Kenya national Theatre. – Gallery
The Sigana International Storytelling festival is a festival of international repute that provides a platform for storytellers from different parts of the World to showcase their Art. It also provides the Kenyan audiences and lovers of stories to experience both Homegrown and “Diasporan’ talent and excitement. In its 5th year, storytellers from Kenya, USA, Denmark and Romania will be sharing the stage. Lots of fun, excitement and memorable moments guaranteed!
Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey
Author: EL James
Reviewed by: Faith Oneya
By all means, 50 Shades of Grey has Few Literary Merits. The use of description as a technique has been used solely for the characters, and the BDSM scenes that keep graduating as the story progresses.
The book tells the story of Anastasia (the submissive) and Christian’s (the dominant) sexual adventures as they traverse through the murky world of BDSM. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the term BDSM is unclear, and is believed to have been formed either from joining the term B&D (bondage and discipline) with S&M (sadomasochism or sadism and masochism).
Told from the first person narrative, the book follows the ‘coming of sexual age’ story of college student Anastasia and Christain Grey, CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. The latter’s inner demons torment him and he subjects Anastasia to his ‘dark’ sexual preferences.
The graphic descriptions of the BDSM scenes are enough to warrant a PG on the cover of the book. Little wonder then that, according to the Huffington Post, a teacher was suspended by a school in Philadelphia after buying a 9th grader! See story here: (Philadelphia Teacher Philip Aidoo Suspended after Buying 9th Grader ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/05/philip-aidoo-suspended-fifty-shades-of-grey-student_n_3216451.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003)
Before I sound more prudish that I already do, let me just point out that one of the most attractive qualities about the book is the language: simple, short, witty sentences that will keep you turning the pages.
The witty character of Anastasia will also keep your finger busy because you are sure to ask: “What is she going to come up with next?” At least I did.
To say that it is an erotic novel is indeed, an understatement.
Buy it to find out why it has topped the bestseller list in the United Kingdom and the United States among other countries.
Note for those that want the full dosage: The Sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were published in 2012
THE FRIENDS ENSEMBLE & FANAKA ARTS THEATRE Invite you to watch arguably, the craziest stunts a landlord can ever pull! HOME IS WHERE YOUR CLOTHES ARE!
Strictly Adults Only!
Dates: April 25-28, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Nairobi
Times: Thursday 6 pm, Friday 6 & 8.30 pm, Saturday 3, 6 & 8.30pm and Sunday 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Ksh. 500/=
Author: Flavia Murugi
Reviewed by: Faith Oneya
Flavia Murugi’s inspirational book Inspiration Simply Simplified distinctly reminds me of Chicken Soup for the Soul which is a series of books, usually featuring a collection of short and dense inspirational stories and motivational essays. In fact, what set the two books apart was the uniquely Kenyan context. Plus Murugi’s book is small enough to read in our horrendous Nairobi traffic jams.
The friendly tone, easy language and ‘relatable’ characters stories make for a very enjoyable reading. If you read it for any reason at all, then read it because the stories are all told in an interesting manner and are full of valuable lessons at the very end. Like my friend Melissa says, ‘inspirational authors always tell you the things you already know but in a more interesting and articulate manner’.
If there is a single negative critique I would have of the book then it would be that the language used seems to me to be ‘too casual’. In as much as it draws in the crowds (anyone picking up the book can read it to the end. Philip Ochieng’ was not the editor), it would somehow spoil the party for the grammar cops out there.
The author is living the inspired life she wishes for all of us. I had the opportunity of meeting her and basked in her glow. Her words are her. Read more about the author here:
Go on, get the book!