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

October 17, 2017


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

July 28, 2017


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

July 17, 2017


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

June 30, 2017


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

June 12, 2017


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

May 29, 2017


  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

May 15, 2017


  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

May 9, 2017


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

May 8, 2017


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

April 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

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.

April 11, 2017

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

January 20, 2017

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

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

October 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

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. “

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

September 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

September 14, 2015