International PEN Kenya Chapter in collaboration with KNLS-Mombasa is holding a creative writing workshop for Secondary Schools students at Mama Ngina Girls Secondary School. The focus of the workshop is to identify talent and mentor young upcoming authors in our local schools whose talent may otherwise remain untapped if not discovered early and propagated to flourish. The occasion marks 235 years since the birth of the legendary Swahili poet Muyaka bin Haji (1776-1840). PEN is a world association of writers; poets, novelists, playwrights, editors, university dons, etc.

PROGRAM – JUNE 4, 2011
9:0AM – 9:15AM -Arrival & Registration
9:15AM – 9:45AM -Welcoming Remarks-H/M S.R.Mwadzaya, Mama Ngina Girls &
KNLS-Mombasa Provincial Librarian Farida Mohamed Abdalla
9:45AM – 11:00AM -Intro/Khainga O’Okwemba/International PEN Kenya Chapter/The Star
11:00AM –11:15AM – Poetry Reading /Jacob Oketch/Post Graduate Student (UoN)
11:00AM – 11:30AM –Career in Journalism/Tony Mochama/The Standard
11:30AM -11:45AM -Questions & Answers/Students
11:45AM – 12Noon – Tea Break
12:00AM – 12:30PM – Women in Journalism/Njoki Karuoya/ Editor of Eve Magazine
12:30PM – 12:45PM – Non-Fiction Creative Writing/Ming Holden/UNHCR
12:45PM – 1:00PM -Questions & Answers
1:00PM – 1:30PM – Lunch Break
1:30PM – 1:45PM – Cultivating Early Reading Culture/David Muswii/Deputy Director/KNLS
1:45PM – 2:00PM – Publishing Literary Work/Frida Simwa/Kenya Literature Bureau
2:00PM – 2:30PM – Education & Scholarship/Prof Chris Wanjala/University of Nairobi
2:30PM – 2:45PM – Awarding of Certificates & Presents/Njoki Karuoya & Prof Chris Wanjala
2:45PM – 3:00PM – Vote of Thanks/ Ms Gertrude/Deputy H/Mistress/Mama Ngina Girls

N/B: – Participating Teachers & Delegates leave for the Public Lectures at KNLS-Mombasa to be delivered by Prof Mohamed H. Abdulaziz & Prof Chris Wanjala.


“Prof Mohamed Hassan Abdulaziz, a pioneering Kenyan linguistics scholar from Kenyan coast of Mombasa in his book Muyaka: 19th Century Swahili Popular Poetry, writes that “Muyaka did not concern himself with interpreting nature and its wonders, or writing in abstractions. He was essentially a satirist, political propagandist and humorist with a living interest in the day-to-day activities of his people.” Muyaka’s poetry was; topical in theme; emotional; allusive; riddling in style. We see Muyaka as a social historian.”

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