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Podcast of It’s Our Turn to Eat Reading in Nairobi

As you might know there have been numerous efforts both by Michaela Wrong and others in Kenya to try and circumvent the self-imposed ban that book-sellers in Nairobi have put on the book, It’s Our Turn to Eat.

Among the efforts is a programme called “It’s Our Turn to Read” where readings of the book will take place throughout the country along with discussions as well as distributing 5,000 copies of the book through various channels e.g. media (the Nairobi Star campaign(, street vendors, churches and school).

The first reading was done at the Kenya National Theater in Nairobi where about 4,000 people showed up. You can catch a great podcast of the event here. Also see Rasna Warah’s op-ed on whether this campaign can be the beginning of something larger.

2 comments to Podcast of It’s Our Turn to Eat Reading in Nairobi

  • andruid

    personally i feel the distribution methods used to make the book available to the masses, now that conventional outlets are shying away, were always the most realistic way to make books an printed literature available to ordinary Kenyans. Honestly the current mainstream book stores have done virtually nothing to build a real reading culture in our society (irresepective of what manner of books they stock) and there needs to be more such interventions to reflect this need.

    BTW this model looks similar to another Ngugi wa thiong’o mentions in Decolonising the mind.yous hould check it out.

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