African Interest

African Interest

  • Maasai A Novel of Love War and Witchcraft in 19th Century East Africa

    Maasai A Novel of Love War and Witchcraft in 19th Century East Africa

    Ksh 2399

    Brief Summary This novel is based on true events of the 19th century, a period of widespread warfare between pastoralist groups fighting for grazing lands and cattle. The fiercest of these groups were the Laikipiak Maasai who dominated Kenya's Great Rift Valley until their defeat in the 1870s. The novel focuses on two lovers, Maron and Endelepin and their son Kitoip, as they endure the tribulations of warfare, smallpox, slave traders and the coming of European colonialism"--

  • Abyei Between The Two Sudans

    Abyei Between The Two Sudans

    Ksh 4499

    Brief Summary Abyei of the Ngok Dinka is currently contested between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan. The authors of Abyei Between the Two Sudans make the case that Abyei is indeed part and parcel of South Sudan, as demonstrated by the role the Ngok Dinka have played in promoting the cause of the South nationally, regionally and internationally, and specifically in the wars of liberation in which they distinguished themselves for their bravery, discipline and unwavering commitment to the national cause of the South. The book also reveals that Abyei is an area of paradoxes which, though contested, has historically served, and could still serve, as a constructive 'Bridge' of peace, reconciliation and cooperation between the two border communities, extending to their respective two neighbouring countries, the Two Sudans.

  • Moi Cabinets Drama Intrigues Triumphs by The Kenya Year Book

    Moi Cabinets Drama Intrigues Triumphs by The Kenya Year Book

    Ksh 5999

    Brief Summary Daniel arap Moi served as the third Vice President Kenya, taking over as President in 1978 despite concerted efforts from a group of Government officials and politicians determined to ensure he did not become President. Few people know that at one point, as the opposition towards him turned to harassment, the VP drafted a letter of resignation. But before handing it in, he went to see his boss, President Jomo Kenyatta to share his tribulations. According to Andrew Morton, author of Moi’s biography, The Making of an African Statesman, Kenyatta asked him, “Who is in charge of the police?” At the time, Moi was also the Minister for Home Affairs, so the police force fell under his docket. In essence, the President was instructing him to deal decisively with the matter. Had Moi resigned, Kenya’s history would have been drastically different. Once he took over as President, Moi promised continuity in the footsteps of Kenyatta under the new clarion call, “Fuata Nyayo”. The new focus was a blend of three things: sound ethnic footing and clout, unquestionable loyalty to the ruling party, KANU, and well-defined old ties either in Government service or shared religious and political values. In a bid to understand Moi and how he picked, related with and managed his Cabinet, the publication relates real-life anecdotes, some of which have not been told before. Take the case, in the late 1990s, of Kipkalya Kones, a Minister in the Office of the President. Kones was convinced Moi was about to fire him on the basis of rumours that the President was holding regular meetings with his main rival in Kipsigis politics, John Koech, who he had replaced in the Cabinet.  To avoid the humiliation of being fired, Kones surrendered his ministerial flag and official limousine at the Mau Summit General Service Unit post located on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. Although it is not clear exactly what transpired, Kones left neither the flag nor the official car at the station.

  • The Political Economy of Africa by Vishnu Padayachee

    The Political Economy of Africa by Vishnu Padayachee

    Ksh 8999

    Brief Summary The Political Economy of Africa addresses the real possibilities for African development in the coming decades when seen in the light of the continent’s economic performance over the last half-century. This involves an effort to emancipate our thinking from the grip of western economic models that have often ignored Africa’s diversity in their rush to peddle simple nostrums of dubious merit. The book addresses the seemingly intractable economic problems of the African continent, and traces their origins. It also brings out the instances of successful economic change, and the possibilities for economic revival and renewal. As well as surveying the variety of contemporary situations, the text will provide readers with a firm grasp of the historical background to the topic. It explores issues such as: employment and poverty social policy and security structural adjustment programs and neo-liberal globalization majority rule and democratization taxation and resource mobilization. It contains a selection of country specific case studies from a range of international contributors, many of whom have lived and worked in Africa. The book will be of particular interest to higher level students in political economy, development studies, area studies (Africa) and economics in general.

  • Youthcan by Lizz Ntonjira

    Youthcan by Lizz Ntonjira

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary A collection of powerful, inspiring and challenging stories from youth breaking barriers across Africa. 50 Empowering Stories from across 22 Sub Sahara Africa countries told by 29 Women and 21 Men. For the majority of young people, growing up in Africa is a contact sport, only without the funding and technical support. For many of them, the journey to adulthood is like a slow run through a field of high grass. By the time they get there, they are bloody and bruised by a relentless lashing of the blades. And then in young adulthood, they come to a crossroads. They can either let their wounds turn into battle-hardened- scars, or they can remain honest and open allowing their afflictions to become the impetus for change and further still, transformation. This transformation is the golden thread that runs through this book. Each and every person featured has a victory story to tell, regardless of the circumstances at their birth, how they were raised or the hills they had to climb to get to their destination. The book also features industry experts who so graciously shared their stories, knowledge and wisdom because indeed, every young person who succeeds stands on the shoulders of giants. #YOUTHCAN is a book that will inspire, empower and challenge you to become the best version of yourself. The person featured being only 9 years old and the oldest 60, because Lizz Ntonjira believes in the power and resonance of passing the baton.The book is divided into 12 chapters capturing these candid conversations of ordinary youth doing extraordinary things from Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon,Ethiopia, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis

