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Swahili Literary Festival 2019: Looking Back

March 2019 marked the first instalment of the annual Swahili Literary Festival, the inaugural theme being “Celebrating Achievement”, a participatory theme informed by the dire need to acknowledge and celebrate heroes in the East African littoral space. While heroes come in many different shades, our intention was to celebrate those whose achievement was literary or artistic in nature ...
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Swahili Literary Festival 2019: Looking Back

March 2019 marked the first instalment of the annual Swahili Literary Festival, the inaugural theme being “Celebrating Achievement”, a participatory ...
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Maalim Shihab and identity politics in the Swahili Coast.

To read Latifa Chiragdhin’s ‘Shihabuddin Chiraghdin: Life Journey of a Swahili Scholar’, (available on Amazon) a biography of her father, is ...
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IPA Seminar: Africa Rising.

The thought of speaking before an audience numbering a thousand or more filled me with an equal amount of excitement ...
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The Hunters of Akebu-lani

Thousands of our kinds were killed that time, but history won’t remember a single one. We arrived at Mutara wa ...
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Traveling Story

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why ...
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Article one: African fabrics and the role of Khanga in Swahili cultural preservation

“…For literature to remain a veritable tool and agent of social change, it must continue to reflect the conflicts and ...
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Amarula, a play: Thematic plurality.

There is nothing like a live performance. You can look at things on television, and you can look at things ...
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Swahilipot Hub and a Vibrant Pop-culture

The old Fort, an iconic landmark in Mombasa, far removed from the chaos of the city stands defiantly watching the ...
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The Ghosts of 1589

As the sun plunges into the westerly end of the ocean in slow motion, basketball-like, beyond the weather-beaten skyscrapers and ...
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