Title: Kwani Trust :: FAQS Descriptive info: 1.. What is Kwani?.. Kwani Trust is a literary publisher and promoter of new writing, which though focusing primarily on Kenya, has included work from around the African continent.. 2.. What does Kwani Trust do?.. Kwani Trust publishes and distributes creative writing, offers training opportunities for writers, and maintains a global network for writers to access literary agents, publishers, literary events and other connections of benefit to writers.. 3.. Why was Kwani Trust set up?.. The absence of an adequate and committed infrastructure for promoting creative writing compelled a group of young Kenyan writers, led by Binyavanga Wainaina to set up Kwani Trust.. Among other reasons was the need for an effective distribution network for literary and creative work; to set up a meeting point for writers to discuss the creative process and fill in the need for funding and other supports for writers.. 4.. What is the difference between Kwani?, Kwani Trust, and Kwanini?.. Kwani, with the ?, takes its name from a direct translation of the Kiswahili question, So? Kwani Trust is the parent organisation for the publisher.. Kwanini? can be taken as diminutive for Kwani?, which refers to the pocket sized books we publish.. But Kwanini? in itself also stands for Why?.. In this sense, Kwani? is an interrogative publication for societies in transition asking of themselves why they are where they are.. 5.. What type of work does Kwani Trust publish?.. It is difficult to know in advance what interesting work is going to be, but over the past several years, Kwani Trust has published a broad range of topics across a ... ( and includes a mix of prose, poetry and essays).. The Kwani? Litfest is now a biennial affair, first held in 2006 ( then 2008, and now 2010).. 7.. Can I get involved in Kwani Trust activities?.. Kwani Trust is an open, public oriented organisation, whose mandate of providing an outlet for creative writing, also means it holds an open-door policy.. Kwani Trust is its writers - the loose network of people who feel strongly enough about their writing to approach someone to have it published.. 8.. How do I submit my work?.. Our editorial panel usually has two reading periods each year.. If you would like to contribute, please follow these guidelines:.. We prefer email (*doc) or in Rich Text Format (*rtf) instead of pasting it into the body of the email.. Use double spacing and Times New Romans font, size 12 on a plain white background (no colour please).. The document should be paginated and have left and right margins of at leas 1 (One inch).. We do not consider unsolicited photography or artwork.. 9.. Where Can I buy Kwani? books.. If in Nairobi, Kwani books are available at all major.. books shops.. In Nigeria, Kwani Trust books are supplied by Kachifo Limited (.. www.. kachifo.. com.. ), and Chimurenga in South Africa (.. chimurenga.. co.. za.. ).. If in Tanzania, make a stop at 'ANovel Idea', a bookstore in Dar es Salaam.. Uganda, will soon be available at Uchumi and Nakumatt stores.. For Europe visit.. africanbookscollective.. com.. For USA, Michigan State University, email.. msupress@msu.. edu.. or visit.. msupress.. msu.. E-Newsletter.. Jan 2012 E-Newsletter..
