Banker Martin Oduor-Otieno’s biography now on kindle

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We have all heard of Martin Oduor-Otieno on these East African shores especially if you are interested in big business and specifically in banking. He came to national prominence when he was ‘plucked” from Barclay’s Bank to be in the “dream team” of technocrats who […]

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Nigeria’s Chimamanda Adichie wins Heartland prize

This Chimamanda. Nigeria’s sweetheart writer Chimamanda Adichie has been doing what she does yet again; winning awards for her novels. The latest of her awards is the 2013 Heartland Prize. This annual prize, an initiative of the Chicago Tribune, was created in 1988 and sees […]

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Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last villains of Molo – A review

Book: The last Villains of Molo Author: Kinyanjui Kombani Publisher: Longhorn Publishers Number of pages: 211 Reading about people going through pain is one of the less pleasant parts of the literature experience. Seeing a person’s trials and tribulations can be very disturbing as the […]

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Migritude takes over as Nigerian wins Caine Prize 2013

Migritude was first coined by Kenya Poet and human rights activist Shailja Patel. The concept involves people who leave one space to another for whatever reason be it political, economical or otherwise. The concept has been seen of late quite a bit in literature of […]

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Storymoja Publishers join social media site Pinterest

One of the most innovative publishers in Kenya has to be the Storymoja Publishing left by Muthoni Garland. They have the most output fiction wise where some of the new companies operating in Kenya are concerned. They also have several initiatives to bring reading to […]

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Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wins Kwani? Manuscript Prize

We have a winner. The winner of the inaugural Kwani? Manuscript Prize is Ugandan Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi for her novel The Kintu Saga. The writer will be going home with the win as well as 300,000 Kenyan Shillings (equivalent $3500). 2nd place has been awarded […]

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Excerpt from Alexander Nderitu’s book Kiss, Commander, Promise

We are all looking to market out books and one of the best ways to do this is using exerpts is the Alexander Nderitu. Here it is verbatim; An Excerpt from ‘KISS, COMMANDER, PROMISE’, Full e-book available at for only Kshs 150/= This is […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s book for January 2014 release

Kenyan writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor entered the literary scene with a blaze of glory in 2003 as she won the Caine Prize for African writing. It was for Weight of Whispers,  a haunting tale of a Rwandan man who was in the upper class of […]

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Short story writer Temo Buliro enters the Kenyan literature fray

The Kenyan literature scene is a very fluid concept. Promises so much but delivery is much lower than the hype. We are always for the next big thing to tout as… well… the next big thing. Last night what could be considered the real next […]

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Fancy yourself a science fiction writer? Here’s one for you.

Do you fancy that you can write science fiction that would amaze the world and don’t want to worry about competing with Hollywood types? The try AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers. This was the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only […]

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Pumla Gqola book A Rebel Called Simphiwe now in stores

Just after being appointed the chair of the new Etisalat Prize for African writing Wits University professor Pumla Gqola’s latest book A renegade called Simphiwe is now in South African stores. The book is set to be launched in Johannesburg on the fourth of July. […]

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Writers make it a memorable Sunday Salon

That Eric Wainaina place that used to be called Kifaru Gardens and is now called Elephant House was where all the roads led to on Sunday afternoon for the literary inclined for Sunday Salon. The Sunday Salon is an event where literature fans got to […]

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Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature 2013

The fifth annual Golden Baobab Prize, a literary award that invites entries of unpublished African-inspired stories written for young audiences below the age of twelve is here. The mission of the Golden Baobab Prize is to inspire African writers to create enthralling African stories that […]

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Two Kenyans on announced Kwani Manuscript prize short list

The Kwani Trust was started a over decade ago to ensure that literature from this part of the world grew. Their latest attempt at this is the Kwani Manuscript Prize supported by Lambent Foundation and Ford Foundation which saw those who entered get a chance […]

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The British are coming! (Granta young novelists in town)

The Sunday Salon was a really great event that debuted a few years ago and was the brain child of our old friends from the Kwani Trust. The event usually had several writers read their works at the Kengeles in Lavington on a Sunday afternoon. […]

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