Recommended Reading, Videos and Other Items of Interest


KAP: The Kiwimbi Autobiography Project – by Various Authors

Africa, A Biography of the Continent – by John Reader

Decolonizing the Mind – by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Dreams in a Time of War – by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Kenya, A History Since Independence – by Charles Hornsby

The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa – by Dalo Oyopade

The Creative Wealth of Nations – by Patrick Kabanda

The End of Poverty – by Jeffrey Sachs

The Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour – by Martin Meredith

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change – by Roger Thurow

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically – by Peter Singer

The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa – by Calestous Juma

The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty – by Clayton M. Christensen

Unbowed: A Memoir – by Wangari Maathai

Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir – by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o


Black Star Nairobi – by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Coming to Birth – by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change – by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Dance of the Jakaranda – by Peter Kimani

How to Be a Kenyan – by Wahome Mutahi

Kill Me Quick – by Meja Mwangi

Kintu – by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Land Without Thunder – by Grace Ogot

Mrs. Shaw – by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

My Life with a Criminal – by E.S. Atieno Odhiambo And John Kiriamiti

Nairobi Heat – by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

The River and the Source – by Margaret Ogola

The River Between – by Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o

Things Fall Apart – by Chinua Achebe

Drama, Poetry, Youth and Other

Betrayal in the City – by Francis Imbuga

Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum – by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner

Hurling Words at Consciousness – by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

I Will Marry When I Want – by Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o

New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent – by Margaret Busby

The Burdens – by John Ruganda

The Ring in the Bush – by Mwangi Gicheru

Articles & Blogs

Bookings:  Empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Daily Beast: Inside Nairobi’s Slum Tourism Boom.

Daily Nation: It’s time our schools, universities started teaching local languages.

Kenya – The Standard: New report reveals why candidates fail KCPE, KCSE exams

The African Policy Journal: Do Pineapples Grow on Trees? Young People and Farming in Thailand, Uganda and South Sudan

The New York Times: Kenya’s Giant Step for Fair Elections – by The Editorial Board (September 3, 2017)

New York Times: Kennedy Odede: The Things They Carry – by David Brooks

New York Times: A Kenyan Runner Maps His Way Home – by Dan Barry

New York Times: Making a Difference in this Season of Giving – by Tara Siegel Bernard

New York Times: Can Coffee Kick-start an Economy?

New York Times: The Footprints on a Path to Gold

New York Times: In Africa’s Vanishing Forests, the Benefits of Bamboo

New York Times: The Women’s Crusade

New York Times: Sending Artworks Home, but to Whom?

​The Guardian: Girls’ education is the global civil rights issue of our time – by Chernor Bah

​The Guardian: African art needs to come home – and this is why – by Dilip Ratha and Patrick Kabanda

Wall Street Journal: Three Myths on the World’s Poor – by Bill & Melinda Gates

The Economist: Africa Rising (2011-12-03)

BBC News: Botswana bets on technology to save rural economies

World Bank Group: World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

Africa in Focus: Foresight Africa 2016: Regional integration in sub-Saharan Africa – by Mariama Sow

The United Nations: Millennium Development Goals

CIA: The World Factbook from the US Central Intelligence Agency

World Policy blog: An Untapped Economy: Africa’s Creative Sector – by Patrick Kabanda

Blog: Africa’s Aid Mess – by Paul Theroux

McKinsey & Company: Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa

The Nature Conservancy: “The Weight of Water”



YouTube: Kiwimbi 2019

YouTube: Kiwimbi Library By Mtoto News

TED Talk: A Few Ways to Fix an Ailing Government – by Kiwimbi NGO Board member Charity Wayua.

TEDx Talk: Inspiring Ideas About Africa – TEDxEuston

PBS Series: Africa’s Great Civilizations

TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

TED Talk: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong – by Dan Pallotta

YouTube: RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

Movie: The First Grader

YouTube: Kiwimbi’s YouTube page

Movie: Poverty Inc.

YouTube: Kiwimbi Teso



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