Celebrating East African Writing!


Nervousness and excitement is what I felt when Biko announced his ‘small’ first book. The excitement is easy to explain. He is an exemplary writer who has managed to acquire … Continue reading



This was meant to be an easy prompt, but the kind of stories we got did not reflect that. There is no winner this month. Instead, here’s an article from The … Continue reading



It’s not Thursday yet, but how about we go a lil ol’skool with this one? We’re taking you back to a time when we had to write pages and pages … Continue reading



This month we got so many amazing stories that the editors had a very hard time choosing just one, but it had to be done. The WRITER OF THE MONTH: … Continue reading



Hallo, ladies and gents. It’s yet another time when we’re looking for your stories for a chance to be our WRITER OF THE MONTH: JUNE. Here is your prompt:   … Continue reading



It was a tough challenge, and some really good writers rose to the occasion. And the winner is… EDDY NGETA. The judges felt that the writer tried to put some … Continue reading



  As a pre 2017 Storymoja Festival activity, this contest is open to ALL schools. Any child can participate as long as they meet the guidelines. Please spread the word … Continue reading



  In the play “Room of Lost Names” the young woman finds herself in a mysterious place, which defies the rules of her known world.  She soon realises she is … Continue reading



LISTEN UP, writers far and wide! Here’s your chance to be WRITER OF THE MONTH:MAY. Exciting,huh? All you have to do is send in a 1000-word maximum story on the … Continue reading



So you’ve written a few stories here and there, ‘meaningful’ Facebook posts that people loved and you’re now looking for another home for the stories that circle around in your … Continue reading

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Could You Be A Storymoja Festival Blogger?

Every year, the Storymoja Festival enrolls bloggers into a 6 month program of fellowship, creative writing support, and training all of which leads up to the 5-day program at the festival.


Storymoja Festival Turns 10 Years Old!

Storymoja is pleased to announce the dates of the 2017 Storymoja Festival! After taking place in Accra, Ghana in 2016, the Storymoja Festival will return to Nairobi on the 27th … Continue reading


The Silent Housewife Part V – #FinishtheStoryFriday Written by Ndey Ngoneh Jeng [@YaayiBayam]

The humid weather jolted me out of my confusion as soon as I stepped outside. That speech was merely a therapy tactic. It had to be! What woman in her … Continue reading

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2nd Kofi Awoonor Memorial Address Delivered by Afetsi Awoonor on 20th September 2015

“I would like my father to be remembered, as he wanted. As Africans, and especially as African writers, we owe it to our fathers such as Kofi Awoonor, Chinua Achebe and so on to weave new ropes where they left off. “

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The Silent Housewife IV – #FinishtheStoryFriday written by Nana Adwoa Amponsah Mensah [@Ms_AAjay]

I blinked at her. Why was she telling me this? I had walked in single-mindedly that morning seeking help with killing Ola. Or maybe I just wanted someone to convince … Continue reading

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Kofi Awoonor Memorial Address: Nairobi Calls Again

On Saturday 21st September 2013, one of Africa’s most celebrated poet and lead guest, Professor Kofi Awoonor, lost his life in the horrible Westgate Mall terrorist attack. Two years on, … Continue reading

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The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture delivered at @StorymojaFest by UNEP’s Chief Scientist Jacqueline McGlade

Since 2012, the Storymoja Festival has been honoured to host The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture in partnership with the Green Belt Movement. In 2014, the Lecture was delivered by Wole … Continue reading


Mwito kwa Waandishi na Wahariri

Tunazitaka hadithi zako. Tunazihitaji hadithi zako. Tunahitaji hadithi za KWETU. Hadithi za kweli, hadithi za kibunilizi, hadithi za kifantasia, zinazobadilisha maisha ya wasomaji, hadithi za kiasili na nyingine nyinginezo. Tunahitaji … Continue reading


Strange Things Happen! Nyef Nyef Storytellers at the Storymoja Festival

Saturday 19th September @ The Storymoja Festival 1.30pm – 3.30pm at the Nairobi Arboretum: Family Show Dance and Nyef Nyef Storytelling Koroga: Experience a fusion of dance and storytelling. Nyef Nyef … Continue reading


Call Out for Writers and Editors – Storymoja / Start a Library

We want your stories. We need your stories. We need OUR stories. True stories, adventure stories, fantasy stories, life changing stories, traditional stories and more. Stories from the coast, from the lake, from the mountain, from the great rift, stories from the North. Stories in English and Kiswahili. And we need YOU to write them for a revolutionary campaign that will excite and engage the nation.


