Nairobi | Maps of Exile

“Nairobi | Maps of Exile” a new monthly literary salon organised by Warscapes and The Carrot Co makes its debut at the Coffee Casa, Nairobi on November 28, 2019.

“Nairobi | Maps of Exile” is a new series that will be examining questions of home, belonging, migration, and marginalization while exploring and redrawing the maps of African identity. The first edition of the salon will be moderated by novelist Hassan Ghedi Santur with Itoro Bassey, Abdul Adan, and Lutivini Majanja as his discussants.

Itoro Bassey is a writer and cultural worker who has contributed to publications like Slice, YES! Magazine, Rethinking Schools, The Independent and Black Youth Project. She is currently working on her first novel entitled, The Soil Below, a story following four generations of Nigerian women grappling with generational trauma, migration, and change as they weave themselves into the American fabric.

Abdul Adan is familiar to followers of the African literary scene for being shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2016 and then going on to get the Miles Morland Scholarship at the end of the same year. Lutivini Majanja, who is still a relatively new name in writing circles, has had her fiction and non fiction published in The Elephant, Popula, Ebedi Review, Kikwetu Journal, New Orleans Review, Kwani?, McSweeney’s and The Golden Key. Her story ‘An Inheritance’ was recently published in the Best Microfiction 2019 anthology.

The ambitious new project is brought to you by Warscapes an independent online magazine, established in 2011, which publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, book and film reviews, photo-essays and retrospectives of war literature from the past fifty years. The other collaborator in this event is The Carrot Co, a collective of award-winning African artists, IT experts, legal practitioners, community mobilisers, high-level project managers and pan African activists working in the development sector to transform communication using ART.