African Interest

African Interest

  • Businesswomans Fault by Okanga Ooko

    Businesswomans Fault by Okanga Ooko

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Angela Mukami is brand manager at AMMA Advertising Agency, a firm owned by iron-lady Atieno Mary. Thoth comes to her with a cockeyed and odd proposition. Intrigued by the proposal that requires her to betray her boss, Angela lets herself into king-sized load of trouble. Thoth, crippled blogger and genius, has a reputation. As an organiser of grand schemes for the cartel-run Government. And in Nairobi, Kenya, corruption is King. His email marketing monitoring company is a side-show. He has a plan.  He wants to expand his business into a full marketing force and he wants an existing advertising agency to take over. But in his grand scheme, he picks on the wrong turkey. He had swindled his way to fame. He thought he knew the ropes; and women. Maybe he did. But he didn't know Atieno, otherwise he'd have realised that he was just another fly stumbling into the deadly web of a woman who was beautiful to look at; but lethal to mess with. Atieno Mary, too, has a reputation. She is ruthless, strong-willed never-say-die woman who has built her advertising agency from nothing into a million-shilling-making brand. Deep within this desirable woman burns the violent fires that could destroy a man.  So no one messes with her. To begin with, she was born in Eastlands and she still maintains connections with Eastlands’ underworld. She throws the spanner into the works and into a nightmare of intrigue and stark terror as the plot hots up evermore the furious pace, and ends up with an almost underplayed, infinitely deadly double-take climax on the very last page.  Set against the restless background of Nairobi’s corporate world, Businesswoman’s Fault is the story of scandalous corruption and organised blackmail, punctuated by betrayal and gruesome murder, peopled by shrewd businessmen, corrupt Government technocrats, shady conmen and Okang’a Ooko's own particular brand of nasty businesswomen.  Businesswoman’s Fault is a collection of eight stories that zip along at a breakneck speed and points to the reason why Okang’a Ooko has gained such reputation for explosive and non-stop action. He is Kenya’s new master storyteller and his new thriller hits his peak, must be read at a sitting.  

  • Beautiful Shards of the Maiden Pot by Evelyne Ongogo

    Beautiful Shards of the Maiden Pot by Evelyne Ongogo

    Ksh 899

    Brief Summary Evelyne Ongogo is a Kenyan teacher, writer and one of the notable poets today. Her other collections of poetry include: “Dichol and Other Poems” and “The Eye of the Rising Sun.” In this text, Ongogo capitalizes on the use of song tradition and narration to confront, dissect, question, satirize and address various issues in the current social-political and economic dispensation. Such issues include: sexuality, religious hypocrisy and theft, alcoholism, love, modernity, traditions, plight of women and male chauvinism among others. The complexity of these issues, their influence on human character and how we should handle them are presented in 37 long poems in which Ongogo wears different masks to create characters and contexts that matter in her quest to argue her case as a woman, a conservatist, a parent, a believer and a lover. Her anger and critical attitude in most poems define her as a rebel or activist of some sort. It is also important to note that most of these poems are basically versified conversations in the sense that responses to issues raised in one poem are provided in another.  

  • Kisumu by Okanga Ooko

    Kisumu by Okanga Ooko

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Pandpieri, Kisumu. 1970s. Otis Dundos is a shy, awkward and curious kid. In the ‘80s as a man-boy he tries to fit in. But he is more an archetype than flesh-and-blood youth. Performing with Nico Opija and KDF in Kondele gives him a beginning and a journey into music. As guitar student hitting all the required notes, Otis is the haunted genius.  And KDF in Kondele is a training ground for demonology. He is desperate to leave Kondele's dingy clubs to reach for the future. He seems to realize he is not accomplished until he moves to Nairobi. But the cold, cold heart of Nairobi’s nefarious pop culture schools him into becoming a more spoiled artist. Returning to Kisumu with a new band, accompanied by queasy bandmates in the ranks of villainous neer-do-wells, he spirals down into the heart of Kisumu’s darkness, encountering up surging whirlpools of struggle, survival, greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation.  How does he wind down the hysteria; somewhat, and make a fairly good case for an extraordinary achievement back-masking in heavy benga music? That’s not the issue, the issue is that as famous as he is, Otis Dundos has more problems than a normal Kisumuan. Providing a catharsis through comedy, lancing the Kenyan lakeside city’s moral boil with satire, KISUMU tells the story of ordinary men and women trying to live the Kenyan African dream. It is a story of humble beginning, awkward and misdirected fumbling and miraculous accomplishment.  

