The Booktrekker: Kenya

READ Dust, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, opens with the shooting death of a young man on the streets of Nairobi. He is killed by the police after stealing back the car that was stolen from him. The young man’s name is Moses Ebewesit Odidi Oganda (Odidi), and his death shatters his family: his estranged father Nyipir, … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Kenya

#BlackIsBeautiful: Sulwe

Title: Sulwe Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison ISBN-10: 1534425365 ISBN-13: 978-1534425361 Bestseller, Sulwe written by Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is a recipient of numerous awards and is featured in Netflix’s show, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. This powerful story addresses colorism and how it can be hurtful. All children should know  they are beautiful in … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Sulwe

Literature of Exile: Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

To read global literature is to accept the compromise of translation. Even the most polyglot among us cannot hope to read everything that interests us in its original language. English has become the somewhat grudgingly accepted lingu franca for most of the world, yet to read and write in English is to speak the colonizer's … Continue reading Literature of Exile: Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers

Check out these 11 books of poetry, comics, short stories, novels and non-fiction anthologies. All by African writers. All #ownvoices. Meanwhile... Graphic short stories about everyday queer life in Southern and East Africa. By the Qintu Collab. English. Short Story Collection. So this work that we all do as artists and culture makers – we … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers