“The Reunion” By Leonard Njenga Kibera
The Reunion is about Paul, a boy brought up by a single mother whose memory of her estranged husband is very bitter.
To confound the matter, Paul and his mother live in a slum where the author deftly uses the anagram Mururu for Mukuru slum.
Their house is neatly placed between an ageing acacia tree and a mould of earth. It was said to have housed a water pump for the city’s water supply decades ago but was abandoned.
The small 10X10 with two of the walls made of cardboard was their abode. The iron sheets were rotting and leaked in several places.
A tiny cardboard room at the back served as the bathroom and a latrine.
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All About Wallah Bin Wallah – The Author of ‘Kiswahili Mufti’ Series
Wallah Bin Wallah revolutionised Swahili learning at primary school level.He’s a renowned author of several titles but few people know his background. His series, Kiswahili Mufti, has been at the centre of Kiswahili learning in the country and out. He also writes poetry alongside other literary material. Continue reading
I somehow Agree and at the same time, disagree with this list, but all in all, they are our Kenya Authors and we ought to be proud of them?
The father of satire and humour in Kenya was for years the most popular columnist in East Africa. Behind the mirth, however, was one of the most vicious critics of government who penned award-winning novels like Jail Bugs and Three Days on the Cross.
The Caine Prize for African Writing award winner is credited for introducing a new genre in the country by founding Kwani? which rebels against the established literary tradition.
Selected in 2005 as the 73rd topmost intellectual person in the world by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (US), he first rose to prominence as a critic of some of the accepted orthodoxies of African intellectuals in the 1960s and 1970s. The Trial of Christopher Okigbo was critical of African socialism and all strains of Marxism. His television series, The Africans: A Triple Heritage, established his polemic style of writing where he uses parallels and contrasts.
A professor of English at Princeton University, he is one of World’s leading literary critics. He is best known for his co-editorship (with Abiola Irele) of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature; easily the most comprehensive survey of its subject. Continue reading