Storymoja was formed by a collective of writers who are committed to publishing contemporary East African writing of world-class standard. The entire Storymoja fraternity believes that a reading nation is a smarter nation. To read our own stories helps us understand ourselves and that knowledge empowers. To that end, we source widely to identify good local writers, help them publish and distribute the work locally and internationally. We also commission writing based on interviews with those affected by issues that shape our society.
To date, Storymoja has published adult titles under the Storymoja imprint, and more than one hundred children’s books under the Storyhippo imprint. We also market and distribute books on behalf of other publishers and individuals. Our motto is to ‘Get a book in every hand.’ Growing Kenya’s reading culture is Storymoja’s mission as it feeds our business, our personal call as writers, and our patriotic duty. Our reading-promotion ‘Reading Revolution’ campaign successfully ran a Reading Aloud day in 2011 with 84,000 participating students, and over 100 schools read aloud for peace in 2013.
Our Day of the African edition in 2015 was on June 15, 2015 with 229,043 children from 1,097 schools across 23 Counties. On 29 January, we held the 2016 New Year Edition of the Read Aloud that attracted 421,696 participants drawn from 1,306 schools across 44 Counties. We broke the record and set the pace as the largest gathering of people reading from the same text at the same time from different locations.
Our last Read Aloud was held on 17 June 2016 in commemoration of the Day of the African Child edition to celebrate the rights of the child. This Read Aloud attracted 590 schools and 166,052 participants reading from the same text at the same time from different locations. Our aim was to gather many participants in schools across the country to read aloud for peace, national cohesion and ethnic tolerance ahead of the 2017 Generation Elections in Kenya.
Our Core Values
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