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Announcing the 2015 Storymoja Festivals

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The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local talent while providing an opportunity for interaction with international talent.

This festival started out as a Nyama Choma Fiesta with a small gathering of 300 people in 2007, and has grown to a vibrant gathering of the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond, celebrating ideas and culture. The festival offerings are dynamic and diverse to cater for all age groups. Books are brought to life through poetry, storytelling, lively discussions with local and international artists, music, workshops, film and much more. In addition, topical issues such as health, careers, politics, technology, human rights, environment entrepreneurship and youth empowerment are presented in very interactive and stimulating sessions.

The annual international festival will be held in Nairobi from 16th to 20th September 2015. In line with our growth and expansion plan, regional festivals will be conducted in various parts of the country. The premier edition will be held in Nakuru County from 28th to 30th May 2015.

The Festival is modelled around three pillars:

  • Creativity: The festival experience is deliberately designed to stimulate and provoke minds and spark curiosity.
  • Exposure: Both the audiences and artists get an opportunity to interact with diverse cultures, work, ideas and international artists.
  • Collaboration: Synergy amongst diverse local and international creative groups is fostered. Various partners and stakeholders benefit from the networking opportunities presented at the Festival.



To become the greatest international gathering of voices celebrating African stories, creativity and critical thinking.


  • To nurture and grow African reading and writing.
  • To contribute to the growth and the sustainability of the Kenyan reading culture.
  • To provide a platform for engaging, collaborating and showcasing both local and international talent.


2014 highlights

  • 6,005 attendees | 3,248 students | 234 artists | 171 events | 13 countries represented
  • Headline Guest: Prof. Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
  • Renowned writers included Teju Cole (Nigeria/USA) and Duduzile Mabako (South Africa), poets Kwame Dawes (USA), Matthew Shenoda (Egypt/USA), Ladan Osman (Somalia/USA), Vuyelwa Maluleke (SA), film maker Kenny Mann (USA), hip hop artist Dizraeli (UK), Careerpedia mentors Bob Collymore (CEO Safaricom) and award winning journalist and writer Jeff Koinange.



Careerpedia Edition

Why a Careerpedia Edition?

The Careerpedia Edition of the Festival is modelled around our latest project Careerpedia. The design and delivery of the programme will adapt the same model of the annual international festival. There will be a mix of literature, career sessions, theatre performances, film, workshops, technology and other topical issues. The Careerpedia series at the festival will line up an exciting offering of interactive discussions with renowned and inspiring personalities, professionally delivered workshops on mentorship, cultural entrepreneurship and financial management.

The festival provides a platform for the youth to engage with career options, information, personalities and ideas that challenge them to open their minds to the world of career possibilities, identify interests and skills and move from passive to active solution seekers.
What is Careerpedia?

It is a new and creative, careers engagement platform for students that is aimed at:

  • Creating content – provide relevant and up to date career information in form of books (both print and non-print). Careerpedia is an encyclopaedia of careers and the first edition contains 122 careers. It is an intervention to bridge the gap of lack of local career information in secondary schools especially public schools. It is a unique product that is designed as a tool for career information and engagement at all levels.
  • Creating a dynamic space for students to design and participate in conversations and discourse about career choices and options in the job market.
  • Creating an opportunity for critical thinking and exploration for students to discover their personalities, interests, values and skills in search of a suitable career match.


Why Nakuru?

In line with our growth and expansion plan, our roll out for regional festivals was scheduled for 2015. Last year, we received overwhelming interest from Nakuru County and its environs with 12 institutions attending the annual international festival in Nairobi.


Who will feature?

In order to create equal opportunity for local and international talent we opened a 3-months artists call out in November 2014. We have received applications from all over the world and covering different forms of art, including storytelling, literature, theatre, dance, music, visual arts and film.

How much?

The audiences will be treated to an intellectual & cultural feast and unique networking opportunities for KES 1,000 per person per day and KES 1,500 for a season ticket.

Where is it?

Majority of the festival sessions are designed around books and the festival has been described as a big book party among many other interesting descriptions. Kenya National Library Service – Nakuru Branch is a four storeyed, ultramodern facility which serves as the hub for knowledge and information in the region. This makes it the most suitable venue for this festival.

When is it?

The programme starts on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 9.00am and ends on Saturday 30th May 2015 at 9.00pm.



This entry was posted on March 5, 2015 by in Writer's Blog.
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