Actually just three more days until the old year falls off and the new year jumps on. 2008 has indeed been a year to remember for all of us. This year we watched our country fall apart. This year we watched ourselves survive against war, hatred, political spite, food shortage, spiked food prices, fuel shortage. And this year, survived. That we can survive that much, is surely hope that we can do more than survive in the next year. We can make our country a much better place for all of us to be in. For all you writers, this last blog of 2008, from Storymoja, is a reminder of what can be. Muthoni Garland presents you with a hilarious story about her characters come alive. Try it with your characters, it can be quite interesting! This story was chosen
Itty bitty characters/ Sitting on a page First comes Gladys/ Then there’s Morris Then here comes the madman in a baby carriage “Okay just so everyone is perfectly clear, I’m Gladys. You’re Morris. Is the madman the one Muthoni, our author, is developing for that definitive book about Africa?” “You mean the one where the truth of modern Africa is finally told?” “No I mean the one she will never finish.” “Ahh but you see, grandiose illusions keeps her going.” “I bet she’s gone off to practise her Booker/Pulitzer speech again!” This is time out. Time for us to breathe. Time for us characters on the page to be who we really are. Well, until Muthoni’s cooked her husband’s dinner. He slaves over Cadbury chocolate all day earning the keep in order for her to indulge in the dubious privilege
Sarit Centre, the City within a City is ablaze with activity. Shoppers are in the pre-Christmas mode, and Storymoja is launching a series of books that are set to be the best reading treat for all children. Oluoch Madiang author of the colorful story In the Land of the Kitchen, and Boniface Gachugu, author of the rural boy’s story Peanut and the Burning Tank are both on hand to interact with the kids, to discuss reading with kids and their parents and to sign personal copies for all buyers. Saturday, 20th December 2008, was one beautiful day for all little readers and the grown ups who care for them. If you missed it, don’t give up. In the Land of the Kitchen, Peanut and the Burning Tank and Kamau’s Finish are all available at all major supermarkets
The fact that we are already well into the holiday season does not dim the fact that a lot of people, you, me and all of us are angry with some things that are going on in our country. Before we totally lose it and find ourselves in another conflict, let us take the time to consider how conflict begins, how it affects each one of us, and how we should deal with things that are not working the way they should. Storymoja presents a read for you, your child and the entire family and community, In the Land of the Kitchen, where none of us is greater than all of us. Available in bookstores and supermarkets now! You will also love the other children’s books, Kamau’s Finish and Peanut and the Burning Tank. For older readers, this Christmas we present
Raymond Bett is fourth year student at the University of Nairobi. He is a student engineer and whenever he is not grappling with Ohm’s law he is either reading a novel or penning down the day’s events. For Raymond, writing is more than just a hobby. It is an opportunity to celebrate everyday life, gripe about daily struggles and highlight the heroes and villains of our time. It has proven to be an effective way of managing his anger too! He prefer stories based on real life mostly drama with comedy and romance intertwined.
On Sunday the 2nd December 2007, IN THE LAND OF THE KITCHEN, a hilarious analogy of peace and conflict based on kitchen utensils won the Storymoja Storytelling Competition at Impala grounds, Nairobi. A few days later, we went to the ballots and the rest as they say is now history. Premonition?? Fast forward, 20th December 2008 the story has been developed with the help of child psychologists into an award-winning book, with interesting illustrations and discussion section, it’s a must have in any peace loving home. We invite you to the PRE-LAUNCH of this special book, and two other children’s titles, KAMAU’S FINISH and PEANUT AND THE BURNING TANK. Bring your child along, come meet the Authors Oluoch Madian’g, Muthoni Muchemi and Boniface Gachugu and get signed copies. Date: Saturday 20th December Venue: Text Book Center, First Floor Sarit
It is 7am at the Nairobi Safari Walk. There are already dozens of women milling about. Before 7.30 am there will be 300+ women here. The atmosphere is charged with excitement as Mentors and Mentees alike register and wait for the briefing before the Walk begins. The Walk is the Nairobi Version of the Women Mentoring Women Walk which is happening on the 29th of November, 2008 in 6 countries. Five young ladies who are participating in the Walk as Mentees (young women looking for advice and encouragement from older successful role models) share their feelings with a Storymoja writer: “I am excited and psyched about this walk.” Sharon Mbugua of the United States International University Alumni Association said. Wanja Getambu and Shana Katuga explained that they were looking at the Walk as an opportunity to interact
It is amazing isn’t it, when men blame women for all their woes. Take for instance, Martin Njaga who tried a bit of that in a not-so-subtly written piece last week titled How to Catch a Cheating Woman. Kariuki Karanga had already tried another on his piece titled Women and the Elders of the Burning Spear a week earlier. Guess what, this week Clifford Oluoch steps in with Female Pirates on MV Nyumbani. Got to say though, his little act of self-preservation is only rivalled by Jack Sparrow’s in the Pirates of the Carribean Series. Not again, dear, once was enough. Otero, a relentless and progressive minded WMD has overseen some of the worst crisis in the house – the most epic one being The Ngothagate Scandal which took place one morning when I woke up to find all my briefs
This diary entry is prompted by my visit to you last weekend. I don’t know why I decided to visit you but after many years of being apart I think that it was in order for me to visit you. What we shared was special and needs to be documented but I won’t send this to you because you’ve already been through enough. I remember meeting you when you were a freshwoman at University of Nairobi. Then I was a sophomore and you had difficulty locating your room. From then on I could not wait to meet you more often. It must have been by sheer luck too because by then you did not know your way about the vast varsity and I was only too eager to lend my hand. Life was surely good and I cherished those moments.
“In this issue of WAJIBU, we seek to interrogate how our values have changed with time; we examine where our traditional values meet with what can be referred to as modern universal values. And never before has there been such an opportune time to reflect on these matters. This year Kenyans witnessed unprecedented inter-community violence following the 2007 presidential election fiasco; we also observed a level of violence in our schools never before seen in our country. And currently the world is facing what might turn out to be its biggest economic meltdown ever. Across from our continent, a country that has for years been a symbol of racial discrimination has elected a man from a minority racial group as its president. In the last few years in Kenya, words and phrases such as ‘the culture of impunity’, ‘corruption’, ‘warlords’