense reflection, as the book shows.

Find more information here

Kenya’s 2013 General Election: Stakes, Practices and Outcomes is an outcome of the partnership between Twaweza Communications and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

January 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: A conversation with Gérard Prunier, Jan. 15 2016 @ BIEA

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi | via RVI

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi | via RVI

On Friday 15 January 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will host Gérard Prunier for the Nairobi launch of the book Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi, co-edited by Prunier and Éloi Ficquet.

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, BIEA
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Entry: Prior RSVP

This anthology of essays by noted scholars of Ethiopia’s culture, history, politics, and society seeks to transcend the clichés of suffering and visions of a past empire that often colour perspectives on the country. This book presents a measured, detailed and systematic analysis of the powerful forces that have rapidly transformed Ethiopia into a regional power.

RVI Fellow Gérard Prunier is a historian and author of The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide and of Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide.

Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here

January 13, 2016 at 11:28 am 1 comment

Book Discussion: Nairobi – A Night Runner’s Guide Through the City in the Sun, Dec. 17 2015 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Conversation with Kenyan Writers
Book Discussion: Nairobi – A Night Runner’s Guide Through the City in the Sun – A Novel by Tony Mochama

Date and Time: Thursday, 17th December 2015, 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

Panelists will include Professor Mikhail Iossel of Canada’s Concordia University, Dr. Tom Odhiambo of UoN, Pen president Khainga Okembwa and Kingwa Kamenchu.

Find more information, here.

December 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm 1 comment

Book Launch: Fifth Draft – An Anthology of Poetry and Prose, Dec. 10 2015 @ Goethe Institut – Nairobi

Date: December 10, 2015
Venue: Goethe Institut, Nairobi
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

December 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Litfest: Panel Conversation W/ Boris Boubacar Diop, Dec. 4 2015 @ Alliance Française

Kwani at AF
Date: December 4, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 2-5pm

Senegalese novelist, journalist and essayist, Boris Boubacar Diop, has established himself as one of the most prominent contemporary Francophone writers. In his first appearance in Kenya to participate in the5th edition of the Kwani? Litfest, Boris Boubacar will discuss the impasses and weaknesses of African literature.

His presentation will be followed by a short panel conversation with him and the Congolese writer, Patrick Mudekereza.

Abstract from Boris Boubacar Diop’s presentation:

‘Some of the most important names in African literature are authors like Chinua Achebe from Nigeria, Pepetela from Angola or Mongo Beti from Cameroon. What they have in common is that they write in the languages of their former colonial powers – England, Portugal and France –
rather than in any existing African language.
So, it can be said in reference to the partition of Africa in 1885, that a Triple Berlin Wall still divides Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone writers. Many of us still think that this situation, far from being problematic, is the best opportunity to reach international audiences. This choice is understandable but it may also be too simplistic. Is it time to remember the poet Birago Diop’s famous words:
‘The baobab can’t conquer the stars unless it is deeply rooted in the soil’ ?
I would like to to show that the linguistic debate raised in the sixties by Cheikh Anta Diop and Ngugi Wa Thiong’O has never been more topical or more vital.’

December 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

Launch: Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah at 2015 Kwani? Litfest, Dec. 5 2015 @ Kwani Trust

N. Farah
On Saturday 5 December the Rift Valley Forum and Kwani? Litfest 2015 will host Nuruddin Farah for the launch of his book Hiding in Plain Sight.

Date: Saturday 5 December 2015
Venue: Kwani? Trust
Location: Off Riverside Drive, Chiromo
Time: 2 – 4pm

Nuruddin is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). The novel Hiding in Plain Sight is partially set in Nairobi and explores themes of family, freedom and loyalty. Says the New York Times Book Review, “The rewards of reading Hiding in Plain Sight lie in Farah’s sensitive exploration of grief and his depiction of a family’s love for one another…Farah is particularly adept at evoking the way in which the sight of a familiar face or place can trigger painful memories and how comfort can come to us from unexpected sources.”

This year’s Kwani? Litfest, themed “Beyond the Map of English”, will also host a variety of conversations on language and writing, including:

Language and its changing relations to African experience and writing on the continent, a panel discussion featuring Siphiwo Mahala, Patrick Mudekereza, and Yvonne Owuor. Wednesday 2 December 2015, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, at the Kenya National Theatre.

Capturing African Worlds, a public lecture by acclaimed Ghanaian-Nigerian writer Taiye Selasi about her work and the different worlds language that capture African experiences. Taiye will later join Yvonne Owuor in conversation with Dr. Sheila Ochugboju. Wednesday 2 December 2015, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, at the Kenya National Theatre.

Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners Anna Samwel, Mohammed K. Ghassani, Enock Maregesi and Christopher Bundala Budebah in conversation with Mukoma wa Ngugi. Friday 4 December 2015, 6:00 – 7:30pm, at Kwani Trust.

New contemporary narratives – escaping the straitjacket of genre. Where do fiction and non-fiction meet? A conversation with Wu Ming 1 and Mikhail Iossel, moderated by Billy Kahora. Friday 4 December 2015 ,7:45pm – 9:30pm, at Kwani Trust.

Pre-registration is not required.

More information and the full Kwani? Litfest 2015 programme are available at

December 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

5th Edition of Kwani? Litfest: Beyond the Map of English, Dec. 1-6 2015 @ Various Venues in Nairobi

Kwani Lit Festival
Dates: December 1-6, 2015
Venues: Kwani? Trust Offices, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, the Elephant, Kenya National Theatre, Alliance Française

About 2015 Kwani? Litfest
The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest, a biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, takes place from 1st – 6th December 2015. This year’s literary festival, Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore issues of language and how this relates to African experiences and writing on the continent.

Confirmed participants include Nuruddin Farah, Taiye Selasi, Boris Boubacar Diop, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, Wu Ming, Prof. Aldin Mutembei, FOKN Bois and Siphiwo Mahala.

The Kwani? Litfest will also launch the East African edition of Nuruddin Farah’s book, Hiding in Plain Sight, a novel set in the wake of a terrorist attack that kills a Kenyan UN worker in Mogadishu, published by Kwani Trust.

The festival features public lectures by Mr. Farah, Ghanaian and Nigerian novelist, Taiye Selasi, Senegalese writer, Boris Boubacar Diop and Tanzanian scholar and novelist Prof. Aldin Mutembei. The latest issues of the Kwani? Journal, Kwani? 08, is also set for release during the festival.

A book party featuring the Ghanaian music group Fok Bois will introduce this issue, featuring work on the 2010 Kenya constitution, the 2013 general elections and devolution. Featured writers include Paul Goldsmith, Okwiri Odour, Laura Fish, Jackie Lebo and Ngala Chome.

Over the past few months, Kwani Trust has been working on a collection of narratives from the Coast and Northern Kenya regions. During the course of this work, we have found that issues around the relationship between Western-oriented creative writing, up-country English-language publishing dominance and the use of Kiswahili at the Coast to warrant a special session at the Kwani? Litfest.

Therefore, writers from the Coastal region will feature prominently on programming. Through a partnership with Mabati Rolling Mills, we are also thrilled to host the winners of the inaugural Mabati-Cornell Prize for Kiswahili Literature, who will be announced at the festival.

See full programme here:

December 1, 2015 at 9:48 am 1 comment

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