Mukoma wa Ngugi's novel, Nairobi Heat, has just been published by Penguin. Mukoma has just published an essay that many image-conscious Africans will surely frown at. Oh, well, it appears he has some true words to say aloud:
"Kenya is a country that has the dubious distinction of having the largest slum in Africa, one so famous that it has become a tourist attraction. Life is cheap. People die all the time – from car thieves, shoot-outs between the police and bank robbers, extra-judicial killings, car accidents, not to mention diseases such as AIDS, malaria and even typhoid. Child kidnappings, for ransom, are on the rise. And for $100 you can have someone assassinated."
Do you know that Mukoma is Ngugi wa Thiong'o's son. Thank God there is this disparity between these generations. Please read this essay.
If you're a writer it might help redirect your trajectory. If you are a potential leader, this might get you to think of what you'd do to right the African ship spinning around itself out there in the ocean. ENJOY!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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