  • Being Maasai Ethnicity and Identity in East Africa

    Being Maasai Ethnicity and Identity in East Africa

    Ksh 2699

    Brief Summary Everyone “knows” the Maasai as proud pastoralists who once dominated the Rift Valley from northern Kenya to central Tanzania. But many people who identify themselves as Maasai, or who speak Maa, are not pastoralist at all, but farmers and hunters. Over time many different people have “become” something else. And what it means to be Maasai has changed radically over the past several centuries and is still changing today. This collection by historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and linguists examines how Maasai identity has been created, evoked, contested, and transformed from the time of their earliest settlement in Kenya to the present, as well as raising questions about the nature of ethnicity generally.  

  • Land and Sustainable Development in Africa

    Land and Sustainable Development in Africa

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary This book links contemporary debates on land reform with wider discourses on sustainable development within Africa, including chapters and in-depth case studies on South Africa and Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Botswana and West Africa.  The book traces the development of ideas about sustainable development and addresses a new agenda based on social justice.  

  • The History Of Islam In Africa

    The History Of Islam In Africa

    Ksh 3799

    Brief Summary The history of the Islamic faith on the continent of Africa spans fourteen centuries. For the first time in a single volume, The History of Islam in Africa presents a detailed historic mapping of the cultural, political, geographic, and religious past of this significant presence on a continent-wide scale. Bringing together two dozen leading scholars, this comprehensive work treats the historical development of the religion in each major region and examines its effects. Without assuming prior knowledge of the subject on the part of its readers, The History of Islam in Africa is broken down into discrete areas, each devoted to a particular place or theme and each written by experts in that particular arena. The introductory chapters examine the principal “gateways” from abroad through which Islam traditionally has influenced Africans. The following two parts present overviews of Islamic history in West Africa and the Sudanic zone, and in subequatorial Africa. In the final section, the authors discuss important themes that have had an impact on Muslim communities in Africa. Designed as both a reference and a text, The History of Islam in Africa will be an essential tool for libraries, scholars, and students of this growing field.

  • Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy in Kenya

    Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy in Kenya

    Ksh 1099

    Brief Summary The essays presented in his new book, Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy in Kenya, underpin the two basic recommendations that he made to the Building Bridges Initiative. They amplify, illustrate and justify in greater detail the need for Kenya to introduce constitutional reforms at this stage in favour of parliamentary government (as opposed to the current presidential system), and proportional representation in the election of legislators at all levels. On Kenya specifically, the essays touch repeatedly on its immediate post-independence experience that saw the elimination, as elsewhere in Africa, of parliamentary government and its replacement by an autocratic presidentialism, the resistance to one-party rule in the 1990s, the betrayals after the 2002 General Election that were won by Narc, and the electoral crisis thereafter. Lessons in favour of the two basic constitutional reforms are drawn from that diversity of experiences, and theories. Prof Nyong’o is both a statesman and an intellectual. That is a rare combination of skills in Kenya today compared with where the country (and Africa generally) was in the immediate post-independence period. In those days, Africans debated their most fundamental political and economic development policies against the backdrop of the contours of thought charted by their leaders in government or out of it. One thinks of Tom J. Mboya, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkurumah, Leopold Senghor, Dunduzu Chisiza, Frantz Fanon and many others. It became normal for the first generation of African leaders to commit their thought and policy goals to paper and to invite debate. The goals of African independence, African identity, national unity, African socialism, strategies of achieving pan-African unity, economic development, inequality, non-alignment in international affairs — all these were subjected to vigorous public debate. These essays should strengthen the public debate on constitutional reforms now underway in Kenya. In that context, one of the ideas I have fully shared for long with Prof Nyong’o is that of the need to replace the presidential system of government with a parliamentary one because the latter is better suited to an ethnically polarised society like ours. A parliamentary system is no panacea, as he states at one point, but it is far better suited to our politics than the highly divisive majoritarian-based presidentialism.   "

