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The True Story of David Munyakei: Goldenburg Whistleblower

Kwanini Series

In April 1992, David Sadera Munyakei, a newly employed clerk at the Central Bank of Kenya started noticing irregularities in the export compensation claims he was processing. On July 31st 2006, Kenya’s biggest whistleblower passed away in rural obscurity, 14 years after exposing the Goldenberg scandal, Kenya’s biggest economic scandal to date, estimated at over USD 1 billion.

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The Life and Times of Richard Onyango

Kwanini Series

This Kwani-ni? edition tells a street-to-canvas bildunsroman of one of Kenya’s most successful artists, inspired by a great love of his life. Richard Onyango tells his coming of age story; from his beginnings as a musical apprentice at the Coast, to lover of Drossie, to his emergence as a force in the international art world.

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The Life of Mzee Ondego

Kwanini Series

Mzee Ondego, Kenya’s greatest choirmaster and Kenyatta confidante tells the story of his relationship with Kenya’s founding father. Unknown as the man behind one of Kenya’s most influential songs – the haunting dirge that played on during those fateful days after the death of Kenya’s first president, Mzee Ondego remembers a time that has become part of our living memory.

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How to write about Africa

Kwanini Series

Binyavanga Wainaina
Series: Kwanini

This trio of sharp-witted essays takes irony to a new level. In How to Write About Africa, Wainaina dissects the African clichés and preconceptions dear to western writers and readers with a ruthless precision.

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Kwani 03

Kwani Series

The recently published Kwani? 03 has been described by critics and kwani? lovers alike as the best of the series and an indicator of how Kenya’s most popular journal has grown. In all aspects – editing, design, layout and breadth of material, kwani? 03 introduces a new chapter to the creative writing scene.

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Kwani 04

Kwani Series

Following the great tradition set by its three predecessors, Kwani? 04 presents a wail of new voices in literary concert with the not so new. The now established talents – Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Garland, Doreen Baingana- share these pages with the fast risers: Billy Kahora, Mukoma wa Ngugi and Shalini Gidoomal.

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Kwani 05 Part 1

Kwani Series

Excerpts From Kwani? 05, Part 1
Truth does not set you free. Instead, truth sets loose. It risks what we hold dear. And there are no assurances.
Daring truth entails risking all we might want to preserve. It means daring to break with family and friends. It means disturbing the fragile peace we inhabit by having difficult conversations. It means telling our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, lovers, and friends that their political choices are unpalatable-Excerpt from ‘Daring Truth’ by Jeremeiah Okongo.

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