The Storymoja Hay Festival Kenya

Rumour has it I may be an usher at this week’s Storymoja Hay Festival; you know I get to wear the Tshirt and act all important showing people around and directing lost souls. It’s a dream job.

Venue: The Railways Club

Date: 1st-3rd October

Time: 11am to 6pm

So what is it about? It’s about literature, poetry, art. It’s a three day event with various sessions which if you miss on the first day, you can catch them on the following day.

So here is the some of the information you need to know: the Bios of the artists and authors/playwrights/poets in attendance and when they are expected to engage you, my dearest reader. (Note: am hoping you will be flattered after I call you my dearest)

Kathy Vaughan presents ‘Management Proverbs’

Sunday 3rd October 4pm to 5:30pm at the SHFK 2010

Growing up, everyone learns lessons about life through direct instruction and through our social environments. Some are positive, some negative, some unexplored. This session will engage the audience in thinking about proverbs as a tool for the modern workplace. The audience will have a chance to discuss and interpret chosen proverbs related to work, as well as create their own proverbs.

Bio:
Kathleen M. Vaughan is an experienced trainer and consultant specializing in leadership, collaboration and conflict management. She holds a Masters in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College, USA. As a third culture kid and a seasoned mediator, she enjoys using language and the word as a tool to generate understanding, perspective-taking and motivation.

The Indian Black Butterfly invites you to her join her Transformation CirQle.
Friday 1st October 2pm to 3:30pm

Tazim Elkington – The Indian Black Butterfly – has a mysterious sense of ‘knowing’ how to tap into the spaces people are unsure of stepping into. Her sessions are unique and rare as they take a life of their own as moments unfold. She challenges limitations, norms, comfort zones and most of all that which we may consider a done deal however might be the biggest setbacks in our lives. This is not an experience where you buy 1 and get 1 free.. come join Tazim and find out more for and about life and where we function from and why. Lets discuss ‘WHAT IS POWER’ – and its allies and foes! This session will be held on Friday 2-3.30pm at the ‘Transformation CirQle’. This session is not to be missed!!

“Verse of Fire”: A Conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah
Sunday 3rd October 4pm to 6pm

In “Bought and Sold,” Benjamin Zephaniah asks, “What happened to the verse of fire”? “Smart big awards and prize money,” he warns, are “killing off black poetry.” Poets who seek commercial approval risk losing their ability to find what Zephaniah terms “de magic poem,” a poem that “can ease our sorrows” and celebrate “our tomorrows.” A poet of the heart and of the head, Benjamin Zephaniah writes and performs socially engaged poetry, a poetry that makes audiences laugh and cry, feel and care, think and plan, engage the world in its possibilities and its obstacles.

Deeply committed to an ethical vision of the world, an expansive ethics that ranges from veganism to anti-racist activism, Zephaniah works on and off the page. He has championed a poetry that speaks to publics, eschewing the model of the isolated genius artist intent on writing in cryptic codes. His commitment to a democratic poetics is perhaps most evident in his writing for children in the volumes Funky Chickens, Wicked World, and School’s Out: Poems Not for School. Zephaniah is deeply committed to the future of a risk-taking poetry that pursues social and political utopias. In “Protest Poets,” he urges “human poets” to “unite,” “Lest we pass on to future poets / a world in which, poets do not fall in love / or mek mistakes.”

On this “Verse of Fire” panel, Benjamin Zephaniah is joined by Kenyan poets Tony “Smitta” Mochama and Njeri Wangari, in a wide-ranging discussion about the present and future of poetry, the relationship between art and activism, and how to engage multiple audiences through innovative performances. The panel will be moderated by poet and literary critic Keguro Macharia.

Bio:
Keguro is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. he belongs to the Koroga Collaborative and to the Concerned Kenyan Writers Collective. His writing can be found at gukira.wordpress.com

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Tony ‘Smitta’ Mochama is a successful journalist, and popular performance poet in Nairobi, with two published works of poetry to his name – ‘What if I Am a Literary Gangster’, and its sequel, ‘The Literary Gangsta – II.’ A third work of poetry ‘Evanescence’ is on the way … Mochama has also lectured on creative writing and poetry, most recently as a guest speaker in June at Concordia University, in Montreal. A self-confessed vodka aficionado (no lemons, no avocado), the dread-locked poet also did Law at UoN, but sez: “Don’t practice. Just preach!”