The Silent Housewife III – #FinishtheStoryFriday

Read this continuation of The Silent Housewife written by Delali Kumapley. The #FinishTheStoryFriday series is in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike [@BlackWomenBLike on Twitter]. This cycle we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

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Tell #StoryYetu with @EasyTaxi and win with The Storymoja Festival!

  Win 2 Tickets to the Storymoja Festival courtesy of Easy Taxi! Here’s how you can participate. Provide an interesting ending to the end in this tweet: Once upon a … Continue reading


The Silent Housewife Part II

Read this continuation of The Silent Housewife written by Adebola Rayo. The #FinishTheStoryFriday series is in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike [@BlackWomenBLike on Twitter]. This cycle we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!


The Silent Housewife Part I

Our #FinishTheStoryFriday series in partnership with #BlackWomenBeLike is back and we’re celebrating the stories of black women in West Africa!

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30 Years Ago – Editor’s Choice

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Social Media Community Manager

Position: Social Media Community Manager   Are you an avid reader of books, digital books and blogs? Do you believe that the success of our country depends on the literacy … Continue reading


Thank You for Submitting / See Photo Contest

In the meantime, we want to celebrate reading in the weeks leading to the Storymoja Festival. So, in addition to begging you to share your reading lists so we can expand our reading horizons, we will be encouraging you to participate in little reading challenges. Benefits are possible wins of festival tickets, books and other goodies. So let’s have fun reading.


13 Year Old Joseph Bokea Launches Novel, Magic

Storymoja on Saturday launched a fantasy fiction novel, Magic, authored by a thirteen year-old Joseph Bokea at a grand function held at the Goethe Institut Nairobi.

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Do You Believe in Magic? 13 Year Old Novelist to Launch Book

Come meet the author, listen to readings and get autographed books!
When: Saturday 18th July, 2015
Time: 10.30am – 1. 30pm
Entry: FREE!


Job Opportunity: Reading Revolutionary

If you love reading, know that non-curricula books can change lives, and are an activist at heart, you might be the right person to join our reading revolution team. Uwezo … Continue reading


Thirty Years Ago, Today… – July Short Story Call Out

The July Short Story Challenge: This time we are thinking of a blast from the past. A mystery… maybe it was solved, maybe it has never been solved. It could … Continue reading


Babishai Poetry Festival to paint Kampala lyrically, August 26 to 28, at The Uganda Museum

“This year, we are honoured to host world-wide leading voices in poetry and to share the landscape with impressive and mind-blowing talent across Uganda.”


Opportunity for Creative Writers

Huge Africa was started with a simple, yet powerful idea—to build a digital first media company focused on African women. Our mission is to help niche networks of women; create, … Continue reading



The Storymoja Read Aloud final official tally has unofficially broken the World Record for Most People Reading Aloud from the Same Text at the Same Time from Different Venues!


Celebrating David Mulwa @ 70 1st July 2015

David Kakuta Mulwa has made a tremendous contribution to our society as a teacher, thespian, writer and mentor in a career spanning 50 years. He has 19 books to his … Continue reading


Babishai Poetricks – An Experience for Every Child

16 June 2015, The Day of The African Child, saw the launch #babishaipoetricks, the children’s adventure toolkit. Babishai Poetricks is the largest program under the Kampala based Babishai Niwe Poetry … Continue reading


8 Libraries in 4 Days! 22nd to 26th June 2015

Start A Library has partnered with ​Varkey Foundation and Gems Cambridge International School​ to ​start 22 libraries across the country, 8 of which are in Nairobi.​ Part of our team … Continue reading


Announcing the Jury For The Wole Soyinka Prize & New Advisory Board

The Lumina Foundation which administers the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa based in Lagos, Nigeria with an office in Accra, Ghana, has announced the composition of the Jury … Continue reading


2015 Morland Writing Scholarships For African Writers Inviting Entries starting today June 15

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers will open for entries on Monday 15th June. The deadline for submissions is … Continue reading


At 9am on Monday 15th June, 2015, take 30 minutes to help us break this record!

