Friday, 01 March 2013 14:27

Elections 2013 Special Edition

MINORITIES STANDING UP TO BE COUNTED So D–day is finally here! The much awaited Kenyan General Election will be held on Monday 4 March, 2013. This special issue of AwaaZ is dedicated to the participation…
My article on the birth and growth of the SAMOSA festival which was published in the October issue of the Nairobi Law Monthly attracted two interesting reactions. The first was a patronising condescension which correlated…
Monday, 28 January 2013 05:38

Cultures of peace in community museums

Since 2008 Kenya has seen the rise of a veritable peace industry, devoted not only to forging post-election peace and reconciliation but also the prevention of renewed violence in 2013. Critics may say that much…
Friday, 25 January 2013 09:36

Nairobi Half Life

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The blockbuster success of the film Nairobi Half Life after its release in South Africa in August this year was confirmation of the artistic truism that creative waters find their own levels. The film, directed…
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English-Vinglish is a new addition to the increasing number of Indian crossover films—socially progressive films that can still be commercially successful on a global scale. Moving away from the Bollywood style masala and dancing-around-the-trees numbers,…
Friday, 25 January 2013 09:33

The Magic of Saida

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Author: M G VassanjiPubl: Doubleday, Canada, 2012ISBN: 978038 5667142Reviewer: Dr Asma Sayed The prolific Canadian writer M G Vassanji writes transnationally, his work shifting between Canada, India and Africa.The author of two short story collections,…
Friday, 25 January 2013 09:32

It’s Our Turn To Eat

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Author: Michela WrongPublisher: Fourth Estate, London, 2009Reviewer: Warris VianniBritish journalist Michela Wrong’s It's Our Turn To Eat - The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower is a story about kitu kidogo - a little bit of…
Friday, 25 January 2013 09:31

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Author: Deena Padyachee Publ: USM PublishingISBN 0-620-31426-5Reviewed: Meesbah JiwajiWhen I saw this book, the popular musical refrain by Tina Turner popped into my head. Then I saw that the book had won the Olive Shriner…
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Author: Miguna MigunaPubl: Gilgamesh AfricaISBN 978-1-908531-21-6Pps: 588, hard coverReviewer: John Sibi-OkumuThe general populace in Kenya was first exposed to Miguna Miguna’s Peeling Back the Mask by way of partial yet sensational serialisation in a local…
Friday, 25 January 2013 09:28

Prof. Francis Imbuga, 1947-2012.

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‘It was better while we waited. Now we have nothing to look forward to. We have killed our past and are busy killing our future.’ How poignant, how profound and how relevant to our times!…
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