Posts filed under ‘lectures & readings’

Book Launch: Crimes against Humanity in Kenya’s Post-2007 Conflicts by Charles Khamala, Nov. 5 2019 @ School of Law – UoN

Date: November 5, 2019
Venue: School of Law, University of Nairobi
Time: 5 pm

Dr. Charles Khamala, senior lecturer at Africa Nazarene University Law School, will present this must-read to understand Kenya’s post-2007 conflicts from a legal perspective.

This event is organized by IFRA in partnership with the School of Law – University of Nairobi.
For more information, kindly contact

November 1, 2019 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Public Conversation: How to Impress Savvy Photo Experts, Nov. 2 2019 @ Goethe Institut Nairobi

Date: November 2, 2019
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi Auditorium
Time: from 5.30PM
Entry: Free

November 1, 2019 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Somali Heritage Week 2019, Oct. 18-20 2019 @ Kenya Cultural Center

Dates: October 18-20, 2019
Venue: Kenya Cultural Center
Time: 8.30 am – 7 pm
Entry: Free

October 16, 2019 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

The East African Wild Life Society: Celebrating 10 Years of IMRE Loefler Talks, Oct. 18 2019 @ Muthaiga Country Club

Date: October 18, 2019
Venue: Muthaiga Country Club
Time: 3 pm – 6.30 pm
Lecture: Members & Guests: KES 1,500/- (Additional dinner is KES 3,500/-)

The Imre Loefler Talks are turning 10!

Join us in celebrating 10 years of leading dialogue in conservation research, science and practice in East Africa. Tell a friend to tell a friend!

October 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Quinzaine de la Francophonie 2019 – Kenya, Mar. 12-28 2019 @ Various

Dates: March 12-28, 2019
Venues: Various

March 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

BIEA Nairobi Annual Lecture: Eight Years after a Colourful Constitutional Promulgation – Is it Time for a Referendum? by Prof. Yash Pal Ghai, Feb. 22 2019 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum of Kenya

Date: February 22, 2019
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum of Kenya
Time: 6 pm

February 21, 2019 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Story Development Workshop Sessions: The Primary Colours of a Story, Jan. 25, 26 & 28 2019 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium & Heron Portico Hotel Nairobi

Dates: January 25, 26 & 28, 2019
Venue(s): Goethe Institut Auditorium and Heron Portico Nairobi
Time: These are story development workshop sessions of 1.5 hours, each
Entry: Free of charge upon prior registration*

* Register here: WORKSHOP(at)ONEFINEDAYFILMS(dot)ORG; you can pick and choose which sessions you want to attend.


Great news for all filmmakers, film enthusiasts and all those interested in developing stories for all formats (stage, screen, literature, web).

The Goethe-Institut Nairobi has collaborated with One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink Films to bring you a one of a kind opportunity.

Facilitated by David Baboulene, a published author of six books including; The Story Book (2010) and the upcoming Primary Colours of Story (2019), scriptwriter, professional story consultant and a Ph.D. scholar of story theory whose research is changing the way contemporary media industries create and evaluate stories.

What is a story? Why do stories exist? How do stories work?
Using clips and examples from classics such as Breaking Bad and Back to the Future, David Baboulene explains the key elements that give stories their power and which give you a toolkit for managing that power. Character growth, moral argument, knowledge gaps and subtext, the story world, conflict and key questions are all made plain, followed by an opportunity for Q&A with the story consultant

The sessions will be held in 4 parts as described below:


Session 1 – The mind and stories
Why do stories exist? How do they work? What even IS a story?!
How story evolved from language and the functions of mind.
How the mind works with narrative, both in real-life experiences and in story.
Here they are! The Primary Colours of Story.

Session 2 – Subtext and knowledge gaps
The critical and defining role of subtext and knowledge gaps.
Privilege and revelation
Classical forms – Hollywood formula and Aristotle
Examples of classical and anti-structure stories.

Session 3 – Characters, conflict and antagonism
The five critical components of character
Conflict and antagonism – get in touch with your dark side…
Motivation, character growth and the moral argument.

Session 4 – Storification – finding the ultimate power in a story
Fiction, lies, deceit… and truth
Writing backwards – which ending is the ending?
Whose story is it?

Case study
The story management and development process

25th & 28th Goethe-Institut Auditorium
26th Heron Portico Hotel

This is the first part of a series of lectures and workshops we are conducting this year together with One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink Films who are venturing into TV / web series.

January 21, 2019 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Somali Heritage Week 2018, Oct. 12-13 2018 @ the Kenya National Theatre

Dates: October 12-13, 2018
Venue: the Kenya National Theatre

October 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Yunus, Mar. 10 2018 @ Strathmore Business School

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Venue: SBS Kenya Auditorium
Time: 11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Public Lecture by Nobel Laurent Prof. Mohammad Yunus, on the Power of Social Business

March 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Museum and Society: The Hard Talk – A Contested Relationship, Jun. 3 2017 @ National Museum

A talk by Prof. George Abungu, Heritage Consultant and former Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya

Date: June 3, 2017
Venue: National Museum
Time: 3 pm

Cost: Adult Ksh 400, Student Ksh 200
Advance payment options: Safaricom: Mpesa Paybill, Business No: 400800, Account No: 6571570019, Airtel Money: 0780 755 231

May 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Lecture: Urban Rites and the Politics of Recognition by Dr. Joyce Nyairo, May 30 2017 @ National Museum

Date: May 30, 2017
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 5:00 p.m.

May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

Lecture: Kenya’s Heritage – Contestations in its Presentation & Value! Prof. Karega Munene, May 27 2017 @ National Museum

Kenya’s Heritage: Contestations in its presentation and value!

A talk by Prof. Karega Munene, of the United States International University (Kenya)

Date & time: Saturday 27 May 2017, from 4 pm
Venue: National Museum
Cost: Adult Ksh 400, Student Ksh 200
Advance payment options: Safaricom: Mpesa Paybill, Business No: 400800, Account No: 6571570019, Airtel Money: 0780 755 231

May 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: The Big Conservation Lie! Inaugural Talk by Dr. Mordecai Ogada & John Mbaria, May 20 2017 @ National Museum

Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in Museums

Date & time: Saturday 20 May 2017, from 4 pm
Cost: Adult Ksh 400, Student Ksh 200
Advance payment options: Safaricom: Mpesa Paybill, Business No: 400800, Account No: 6571570019, Airtel Money: 0780 755 231

This will be an inaugural talk by Dr. Mordecai Ogada and John Mbaria, based on their recently published book – The big conservation lie!

National Museums of Kenya is a leading conservation institution and a platform for intellectual discourse on every issue cultural, heritage conservation.

So what is the lie?

Join us!

Bookings: 0724 255 299, 0780 755 231 or, Wireless: 020 2339158

May 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Storymoja Festival – Wangari Maathai & Kofi Awoonor Memorial Lectures, Sept. 19 & 20, 2015 @ Nairobi Arboretum

Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture

Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture

Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture
Date: Saturday, September 19 2015
Venue: Arboretum Park, Nairobi
Time: 11am – 1pm

UNEP Chief Scientist, Jacqueline McGlade will deliver a challenging and inspiring message while paying glowing tribute to her long time friend and Africa’s celebrated matriarch. Introduction by Wanjira Maathai, late Wangari Maathai’s daughter.

In partnership with Green Belt Movement.

Kofi Awoonor
Kofi Awoonor Memorial Lecture
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
Venue: Arboretum Park, Nairobi
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

On Saturday 21st September 2013, one of Africa’s most celebrated poet and lead guest, Professor Kofi Awoonor, lost his life in the horrible Westgate Mall terrorist attack.

Two years on, his son, Afetsi Awoonor, who was with him at the time, pays glowing tribute to his father as a testament of great hope, healing and forgiveness.

Space is limited for the two lectures, and therefore entry to the lectures is by pre-registration only.

A Day Ticket is KES 1000/- and will allow you entrance to the Lecture as well as ALL other events scheduled for the day.

September 18, 2015 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

[Updated] Public Lecture: by PM of Italy H.E Matteo Renzi, Jul. 15 2015 @ the University Of Nairobi

Updated PL by Italian PM
Date: July 14, 2015 Wednesday July 15, 2015
Venue: Taifa Hall, University of Nairobi
Time: 1.30 pm for 2 pm 9.30 am for 10 am

Theme: Challenges of Development –Building Bridges to Combat Terrorism

Updated: New Date and time for the public lecture by the Italian PM

July 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: Frantz Fanon at 90 – His Relevance to the Pan-African Vision Today, Jan. 8 2015 @ Pawa 254 Hub

To mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Frantz Fanon, the Pan-African Baraza & ThoughtWorks have the pleasure of inviting you to a lecture by Professor Lewis Gordon, Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa, and Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, with affiliation in Judaic Studies, at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Lewis Gordon is author of many books, and is author of forthcoming title: What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought

Frantz Fanon at 90: His Relevance to the Pan-African Vision Today #fanonat90

Date: 8 January 2015
Venue: PAWA 254, 2nd Floor, Africa Alliance of YMCAs Building, State House Crescent, Nairobi
Time: 5.00 to 6.30pm

