James Murua. Photo/Julian Manjahi
James Murua. Photo/Julian Manjahi

JamesMurua.com was born on June 2013 to give news and reviews from the African literary scene. We specialize in telling you what work your favourite African writer is up to. That means that you will find news on news books, events like book launches, literary festivals, author profiles and more.

We also give reviews on books from people who write about or on the African content. If you want your book reviewed please send a copy to

James Murua,
P.O. Box 2578,
Nairobi, Kenya

We do not guarantee that your book will be reviewed. Please note: We do NOT accept manuscripts. If you wish to have your work reviewed I suggest that you contact your local publishers. Alternatively, you can contact publishers across the continent; there are 54 countries on this rock, therefore, you are likely to get sorted one way or another.

If you wish to be featured on this blog or you see any errors or issues on this blog, please do not hesitate contacting us and we shall make amends,

James Murua

P.S. We aren’t the only one’s covering African literature, this is a handy link to some of the more well-known ones.

About James Murua

Nairobi, Kenya based James Murua is a blogger, journalist and editor who has written for a variety of media outlets in a career spanning print, web and TV.

His online space www.jamesmurua.com , which focuses on literary news and reviews was created in 2013 and is the number one blog on African literature today. This blog was nominated for “Best Creative Writing Blog” for the 2018 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards. He was also announced as Best Writer “Theatre, Art and Culture” at Kenya’s Sanaa Theatre Awards and listed as one of the top men in digital in Kenya in 2018.

James Murua has conducted workshops on blogging and social media in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi and has been a media consultant for the Goethe Institut, Nairobi.

He was an editor for The Star newspaper in Kenya for five years and a columnist for nine where he was voted “Columnist of the Year” in 2009. He has also been a contributor to Management Magazine (Kenya), The Daily Nation (Kenya), The Nairobian (Kenya), DigifyAfrica.com (South Africa), Johannesburg Review of Books (South Africa), and Africa Independent (South Africa).

Praise for JamesMurua.com

Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Mukoma Wa Ngugi

“James Murua’s Literature Blog has become a one-stop shop for writers, agents and festival organizers looking for information on forthcoming literature happenings – and also his serious but also humorous write ups on recent events. I know this because in festivals that I attend, for example at the Ake Festival in Nigeria, his blog always comes up.

True to form, within hours of our announcing the Mabati-Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, he had spread the news. And this has set the tone for the positive embrace of the prize. I do not think there can be any serious discussion of African literature and popular critical reception without his blog coming up.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi,
Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature,
Author, Nairobi Heat, Black Star Nairobi, Mrs Shaw

Lizzy Attree
Lizzy Attree

James Murua’s blog is one of the top 5 in Africa, the best source of accurate information and analysis about everything literary happening on the continent today”

Lizzy Attree,
Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature