On April 24, 2013, I registered the blog JamesMurua.com to give visibility to African writers rarely covered by mainstream African media. At the time, a few posts I had written in 2012 were included and the project commenced. Over the last seven years, I have endeavoured to cover literary news from a distinctly Africa-centric lens. That meant reportage on book news, launches, literary festivals, author profiles, and more.
With minimal support, I have dedicated my time to travel to festivals in East, West, and Southern Africa, even crossing oceans, to give subscribers information about what is happening in African letters. There have been over 2,000 posts up which is a rarity in writing about African literature. The work has seen this undertaking with over 17,000 subscribers dubbed “the leading blog in African literature.” It was nominated for “Best Creative Writing Blog” for the 2018 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards. I was also announced as Best Writer “Theatre, Art and Culture” at Kenya’s Sanaa Theatre Awards 2018 and listed as one of the top men in digital in Kenya in 2018.
Apart from the blog, I also set up a Literary Podcast to hear the voices of African writers nominated for Best Podcast in Kenya at the 2019 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards. I have also set up a YouTube channel where you can regularly see the leading African writers in their element at events virtual and physical.
I am now making a call for donations that will allow me to invest more time in this project which I have now expanded to cover all Black writers of African origin alongside my usual continental African writing beat. I am not trying to become a rich man with this project. Any donation you give will ensure that I can pay rent, food, transport, health insurance, and school fees. This will allow me to invest more time into this work that is so important now and will be even more vital for future readers, scholars, and other lovers of the written word. There are two options;
You can send money to my mobile money number whenever you can. The number is
You can support this project on Patreon starting at US$3 all the way to US$100 per month and for this you can get several rewards. The tiers of patronage are named after the needs of a typical modern life so you can pay for a monthly coffee, a meal, electricity, groceries, and if you are feeling really generous even help with my rent. If you feel like donating to this project please click here to support this project.