Find more information here

January 6, 2015 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

10th Annual Kenya Music Week, Dec. 12-15 2013 @ Sarit Centre Expo Hall – Westlands

kenya Music week
Dates: December 12-15, 2013
Venue: Sarit Centre Expo Hall, Westlands
Time: 12-8 pm Daily
Entry: Free

Line Up: Daily performances [6-8pm], Panel Discussions, Open Mic [for new talent], Album Launch of The Kenya Boys Choir among many other events

More info. here

December 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Delivering sustainable growth in Africa, Nov. 15 2013 @ Japan Information and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan

Public Lecture
We have the pleasure to invite you to the Public Lecture “Delivering sustainable growth in Africa: Linkage between FDI and Local Economy” by Dr. Fukunishi, Ph.D, Associate Senior Research Fellow, African Studies Group, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO).
The event is organized by the Japan Information & Culture Centre of the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

Date: Friday, November 15th 2013
Venue: Japan Information and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Language: English

Due to security reasons, we would like to request you to kindly register beforehand. To RSVP, on Email: or kindly call us on the phone numbers below. 020-2898-510/ 020-2898-511/020-2898-512

November 8, 2013 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Mindspeak: AlyKhanSatchu Explores Mining, Oil & Gas with Voluntary Principles, Oct. 26 2013 @ Intercon Nairobi

Date: October 26, 2013
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi
Time: 9.30 am for 10 am
Entry: Free

October 22, 2013 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Forum: LAPSSET – A Transformative Project or a Pipe Dream? – Oct. 4 2013 @ BIEA

LAPSSET: A Transformative Project or a Pipe Dream?

Date: October 4, 2013
Venue: Seminar Room, The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Kileleshwa
Time: 2-5 pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.

The Lamu Port-South Sudan Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) is an extremely ambitious project. There are multiple elements rolled up in this project: the development of a new port at Lamu; an oil pipeline from that port to South Sudan; road and railway links; and a possible line to southern Ethiopia. There are also plans for a new international airport and new ‘resort cities’ along the line of the rail. The completion of any one of these elements would have a significant impact; in combination they might transform the region.

Each one of the multiple elements of the scheme carries a significant price tag, and LAPSSET has been derided by some observers as more of a pipe dream than a pipeline. Others have drawn attention to other kinds of cost, arguing that the project will have negative consequences for environments and communities, from Lamu itself to the many pastoralist groups who live along the planned line of the project. Political volatility in the region, especially in Somalia, is also a challenge. Yet the project evidently also has the potential to promote regional trade and boost national economies, overcoming the limitations of a transport network whose basic architecture is still that laid down in the early years of colonial rule.

The Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is organising a public meeting on the LAPSSET that will discuss the opportunities and challenges that this major project will have on individual member states and the wider region. Speakers and participants will be drawn from the government, academia, donors, researchers and the affected communities.

Chair: Prof. Justin Willis, University of Durham

Panellists: Mr Silvester Kasuku – CEO LAPSSET, Mr Jonathan Lodompui -Director Vision 2030, Ms Shakila Abdalla MP Lamu East, Mr Abdikadir Omar MP Balambala, Garissa, Dr Ekuru Aukot – Lawyer & Chief Spokesperson, G47

Useful link
Lapsset Tracker:

October 1, 2013 at 11:33 am 1 comment

Lecture: Should Mau Mau be Compensated? By Muoki Mbunga, Oct. 7 2013 @ Daystar University – Athi River Campus

October 7th- beta
Date: October 7, 2013
Venue: ICT Building, Athi River campus
Time: 3.30 pm

Muoki Mbunga, a researcher on the Mau Mau. He will share his insights into the question of whether the veterans should have been compensated on not.

For more info visit here

September 30, 2013 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

3rd Slum Film Festival, Until Sept. 9 2013 @ Kibera & Mathare

Slum Film Festival
Dates: August 26 – September 9, 2013
Venue: Kibera & Mathare

SFF 3rd Edition Trailer from Slum Film Festival on Vimeo.

For the programme and more info. visit the festival’s website:

September 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Lecture by Dan Ariely + Panel Discussion with P. Kahumbu, Mugo Kibati, Boniface Mwangi & Julie Gichuru, Aug. 11 2013 @ Brookhouse School

Dan Ariely - Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics

Dan Ariely – Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics

What makes people cheat? Come and find out with Dan ArielyProfessor of Psychology and Behavioural Economics

Date: August 11, 2013
Venue: Brookhouse School
Time: 2 pm
Entry: Free

This free lecture and discussion is to create a discussion around our values and behaviour regarding financial decision making, corruption, impunity, criminal behaviour, and to understand the what really motivates people.

