Dear friend… this is for you!

Dear friend… this is for you!

Dear friend… this is for you!

What really happened to the days when friendship was real and true? When friends once cared about one’s ongoing academically, morally, socially, physically… lly? The list is always endless. Is it me who changed? I have always asked myself and if my change was so radical and spontaneous, then why wasn’t I corrected? Why do we have to let this change drive a whole consequence to a wacky end?

Spare me the crap! If it is for the so called ‘relations’ the last time I checked you read a book of that caliber — self-confidence — but seems your style has changed from ‘Think Big’ to ‘300 Things a Girl Should Know About Boys.’ Continue reading

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine – Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine - Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine – Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine ni mkusanyiko unaoleta pamoja mawazo, hisia na fikra za waandishi mahiri kuhusu jamii. Ni juhudi za kuakisi ukweli wa hali halisi ilivyo na kumchorea msomaji taswira kamili kuhusu madhila ya uongozi, njaa, dawa za kulevya na mahusiano ya kijamii; kwa ujumla yaliyodorora. Wakati huo huo, wanamzindua juu ya mabadiliko; kuu likiwa kupatikana kwa katiba mpya.

Waandishi basi hawakuzungumzia madhila tu ila wanapendekeza jinsi suluhu ya baadhi ya matatizo inavyoweza kupatikana. Tashtiti, maswali ya balagha na tashbihi zilizoshamiri katika nyingi za hadithi hizi zinadhihirisha uchungu, kero, dhiki na kiu ya waandishi; msukumo wa kutaka kuhusika na kujihusisha na kupatikana kwa jamii bora. Wanaamini haya ndio matamanio ya wasomaji na jamii kwa jumla.

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Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.

Riwaya hii ya kusisimua inatuingiza katika bahari tesi ambamo asiyesimama imara huzama ji! Unapoisoma unachukuliwa na wimbi la vitushi vya hadithi iliyotambwa kwa hadithi ya kipekee.

Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.
John Habwe.

Maisha Kitendawili - John Habwe.

Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.

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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

Just Who is Wahome Mutahi “Whispers” – A Drink with a Conman

Wahome Mutahi

Wahome Mutahi

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.

A DRINK WITH A CONMAN

Over a week ago, a dear friend of ours, a man full of theatre in his blood, spoke and said: “I am taking a nap. It might be a long nap but anyway, I will dream about you.” That man took the nap and never woke up., and we from it. After that we had nothing else to do but to return him to the soil.

So last weekend we went to Siaya to return the Son of Siaya to the soil. The Son of Siaya and the Son of Kenya was Lenin Ogolla. and, As you read this, the man is probably having a long chat with Jaramogi Odinga or being shown around by Tom Mboya in the other world. He is most likely getting orientation on how things run in the other world from Tom Mboya. Lenin, may you give that other place as much theatre as you gave us down here on earth. Continue reading

Best Authors From Kenya.

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?

Wahome Mutahi

Wahome Mutahi

Wahome Mutahi

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.

Binyavanga Wainaina

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.

Simon Gikandi

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