   Let us change the reading culture in Kenya! USA holds the world record for the most readers reading aloud from the same book at the same time – 233,000 … Continue reading


Apply To Intern as a Storymoja Festival Intern

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one… (George R.R. Martin) PURPOSE OF INTERNSHIP To provide an opportunity for 75 talented, … Continue reading

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We Have a Winner! – Under 500 Words Fiction Challenge

We have a winner! After much deliberation, the Storymoja Editors have finally agreed on a winner for the Flash Fiction Challenge! And the winner is… The Old Heart by Peter … Continue reading

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Call For Submission: African Moonsongs Of New Dawn

New Craft Publishers are calling out to African poets to submit their poems for consideration in a coming anthology to be edited by Akwu Ene’jo Adeyi and Vincent de Paul.  … Continue reading


Ankara Press – Call For Submissions – May 2015

Ankara Press is a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market, and is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, purse-size books with African settings, storylines and characters. Ankara Press … Continue reading


PRESS RELEASE: 5-Day Writivism Festival (June 16th – 22nd 2015, Kampala, UG) + Early Bird Offer

Writivism is an annual Literary Festival held every June in Kampala, Uganda featuring leading contemporary writers. Celebrating its 3rd edition this year, the festival guest list boasts of authors, academics, bloggers, journalists, critics, … Continue reading


13 Year Old Author to make Appearance at Regional Storymoja Festival in Nakuru!

You may have heard – the Storymoja Festival is making its first regional stopover in Nakuru at the Kenya National Library Services on May 28 – 30, 2015. What exciting … Continue reading


Under 500 Words – May Short Story

Let’s try our hand at this this month – really short fiction; flash fiction.

The May Storymoja Challenge is to write a complete story in under 500 words. Send in your work in a word document attachment to

Subject Title of your Submission Email Should Be: Under 500 Words

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Friendly Fire – Editor’s Choice [April Short Story]

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd who are both writers and editors of different forms of writing, gave these insights into writing which you might find useful: 1. To write is … Continue reading


Kwani? Trust to Host 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature Winner + Longhorn Publishers

For the second year running, Kwani Trust has collaborated with the Etisalat Prize for Literature award to host Africa’s newest literary honoree.  Writer Songeziwe Mahlangu, author of Penumbra will be … Continue reading


Author Tanja Dückers at Goethe-Institut

We are excited to have German Author Tanja Dückers joining us on the 1st of April at the Goethe- Institut Nairobi.She will be conducting  a short writing workshop for selected upcoming … Continue reading

March 16, 2016

The Boy Who Reads the Paper

Earlier this week I popped by State house primary,one of the beneficiaries of the Start a library project, to  to catch up with class 8N Library lesson time. I was warmly … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Theatre Company Performance Laboratory 2016

Dear Friends of Performance, It is with great pleasure that we announce the recruitment for our prestigious and popular Performance Laboratory Programme. The Lab offers an opportunity for six (6) … Continue reading

February 22, 2016

Read Aloud with Muthoni Garland

Kenya Airways must have sensed our anxiety because our flight from Ghana arrived a half hour early. Yaani, Martin and I were out of the airport by 6:30am. We even … Continue reading

February 10, 2016

Publish A Book In 2016!

Storymoja Writing Workshops – Jan to April 2016 The objective of the six writing workshops, spread over three months, is to help writers develop titles for publication in the Storymoja … Continue reading

February 9, 2016

Read Aloud with Revees

The excitement was almost palpable. If I could have tasted it, delightful is how I would describe it. I arrived at Damacrest School in Kiambu county at 7:30 am, just … Continue reading

February 9, 2016

Sitting On A Tree, Spoken Word at Goethe

The Goethe-Institut Nairobi is pleased to invite you to our Spoken Word event this week. Please find below more details: · Event: Spoken Word -Sitting on a Tree. · Day/Date: … Continue reading

February 9, 2016

Read Aloud at Highridge Primary School

I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than the usual for today wasn’t like the other days that saw the end of the last Friday in January of 2016. I also … Continue reading

February 4, 2016

Read Aloud at Al-Ansaaru Primary

The Storymoja Read Aloud I conducted at Al-Ansaaru Primary and Nursery school in Eastleigh was an inexpressibly mirthful experience! ‘Maalim, huyu ananisukuma’ is the statement that welcomed me in the … Continue reading

February 3, 2016

Read Aloud At Ncooro Academy-Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County

Though I had prepared well, I did not know what to expect for this was my first time to participate in such an event. Somebody should tell me the correct … Continue reading

February 2, 2016

St. Mary’s with Reading Ambassadors Eric and Linda

As we entered St Mary’s primary school with my colleague Linda, we saw the children assembled at the pared ground in attention. I wondered what was happening only to see … Continue reading

