9 Books About East and Horn of Africa You Need to Read Before End of 2013

Writer and poet Taban Lo Liyong, a well known literary figure in the region, described East Africa as “a literary desert.” He made these remarks in 1969, his view being that the region didn’t produce distinguished writers, or if it did, there was no body of work worthy of artistic merit. More than 40 years… Continue reading…

Modern Kenya: Will the Tug of Ethnicity Win Over Nationalism?

A new book by professor Bethwell Ogot details the issue of ethnicity in modern Kenya. (Carlos Mureithi/File)

The peoples of Kenya are nations without a state: a group that feels bound by common descent, history, culture or language, but not an organized political community under a government. That’s at least according to Bethwell Ogot’s sentiments in his book, “Kenyans, Who are We? Reflections on the Meaning of National Identity and Nationalism.” With… Continue reading…

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