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Tuzungumze Sasa – Kenyan Conversations

For a long time, bad things happened in Kenya, because we, Kenyans, did not talk about them, and when we dared to, we did it in hushed tones behind doors. But things have changed. Now we can talk, perhaps too much, about the wrong things, or a lot of times about the right things in the wrong way. And perhaps, that is one reason why things still go wrong in our great country.

Storymoja and Generation Kenya have come together to run an experiment on conversations. And we need your help.

Twice a week, on Tuesday and on Thursday, we will post a photograph on the Storymoja Blog ( and on Generation Kenya ( website. These photographs will be of Kenyan People, in Kenyan Scenes, talking about Kenya.

You can do two things:

  1. Comment on the picture, tell us what you think is going on in the picture, what the people in the photographs might be talking about. Keep it brief, and come back to see what others have said. If you find an issue that you care about has been brought up, please comment, and stay to have a conversation.
  1. Send us a story or dialogue based on the photograph.  Your story or dialogue, if chosen will be published on the Storymoja Blog as part of a combined Contemporary Kenya/Kenyan Conversations Campaign. Weekly winners will be announced every Friday.

Guidelines for Participation:

  1. Comment on the blog under the picture on the Storymoja Blog.
  2. Send in a story or dialogue that is not more than 500 words long.
  3. Send in your story or dialogue to Clearly mark in the subject Contemporary/Kenyan Conversations.

If you comment, or send in a story/dialogue, you stand the chance to win fabulous cash prizes, books, and tickets to the Storymoja Hay Festival Coming up soon.

So get started as soon as you see the photographs. Tuzungumze sasa!

In the meantime, here are this week’s Contemporary Kenya stories.

We begin with Alex Mutua’s The Heir: Eve looked at the gun on the table, and the rosary 20 millimeters from her mom’s mouth, the hole on the wall the size of a Volkswagen beetle head light and the slamming door then back to her fright…

Then we have Clifton Gachagua’s A FreshlyGround Proffesor: The students are all in their seatts by the time you get to the lecture hall. She sits at the back with earphones on. Her carefree hair a wild maroon; her sickly eyes lost in the expensive glasses…

We close this week’s reading with P. Ochieng’ Ochieng’s Juliana: Juliana pictured the tall beak-nosed mother superior hurriedly making the sign of the cross; the pain and sorrow of realization clouding here azure eyes.

Here’s to a great week and even better Kenyan Conversations!



This entry was posted on July 5, 2010 by in Writing.
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