By Doreen Strauhs
Featuring the unconventional idea of the "literary NGO," this learn combines interviews with modern East African writers with an research in their expert actions and the cultural investment zone to make an unique contribution to African literary feedback and cultural stories.
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A]t no point did we set out to set up Kwani?. Kwani?? came to existence without our being aware that it was going to happen. Part of the reason why it happened perhaps was because Binyavanga won the Caine Prize. ” If he had, I would have encouraged him warmly. The Caine Prize involvement and my involvement was a happy case of working in the same field at the same time. , it’s a case of people who have the same kind of basic objectives not necessarily working institutionally together, but certainly by our activities encouraging each other.
LINGOs versus Theater for Development Most important, LINGOs differ from NGOs in the sector of theater or creative writing for development, since the literature produced and promoted by LINGOs and their associated authors is at least not openly content-tailored to suit specific donor interests in development policy, such as HIV/AIDS prevention. LINGOs are instead open to any kind of innovative literary creativity as long as it is in line with the LINGOs’ individually established agenda. LINGOs do not consider themselves donor tools but explicitly highlight their status as independent write-tanks30 of public interest.
78 In the wake of the registration of the Kwani Trust, a process of formalization toward a functioning venture took place: an editorial and management committee was called in place with Binyavanga Wainana as the founding editor, Billy Kahora as the assistant editor, Kairo Kiarie, an event manager by profession, as the general manager, and other permanent staff established, like Eric Orende as the accountant, Annette Majana as the assistant manager, responsible for fund management and public relations, as well as Mike Mburu, responsible for sales and distribution.