January 31, 2016

Illiteracy is the Elephant in the Room

“Oh,okay. I see.” My hand froze midway from turning the page. My heart sank down to the pit of my stomach and burst into butterflies. I did not turn around … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

State House Primary Library Installation

There is a general perception that schools in Nairobi perform better than schools in up-country because they have better resources. But here we have State House Primary school- right behind … Continue reading

January 29, 2016

Caine Prize 2016 Judging Panel Announced

The five judges of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing are today announced in London. The panel of judges will be chaired by the distinguished author and broadcaster Delia … Continue reading

January 26, 2016

Q&A with ‘Imagine Africa 500’ authors Muthi Nhlema and Tiseke Chilima

Source: Q&A with ‘Imagine Africa 500’ authors Muthi Nhlema and Tiseke Chilima

January 25, 2016

Chep – Kenya Movie Star Searc

January 25, 2016

Andika na Soma

January 25, 2016

Mwito Wa Storymoja Wa Kuwasilishwa Miswada Ya Fasihi Bunifu Na Mwaliko Wa Warsha

Mwaliko katika warsha ya uandishi   MISURURU YA HADITHI KUHUSU STADI ZA MAISHA – hadithi bunifu kwa vijana chipukizi katika Kingereza na Kiswahili  Tafadhali, tuma ombi la kuhudhuria warsha ikiwa: … Continue reading

January 14, 2016

Storymoja Call for Fiction Submissions and Invitation to Workshop

Invitation to Writing Workshop: LIFE SKILLS SERIES – FICTION for teenagers in English and Kiswahili Please apply to attend this workshop: If you wish to submit to the call for … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

#StoryForChela Amka Story

She is in her pink pajamas, dramatically splayed across the bed like someone crucified her, and Xavier imagines the letters “INRE” written into the white of her pillow. Only the … Continue reading

January 5, 2016

#StoryForChela Amka Story

I am hungry and freezing. I did not think that it would be this cold at night. Turns out that the Mombasa heat is not transferred to he night. I … Continue reading

January 5, 2016

#StoryForChela Amka Story

Zawadi woke up in the morning feeling empty, tired and confused. The site of her aunt screaming and pleading with City Council askaris not to take her away was still … Continue reading

January 5, 2016

#StoryForChela Amka Story

The fruits were yellow and full. There was no gate in the fence and I wondered how I would get to them. This was not going to stop me though. … Continue reading

January 5, 2016


Maman’s eyes have been draped in sadness for years now. She has worn her greying mane in the same way for the past three: packed to the crown of her … Continue reading

December 4, 2015

Literacy Crisis

Storymoja has taken up the initiative to battle the literacy crisis in Kenya by ensuring, through its project Start a library, that every child has access to books. In partnership … Continue reading

December 2, 2015

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Competition – deadline Dec 1, 2015

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of four-week residencies and one-week conferences, enables the advancement of critical dialogue, thinking and action that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the … Continue reading

December 1, 2015

Writing to Build Libraries

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all – Jackie Kennedy The heedless plight of illiteracy has been plaguing our … Continue reading

November 18, 2015

Using the Intellectual Property System to Harness African Creativity

“Poetry must not perish. Because if it does, where will the world’s hope be?” These famous words flowed from the pen of former Senegalese President Leopold Sedar Senghor, just one … Continue reading

November 16, 2015

Library Installation at MCO Joy: What The Teachers Said

Ever since Kibaki’s government initiated free primary education, our schools have had an all high attendance. Despite this, Kenya is facing a literary crisis with some of our districts being … Continue reading

November 9, 2015

1st Library Installation #StoryForChela

Through the Story for Chela Campaign, Start a library is on a mission to raise 30 million Kenya shillings to install 100 libraries in public schools in Kenya.  On 4th … Continue reading

November 6, 2015

All The Best MCO Joy Candidates! #StoryForChela

Storymoja would like to wish the MCO Joy candidates all the best as they sit for their national exams. We had an amazing time with the entire school today as … Continue reading

November 4, 2015

Children of Farasi Lane Primary Read out The Reading Pledge #StoryForChela

The hyper students of Farasi Lane Primary school chant the Reading Pledge during the #StoryForChela activation; that took place on 22nd of October 2015. Eric from our Storymoja team kicked … Continue reading

November 3, 2015

Kenya to Make History with World’s First Collectively Written Book by a Nation

Kenya to Make History with World’s First Collectively Written Book by a Nation Kenya is on the verge of something great. Something exciting. Something quite epic. On the 9th of … Continue reading

October 30, 2015