Vuyelwa Maluleke at Storymoja
By ZOE CORMACK
Storymoja is one of the biggest literary festivals in Africa. This year, the patron of the five-day literary event at the Nairobi National Museum was Auma Obama, the sister of Barack. Wole Soyinka headlined and around 170 writers and performers from across (and beyond) the continent of Africa were in attendance.
I had come to Storymoja, I must confess, with an academic hat on to attend a panel on the provisions for culture in Kenya’s new constitution (which two members of my research team were taking part in). But I happily used the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what was going on in the Kenyan literary scene.
Storymoja provides a space for new African writers to get exposure at an international event; it also aims to nurture a young generation of writers and promote a reading culture in Kenya. To this effect, the first three days of the festival had been allocated to schools and merry bus loads of pupils from across the country swarmed around the stalls, taking part in workshops with the visiting writers (who seemed to be enjoying the challenge of the young audience).