Njeri Wangari Wanjohi
( Published Performance Poet, Arts blogger, & Tech Enthusiast)
“She is one of the most respected female poets in Nairobi today”. The Sunday Nation writer Joseph Ngunjiri says of Njeri, “Njeri Wangari has a powerful voice, and she knows how to put it to good use. Whenever she takes to the podium to recite a poem, she has her enthusiastic audience applauding all the way.” –Sunday Nation 8 February 2009. – Kenya’s Leading newspaper.
Njeri’s achievements to date
- Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words – a Collection of Poems, April 2010
- Poem My voting Dilemma’ & He had a Dream featured in Global Voices Online website
- Poem Women Behaving Badly featured in PoeFrika blog
- Poem When Change comes published in Wajibu Magazine
- Poem I want to Write published in To Be A Man: Kwani? Poetry Competition Anthology
In the Media
- Interview on Kenya’s Ghetto Radio 89.5 FM during the neo soul hour on the “Chanuka Dada” show on 22nd March 2009.
- Featured on Kenya’s Capital FM radio station for a hip hop and poetry show, 2009
- Featured on Kenya’s NTV channel for an entertainment TV program
- Featured on Artscene – Kenya Television Network, a Kenyan TV program on the arts
- Feature article, Sunday Nation For Kenyan poet, there is life in the blogosphere, Sunday Nation, Lifestyle 8th February, 2009
- Feature Article, Publishing the spoken word, Saturday Nation, Saturday Magazine, 25th June, 2010
- Poetry that embraces nation’s popular culture, Sunday Nation Newspaper, Lifestyle Magazine, 25th July, 2010
- “Kenya Burning” exhibition at The GoDown Arts Centre in April 2008
- Monthly Words and Pictures (WaPi) forum at the British Council in Nairobi. (2007, 2008, to date).
- alongside Denis Inkwa at the Ford Foundation during their annual meeting at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi in 2007
- Featured poet at the October 2007 Kwani? Open Mic
- The GoDown Art Center during a Ford Foundation event for the outgoing Ford Foundation Africa president Mr.Tade in 2008
- Monthly poetry event, Rhythm & Spoken in Nairobi since its inception to date
- Launch of “Utenzi”, an open mic at the Wasanii Restaurant at the Kenya National Theatre in October 2008.
- Daniel Pearl World Day of Music sponsored by the U.S.Embassy and staged at the Paa ya Paa Gallery in Nairobi in November 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- Grand finale of the “To be a man “competition organized by the Kwani? Trust and the Ford Foundation in Nairobi in 2007.
- Numetro (now Silver bird) poetry club
- renaissance event organized by the American Association of Women (AWA) at the International School of Kenya.
- Gender Inequality Awareness Concert in Nairobi alongside musician Oliver Mtukudzi on 26th September, 2009.
- Inaugural Ignite Poets; ‘Two Nations one Flame’ poetry evening in Nairobi organized by Canadian Poet Sheniz Janmohamed.
- The 2nd Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival in the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in the April, 2010.
- An international summit for citizen journalists in New Media (Bloggers) organized by Global Voices Online in Santiago, Chile in May, 2010.
- TEDx Nairobi 2010 gathering.
- Inaugural WordCamp Nairobi event in 2011
- Frequent monthly performances in various poetry venues in Nairobi.
- Published her first poetry collection ‘Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words’ in April 2010.
- Co-founder of Mstari Wa Nne – A poetry group made up of 4 other poets in November 2008. Currently performing as a group.
- Publication of a blog, http://kenyanpoet.com which is an online artistic space on Kenyan arts.
- Ran youth workshops on poetry and social networks at the British Council.
- Mentoring upcoming poets on writing, performing and online publishing through blogs.
- An arts correspondence writer with Global Voices Online – A citizen Journalism online journal.
- Started a forum for Poets and Writers Online (POWO) which aims at encouraging Creative Writers to exploit the opportunities and tools presented by the internet. The ‘Meeup’ happens after every two months and has plans of going beyond Kenya.