    The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis

    Ksh 1399

    Brief Summary A shocking investigative journey into the way the resource trade wreaks havoc on Africa, ‘The Looting Machine’ explores the dark underbelly of the global economy. Africa: the world’s poorest continent and, arguably, its richest. While accounting for just 2 percent of global GDP, it is home to 15 per cent of the planet’s crude oil, 40 per cent of its gold and 80 per cent of its platinum. A third of the earth’s mineral deposits lie beneath its soil. But far from being a salvation, this buried treasure has been a curse. ‘The Looting Machine’ takes you on a gripping and shocking journey through anonymous boardrooms and glittering headquarters to expose a new form of financialized colonialism. Africa’s booming growth is driven by the voracious hunger for natural resources from rapidly emerging economics such as China. But in the shadows a network of traders, bankers and corporate raiders has sprung up to grease the palms of venal local political elites. What is happening in Africa’s resource states is systematic looting. In country after country across the continent, the resource industry is tearing at the very fabric of society. But, like its victims, the beneficiaries of this looting machine have names. For six years Tom Burgis has been on a mission to expose corruption and give voice to the millions of Africans who suffer the consequences of living under this curse. Combining deep reporting with an action-packed narrative, he travels to the heart of Africa’s resource states, meeting a warlord in Nigeria’s oil-soaked Niger Delta and crossing a warzone to reach a remote mineral mine in eastern Congo. The result is a blistering investigation that throws a completely fresh light on the workings of the global economy and will make you think twice about what goes into the mobile phone in your pocket and the tank of your car.

  • I Do not Come to you by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

    I Do not Come to you by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

    Ksh 1399

    Brief Summary A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story of one young man and the family who loves him. Being the opara of the family, Kingsley Ibe is entitled to certain privileges--a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation from university. As first son, he has responsibilities, too. But times are bad in Nigeria, and life is hard. Unable to find work, Kingsley cannot take on the duty of training his younger siblings, nor can he provide his parents with financial peace in their retirement. And then there is Ola. Dear, sweet Ola, the sugar in Kingsley's tea. It does not seem to matter that he loves her deeply; he cannot afford her bride price. It hasn't always been like this. For much of his young life, Kingsley believed that education was everything, that through wisdom, all things were possible. Now he worries that without a "long-leg"--someone who knows someone who can help him--his degrees will do nothing but adorn the walls of his parents' low-rent house. And when a tragedy befalls his family, Kingsley learns the hardest lesson of all: education may be the language of success in Nigeria, but it's money that does the talking. Unconditional family support may be the way in Nigeria, but when Kingsley turns to his Uncle Boniface for help, he learns that charity may come with strings attached. Boniface--aka Cash Daddy--is an exuberant character who suffers from elephantiasis of the pocket. He's also rumored to run a successful empire of email scams. But he can help. With Cash Daddy's intervention, Kingsley and his family can be as safe as a tortoise in its shell. It's up to Kingsley now to reconcile his passion for knowledge with his hunger for money, and to fully assume his role of first son. But can he do it without being drawn into this outlandish mileu?

  • The History and Culture of Abakhero People of Western Kenya

    The History and Culture of Abakhero People of Western Kenya

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary The History and Culture of Abakhero People of Western Kenya

  • History of Nairobi 1899-2012 From a Railway Camp and Supply Depot to a World Class African Metropolis

    History of Nairobi 1899-2012 From a Railway Camp and Supply Depot to a World Class African Metropolis

    Ksh 4399

    Brief Summary History of Nairobi 1899-2012: From a Railway Camp and Supply Depot  to a World-Class African Metropolis is the second book in the series, History of Kenyan Cities and Towns. The Series looks at the people and events that have shaped the cities’ and towns’ development and the broader impact they have had on Kenya’s development. History of Nairobi 1899- 2012 follows the City’s origins as a Railway camp in 1899 to 2012 when the Country ushered in the devolved system of government and the Nairobi City Council was replaced by the Nairobi City County. As the Capital City and the seat of National Government, the history of Nairobi also provides a narrative of Kenya’s political development from the early days of the colony to the promulgation of the new Constitution in 2010. Throughout the text, a large collection of photographs brings to life the evolution of the City in its formative 110 years.

  • When I learned how to walk and other poems by Mumbi Macharia

    When I learned how to walk and other poems by Mumbi Macharia

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary 'When I learned how to walk & other poems', is a compilation of 17 poems written by myself (I have been a performing spoken word poet in Nairobi for the past 5 years, and this is my debut poetry book). The poems in this book span a wide range of topics, from African power, love, identity, mental health, and the inevitability of heartbreak. The book is a small one, 61 pages, however, it contains poems that are meant to be re-read as many times as the reader wishes. The book is largely in English, and contains a few lines in Swahili, with one of the poems being entirely in Swahili.

  • The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

    The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. Meanwhile, Mussolini’s technologically advanced army prepares for an easy victory. Hundreds of thousands of Italians—Jewish photographer Ettore among them—march on Ethiopia seeking adventure. As the war begins in earnest, Hirut, Aster, and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms against the Italians. But how could she have predicted her own personal war as a prisoner of one of Italy’s most vicious officers, who will force her to pose before Ettore’s camera? What follows is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power, with Hirut as the fierce, original, and brilliant voice at its heart. In incandescent, lyrical prose, Maaza Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

  • Thuond Luo

    Thuond Luo

    Ksh 499

    Brief Summary Buge Moko Mag Dholuo gin

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