A few Sundays ago the winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature Songeziwe Mahlangu author of Penumbra was in town to show his stuff to the Nairobi crowd. The organisers of the event, Kwani Trust, hosted a great shindig taking the opportunity to bring in a host of other folks like Henry Ole Kulet (my review of his book Vanishing Herds here) as well as others.
The event was really cool. You can read my review of the event here.
What I loved about that event that you can’t find in a newspaper report is that this one of those rare events where you get everyone in the Nairobi literature scene. Its an event where people go to the wee hours of the next morning drinking and talking. The sad part for this year, just like last year, the writer who was being feted left the event pretty early and missed out on the magic of chilling out with some of the coolest cats in town. Lets hope next years winner, if they come through, is the kind of person who is happy to drink into the early hours of the next day.
Here are a few images the afternoon turned evening turned early morning from our friends at Kwani Trust. You can see the whole album which was photographed by one of Nairobi’s best photographers Paul Munene. Check out his Facebook Page Quaint which is catalogues Nairobi’s live music scene.