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.
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.”