Title: Kwani Trust :: About Us Descriptive info: About Us.. About Us.. Established in 2003, Kwani Trust is a Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks.. Our vision is to create a society that uses its stories to see itself more coherently.. What we do.. Publish and distribution creative stories:.. Originally, a community of artists and writers sharing work on an online platform, Kwani Trust has developed into an institution that develops the literary arts and publishes several fiction and non-fiction titles outside its flagship literary magazine.. It has also developed an in-house sales team that markets and distributes these publications both locally and internationally;.. Offer training opportunities for literary artists:.. Kwani Trust has developed an internationally recognized literary festival that provides different levels of training for writers.. We also run different workshops for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.. Through our international networks we have also managed to garner overseas scholarships for writers and artists;.. Facilitate and produce literary events:.. Kwani Trust runs the biennial Kwani? Litfest in Nairobi and Lamu, to which we bring several international writers, academics and students to share ideas and exchange work with the local literary and artistic community.. The Trust also runs several local literary events such as book launches, monthly readings and poetry performances, in addition to our monthly.. Open Mic.. and.. Sunday Salon.. Nairobi events, which are poetry and prose readings, respectively;.. Establish and maintain global literary networks:.. Through its writers, friends and partners, Kwani Trust has become a regular invitee to fixtures on the international literary calendar and circuit.. Also, many ... development of corporate institutional values and standards even as we stay as flexible and creative as possible.. To ensure this, we currently have a full-time staff of 5 people.. We also outsource writers, journalists, photographers, cartoonists, designers, editors and spoken word performers to work and add capacity to ongoing activities.. These resources are drawn from our extensive database of contemporary artists.. We also administer different projects and activities for individuals and secondary institutions.. Why we do it.. The absence of general infrastructure to promote the literary arts including technological know-how, legal frameworks and a coherent socio-cultural policy.. Successful societies are based on underlying and self-defining texts and narratives that serve as an impetus for their objectives and well-being.. The creation of these texts and narratives requires a general infrastructure and an enabling environment;.. Lack of effective distribution networks for literary and creative products: Beyond a creative-enhancing atmosphere and community, societies need to develop economic structures and products for artistic sustainability.. The key to this is distributive systems;.. Lack of theoretical knowledge and understanding of concepts underpinning creative industries and cultural enterprises such as artistic and literary institutions, and how to turn these into profitable enterprises.. The general trajectory of most social advancement comes from research that leads to information and a subsequent development of knowledge.. Developing knowledge and creative industries requires the same approach.. Research, the identification of problem areas and theory has to be in place before the latter is achieved;.. Lack of funding and related support systems for writers and the literary sector in East Africa - There is a general lack of economic support for artists, art-related ideas and even institutions;.. Expansion of physical and intellectual spaces for creative interactions and conversations..
Title: Kwani Trust :: Board of Trustees Descriptive info: Tom Maliti.. Board Chairman.. When Tom Maliti grows up he wants to be a writer.. While he awaits his muse, he has spent the past two decades or so as a hack, working for media organizations in Africa and Asia.. He cut his teeth in the media world in 1991 as a freelance contributor to The Frontier Post in Lahore, Pakistan, writing short stories and feature articles.. Later, he was part of a team of journalists that started Pakistan's first weekend newspaper, The News on Sunday.. He has served as editor of EXECUTIVE, a business magazine in Kenya; expression Today, a media and human rights journal and the African Woman and Child Feature Service.. At present he is a correspondent for The Associated Press in its East Africa Bureau.. Maliti has been the chairman of the board of Kwani Trust since 2003.. Kenya ICC Monitoring.. Malla Mumo.. Trustee.. Malla Mumo joined the Board of Trustees in January 2003.. He holds a BA Degree in Economics Business Studies from Kenyatta University and an MBA - Finance from USIU- Africa.. Malla brings to the Board over 16 years experience in Commercial Banking having held several ... world full of figures.. Nimo Kanina.. Nimo has over 10 years of banking and consulting experience working in the United States and with financial institutions across West Africa.. Her professional background includes investment banking on Wall Street, insurance, healthcare consulting and commercial banking.. Nimo was previously Head of Correspondent Banking at United Bank for Africa (UBA) s American subsidiary in New York.. UBA is a top tier African financial services institution, headquartered in Nigeria.. Nimo has also worked as the Associate Director for Business Development at the Advisory Board Company, a leading healthcare consulting firm based in Washington DC.. In addition, she spent several years on Wall Street working with Goldman Sachs the premier global financial services franchise.. During Nimo s expansive career, she has been responsible for formulating and executing strategic business initiatives and developing financial models.. She has also contributed to the success of institutional bottom lines through aggressive marketing and professional relationship management.. Nimo received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Southern California College, USA.. She joined the Trust in 2010.. Judy Thuo..
