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How Angela Makholwa nearly derailed my Seychelles Carnival plans

I recently got an opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places on the planet; The Island archipelago that is the Seychelles Islands where I got to cover the International Carnival in that town. It was a beautiful experience I would not want to exchange with anyone. The Carnival in Victoria has quickly become one of the must attend events on the Indian Ocean calendar and I hope that I get to visit the venue again next year (shameless plug if you will forgive me). The only thing that nearly ruined the whole thing was an experience I had…

Five things I learnt from “Happiness is a four letter word”
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Five things I learnt from “Happiness is a four letter word”

After the terrifying experience I had to go through in Seychelles I had to be sure about these South African writers. Can they all write as well as the aforementioned Angela Makholwa? Would I have to now start getting my supply of literature from the Southern African country which is now coming back with their Castle Lite (which is incidentally as good a lite beer as you will get anywhere)? I would soon know after I got a book called Happiness is A Four Letter Word by Cynthia Jele. The book had all the right things going for it. The 2011 MNET…

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Talking books at Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s Ngara home

Where authors meet at Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoyes home in Ngara and talk books. One of the best movies I have watched in my life was Finding Forrester a movie at the turn of the millennium starring Sean Connery. Connery  acts as William Forrester a reclusive writer who lives in Harlem  and who has lived there for the better part of half a century.  He meets a young black American male who is a writing prodigy and is forced out of Harlem to defend his student. It is Connery at his non-James Bond- best in my opinion. On Friday I got to…

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Talking books at Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s Ngara home

Where authors meet at Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoyes home in Ngara and talk books. One of the best movies I have watched in my life was Finding Forrester a movie at the turn of the millennium starring Sean Connery. Connery  acts as William Forrester a reclusive writer who lives in Harlem  and who has lived there for the better part of half a century.  He meets a young black American male who is a writing prodigy and is forced out of Harlem to defend his student. It is Connery at his non-James Bond- best in my opinion. On Friday I got to…

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Alexander Nderitu’s guide for Kenyan writers.

A look at “Changing Kenya’s Literary Landscape” a paper by Alexander Nderitu who I met when I went to visit ailing author Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye. When I joined that delegation to see the ailing Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye two Fridays ago I joined writers in fervent discussions about getting one’s work out. My strength at the discussions was the media angle seeing as I have been in the business for a while now. My concern was that writers aren’t taking time to know how media works us taking ensuring their message. As discussions were going on fast and thick a guy I had…

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Sihle Khumalo’s Heart of Africa (How Zack could have made it to South Africa)

One of the loudest noises in the last few months is a campaign by a dude called Zachary Muturi Kimotho who was on a quest to propel a wheelchair to South Africa to the closest spinal injury medical facility. The campaign dubbed “Bring Zack Back”, supported by the Kenya Paraplegic Association and Safaricom was aimed at raising Kshs250 million. The plucky wheelchairist made it to the Tanzanian border 100 kilometres South before coming back after raising Kshs73 million. We are all happy as the ground breaking ceremony on the new spinal injury centre is upon us. The down side however…

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The Return of the Storymoja Hay Festival

The Storymoja Hay Festival is back. The event is set to hit Nairobi on 13-16th September at the National Museum of Kenya. I first attended the festival in 2009 when it was but a thing at the Impala grounds. During those ages when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the phones of choice were Blackberry (smart) and Nokia (the rest) there were a few dozen tents at the venue. In those days, this blogger was the cutting edge person of all things drinking blogging and new media and I ran session on “Internet Dating” – which as y’all know I am…

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The Paralympics and the Henry Wanyoike biography

The Paralympic games ended in London last Sunday and the victorious team has already come home even meeting the British envoy at his house in Nairobi for a huge bash. I am an advocate for the disabled regularly lambasting pubs in my weekly venue review for lacking disability access. Whilst everyone needs to have access to venues to that they can drink and do the silly things that folks with alcohol in their blood stream do, I have been watching the Paralympics with some trepidation. The thing is that why watching many of the competitors don’t have the most graceful…

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Barbara Kimenye’s passing is just sad

I woke up this morning to the news that Barbara Kimenye the author of the the Moses Series of children’s books is dead. Very sad. There is hope for children’s literature still though. The Guardian yesterday reported that Barbara Kimenye passed on at the age of 82. It doesn’t stated how the grand dame of children’s passed but if she had any input into her passing there were probably some naughty kids who had tried to save her from some evil kidnappers. They would have succeeded in saving her but the kidnappers who had stached her on the school farm…

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Another year, another Storymoja Hay Festival.

Like the night turns into day and day back into day another Storymoja Hay festival was upon us. This year the venue had moved to the National Museum at the Museum Hill. Awesomeness. The Storymoja Hay Festival just seems to be getting better by the year. This years edition started on the Thursday at the museum with a “Party with the Storymoja Stars”and what I saw there was very encouraging. Writers from all over the planet were to be seen at the event that had two major performances. The most notable was Sitawa Namwalie with her updated version of “Cut…