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African Interest

  • Tropical gangsters by Robert Klitgaard

    Tropical gangsters by Robert Klitgaard

    Ksh 4199

    Brief Summary Tropical Gangsters: One Man's Experience with Development and Decadence in Deepest Africa. Few people have heard of tiny, impoverished Equatorial Guinea. Robert Klitgaard spent 2 l/2 years there in charge of a multimillion dollar rehabilitations program. In this gripping account he leads us through gangsters, lazy experts paid through foreign aid, and more.

  • The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

    The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary Abdel Kader Haidara was a small boy when he first learned about the hidden treasures of Timbuktu. In the Haidaras’ large house in Sankoré, the city’s oldest neighborhood, he often heard his father mention them under his breath, as if reluctantly revealing a family secret. Dozens of young boarders from across the Sahel region of Africa, the vast, arid belt that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, came to study mathematics, science, astrology, jurisprudence, Arabic, and the Koran at the traditional school that his father ran in the vestibule of their home. Consisting of three three-hour sessions beginning before dawn and continuing, at intervals, until the early hours of the evening, the Haidara School was a throwback to the informal universities that had flourished in Timbuktu during its heyday as a center of learning in the sixteenth century. There were thousands of manuscripts at the house in Timbuktu, locked away in tin chests in a storage room behind a heavy oak door. Haidara had a sense of their importance, but he knew very little about them. Sometimes his father would rummage through the storage room and emerge with a volume from his family’s collection—a treatise about Islamic jurisprudence from the early twelfth century; a thirteenth-century Koran written on vellum made from the hide of an antelope; another holy book from the twelfth century, no larger than the palm of a hand, inscribed on fish skin, its intricate Maghrebi script illuminated with droplets of gold leaf. One of his father’s most prized works was the original travel diary of Major Alexander Gordon Laing, a Scotsman who had been the first European explorer to reach Timbuktu via Tripoli and the Sahara, and who was betrayed, robbed, and murdered by his Arab nomadic escorts shortly after departing from the city in 1826. A few years after Laing’s murder, a scribe had written a primer of Arabic grammar over the explorer’s papers—an early example of recycling. Haidara would peer over his father’s shoulder as he gathered students around him, regarding the crumbling works with curiosity. Over time he learned about the manuscripts’ history, and how to protect them. Haidara spoke Songhoy, the language of Mali’s Sorhai tribe, the dominant sedentary ethnic group along the northern bend of the Niger River, and in school he studied French, the language of Mali’s former colonial masters. But he also taught himself to read Arabic fluently as a boy, and his interest in the manuscripts grew. In those days—the late 1960s and early 1970s—Timbuktu was linked to the outside world only by riverboats that plied the Niger River when the water level was high enough, and once weekly flights on the state-owned airline to Bamako, the capital of Mali, 440 air miles away. Haidara, the sixth child among twelve brothers and sisters, had little awareness of his town’s isolation. He, his siblings, and their friends fished and swam in a five-mile-long canal that led from the western edge of Timbuktu to the Niger. The third longest river in Africa, it is a boomerang-shaped stream that originates in the highlands of Guinea and meanders for one thousand miles through Mali, forming lakes and floodplains, before curving east just below Timbuktu, then flowing through Niger and Nigeria and spilling into the Gulf of Guinea. The canal was the most vibrant corner of the city, a gathering point for children, market women, and traders in dugout canoes, or pirogues, piled high with fruits and vegetables from the irrigated farms that flourished beside the Niger. It was also a place redolent with bloody history: Tuareg warriors hiding on the reed-covered bank on Christmas Day 1893 had ambushed and massacred two French military officers and eighteen African sailors as they paddled a canoe up from the Niger.

  • Islam and Ethnicity in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia

    Islam and Ethnicity in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia

    Ksh 9500

    Brief Summary The recent ethnic violence in Kenya has been preceded by a process of territorialization and politicization of ethnicity. This study examines a marginalized part of Kenya, the semi-arid north inhabited by pastoralists of three language groups - speakers of Oromo, Somali, and Rendille. It spans different periods of time, from early processes of ethnic differentiation between groups, through the colonial period when differences were reflected in administrative policies, to recent times, when global minority discourses, particularly those related to Islam, are tapped by local political agents and ethnic entrepreneurs. A companion volume to Pastoralism and Politics in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia, this book is based on over thirty-four years of field research and synthesizes findings from history and political anthropology.

  • Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived

    Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary One day, Ralph Helfer, a celebrated animal behaviorist, received a surprising phone call. His close friends had found a young lion near death by the Zambezi River in Zambia and had rescued him and brought him back to the States. Ralph had often spoken of wanting to raise a lion from a young age -- he had been developing a philosophy of training animals based on love instead of fear, which he termed "affection training." Weeks later, Zamba, then a two-month-old cub, arrived. As Helfer peeked into Zamba's box, he saw a small lion cub tilt his head, wait a single beat, then amble right into his arms. Hugging Helfer's neck with his soft paws, Zamba collapsed on his chest, got comfortable, and fell asleep, their faces touching. They didn't move for the next two hours. Zamba was home. For the next eighteen years, Zamba would appear in many motion pictures, on television, and in the pages of magazines. Along with Helfer's other famous animal actors -- including Modoc the circus elephant and Gentle Ben the bear -- Zamba proved Helfer's theories resoundingly correct, and affection training revolutionized the way animals are trained and treated in the motion picture industry. Through both happy and tough times the bond between Helfer and Zamba developed into the most important of their lives, and Zamba is now enshrined in Helfer's heart and the memories of moviegoers everywhere as the greatest lion that ever lived. With stories that range from the hilarious to the incredibly sad and poignant, Zamba will give any Lion King fan a new hero and touch every animal lover's heart.

  • If my bones could speak by Eunniah Mbabazi

    If my bones could speak by Eunniah Mbabazi

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary In the name of my mother, My grandmothers, Their mothers, Their co-wives; Whose dreams were watered down for the sake of children, Whose tongues were cut, So their voices died in their throats; Whose wounds were hidden, So we could know what bravery is.  

  • Behind the Presidential Curtain by Noble Marara

    Behind the Presidential Curtain by Noble Marara

    Ksh 1899

    Brief Summary Behind the presidential curtain: inside Out of real Paul Kagame from his former bodyguard. At age 16, in late 1991, Noble Marara joined the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) that was fighting the army of the Rwandan government. RPF was an armed rebellion movement that were composed by mostly Rwandan refugees who lived in Uganda. Throughout his time with RPF, Noble Marara worked closely with the RPF commander, who eventually became the president of Rwanda, General Paul Kagame. In this book Marara shares his experience in working in Kagame close protection team for 8 years and reveal the widely unknown or misunderstood character of the man that has been hidden behind his presidential curtain. Marara lives in exile in UK and he is currently a mental health professional. "

  • The Hidden Scars of Female Genital Mutilation by Sadia Hussein

    The Hidden Scars of Female Genital Mutilation by Sadia Hussein

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary The Hidden Scars of Female Genital Mutilation: The cultural struggle of the girl child. Sadia Hussein is an FGM survivor, an iron lady, fearless champion, courageous and brave Muslim lady from Wardei community in Tana River county who is fighting for women rights and to eradicate FGM, child marriage, teenage pregnancies rape and defilement. She is a role model to many girls and holds a degree in Business management from East African University. She was recognized and fated as a National Heroine by the State in 2019 by the President of Kenya, His excellency Uhuru Kenyatta and also awarded Young achievers Award by the Anti FGM Board, 2019.

