Saturday, April 20, 2019


‘That great Kenyan novel will eventually come. Perhaps, it will even emerge online, like the novels of Alexander Nderitu.’ ‐ Joyce Nyairo, cultural analyst, in the ‘Daily Nation’ (Sep 4, 2015)

'WHEN THE WHIRLWIND PASSES' was Africa’s first digital novel and remains one of the most downloaded. A review in the Daily Nation’s ‘SATURDAY' magazine (Nov 2002) described it thus:

'Brilliantly written...The story is fast-paced and the characters are built well. This is a book that is guaranteed to keep you seated ...If you can access the book, please do. It will be worth the energy.'

The author is currently working on the sequel (set in Nairobi city and revolving around Margaret Njeri’s beautiful-but-sassy daughter from the prequel) and you can be in it. Yes, YOU!!! You can make an appearance in the novel as a ‘fictional’ character!


1. Read ‘When the Whirlwind Passes’ by Alexander Nderitu. It is freely available via the Worldreader app from Google Play Store (

2. Write or record a review.

3. Post the review to a publicly-accessible place on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE or TWITTER, accompanied by the hashtags #WhenTheWhirlwindPasses and #AlexanderNderitu

4. We will find the reviews online (be genuine) and pick five winners to be announced in the month of June 2019.

5. There is no restriction on the nationality or location of the reviewer but the review must be in the English language.


- The best review, according to the author, will win Kshs 5,000 (USD$ 50) to be delivered via PayPal.

There are no restrictions on length, style etc but if this is your first time to write a book review, you can find some useful tips here:

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Catwalk photo: Louis Vuitton (2012 Spring-Summer collection)

‘We understand we shall not be titled henceforth to cross the boundary of the new Serengeti National Park which we have habitually used in the past. We agree to move ourselves, our possessions, our cattle and all our other animals from this land by the advent of the next rains.’ – Colonial-era agreement expelling Maasais from the Serengeti

‘When I started researching this piece on the Maasai, I intended to write something akin to a love letter to this fascinating tribe. Alas, given the effects of modernization, this section has turned out to be more like a “Eulogy for a Culture”. Nonetheless, the contribution of the Maa people to the world cannot be gainsaid. They have bequeathed to us beautiful legends, myths, dances, fashions, and lessons on how to live in harmony with nature. They have inspired in us a spiritual fervour to protect our traditional ways of life, and see them as good – not retrogressive. As in the distant past, the Maasai community continues to earn “the admiration of strangers”… ‘

Discover the (possible) origins of East Africa’s most famous community, as well as their rise and fall, in ‘Changing the Literary Map of Africa’ (PDF), available here: