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  • Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

    Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

    Ksh 699

    Brief Summary Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan. In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love - and remain friends.  But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to. Anthills of the Savannah (1987), Achebe's candid vision of contemporary African politics, is a powerful fusion of angry voices.  It continues the journey that Achebe began with his earlier novels, tracing the history of modern Africa through colonialism and beyond, and is a work ultimately filled with hope.  

  • The Beautiful People of Kenya by Mohamed Amin, Duncan Willetts and Brian Tetley

    The Beautiful People of Kenya by Mohamed Amin, Duncan Willetts and Brian Tetley

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary Beautiful People of Kenya

  • Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

    Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

    Ksh 1899

    Brief Summary A poignant story of a resourceful Nigerian woman who overcomes strict tribal domination of women and countless setbacks to achieve an independent life for herself and her children. The classic tale of a Nigerian woman who overcomes strict tribal domination only to encounter the hardships of immigration. Available again. In the late 1960’s, Adah, a spirited and resourceful woman manages to move her family to London. Seeking an independent life for herself and her children she encounters racism and hard truths about being a new citizen. “Second Class Citizen pales a lot of academic feminist writing into insignificance.” –The Guardian “Emecheta’s prose has a shimmer of originality, of English being reinvented....Issues of survival lie inherent in her material and give her tales weight.” --John Updike   

  • The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

    The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

    Ksh 1899

    Brief Summary A feminist literary classic by one of Africa’s greatest women writers, re-issued with a new introduction by Stéphane Robolin. First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother.  Then, against the backdrop of World War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” (New York Times).  

  • Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

    Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. It is 1971, a year after the Biafran War, and Nigeria is under military rule—though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start.  Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Taiwo's brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door, the brash and beautiful Sheri Bakare? Everything Good Will Come charts the fate of these two African girls, one born of privilege and the other, a lower class "half-caste"; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other attempts to defy it. Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. In the end, Everything Good Will Come is Enitan's story; one of a fiercely intelligent, strong young woman coming of age in a culture that still insists on feminine submission. Enitan bucks the familial and political systems until she is confronted with the one desire too precious to forfeit in the name of personal freedom: her desire for a child. Everything Good Will Come evokes the sights and smells of Africa while imparting a wise and universal story of love, friendship, prejudice, survival, politics, and the cost of divided loyalties.  

  • Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein

    Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein

    Ksh 2699

    Brief Summary By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year) had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he’d been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn’t “Southern” enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age. Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to “learn respect.” However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral, embarking on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain as a chef on board a Deepwater Horizon cleanup ship, before going on to train in the kitchens of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country and appearing as a contestant on Top Chef. Onwuachi’s love of food and cooking remained a constant throughout, even when he found the road to success riddled with potholes. As a young chef, he was forced to grapple with just how unwelcoming the world of fine dining can be for people of color, and his first restaurant, the culmination of years of planning, shuttered just months after opening. A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams—even when they don’t turn out as you expected—Notes from a Young Black Chef is one man’s pursuit of his passions, despite the odds.  

  • Ubuntu An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

    Ubuntu An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

    Ksh 2099

    Brief Summary A powerful story about the African philosophy of teamwork and collaboration that has the power to reshape our workplaces, our relationships with our coworkers, and our personal lives, written by the bestselling coauthor of Fish! and the bestselling author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees. John Peterson, a new manager in the credit department at a major big-box retailer, is struggling in his job. The people under him are not working as well or effectively as they need to, and his department is falling behind in meeting its goals. His only solution is to take on more work himself, burning the midnight oil and coming in most weekends to pick up the slack and keep his department above water. When one of the employees stays behind to help him—a young man who came to America from a small village in Africa—he learns of the ancient wisdom and hidden power of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. Before long, it begins to change the way he thinks about the people he works with, about himself, and about how he runs his department and his life. In an engaging and completely fresh narrative that holds a unique message for today’s business world, Ubuntu! shows us a way to overcome our fears, insecurities, and the “me-ism” that so often permeates our workplaces, and replace it with a culture of genuine respect and collaboration.  It promises to take its place alongside Fish! and other business parables as the next bestselling classic in the business category.  

  • The Soldiers Legacy The Kenya Army at 55

    The Soldiers Legacy The Kenya Army at 55

    Ksh 3999

    Overview The Soldiers Legacy: The Kenya Army at 55

  • The Old Lion Of Africa by Walter N Masiga

    The Old Lion Of Africa by Walter N Masiga

    Ksh 1499

    Brief Summary Dr.Walter Nyamori Masiga`s life story is an extended miracle of sorts. He stayed in his mother`s womb for three years, was immobilized by yellow fever at five years age and was so done with life when he lost his father at a tender age that he failed his first-ever exam. Yet he went on to earn the highest accolades from some of the best universities in the world.  And when he joined the world of work, holding some of the highest positions in the world of science and research, his name became synonymous with eradication of Rinderpest in Africa. His sterling record saw his Europeans peers fondly christened him `The Old Lion of Africa`. In this inspiring book, he recounts his life an official of the AFC Leopards football club, at a time when Ingwe pounced so menacingly that they maintained their signature 3-0 win.  Dr. Masiga recalls brushing shoulders with the high and mighty at home and in faraway lands, as well as meeting his future wife, the late Elizabeth Semo Masiga, who later rose to become permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education.  

  • Gold of Our Fathers by Kwei Quartey

    Gold of Our Fathers by Kwei Quartey

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary Darko Dawson, Chief Inspector in the Ghana police service, returns in this atmospheric crime series often compared to Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service—the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn’t have long to celebrate because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana’s capital, out to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines. When Dawson arrives at the Obuasi headquarters, he finds it in complete disarray. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low, and discipline among officers is lax. On only his second day on the job, the body of a Chinese mine owner is unearthed in his own gold quarry. As Dawson investigates the case, he quickly learns how dangerous it is to pursue justice in this kingdom of illegal gold mines, where the worst offenders have so much money they have no fear of the law.  

  • African Twilight The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent

    African Twilight The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent

    Ksh 17999

    Brief Summary African Twilight is the two-volume, slipcased magnum opus of the two pioneering documentary photographers of African tribal cultures and ceremonies--a world that is quickly vanishing before our very eyes. Now, nearly two decades after these photographer's landmark African Ceremonies and with a greater sense of urgency, this book completes the journey, covering disappearing rituals and ceremonies from some of the most inaccessible corners of the African continent, to create the definitive statement on this subject. This new landmark volume will set the standard for capturing a visual testament to the vanishing traditions of African peoples. No other book like this exists or can ever be created again, as more than 40 percent of what has been documented here has already vanished. For the last 15 years of their four decades of African fieldwork, world-renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have continued their journey across Africa, seeking out remote communities to record the sacred ceremonies, powerful art forms, and boundless creativity of the people living there today. This ground-breaking book is a testament to these vanishing moments and peoples. African Twilight is a celebration of the powerful artistry and boundless creativity of Africa's cultural heritage for audiences worldwide, transporting viewers into a world of connections between individual and community, body and soul, land and people. All of the photography is previously unpublished.  

  • African Renaissance by Fantu Cheru

    African Renaissance by Fantu Cheru

    Ksh 4199

    Brief Summary African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization. Fantu Cheru attempts to shed new light on the topic of economic development in Africa. He roots his wide-ranging arguments firmly in the actual realities of what is going on in Africa --the practical lessons to be learned from both mistakes made and the initiatives which have born positive fruit.  He argues for a middle way that goes beyond simple state-led versus market-driven approaches to Africa's development.  

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