Njeri Wangarĩ – Wanjohi, a multi talented Kenyan poet and performer, IT specialist and arts blogger recently published her collection of poetry ‘Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words’
“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
The 114 paged book contains over 40 poems that explore themes on Urban Blues, Love, Identity, Traditions, Cultural changes, Exploitation and Politics among others. Though most of the poems are in English, there are a few in Kiswahili, Sheng and in Gĩkũyũ.
Published by Nsemia Publishers, based in Canada, the book’s forward was written by the renowned journalist, thespian and arts critique, Margaretta Wa Gacheru.
Mines & Mind Fields is available in all leading bookshops (University Of Nairobi Bookshop, Silverbird Media Stores, Book Point, Africa Book Service among others) at a retail cost of Ksh.750
It is also available on Amazon.
About Njeri Wangarĩ – Wanjohi
Njeri’s love for the arts began at an early age through her appreciation of African culture. This, she found to be well expressed in many of the books that she started reading while still young and they have shaped the person she has now become.
She penned her first poem in 2004. Three years later she made her first attempt in front of an audience, performing her poetry. She is now among the most talented Kenyan poets and performers.
Njeri Wangare has come to be known as the voice of reason and change in the Kenyan poetry circles due to the content and theme of her poems which range from Culture, religion, human rights, technology and everyday challenges in the Kenyan society.
Apart from Poetry, Njeri is also an ardent blogger. She has been running her blog www.kenyanpoet.com since 2005 , a project that she initially started as a platform to publishing her poetry online. It has since grown to incorporate other forms of art as well as host other poets. She has contributed immensely to the promotion of Kenyan Poetry not only on stage but also through the internet through her reviews on art performances and by encouraging up and coming poets to start blogs and eventually share their work through performance. She is currently an author with Global Voices Online-An online portal for citizen journalists, as a writer on African Arts.
Njeri performs regularly at various poetry spots in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi as well as in institutions and companies where is invited from time to time.
She is currently working on her 2nd poetry collection.
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Njeri Wangarĩ –Wanjohi