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Okey Ndibe salutes Ngugi Wa Thiongo on his birthday

In case you missed it, Monday was Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s birthday or as this toddler I know (OK, its really me), it was his “happy birthday.” Kenya’s most famous literary son was born on 5 January 1938 in Kamiriithu, near Limuru, Kiambu County, the fifth child of the third of his father’s four wives. So […]

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Petina Gappah’s The Book of Memory out in August

We all loved Pettina Gappah’s first book An Elegy for Easterly which won the Guardian first book award in 2009. It was a short story collection that can make you believe. If you have read Elegy you will see that the writer was working on her new novel The Book Of Memory. For those who […]

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Daystar Creatives 2015 guest list gets bigger

I talked about the Daystar Creatives 2015 last year. This is a project where students of Daystar University get to meet up with writers, media personalities, bloggers, publishers and editors for several weeks. The idea is for them to learn how to make a career from being a creative in Kenya. The Daystar Creatives will […]

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A partnership between Kampala and Bremen writers

Kenyans will be familiar with a partnership in the last few years called BLNRB. This project involved artists, of the musical kind, from between Kenya city Nairobi and German city Berlin. The project involved the two sets of artists collaborating and fashioning an album and touring in the two countries. The Germans have struck again […]

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JamesMurua.com stats disabuse Ben Okri assertions

So this is my first blog of the new year after a self imposed break to chill out and recharge my batteries. While I was drinking and eating excessively in different parts of Nairobi, it seems like the biggest story out there came from the fallout from Ben Okri’s A mental tyranny is keeping black […]

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Taiye Selasi to judge revolutionary new reality show

The Italians have a new reality show called The Masterpiece. The show is a play on the shows that we are all familiar with like Big Brother. In this version of the show, aspiring authors vie at literary challenges until one contestant wins a major book deal. The new show has three judges, one of […]

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Sudan’s Hammour Ziada gets Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2014

Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature and is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature. He published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Since 1996 the American University in Cairo (AUC) Press the Nobel laureates publisher […]