Jahazi 10 launches

The tenth edition of the Jahazi Journal launched at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Jahazi is an arts & culture journal that builds bridges between theory & practice founded by late performing artist, director, playwright, storyteller, poet, and academic Bantu Mwaura in 2006. The tenth edition of the journal was introduced to the world at the Alliance Française this past Friday.

The event started with Twaweza Communications’ Kimani Wa Njogu welcoming those who had attended both in person as well as online from around the world. He then welcomed Africa No Filter’s Natasha Kimani who spoke about her passion for the publication with which the organisation she works for has partnered with.

Caroline Mose, Njeri Gachihi, Lydia Muthuma, and Dr Njoki Ngumi
Caroline Mose, Njeri Gachihi, Lydia Muthuma, and Dr Njoki Ngumi

These speakers gave way for a panel moderated by Caroline Mose featuring Dr Njoki Ngumi, Njeri Gachihi, and Lydia Muthuma. The discussants spoke about why we need to worry about cultural heritage typically taken from the global South by those in the global North during the height of the colonialism era. They spoke about the challenges of getting the heritage back and everything around it.

The discussion gave way to the editor of volume 10 Mueni Lundi who spoke about the new publication with the theme “Reclaiming Our Cultural Heritage.” It has three sections in “Bring back our people,” “Bring back our belonging(s), and “Voicing and institution building.” After explaining how the journal worked, it was officially unveiled.

Editor Mueni Lundi unveils Jahazi Journal Vol 10
Editor Mueni Lundi unveils Jahazi Journal Vol 10

The new journal has contributions from all over the continent including from Marillo Wane, Nancy Ngowa, Nampaiyo Koriata, Meriki Silayo, Benedict Tembo, Nancy Rushohora, Benmun Damul, Deborah Gideon Kassam, Mohanad Elsangary, Madina Yehouetaome, Sara Tassi, Saskia Cousin, Shiferaw Tadesse, Kiiza Wilson, Njeri Gachihi, Mohamed Elsangary, Oumar Balde, Khaled Aboubakar, Trizah Thuku, Rachael Diang’a, Kalundi Serumaga, Mercyline Juma, Khaled Mekkawy, Helene Quashie, El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Olakris Akinola, and Kahithe Kiiru. You can download your own copy of the new journal by clicking here.

Watch some of video from the event. The last video is from Twaweza Communication official event livestream: