African Interest

African Interest

  • The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

    The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete. His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive. Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy...and his ultimate message of hope. His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive. Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy...and his ultimate message of hope.    

  • Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata

    Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata

    Ksh 1599

    Brief summary  Zimbabwean poet Billy Chapata provides a thought-provoking take on the universal experiences of love, pain, and what comes next through messages of empowerment. This collection of poetry and prose will justify heartache and inspire the fortitude to survive and prosper.  Chameleon Aura presents a harmonious blend of experience and advice through a chaptered series of prose and poetry that focuses on shared experiences in love and loss. Emboldened words and phrases capture the essence of the author's message and distinguish his unique style.  Chapata's touching narrative celebrates humanity for their biological resilience and undeniable worth. This collection leaves readers warm with hope for growth, rebirth, and, most prominently, self-acceptance.   

  • Songs of Fire by Miguna Miguna

    Songs of Fire by Miguna Miguna

    Ksh 1899

    Brief summary  Magnificent. Miguna Miguna’s Songs of fire is a monumental literacy achievement; it does to modern literature what Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol did to it more than twenty years ago. Each line, each song, each poem, evokes feelings of betrayal and patriotism. Betrayal of and by the neocolonialists, and patriotism of the revolutionary patriots. Songs of fire is a literary indictment of neocolialism, white supremacy and imperialism in all their forms. The book is relevant from Azania (South Afrika) to Nova Scotia. It’s a must read.  

  • The horn of my love by Okot pBitek

    The horn of my love by Okot pBitek

    Ksh 599

    Brief Summary Both a literary study and poetry, the author provides his interpretation of the poetry of the Acoli of northern Uganda, a people of the African countryside.  

  • The Little Dreamer by Ulla

    The Little Dreamer by Ulla

    Ksh 1199

    Brief Summary "This book is a simple expression of love and life through some little magic called poetry. The author uses words to dance around a greater Truth that not even words themselves can touch. Just as a flower would bloom to express its own unseen essence, this is her blooming, her dance."  

  • Africa As One by Fanon Kihu

    Africa As One by Fanon Kihu

    Ksh 299

    Brief Summary This is a poetry book that makes you see with your mind and read with your heart. It explores the possibility of having one president in Africa and as a result, a United State of Africa. It’s written by Fanon Kihu. The writer is a public intellectual. He is the founder and editor in chief of Bizconomist journal. He is also a scholar of economics at Kenyatta University. His articles have been published by daily nation, the star, the standard and taifa leo in Kenya.  

  • Beautiful Shards of the Maiden Pot by Evelyne Ongogo

    Beautiful Shards of the Maiden Pot by Evelyne Ongogo

    Ksh 899

    Brief Summary Evelyne Ongogo is a Kenyan teacher, writer and one of the notable poets today. Her other collections of poetry include: “Dichol and Other Poems” and “The Eye of the Rising Sun.” In this text, Ongogo capitalizes on the use of song tradition and narration to confront, dissect, question, satirize and address various issues in the current social-political and economic dispensation. Such issues include: sexuality, religious hypocrisy and theft, alcoholism, love, modernity, traditions, plight of women and male chauvinism among others. The complexity of these issues, their influence on human character and how we should handle them are presented in 37 long poems in which Ongogo wears different masks to create characters and contexts that matter in her quest to argue her case as a woman, a conservatist, a parent, a believer and a lover. Her anger and critical attitude in most poems define her as a rebel or activist of some sort. It is also important to note that most of these poems are basically versified conversations in the sense that responses to issues raised in one poem are provided in another.  

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