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Title: Kwani Trust :: The Team Descriptive info: Angela Wachuka.. Executive Director.. Angela Wachuka is the Executive Director of Kwani Trust.. She oversees the Trust s daily operations and provides direction toward the achievement of the organisation s mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives.. Angela joined Kwani Trust in February 2008 and previous to this, studied and worked in England for 6 years.. As a Freelancer for the BBC s African News and Current Affairs Department, she worked as a Broadcasting Assistant on both Focus on Africa and Network Africa Radio Programmes, and on the quarterly Focus on Africa Magazine.. Angela holds a BA in Anthropology Law from the London School of Economics Political Science (LSE) and has held various research-oriented posts at the London Borough of Lambeth, the Association of British Insurers and the Centre for African Policy Peace Strategy (CAPPS) in London.. Billy Kahora.. Managing Editor.. Billy Kahora is the Managing Editor of Kwani? He also writes fiction and completed an MS.. c in Creative Writing with distinction at the University of Edinburgh as a Chevening Scholar in 2007.. Before that Billy studied and worked in South Africa for 8 years and in between worked as an Editorial Assistant for All Africa.. com in Washington D.. C.. He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree ... and released by Kwani Trust in July 2009.. Billy was a Regional judge for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize.. To read Billy Kahora s Editorial from Kwani? 05 Part 2: Beyond The Vote: Revelation Conversation , the second volume of a collection of testimonials, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays and photography in response to the 2007 elections and its aftermath.. Click.. here.. To watch the trailer of Soul Boy, a Kenyan film written by Billy, click.. Mike Mburu.. Sales & Distribution.. Mike Mburu is in charge of Sales and Distribution.. He has a diploma in Marketing and has been involved in the arts since 2003.. He was previously involved in distribution of local music and managing various artists before moving to the distribution of books and local films.. He has coordinated the Kenya Cine Week which evolved to become the Kenya International Film Festival.. Mike says:.. My love for the arts is beyond words, what I see is a bright future in the arts whereby Kenyan artists will eat from their sweat and hard work to make people appreciate art.. My dream is marketing artists and making the society believe and love arts and take art as part of their lives and be sure they can't do anything without it..
Title: Kwani Trust :: Our History Descriptive info: Our History.. It began with a question , says.. , Kwani Trust s Board Chairman.. Are Ngugi wa Thiong o and Meja Mwangi the only writers Kenyan publishers are interested in? Why aren t new writers being published in Kenya? Some writers got frustrated with waiting for publishers to just acknowledge they had received a manuscript.. One year was frequently mentioned as the waiting period.. Others were told no, after waiting a year for some acknowledgement.. Many just never heard back.. Was textbook publishing so lucrative that general fiction manuscripts were not of interest?.. Questions followed answers that threw up more questions.. Filmmaker Wanjiru Kinyanjui evolved into moderator of the email that circulated and took one thing for granted: there are interesting new writers out there.. But they do not have a space to flourish, to be the next Ngugi wa Thiong o as it were.. Friends added other friends to the email s cc line.. Others just added people they thought would be interested even though they did not know each other well.. The conversation grew and continued for months.. This was in the time of dial-ups and internet cafes that kept an 8-5 schedule.. No Facebook, no Twitter in the months of 2000-2001 when a mix of Kenyan writers, artists, activists of all kinds, journalists, literature teachers and just lovers of literature vented, raged and pondered the state of Kenya s literary scene.. It was suggested and agreed by all to take the discussion off-line.. Make things happen.. Wanjiru Kinyanjui accepted to convene the first meetings to be held at a cafe on the corner of Ronald Ngala Street and Moi Avenue in Nairobi, where Family Bank now has a branch.. From the enthusiastic crowd on email only a handful showed up each time a meeting was called.. May be the location? May be the