  • The Kipsigis Talai

    The Kipsigis Talai

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary A general walk within Nairobi’s old low-income suburbs of Pumwani, Majengo, Kariokor, Kamukunji, and Shauri Moyo, you could chance upon an old Kalenjin woman, you would be forgiven if you thought she was lost.  Still fluent in their particular Kalenjin dialect and with urbane children and grandchildren who scarcely speak her language, the woman represents a dark legacy of removal, displacement, and dispersal dating back to the dawn of colonial rule in Kenya.  The old tin-roofed structures, the filthy surroundings and darkened dwellings in the low-income suburbs offer a paradoxical motif of poverty which pursued them there, even as they tried to escape it, in their villages of origin. You will be coming face to face with a bygone era, far removed from us but not entirely so. Their reasons for being there are as varied as their numbers.   "

  • The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Policy and Practice (Volume II)

    The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Policy and Practice (Volume II)

    Ksh 3499

    Brief Summary The debate on how to effectively counter terrorism has been pushed into the forefront of policymaking deliberations, and Africa, and the world at large, would greatly benefit from the continued conversation on this subject. Prevention of terrorism requires careful, meticulous, and dispassionate evaluation of current strategies and approaches to inform the design and implementation of new policies. This volume is the second of a two-book volumes series conceived from an international conference on terrorism and violent extremism organized by the HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies in April 2018 in Nairobi (Kenya). This volume informs policy issues ranging from evolution of violent extremism in Islam; the role of the youth in the prevention of violent extremism; protection of critical infrastructure; analysis of state responses to terrorism and violent extremism; to case studies on countering violent extremism. Its conclusion underscores the import of evidence-based and context-specific policy formulation. This volume provides a comprehensive reference reservoir for practitioners, scholars, students, and others working in the realm of terrorism and violent extremism.

  • The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: An Analysis (Volume I)

    The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: An Analysis (Volume I)

    Ksh 3499

    Brief Summary Terrorism and violent extremism remain pervasive and massively lethal to humanity. Their dynamism and numerous inflection points have made it problematic to employ a one-size-fits-all approach or strategy. Scholars and practitioners have, however, continued to enrich this discourse, and The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: An Analysis (Volume I) is the first of the two-book volumes series conceived from an international conference on terrorism and violent extremism organized by the HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies in April 2018 in Nairobi (Kenya) in an attempt to address this problem. The volume has ten chapters and it presents a comprehensive analysis of terrorism through a broader perspective that includes digital explosion and rise of youth radicalization; radicalization into violent extremism; human rights violations and international terrorism; effectiveness of counter-terrorism strategies; and informal early warning systems. It concludes with a critical reflection on key themes in the volume and their implications for policy and practice. This book will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and students of terrorism and violent extremism, security, and conflict.

  • The Globalization of Terrorism : From Sicariis, Assassins to ISIS by Dr Mustafa Y. Ali

    The Globalization of Terrorism : From Sicariis, Assassins to ISIS by Dr Mustafa Y. Ali

    Ksh 3499

    Brief Summary The Globalization of Terrorism: From Sicariis, Assassins to ISIS is an analysis of terrorism from both historical and international relations perspective. The book sheds light on the contentious subject of terrorism, tracking its beginning from antiquity, to the middle ages, and its subsequent globalization in the contemporary times. The focus on contemporary terrorism intersects the dizzying pace, frequency, religionized and globalized nature of recruitment and attacks that have become major threats to national and international security.

  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

    Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary New York, 2007. After two long years apart. Jende Jonga has brought his wife Neni from Cameroon to join him in the land of opportunity. Drawn by the promise of America they are seeking the chance of a better life for them and their son.  When Jende lands a dream job as chauffeur to a Lehman Brothers executive, Neni finds herself taken into the confidence of his glamorous wife Cindy. The Edwards are powerful and privileged: dazzling examples Of what America can offer to those who are prepared to strive for it.  But when the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, all four lives are dramatically upended. As faultlines appear in both marriages and secrets bubble to the surface they must all decide how far they will go in pursuit of their dreams. And what will they sacrifice along the way?  `A marvellous debut ... as deeply insightful as it is delightfully entertaining' Taiye Soles!, author of Ghana Must Go 

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