Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic May 2014 Edition

Featured Poet: Dorfan

MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: 6th May 2014
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Mama Ngina Street, IMAX Cinema, Arfa Lounge
Entry: 400 Ksh at the gate.
Advance tickets only via Mpesa at ksh300: Simply select "Buy Goods" on your MPesa menu, enter the "Till Number" (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.




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.

To Be A Man, poetry anthology

" ...I do not want to be crippled before I can walk, to be shoved in the face of machismo and whipped to take it up in the name of being a man..." Ndanu Mungala ( Breaking through) "...Now she falls, And now she bleeds. The camera takes it all in. It is seven...


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...


Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wins Kwani? Manuscript Prize

Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the Kwani? Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers, for her novel The Kintu Saga.

2nd place has been awarded to Liberia’s Saah Millimono for One Day I Will Write About This War and 3rd place to Kenya’s Timothy Kiprop Kimutai for The Water Spirits.



Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina

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