South African author Zukiswa Wanner continued selling her latest Kwela published book London Cape Town Joburg. The author has been doing a series of events in cities around the continent starting with Durban followed by other cities including Harare, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kampala.
The author started the Kenyan arm of book tour this past Thursday the 31st at the Moi University which is based in Eldoret, Uasin Gichu County. She was hosted by the literature department led by the incoming dean Simatei Tirop.
This was the maiden visit by the South African to Moi University and she was given a tour of the university named after Kenya’s second president Daniel Arap Moi. It was a fun tour conducted by Dr Fred Mbogo alongside John Kyalo. This included lunch at the “prestigious” ICDC block as well as a visit of the Schools of arts which has a sign at the front stating wrongly that it was the “school of business.” Also in the tour was a drive past the many churches, the graduation square, the technology block and the student hostels. A visit to some waterfalls was shelved for a future visit as there was little time and a lecture to be done.
Eventually the talk which is part of the Moi University creative series that runs every Thursday started with Prof CJ Odhiambo, Dr Samuel Ndogo, Dr Rose Odhimbo and Dr Fred Mbogo on panel. It was being conducted at the Margaret Thatcher Library which is amusing if you consider that Wanner is quite well known for her left leaning opinions. She gave her experience as a writer to about two hundred students from the university which was followed by a question and answer session.
The day ended with a drink up at the White Highland Inn in Eldoret where professors and doctors got to bond with the African 39 shortlisted author.
Next on the itinerary is an event at the Whispering Hills in Embu on August 30th with Kisumu in September and closing up with Nairobi October.