Haini na Adam Shafi

Haini na Adam Shafi

Haini na Adam Shafi

Hamza, kijana mwandishi wa habari, anakamatwa kwa kutuhumiwa kuwa haini, hasa kutokana na uhusiano wake wa karibu na Hamduni, ambaye amempiga risasi na kumwua Kigogo, kiongozi wa nchi.

Sehemu kubwa ya riwaya hii inasimuliwa gerezani ambako Hamza pamoja na wengine waliosombwa na kurundikwa huko, wanateswa, kuthakilishwa na kutendewa unyama wa kila namna.Haini ni riwaya inayochukua tukio la kihistoria la kuuawa kwa kiongozi mmoja wa Kiafrika mwaka 1972, na kulifanya kiini cha kuyachunguza matatizo ya kisiasa, kijamii na kiuchumi ya nchi za Kiafrika baada ya uhuru, chini ya mifumo ya utawala inayojali tu maslahi ya wachache. Continue reading

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“The Politics of Betrayal in Kenya” by Joe Khamisi

– Former MP Joe Khamisi has authored a thought-provoking book entitled, The Politics of Betrayal in Kenya, aimed at‘exposing the rot in the Kenya political system’. The book illustrates how the electorate has been betrayed their political ‘leaders’.

It mainly centres on the politically shaky period between 2001 and 2008 and particularly on president Kibaki’s first term in office (when the author was himself a member of parliament). It also delves into historical happenings like President Moi’s rule (1978-2002) mentions instances of gov’t repression and grand corruption. Continue reading

The Green Cross of Kafira By Francis D. Imbuga

 The Green Cross of Kafira By Francis D. Imbuga

The Green Cross of Kafira By Francis D. Imbuga

The Green Cross of Kafira, published posthumously by Bookmark Africa, is the last in a trilogy of Kafira plays that started with Betrayal in the City (1975), followed by Man of Kafira, first staged in 1979.

When the play opens, they are on a spying mission that is supposed to be so covert, it must be carried out in the absence of their personal assistants, drivers and even bodyguards. Continue reading

DEN OF INEQUITIES – KINYANJUI KOMBANI DOES IT AGAIN

DEN OF INIQUITIES - KINYANJUI KOMBANI DOES IT AGAIN

DEN OF INIQUITIES – KINYANJUI KOMBANI DOES IT AGAIN

Kinyanjui Kombani, “the writer of the critically acclaimed” Novel ‘The Last Villains of Molo’ comes “DEN OF INIQUITIES

Published by Longhorn Publishers, Continue reading

Just Who is Simon Gikandi?

Just Who is Simon Gikandi

Just Who is Simon Gikandi

Mr. Simon Gikandi is 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

Meja Mwangi – Do you Know Him?

Meja Mwangi, Do you Know Him?

Meja Mwangi, Do you Know Him?

Meja Mwangi is a Kenyan writer who began his writing career in the 1970s, a decade after compatriots Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Grace Ogot had already published. Born in Nanyuki, Kenya, in 1948, Mwangi initially made a huge impact on the literary world with his first novel, Kill Me Quick which was published in 1973 and received the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature in 1974.

Mwangi was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation for helping to disprove Taban lo Liyong’s oft-cited claim that East Africa was a literary desert.

Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific Kenyan writers, publishing eleven novels in 17 years in addition to short stories, children’s books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi’s works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of two of his novels.

While Mwangi has touched on all of these concerns, we might divide his work into three major categories. The first comprises his Mau Mau novels. For many Kenyan writers, the armed resistance to British colonialism, which came to be known as the Mau Mau revolt and reached its height in the 1950s, was a far-reaching experience.

Although “Carcase for Hounds” was Mwangi’s first novel, it was his second to be published, as well as the second to be filmed. The book has much in common with Mwangi’s other Mau Mau novel, Taste of Death. Both feature the typical Mwangian style of fast-paced action and snappy dialogue. Continue reading