  • Why South Sudan Matters by Garang Malong

    Why South Sudan Matters by Garang Malong

    Ksh 1199

    Brief Summary Why South Sudan Matters. Not a day goes by that there isn’t news coverage of a war breaking out somewhere in the world, or violence, or terrorism, or human trafficking, or child soldiers . . . the sheer volume of the reports is almost desensitizing. It isn’t that we don’t care or feel, even if briefly, for those living through these horrors, it is just that . . . well, it doesn’t impact our lives—or does it? In author Garang Malong’s authentic, captivating book, Why South Sudan Matters, he takes the reader along on his harrowing, childhood journey in a country constantly at war— a journey that no child should have to endure.  This book is chilling, heart-rending, and riveting. Thanks to the author’s gift of storytelling, the reader will live through his trials with him, experience the love the South Sudanese have for their country, and in learning about the future possibilities for South Sudan, feel the connection we have to one another. One thing is certain. No one who reads this book will remain unchanged.  

  • Perspectives On Culture And Globalisation The Intellectual Legacy of Ali Mazrui

    Perspectives On Culture And Globalisation The Intellectual Legacy of Ali Mazrui

    Ksh 1099

    Brief Summary In 1996 President Nelson Mandela described Professor Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014) as “an outstanding educationist and freedom fighter.” In 2002 the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan referred to Professor Mazrui as “Africa’s gift to the world.” Author of more than 35 books and hundreds of articles, Professor Mazrui was an African scholar who treated with uncommon flair a wide-range of themes that included globalization, the triple heritage, peace, and social justice.  This volume engages with some of the themes that excited his attention for over six decades. The multidisciplinary essays seek to underline the highlights of Mazrui’s intellectual journey and attest to the fact that he was public intellectual par excellence. Indeed, in 2005, he was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world. This book is a product of a symposium held from 15 to 17 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.  The symposium was jointly organized by the Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, Kenya, and the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (State University of New York at Binghamton) which Ali Mazrui created and presided over as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities from 1991 to 2014.  

  • Not My Time to Die by Yolande Mukagasana

    Not My Time to Die by Yolande Mukagasana

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary Yolande Mukagasana is a Rwandan nurse and mother of three children who likes wearing jeans and designer glasses. She runs her own clinic in Nyamirambo and is planning a party for her wedding anniversary. But when genocide starts everything changes.  Targeted because she's a successful woman and a Tutsi, she flees for her life. This gripping memoir describes the betrayal of friends and help that comes from surprising places. Quick-witted and courageous, Yolande never loses hope she will find her children alive.  

  • Historical Studies and Social Change in Western Kenya

    Historical Studies and Social Change in Western Kenya

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Historical Studies and Social Change in Western Kenya: Essays in Memory of Professor Gideon S. Were  

  • A Woman of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail

    A Woman of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary A Woman of Firsts: The midwife who built a hospital and changed the world. Edna saw first-hand how poor healthcare, lack of education and ancient superstitions had devastating effects on Somaliland’s people, especially its women. When she suffered the trauma of FGM herself as a young girl at the bidding of her mother, Edna’s determination was set. The first midwife to practise in Somaliland, Edna became a formidable teacher and campaigner for women’s health. As her country was swept up in its bloody fight for independence, Edna rose to become its First Lady and first female cabinet minister. She built her own hospital, brick by brick, training future generations in what has been hailed as one of the Horn of Africa’s finest university hospitals This is Edna’s truly remarkable story.  

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