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The Kwani Trust and International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) Essay Writing Competition
26/06/2017

The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IPBK) and Kwani Trust would like to announce an essay writing competition for Kenyan secondary school students as part of Equity Week 2017. Equity Week is an annual IPBK event dedicated to programmed reflections and conversations on national policy relating to the allocation of public resources. The essay writing competition will invite Form 2 and 3 secondary school students to join the Equity Week conversation in 2017.

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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? 08

Back at the car, our hero, let's call him Pepe, watched a slug crawl toward his tire as though it was a giant rubber breast. He took a moment to catch his breath and wondered if he'd left his heartbeat at the foot of the building. The slug became a nipple inside the silver alloy wheel. He saw it...

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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'....

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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.

Stay with Me

'Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely.' Margaret Atwood 'A compulsive read Just brilliant. Adebayo is an astounding storyteller - an exciting addition to the emerging voices in African writing.' Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of Kintu. 'A thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own ...

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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.

24Nairobi

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...

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Kwani? Open Mic February 2017 Highlights

Publications - KWANI? SERIES

Stay with Me 

‘Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely.’ Margaret Atwood

‘A compulsive read … Just brilliant. Adebayo is an astounding storyteller – an exciting addition to the emerging voices in African writing.’ Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of Kintu.

‘A thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own … clever and funny … despite the intense sadness of her subject matter, she has produced a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride.’ Diana Evans, The Guardian.

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Deadline Extended: Kwani?-SLS Writing Workshop Collaboration

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