Mukoma Wa Ngugi at Soma Nami Books

Mukoma Wa Ngugi had a tour of events in venues in Nairobi and Naivasha for the first time since 2019.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and two books of poetry, Logotherapy and Hurling Words at Consciousness. He is also a co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature.

Kenyan residents got a chance to meet the author who had not been to the East African country since the pandemic hit the world at the beginning of 2020. It was a big deal for the author and academic who has been coming home regularly in the last few years. Here are the events he attended.

Soma Nami Books, Greenhouse Mall, Nairobi, November 8

The first event was the reading of We, The Scarred (Paivapo Publishers) at the Soma Nami Bookstore, which opened recently, in conjunction with Paivapo Publishers which happened on November 8. That event which was well attended was moderated by bookstore co-founder Wendy Njoroge. It was an hour or so of the author speaking about his new title and a variety of topics that are of interest to those in the writing business. Watch some of the interactions at the Greenhouse Mall in the below videos.

Ituĩka Writing and Translation Workshop, Naivasha 11-13

Mukoma Wa Ngugi , Kimani wa Njogu, Munyao Kilolo , and Jane Bosibori Obuchi
Mukoma Wa Ngugi , Kimani wa Njogu, Munyao Kilolo , and Jane Bosibori Obuchi

There was the Ituĩka Writing and Translation Workshop which was hosted in Naivasha from November 11-13. As part of the workshop, there was a masterclass which was conducted by Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Those who attended the event got a chance to learn from one of the most respected working writers from the continent today. Also at the Munyao Kilolo curated event were among others Kimani wa Njogu, Jane Bosibori Obuchi, Peter Kimani, and Madhu Krishnan.

Alliance Française, Nairobi, November 13

Mukoma Wa Ngugi with John Sibi-Okumu
Mukoma Wa Ngugi with John Sibi-Okumu

The last of the events was the presentation of Unbury Our Dead With Song (Cassava Republic/Jahazi Press) at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Saturday, November 13. The event was the first time that the writer was physically presenting the book to an African audience. It was part of the Mbogi Ya Mawriters series which has been running for a year or so and hosted by playwright and moderator John Sibi-Okumu. Watch the discussions between Sibi-Okumu and Mukoma in the below videos. The first is the official nicely edited Mbogi Ya Mawriters video and below that is my cellphone recording.