timing? Something was holding back those demanding a new writing (that is what the email had become, a demand).. Eventually the meetings drew more than a handful.. And the free-flowing character of that email found a home, or two.. It was decided, if existing publishing houses do not want to or are reluctant to print new writing, then we would just have to publish it ourselves.. But publish what? Entire books or a journal? Again questions led to answers that led to more questions.. And the group continued to grow as people who had not been part of the email conversation were invited to contribute.. Ideas flowed thanks to gracious hosts.. Sculptor Irene Wanjiru opened her home and fed many as a literary journal was shaped.. Her husband, Ali Zaidi, now Deputy Managing Editor of The EastAfrican, presided over proceedings in his inimitable way.. And when Irene Wanjiru needed a break from playing host, Daily Nation columnist Rasna Warah opened up the poolside of the apartment block she lived in for more musings.. All this was happening as the annual Caine Prize for African Writing was launched and its first two winners were announced.. Binyavanga Wainaina, who was part of the conversation on and off-line, had been shortlisted for the 2002 award.. Binyavanga, ... have been published in the five issues of Kwani? out so far.. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, who was published by Kwani? won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2003.. Parselelo Kantai was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2004; Andia Kisia was awarded a fellowship at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre in London; Uwem Akpan a Nigerian writer, and Billy Kahora, the Assistant Editor of Kwani? at the time (now the Managing Editor), secured places in a post-graduate creative writing programme in the United States and UK respectively, based on the work they published in Kwani? In addition, Billy Kahora s Treadmill Love from The Obituary Tango Jacana/New Internationalist 2006 was highly commended by the judges of the Caine Prize 2007.. In 2008 and 2009, Kwani? published a body of work providing a narrative both written and visual, of the Post-Election Violence in late 2007 and early 2008.. Untutored writers - like Richard Onyango, the world renowned painter - have been published by Kwani?.. In Kwani? 02 and 03, we introduced an extended section in Sheng, narrated orally, transcribed and edited by Mashifta, a leading Kenyan hip hop group.. In December 2006, we published Kizuizini (In Detention), a Swahili memoir of a Kenyan freedom fighter and former Mau Mau detainee, Joseph Muthee.. This is part of the Kwani? Series.. Kwani? has been positively reviewed in all major newspapers and other media in East Africa and internationally.. We have been featured in the Washington Post, the Miami Herald and The Independent in the UK.. Kwani? Stories have been read on BBC, and we have been featured on international television many times.. Kenyans have grown to embrace Kwani?.. Kwani? Titles are stocked in a total of 65 bookstores and points of sale throughout the country, and from late 2009, our titles have been available in Europe and America through a distribution partnership with African books Collective ( ww.. com).. Kwani? hosts the monthly Sunday Salon Nairobi and Kwani? Poetry Open Mic.. These act as places where we can talk shop, share ideas, and encourage budding writers.. These sessions are very popular with promising writers and audiences who are interested in literature.. In January 2008, in response to the December 2007 post-election violence, Kwani? put together an ensemble of Kenyan writers ( The Concerned Kenyan Writers) who wrote over 150 articles and newspaper features, published globally (The Guardian, The New York times, The East African, among others).. In May 2008, Kwani Trust also published After the Vote: Dispatches from the Coalition of Concerned Kenyan Writers , an anthology of work addressing the conflict.. Kwani? 05, released in two parts in mid-2009, is also entirely dedicated to writing about the post-election conflict, while Kenya Burning , described by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an important and powerful story for the world to hear , is a collection of photography from this period that provides a visual narrative.. In 2010, the Trust was awarded a Prince Claus Award by the Prince Claus Foundation, given annually in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of Culture and Development.. See full details.. here..
