It’s our turn to eat” tells the story of John Githongo, a friend of the author, who served as Kenya’s top anti-corruption official, under the government of President Mwai Kibaki in the late 90s.
King on the Throne written by Charles Peter Mayiga, a high ranking kingdom official, is an insider’s tale of the birth and growth of Buganda nationalism in the period since 1993. The book catalogues the history of the Buganda kingdom, especially after 1993. It is a moving narrative and commentary from a man whose principle job has been attending and recording resolutions of the Lukiiko, Buganda’s highest decision making organ.
The book, first published in 1964, is set in Kenya, and is a portrayal of life in the country during colonial times. It is divided into two parts: “the waning light” and “darkness falls”, and has eighteen chapters. Contrary to the title, this child has every right to weep, according to Prima Birungi who writes this review. Right from the start, good luck is not on the child’s side save for the few moments he is at school. It’s a very interesting book which has stood the test of time.
Phil Daoust enjoys a salutory lesson in African dictatorships from Ahmadou Kourouma’s Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote
Kenya’s troubled past pervades this memoir, says Maya Jaggi
VS Naipaul is often blinkered but he still sees things in Africa that others miss, says Aminatta Forna
Like many international journalists, Michaela Wrong got her start in the field, working for the Reuters news agency in the early 1980s, mostly as a foreign correspondent.
African publishers and writers must move fast to embrace the new brave world of ebooks, and learn new ways to reach global audiences, using technology and social media.