Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic April 2015 Edition

Featured Poet: Kevin aka Man Njoro

Featured Band: KIU

MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: 7th April 2015
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre
Entry: 300 Ksh at the gate, Advance tickets via Mpesa.

*Advance tickets are only available via Mpesa: Simply select "Buy Goods" on your MPesa menu, enter the "Till Number" (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.


Etisalat Prize For Literature Closes In One Week.

African Publishers please submit your books published over the last two years for an opportunity for your writers to win the Etisalat Prize For Literature, 2014.

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Press Releases

Meet the Writers: Etisalat Prize for Literature | Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June

Africa’s most prestigious literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature has collaborated  with  Kwani  Trust  for  a  weekend  of  literary  events  in  Nairobi  on Saturday 28tand Sunday 29tJune 2014 as part of a three city African tour for shortlisted writers of the Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Meet the Writers event includes a panel discussion with the three shortlisted  writers  of  the  2013  Etisalat  Prize  for  Literature,  NoViolet  Bulawayo (Zimbabwe),  author  of  We  Need  New  Names  and  winner  of  the  2013  edition, Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria/South Africa), author of Bom Boy, and Karen Jennings (South Africa), author of Finding Soutbek. This will be followed a panel of writers in conversation on the role of artists in times of violence and insecurity held in partnership between Kwani Trust and Nairobi Forum featuring writers NoViolet Bulawayo, Parselelo Kantai, Billy Kahora and journalist Rashid Ibrahim.

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About Kwani Trust : 2003 to Present

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, between 27th – 30th November 2013 Kwani Trust hosts a series of literary, creative and artistic events that reflect on our work and its place in the literary history of Kenya, East Africa and the continent. Culminating in the launch of Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s debut novel Dust and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah, the programme includes public lectures by both writers, readings, an Awards Ceremony for the Kwani? Manuscript Project and a visual art retrospective that reflects on a shared sensibility between photographers, writers and other artists curated by Mbithi Masya (Just a Band). 

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Our flagship publication, Kwani?, is a journal founded by some of Kenya’s most exciting new writers and has 6 print editions to date, each containing more than 300 pages of new journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cartoons, photographs, cutting edge academic papers, ideas, literary travel writing & creative non-fiction.

Kwani? 07

Kwani? has always been significantly connected to the Diaspora through the individuals who founded it, and its early contributors. Its seventh issue picks up the idea of leaving and of return, something that has framed the conversations and hybrid identities of many Kwani? writers. Kwani? 07...


Kwanini? Series
Our pocket-sized series; Kwanini?, contains bite-sized stories told by the best contemporary writers and artists in Africa - Chimamanda Adichie, Yvonne Owuor, Binyavanga Wainaina, Parselelo Kantai, Richard Onyango and Enock Ondego.

How To Write About Africa

" Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title. Subtitles may include the words 'Zanzibar', 'Masai', 'Zulu', 'Zambezi', 'Congo', 'Nile', 'Big', 'Sky', 'Shadow', 'Drum', 'Sun' or 'Bygone'. Also useful are words such as 'Guerillas', 'Timeless', 'Primordial' and 'Tribal'....


The Kwani? Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Series include titles such as The True Story of David Munyakei by Billy Kahora,  Kizuizini by Joseph Muthee, Tale of Kasaya  by Eva Kasaya, a re-issue of The Stonehills of Maragoli by Stanley Gazemba and To Be A Man.


In contemporary Nairobi, a young man named Moses Odidi Oganda bleeds to death in the streets, murdered by police.As his lifeblood—full of memories, colors, and songs—pours into the dust, the stories that tumble forth reveal the violent upheaval of Kenya's own life, reaching from the Mau...


A new series of photography books was launched in 2009 with the publication of Kenya Burning, focusing on the post election violence. Upcoming titles in this series include 24 Nairobi, a title documenting various aspects of life in the city within  24-hour span.


8 Nairobi photographers and writers present a celebration of their city through the themes of Death, movement, spirituality, nightlife, and music - through the lens of a camera. This collection also offers a selection of photographs of different aspects of Nairobi life. Accompanying this is an...


Sunday Salon

A Prose & Poetry Series

Featuring: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Billy Kahora, Okwiri Oduor , NoViolet Bulawayo, Karen Jennings, Yewande Omotoso
Date: 29th June 2014
Time: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Kwani Trust office gardens
Free entry

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Our Collective Security: Writers in Conversation

Date: Saturday 28 June 2014
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium - Nairobi National Museum

The killings in Mpeketoni on 15 and 16 June are the latest in a series of violent events that are challenging the security of Kenya and the East Africa region more broadly. The words 'terrorism', 'assassinations', 'tribal clashes', 'violent crime', 'domestic violence' regularly appear in mainstream and social media headlines. Traumatic pictures of the aftermath fill the newspapers and TV screens. Kenya is no stranger to violent conflict, as the 2008 post-election violence attests to, but some analysts see the current resurgence as something new. There is no shortage of views on the causes of the current insecurity. Some blame external threats, religious ideology, identity, resource competition, youth unemployment, marginalisation, political intrigue, corruption and inefficiency of the security services. Others point to a failure of collective responsibility.

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Press Releases

Kwani Trust launch award-winning writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's debut novel Kintu

Award-winning Ugandan writer, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi will launch her debut novel Kintu in Kampala tomorrow on Wednesday, 18th June 2014. This bold and ambitious novel won the 2013 Kwani Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers. The book is the first of a series of novels coming out of the Kwani? Manuscript Project that will be published by Kwani Trust over the next two years.


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Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina

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