Kwani?

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Billy Kahora, Binyavanga Wainaina
Kwani Archive Online, 2007 - Literary Collections - 430 pages
Following and keeping close to the great tradition set by its three predecessors, Kwani? 4 presents a wail of new voices in literary concert with the not so new. The now established talents- Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Garland, Doreen Baingana- share these pages with the fast risers: Billy Kahora, Mukoma wa Ngugi and Shalini Gidoomal. And Kwani? 4 has delved deeper into the all those spaces where the Kenyan story lives: the street corners, the neighbourhood pubs, the in-between semi rural places where the clash of cultures- the traditional versus the modern- continues to redefine the social roles of the individual, dismantle patriarchal constructs and still retain the pithy wit and the devices of ancient orature that time and the ritual of the communal fireside have honed. Still, as though in ridicule of such notions of Africa as being the continent on the lee side of the Digital Divide, Kwani? 4 reaches into the burgeoning realms of the Kenyan blogosphere to bring such politically aware, borderline intellectual and only-two-degrees-shy-of-rebellious voices bringing a fresh look at the old themes of politics, slices of life and religion and placing them alongside such taboo subjects as sex beyond the hetero-normative ideal. Kwani? 4 is established in Africa as the space for cutting-edge new fiction, mind provoking non fiction and photo-essays and witty graphic narratives.
 

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Contents

KIRIRIKANO by Wamhui Wa Wanjiru
6
Nairobi Back In The Days
37
Philosophers Of The Stone
43
GOOGLEPEDIA When You Google I hate Kikuyu
55
A KENYAN WORKPLACE by Haakaia Renja 4
73
HAIRDRESSER by PhylitMuthoni
86
REFLECTION by Steve Partington
106
by Wairimu Ngaruya Njamhi and William 0 hrien 107
127
HATUA by Kangethe Ngige i Me Kah
136
KADENGE NA MPIRA by Internet Anonymout
144
OBITUARY MAN by Muthoni Garland
156
THE PURPOSE OF THE BLINDFOLD by Peter Trachtenherg
164
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Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina was born in Nakuru, Kenya on January 18, 1971. He was an author, publisher, journalist, and commentator. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 and went on to establish the literary magazine Kwani? In 2005, he published an essay entitled How to Write About Africa in the British literary journal Granta. His memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, was published in 2011. In 2014, he published an essay entitled I am a Homosexual, Mum. On World AIDS Day in 2016, he announced that he was H.I.V. positive. He died after a short illness on May 21, 2019 at the age of 48.

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