Title: Kwani Trust :: Kwani? Journal Descriptive info: Publications.. 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.. Read More.. Tweet.. Kwani? 06.. Kwani? 06, isan anthology of short fiction and poetry by Kenyan And African writers born after September 1978.. Farah Aideed Goes To Gulf War by Mehul Gohil is a dystopic paean that explodes our obsessions with mono-Kenyan identity and binary understanding of Nairobi (Nairobbery vs Green City.. Kwani? 05 Part 02: Revelation and Conversation.. This second 400 pages of a twin edition further examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007 elections.. Here, writers, photographers, poets and cartoonists provide further collective narratives on what we were before, and what we became, during the epochal first 100 days of 2008.. Kwani? 05 Part 01: Maps and Journeys.. This is the first of a twin edition ... diaspora.. Well-known contemporary Kenyan writers, Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Garland, and Doreen Baingana share these pages with fast rising newcomers: Billy Kahora, Mukoma wa Ngugi and.. Kwani? 03.. In all aspects - editing, design, layout and breadth of material, Kwani? 03 introduces a new chapter to the African creative writing scene.. Themed on the seventies, the cover introduces a collaboration between visual and comic art and text in interesting and interactive ways.. Established writers,.. Kwani? 02.. This edition explores contemporary literary and artistic concerns with new Kenyan and African identities.. Building on the first issue, Kwani? 02 adds to the exciting Kwani? 01 to mirror the post-millennial angst of young Kenyan writers, poets, cartoonists and photographers.. In the issue,.. Kwani? 01.. Kwani? 01 is the first of a series of annual editions of the Kwani? journal.. Kwani? 01 launched a renewed interest in the reading of local literary material by Kenyans and international readers.. It showcases various aspects of the creative energies that seemed dormant in Kenya in the 1980s and.. Buy @.. Book Catalogue..
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Title: Kwani Trust :: Kwanini? Series Descriptive info: 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.. The Cock Thief.. Twice Caine Prize short-listed writer, Parseleleo Kantai explores the interface between reality and myth, desperation and futility that emerges from the death of belief in a collective future, and ultimately in the self - and the subsequent unachievable hope of escaping poverty when one is without.. Internally Misplaced.. "Seth can almost hear the thing he fears.. He can here it growling in the German engine below him.. Seth has seen it on CNN at Madam's house, this thing.. A malevolent child, creating strangely heaped multi-car sculptures around lamp-posts and rippling bridges into skirts.. He knows what it can.. The Life & Times of Richard Onyango.. Richard Onyango, Kenya's most famous international artist, tells his coming of age story from his beginnings as a musical apprentice at the Coast, to lover of Englishwoman, Drossie, and his emergence as a force in the international art world.. This is a street-to-canvas bildunsroman of.. After the Vote : Now available as part of Kwani? 05 Part 1.. The Kwanini? series reminds Dr.. Tom Odhiambo here of the pocket-size economy that came years ago to East Africa ... the American visa lottery, they told you, In a month, you will have a big car.. Soon, a big house.. But don't buy a gun like those Americans.. " You In America is a.. 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'.. Discovering Home.. "Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title.. Beyond River Yei.. "You may assume that a war torn place is aware of the abnormality of its situation.. That it will, for your own modesty hide the graves, the torn clothes, the guns slung over shoulders, the hostilities.. It is possible that this happens in certain places.. Not here.. Surely, you think, your civilian.. The Life of Mzee Ondego.. " The doctors released me at 5am.. ' So we got into the Land Rover.. By the time we reached Gatundu my heart was gone.. I was worried I would be killed.. So when our time came to sing, we sang the song which says Kenya is a peaceful country, which was number one.. We were on our way to sit down..
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Title: Kwani Trust :: Kwani? Series Descriptive info: 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.. One Day I will Write About This Place.. Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him.. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael.. To See The Mountain And Other Stories.. The Caine Prize for African Writing is named in celebration of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc, who was Chairman of the 'Africa 95' arts festival in Europe and Africa in 1995 and for nearly 25 years, Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee.. The Prize is open.. The Stone Hills of Maragoli.. "Life as a labourer is hard, but when Ombima, commits what he considers a "necessary" crime and watches the events that ... and one could see the person in the other room.. Both the toilet and bathroom were built on top of a drainage trench, on the floor were.. 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.. The True Story of David Munyakei.. 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.. Kizuizini.. " Licha ya kuitwa 'mwanangu' na mzungu aliyemwajiri, Aprili 10 1954 Joseph Muthee alihadaiwa na mwajiri wake Kepteni C.. O'Hagan, mlowezi aliyemiliki mashamba Lusoi, eneo la Nyeri, Mkoa wa Kati nchini Kenya, na kukabidhiwa kwa serikali ya mbeberu akituhumiwa kwa kuwa mmoja wa Mau Mau, mashujaa..
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