Later panel discussion with: Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Mugo Kibati, Amb. Martin Kimani, Julie Gichuru, Boniface Mwangi & A. Awiti

For more info visit Facebook Event Page

August 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: Virtuous Leadership by Alexandre Havard, Jul. 15 2013 @ Strathmore University Auditorium


July 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: by Joseph Weiler’s from NYU Law School, Jul. 9 2013 @ Strathmore Law School

SLS invites you to a Joseph Weiler Public Lecture
Date: July 9, 2013
Venue: Strathmore Law School
Time: 2.30 pm

Lecture by Joseph Weiler

July 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Event: What future for democracy in Somaliland? Jun. 27 2013 @ BIEA

Date: Thursday 27 June 2013
Venue: BIEA
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Entry: Prior RSVP

Since it declared independence in 1991, Somaliland has worked to develop a system of multi-party democracy. The result is a relatively complex but home-grown set of political arrangements, providing concessions to and incorporating different interest groups.

The most recent test of Somaliland’s commitment to democratic development came on 28 November 2012, when Somalilanders went to the polls to elect local councillors. The elections were monitored by hundreds of local and international observers who described them as largely peaceful and fair.

There is much to be learned from the process to further strengthen the democratisation of Somaliland. The lack of voter registration led to confusion, voter education was rushed, and legal frameworks need to be updated and clarified. While women’s representation increased by 400%, they achieved only ten of the 375 councillor positions.

In April 2013, Saferworld and the Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF) released a report by the local election observers – Somalilanders Speak: Lessons from the 2012 local elections. The report provides a synthesis and analysis of civil society organisations’ observations and highlights the ways in which the electoral procedures and democratisation of Somaliland can be further strengthened.

The Rift Valley Institute Nairobi Forum and Saferworld are pleased to invite you on 27 June to a discussion on the lessons learned from the electoral process and on future prospects for democracy in Somaliland.

June 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Unsilence! Writers & Society: A Public Lecture by Shailja Patel, May 22 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Shailja Patel an acclaimed US-Based Kenyan Poet and Human Rights Activist

Introduction by Khainga O’Okwemba (President, PEN Kenya)

Panel: Prof Chris Wanjala,Prof Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazrui,Dr Tom Odhiambo,Dr Waveney Olembo,Eliphas Nyamogo,Tony Mochama.

Date: Thursday May 23, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut-Nairobi
Time: 5:00pm
Entry: Free

Shailja Patel at TED

This event is organized by PEN Kenya Centre and supported by the Goethe-Institut.

May 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Entrepreneurs Club: Cynthia Nyamai hosts Mike Macharia, Apr. 4 2013 @ The Serena Hotel

the entrepreneurs club with cynthia
Date: April 4, 2013
Venue: The Serena Hotel
Time: 7-9pm
Tickets: Kshs 3,500 [Students Kshs 1,000]

Agenda: Empowering Kenyan SMEs for global competitiveness.

April 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Panel Discussion: Ethics of Responsible Journalism w/ JSO, Gaddo & S. Amin, Apr. 6 2013 @ Cherengani Hills Conference Room

Date: April 6, 2013
Venue: Cherengani Hills Conference Room, 5th Floor
Location: Apollo Insurance Centre, Ring Road parklands
Time: 4-6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 800

Panelists: John Sibi Okumu, Godfrey Mwampembwa (Gaddo) and Salim Amin

April 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Events: Support Women Artists Now Weekend! Mar. 30-31 2013 @ Phoenix Theatre & Kuona Trust

The Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) weekend is designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.
On Saturday the 30th of March the SWAN weekend starts with poetry, spoken word, music and dance performances at the Phoenix Theatre from 9 am to 3 pm. On Sunday the 31st of March visual artists will showcase and sell their art, and music performance will be held at the Kuona Trust from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is absolutely free.

Featuring: Achieng Abura, Amileena of TPF IV, Shish and Tanya of Tahidi High, Tabitha Wa Thuku, Rabbo of Tatuu, the Papa Shirandula crew, Lydiah Dola, Iddi Achieng, Veronica Wanjeri, Wahu and Masallah amongst others.

Please contact for additional information.

Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Date: Saturday the 30th of March from 9 am to 3 pm. Entry is free.

Venue: Kuona Trust
Date: Sunday the 31st of March from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

March 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Older Posts

Nairobi Now Weekly!

Make the most of Nairobi Now: Subscribe to our weekly email

Follow Nairobi Now on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: