Being a writer in the 21st century and especially in Kenya is not an easy thing. Sure, there is lots of famous african authors like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina but the most challenging is the perception that kenyans do not read. Most magazines in kenya have a reading section in their content and most of the interviewed people confess to reading books like Malcom X and the Alchemist. Very few confess to reading local african readers.
This trend has to change by focusing on the writer’s talent and lives. We need to personify the books as individual extensions of the author and have people feeling like they are present and their friends. This will enforce the behaviour of feeling proud to purchase a writer’s works because the buyer will now feel a sense of ownership and commandeer-ship with the writer.
This blog about the celebration of the world book and copyright day wishes to glorify the works of local african writers and give them a platform to be known by their readers. For them to create a personal relationship with their readers and be able to shift the mentality of price and free into a conversation of ownership and pride.
Please feel free to write to us and give us your views and opinions on your struggle or journey in the literature world.