Polycarp Otieno, Melissa Wakhu’s “Lala Land” launches in Nairobi.

Lala Land, the second children’s book collaboration between Polycarp Otieno and Melissa Wakhu, launched in Nairobi on March 19, 2022. The event is part of the forthcoming Moto Festival.

In February, Half Price Books in partnership with the Village Market Mall announced a new event called the Moto Festival. “Moto” is “Fire” in Kiswahili which is what the literary shindig in Nairobi from April 21-24 promises to be. The festival theme is “firing up African literature.”

Leading up to the festival, there were two events scheduled the first being a book signing with Joan Thatiah who has written several books in the nonfiction space.

The second and final curtain-raiser was hosted at the Village Market on Saturday, March 19. The event was the launch of Lala Land the newest title from the collaboration between children’s book writer Melissa Wakhu, musician Polycarp Otieno (Sauti Sol), and illustrator Mathew Omolo. The book follows a child who sleeps at home and goes into Lala Land (Kiswahili: sleep land) and his adventures while there.

The book which Otieno describes as “Pan African” was presented at the food court at the Village Market. The reading was preceded by a mini-concert by the popular singer before he and his co-author read their new title.

Check out the reading and performance below;

Now that the readings are done and dusted, all roads lead to the Village Market for the festival in April.