A Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.
The author of Broken Soup, The Ant Colony and Finding Violet Park which was awarded the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction shares insights about her work and invites your questions.
Join Muthoni Garland (Matatu from Watamu) and Clifford Oluoch (Boom Boom Bus) talk about the inspiration behind their stories, and share secrets about the writing process.
6–9 years with parents
Auma discusses the role of sports as a vital vehicle to gain leadership and confidence skills that can help youth drive social change in their communities. She is CARE USA’s Sports for Social Change Initiative Technical Advisor, and sits on the board of Women Win, which promotes gender equality through sports. Her brother is President of the United States of America.
Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.
This inspiring storyteller introduces her No. 1 Car Spotter series – bright and plucky adventures set in West Africa. Trouble is brewing in No. 1’s village – cars are being stolen from outside Mama Coca-Cola’s chop house. No. 1 – never one to sit back and let bad things happen soon comes up with a plan. Hear all about it from the storyteller herself – Atinuke.
10–13 years with parents
Alex Kandie interviews former Head of United Nations to Sudan and the author of Against a Tide of Evil about his activism, his writing and how his career unfolded. Kapila has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership. Kapila challenges teenagers to engage in the fight for human rights around the world.
Alex Kandie chats with Olympic medalist and world champion marathon runner Catherine Ndereba, popularly known as ‘Catherine the Great’. They discuss her extraordinary achievements and her life story - how a girl from a humble background was able to scale international heights.
Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.
This year’s lecture is given by the former Head of the United Nations in Sudan and author of Against A Tide Of Evil. In a no-holds-barred account, he reveals the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution’ in Darfur and why so many good men stood by and did nothing. He explores what empowers a man to make a stand to confront global indifference and venality.
Warsan Shire (Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth) won the Brunel University African Poetry Prize. Dr. Neal Hall (Nigger for Life) has won over 10 prizes for poetry in book festivals around the world. Mongane Wally Serote (Yakhal'Inkomo) has won the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize, the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa and was a Fulbright Scholar. These multiple-award-winning poets read from their work and talk to Kenyan Poet, Njeri Wangari (Mines and Mindfields) about asylum, war, love, loss, borders, insanity, race, identity and inequality.
Wangari Grace (The Forever Tree) and Millie Dok (Worms To Eat, What a Treat)
A lively, interactive session of play-songs and tales in English and Kiswahili. Be prepared to have too much fun!
This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.
Mara tells the story of the great Scottish explorer David Livingstone from the perspective of his African friends. In an extraordinary attempt to ensure his spirit rested in peace, his companions Susi and Chuma and eighty others carried the doctor’s body from the very centre of Africa to the East African coast so he could be returned to the land of his birth. The story is revealed through vibrant storytelling and music.
The first in a global series of conversations invites writers, artists and thinkers to discuss the subjects and themes that are sometimes met with silence in societies around the world. This is the place to talk about how to communicate the difficult and the unsayable, whether through words or other forms of expression. Panelists include Chief Nyamweya and Keguro Macharia.Tell us on email or twitter what you'd like to discuss with the panel.
Seven-year-old Aarna launches her first book Fluffy the Cat at the Storymoja Hay Festival. Eleven-year-old Joseph Bokea is working on his fantasy fiction novel. Their parents share their experiences of finding and nurturing talent in their child.
The film-maker of Yellow Fever, Ng’endo Mukii chats with Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner and Renee Mboya about the shades of discrimination arising from our convoluted ideas around beauty and skin colour.
Comics and animation entrepreneur Chief Nyamweya explores the many unexpected lessons learned while trying to re-invent an industry in Kenya. Chief is best known for the prolific crime-fiction comics Roba (syndicated daily in The Star newspaper) and Emergency - both of which popularized the Kenya Noir style of art characterized by abundant use of black ink, high contrasts and dark themes.
At the time of writing, Robert Mugabe has just secured his seventh term in office. Peter Godwin’s The Fear records the journalist’s travels through his home country after the 2008 elections to see the torture bases, the burned villages, the death squads, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, the churchmen and the diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage. He currently serves as President of PEN’s American Center.
Join Getrude Mungai – Kenya's leading sexologist, Drumbeat authors – Dilman Dila, Hilda Gathanga, Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam, Nadia Darwesh and editors - Faith Gatimi and Vaishnavi Ram Mohan at the exciting launch of the DrumBeats romance series. Dress in red. Prepare for your own cover shoot. Open your mind to the sophisticated art and craft of KISSING. Discover the secret territory before the point of no return. To light the flame of East African love in your heart and mind, and win lovely love-inspired prizes, download DrumBeat stories on mobile and e devices.
Ghanaians – Nii Parkes, Kofi Awoonor, Kwame Dawes; Ugandans – Rashida Namulondo, Pamela Orogot, Kelly Taremwa; Sierra Leonian - Fatou Wurie and Kenyan – Clifton Gachagua
A showcase of award winning poetry from both sides of the continent hosted by Beverley Nambozo.