Bio:
Njeri Wangari is well known local poet/ spoken word performer, blogger and literary activist. Her first book of poetry was launched last month, Mind and Mind Fields: My Spoken Words. Check out her blog http://kenyanpoet.blogspot.com/
For More Details About the SHFK 2010 visit the Storymoja Website or write toinfo@storymojaafrica.co.ke

Paul Sullivan presents his book ‘Kikuyu District’
Friday 1st October 4pm to 5:30pm

Kikuyu District contains the edited letters of Francis Hall (Fort Hall) who lived in Kenya from 1892 – 1901 when he died from blackwater fever aged 40. His letters are among the earliest colonial records of daily life in British East Africa. He commanded Fort Smith near present day Nairobi with orders to keep the peace between the Kikuyu and the Maasai and to re-supply caravans traveling between the coast and Uganda. It was a hard life in dangerous conditions and every day was an adventure. He was lucky to survive a goring by a rhino and was later mauled by a wounded leopard that he strangled with his rifle. As the railway approached Kikuyuland Hall was moved to Mbirri (Muranga) to establish a new fort. Six months later he was dead.Kikuyu District is a unique and fascinating account of the life of an early colonial administrator and settler.

Bio:
Born in Wales, educated in England and the USA, Paul Sullivan chose a copywriting career in advertising that led to work in ten countries in Asia and Africa. A thirty year resident of Kenya, he is now retired on the Kenyan coast working on his second book about Kenyan colonial history.

For More Details About the SHFK 2010 visit the Storymoja Werbsite or write toinfo@storymojaafrica.co.ke

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Safaricom Classical Fusion Concert

Having won a complimentary ticket for the Safaricom Classical Fusion Concert at Impala Grounds on Sunday the 26th of September, I arrived there one and a half hours late. Blame the traffic on Thika Road and Ngong Roads.

I’d love to write about it, but am pressed for time so I’ll just post a few pics from there. You can get more info at their site here. Hope to see you there next year.

The Soweto String Quartet was hugely popular.

The Soweto String Quartet

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Eric Wainaina was performing too; and what good is a concert without us singing Daima. That PEV song that we’ve heard over and over and over and over again.

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Eric Wainaina, whom I love love love.

Then the concert ended with fireworks and us singing happy Birthday to Safaricom; it’s been 10 years.

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Can we pretend fireworks are shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now

And finally, the hosts/MCs of the event: Janet Mbugua and Michael Oyier.


Michael and Janet

The Princess Project ~ Indecent Proposals

Indecent Proposals

Indecent Proposals; offers that you would rather not get from certain people. Ideas that make you uncomfortable, challenge your morals and make you question human nature.

Bold proposals that make you blush and then let that second question come to your mind: Where is the harm? The answer(s) to that question is what separates the risk takers from the proper ‘goody two shoes’.

So, is Gaby a risk taking free spirit or is she a proper girl who will stick to human expectations and the moral standards that are requirement at St. Hilary University…..

Indecent Proposals

‘What’s a beautiful girl like you doing in the ugliest part of Nairobi?’

‘And you?’ She sniggered. ‘What are you doing in the ugliest part of Nairobi?’

He lied that he lived somewhere around the block and had stopped off on his way home from campus—by sheer chance.

From that simple but calculated surprise, his spontaneous visits to the bar to see her graduated into statistical proportion. He even took to inventing workshops, and seminars in mitigating the new absences to his wife.

It went much further, for when you allow a leper to shake your hands beyond the elbow, they’ll be dying for an embrace. He talked about his boring marital sex life, sleeping in the same conjugal bed, and rousing at wee hours to his wife’s foul breath. If he had his democratic vote, he’d have chosen a bed for himself. The matrimonial bed is still the metaphor of the selfless nuptial union, and metaphors, for a prince to a pauper, are sacrosanct.

‘Every time I lie down next to my wife in that bed, I think about you.’ Said he on one occasion. ‘I fancy and fantasize about you lying down on my chest, and that makes me feel ashamed of myself.’

‘Is that the reason you want to sleep in a separate bed?’

‘You read my mind so easily. Yes, as far as East-is-to-West possible, for even to make love to you in my wet dreams gnaws my scruples to go on sleeping in the same bed as my wife.’

Read the rest here.

Aside from the Creekside story,this week we have a review of the TEDx event, held in Nairobi. Chiira Maina gives us a very good report on what happened there. If you don’t feel like you were actually there after reading this, you most probably will wish you were there. A win-win situation (so to speak).

On Poetic License, this week is Poetic Wednesday: Proposal 2; We have poetry by Alfred Ochieng’, Dennis Kebu and Ikweri Anariko.Don’t hesitate to read and vote. These are three very profound poems.

Then there is the book review by Gideon Chumo. He gives us a very good preview of Lysistrata, a play by Greek Playwright Aristrophanes. A comedy that addresses some very weighty issues….issues that are very close to a woman’s heart and extremely close to a man’s mind. Indeed!

Finally, Marvin Tumbo is back this week and this time he has a bone to pick and break with the Kenya Tourism Board and it’s embarrassing effort at embracing social media. They made an equally absurd effort to defend their laxity with their presentation at the E-Tourism East Africa Conference. Read and get astonished….Kenya Tourism Board Slaughtered at E-Tourism East Africa Conference

Do you have something to tell thePrincess out there? We welcome Mzee Articles: Pieces on personal experience overcoming trial or going through the staircase of life. We would also welcome Girl Royal Articles: How to and Skills from a personal perspective. Please drop us a line at theprincessprojectafrica@gmail.com.

Savvy (me) and Cars

I’m girl, just in case you are wondering. So I don’t know much about cars, but I do know what I like and what I don’t like.

I don’t like The Vitz

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The Vitz


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But I dislike the Gumboot Even More. I’d rather be in a Vitz than in a Gumboot

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Toyota Fancargo aka gumboot

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So this is my dream car. I love big cars. Except for the Hammer. It’s big but it’s just ugly. Yeah, I said it. Big ugly car, the Hammer. Just a shapeless box.

The Land rover Discovery

Wamathai Spoken Word ~ October Edition

Wamathai.com presents Wamathai Spoken Word – October Edition on the 7th of October 2010 from 7PM – 10 PM at Secrets Lounge (Ground Floor, View Park Towers. Utalii lane, Nairobi). An entrance fee of Kshs. 150 will be charged at the door.

The event will be hosted by Afro fusion Singer & songwriter Dela and will feature poetry performances, the reading of poems in support of breast cancer awareness month by Chiira MainaJames Ochweri & Robert Kunga and music by Afrology the Band and Pozi & Mbaluka.

There will be a screening of the short film ‘Trance’ by Zippy Kimundu.

The charity we shall be supporting this month is Sitawa Wafula’s Campaign for sanitary towels for disadvantaged girls.

*** Poets intending to perform at the event should register by sending an email towamathai@wamathai.com

*** For regular updates of the event check our twitter page and our Fan page on facebook.

*** Spread the word about the event by tweeting about it (use the hashtag #WamathaiOct when doing so) and by inviting your friends to the event page.

See you all there!

Top Searches

So it turns out the top searches that lead to this blog are:

kenyan porn, kenya porn, porn made in kenya, porn kenya, kikuyu girls having sex video

I figure I might as well give them a clue:

There you have it

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That photo was courtesy of my twitter persona http://www.twitpic.com/photos/savvykenya View more photos there.

The Internet Is Weird II

The first post on internet weird-ism can be found here. Read it people, you’ll miss a lot because these two posts are connected. Or not. You decide after reading.

Syda

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So am sure you have received lots of mail from all kinds of Asian, South American guys/girls proposing to you. Occasionally some randy Italians. You Spam them immediately. You have also received mail from Nigerians telling you how you’ve won a lottery; or from Kenyans in US/UK telling you of a lucrative business opportunity and asking you to email back your bank details. These emails you ** just in case they may be true.

This particular email though, I have a good feeling about it. Very good feeling. Am thinking of replying. I’ll be sharing the thread with you. I know you are in it as much as I am. Let’s await the picture.

Hello Dear,
My name is Miss Syda,i am honest and good looking girl,
I just come across your email id on google kenya which looks nice to me and i am interested to have a good relationship with you. I will like to tell you more about me and send some of my pictures to you as soon as you reply my letter to my private email, i will be waiting for your mail.
Yours Sincerely Syda.

Ms Syda sounds like a keeper. She sounds like Miss Venezuela looking for a rich Kenyan so I’ll play along.