Thursday, December 29, 2016


The Ministry of ICT in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, the Ministry of Education and partners in the civil society and private sector have set up the ‘Ajira Digital Program’ to bridge the gap between skills demand and the high unemployment rate (especially amongst youths) in Kenya.

The program aims to introduce young people to online work and provide the tools, training and mentorship needed for young people to work and earn an income. The online jobs include writing opportunities available on such platforms as UpWork and iWriter.

Friday, December 16, 2016



In the year 2001 A.D., the narrative ‘When the Whirlwind Passes’ was published by Alexander Nderitu who was born in Kenya – the land of his ancestors.

The crime story, not whispered by the fireside nor passed down orally from generation to generation, turned out to be the first written long-form narrative (or ‘novel’) from Africa the Beautiful to be published exclusively on the unearthly domain of ‘cyber space’. Thus spake the Daily Nation:

‘Brilliantly written…The story is fast-paced and the characters are built well…If you can access the book, please do. It will be worth the energy.’

The Daily Metro, which is now as extinct as pre-historic man, commented in this wise:

‘WRITER PURSUES UNTRODDEN PATH…Perhaps fittingly, he shares a birthday with William Shakespeare…’

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the digital novel. To celebrate, the crime/suspense novel has been re-issued, with a new cover, new ISBN number, and various edits. Ten readers (one reader per day) also stand to win PDF copies digitally autographed by the author by participating in a Facebook Challenge whereupon they will answer questions about the scribblings or the scribe himself. May the best armchair crime solver win – and end up owning a piece of African history… 

Get the book here: