Moto Books and Arts Festival 2022 program

The program for the new Moto Books and Arts Festival, running in Nairobi from April 21-24, 2022 has been announced. The festival theme is Firing up African Literature.

The Moto Books and Arts Festival, an exciting new literary initiative, was unveiled to the public on February 17, 2022. It promised to will bring together local and international authors, publishers, illustrators, booksellers, artists and brands to showcase their work and share emerging literature trends. It is powered by HalfPriced Books in partnership with the Village Market Mall.

The program for the festival, which starts this Thursday, has made public with exciting events at varying prices. The prices for the events at the festival start at free for the exhibition and some panels, Kshs1,000 for the Lit open mic, 2,500 for the Masterclasses, and 10,000 for the exclusive gala dinner for the festival.

Here is the program in full;

Thursday, April 21

Day One: 21st April 2022 Time Activity Theme Speaker

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Exhibitors Set up stands Firing Up African Literature N/A

Exhibition Hall Open

9:30AM – 10:00AM Open (Cost: Kshs2,500)
Masterclass Auditorium: How to Write a book with Muthoni Garland Participant’s registration

Master class starts

11:00AM Break

End of Master class

2:30PM – 3:00PM (Cost: Free)
Book Reading Auditorium open and Registration Safeguarding Cultural Legacies through African Literature featuring Mshai Mwangola and Sitawa Namwalie.

3:00PM – 5:00PM (Cost: Free)
Book Reading  

6:00PM (Cost: Free)

Close Exhibition

Friday, April 22

8:00AM – 9:00AM
The arrival of Exhibitors and set up of stands Firing Up African Literature N/A

Exhibition Hall Opens

9:30AM – 10:00AM (Cost: Kshs2,500)
Masterclass Auditorium Opens Arrival and Registration of Participants How to Publish a book with Lucas Wafula

Start Master Class


End Master class

Close Exhibition

5:00PM – 6:00PM
Open Lit Mic Auditorium

5:30PM – 6:00PM (Cost: Kshs1,000)
Registration and Networking Democratization of African Literature

6:00PM – 6:20PM
Poem “I am From” Teddy Warria

6:20PM – 8:00PM
Book Reading Nana Darkoa Silas Nyanywani James Murua

Book signing All Authors

Saturday, April 23

Open Exhibition Hall

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Exhibitors Replenish and set up Stands

Open Exhibition Firing Up African Literature N/A

Open Masterclass Auditorium

9:30AM – 10:00AM

10:00AM (Cost: Kshs2,500)
Start Master class How to Generate Book Sales Abdullahi Bule


End Masterclass

Open Book Reading Auditorium

2:30PM – 3:00PM

3:00PM – 5:00PM (Cost: Free)
Book Reading: We Need New Names – The New Faces of Kenyan Literature with Makena Maganjo and Collins Sakwa moderated by James Murua

Close Exhibition

Exclusive Gala Dinner: Cost: Kshs10,000

6:00PM- 7:00PM
Registration, Entertainment & Networking

7:00PM – 7:05PM
Welcome Remarks

7:05PM – 7:15PM
MOTO Festival Overview

7:15PM – 7:30PM
Partner remarks

7:30PM – 7:40PM
Maktabas Inc Recognition
7:40PM – 7:50PM

Launch- Son of the Nile book

7:50PM – 8:00PM

8:00PM – 8:30PM
Speeches Guest

8:30PM – 8:40PM
Launch: Adopt-A-Library Initiative

8:40PM – 8:45PM
Vote of Thanks

Dinner Served Guests Leave at Own Pleasure.