Thank you for being a guest at June’s SitawaIgnited (if you missed,you can read the blog about it herehttp://sitawa.blogspot.com/2012/07/sitawaignited-june-2012.html and see the pictures from the event herehttps://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150998382497270.440341.169071302269&type=1) This month’s event will be on July 21st (not the last Saturday since I will be away in Uganda for the East Africa Philanthropy Awards Gala in which I have been nominated in the individual category) but the next ones will go back to the last Saturdays ie Aug 25th and Sept 29th, mark your diary. For the July event; We will feature Chris Lyimo’s book, My side of the street, an amazing journey of a very brave man who was once an alcoholic. then we will have some poetry from an all girl group Femme Chorale and for balance some Blackskillz…you remember the guy who ent under the table in March, he will be doing
The session was moderated by Njeri Wangari of ‘Mines and Mind Fields’. The discussion focused on the meanings of slam poetry, spoken word and poetry in general.
Written by Linda Musita Freedom of expression on the Internet was the topic of discussion at the US Embassy tent on Sunday, the 18th of September 2011. Ahmed Salim, Jonathan Ledgard, Susan Pointer, Basil Ibrahim and Njeri Rionge were the panelists. Pointer who works at Google was quick and happy; to rightly say that the best thing about the internet is that one does not have to seek permission to put their views online. Social media has democratized access to information and that is a good thing. However this freedom makes governments and politicians nervous and sometimes they go as far as shutting down websites or user generated content on You Tube, for instance and even blocking access to various sites. She acknowledged that some people take the freedom too far. However it falls back on personal responsibility not to
Dayan Masinde had a lovely session with kids from Kibera Mpira Mtaani at the Publish your Own Book tent.
“It’s wonderful to be in the presence of live poets.”
What does self-help mean? What is personal development, this multi-billion dollar industry where people are trying to sell you training programs, books, CDs?
“The love of football has to surpass that of winning or losing,” he told the children.
The Storyhippo Village was a beehive of activity as more children kept trooping in to sample events specially meant for them.
The weather was been warm since the Festival started.
When Storymoja offered me a free Saturday pass to Storymoja Hay Festival 2011 because of my participation in the activities of the Storymoja Writers’ Blog, I had no idea of how much I stood to benefit. I remember being excited at the prospect of mingling with established writers and hearing them,,,
Something very peculiar happened during the “Human Rights and Sexual Minorities” panel at the Storymoja Tent on Saturday afternoon. Five minutes before the event, the tent was virtually empty apart from the presence of David Kuria, the panel moderator, Monica Kareithi, a panel participant and sexual minorities’ law expert and I. A minute into the …