5 months ago, Storymoja set up the Storymoja Blog to celebrate Kenyan and East African Writing. A few months earlier we had launched the story of the week. Perhaps you wonder why.
A large part of Storymoja’s mission revolves around helping Kenyans develop into readers. We hope to see a culture that has space for all people to read for various reasons. For entertainment, for education, for discovery, for plain pleasure… We believe that this is the only way for all of us to develop into creative thinkers, creative entrepreneurs, creative scientists, creative inoovators….
To accomplish the above goal, there is a very strong need for us to first of all allow space for Kenya’s own writers to grow, and develop enough to create such material that would feed the need in our country. Those who write must write, those who dream must write and those who read must write.
A large part of a writer’s growth revolves around constructive criticism. Before you pen down that criticism, please read Richard Malowa’s Literary Desert.
Most writers do what they do (write) out of a compulsion to put down their thoughts and ideas. Few if any sit down to write with a purely financial motivation. We write because we want to write. We write because we have to write. Most of all we write because we love writing. We propose no other reward for ourselves than praise and are therefore are easily discouraged by contempt and insult. Read the rest of it here…
And what of works that have been published on print. Michela Wrong published a book that has created such a buzz in the Kenyan Scene. Are you guilty? Maybe not of the type corruption her book depicts, but another, the kind that allows you to distribute copyrighted material illegally no matter your reasons. Read Michela’s take on it in her Letter.
Then we move on to Simon Mbuthia’s Future Memories. It will remind you, haunt you, chill you… and if you are not smart, you will continue being a Wise Kenyan.
Claire Munde is peeved, because of Nairobi’s Celebrity Inspired Fashion Culture. You would do well to hear what she ways before you put on that little outfit you love. Or get a hair style like Omarion’s.
If you loved Steve Mwangi’s Story of the Week last week, then you will go nuts about Sins of the Father, the son and a bottle of Spirit. Trust me, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, too.
Sadly, the ‘Cut off my Tongue show was cancelled, because of the riots in town on Tuesday. I think it is a great chance for you to get your diaries in order, so that when we announce the new dates, you can all be there to watch the show. Watch this space!
Here’s wishing you a great weekend!