Recommended Reading, Videos and Other Items of Interest

Kiwimbi’s Selection of fine books, video and audio


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


Seasons in Hippoland – by Wanjiku wa Ngũgĩ

Black Star Nairobi – by Mukoma Wa Ngũgĩ

Coming to Birth – by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

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

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 Ngũgĩ

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

Nairobi Heat – by Mukoma Wa Ngũgĩ

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


Lynne and John from KIWIMBIPodcast in Nairobi Kenya

Nicole Smith invited Kiwimbi to be on her radio show: Janet and Lisa were honored to join her.

TEDxVienna: Alexander Oswald – Why Kenyans do it better

PODCASTHow do the arts contribute to capitalism and economic development? With special guest Patric Kabanda

Happy to Help Radio show and in studio video with Kiwimbi! Watch the broadcast. 

Kiwimbi was interviewed! Hear the radio broadcast.

LECTURE: The Path to Sustainable Development – by Jeffrey Sachs

NPR: Kenya’s Free Schools Bring a Torrent of Students

NPR: Meet the Musicians and Storytellers of Kenya

NPR: ‘Nobel Of The Heart’ Is The Real Prize For Author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o


YouTube: Kiwimbi’s YouTube page

YouTube: About 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

Movie: Poverty Inc.

YouTube: Kiwimbi Teso

Articles & Blogs

IBU Movement: In Her Words – A letter from Catherine Malalah to Ibu Allies

Brittle Paper: 100 African Writers Celebrate Biyi Bandele’s Life and Work

My Paper Online: NJ Based Kiwimbi liberates Kenyan children with powerful knowledge

The Good Trade: What Nonprofits Want You To Know About Giving – even if you can only spare $5

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”



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