About Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Kenyan poet Mukoma Wa Ngugi is the author of Hurling Words at Consciousness (Africa World Press, 2006) and Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (Kimaathi Publishing House, 2003). He is also columnist for the BBC Focus on Africa Magazine.

His poems have appeared in Tin House Magazine, Brick Magazine, Chiumurenga, Kwani?, and in the anthologies, One Hundred Days, New Black Writing, Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide amongst others.

His features have been carried by Kenya’s Sunday Nation, the East African and The Herald, Zimbabwe and his zmag.org essays such as New Orleans and the Third World and Africa and the War on Terror widely read.

He serves as the coordinator for the Toward an Africa without Borders Organization which looks to bring together academics and activists in an effort to understand and work through African and Diaspora issues and causes, and help bring African ideas and solutions to the forefront of the discussion. http://towardanafricawithoutborders.org.

He has a BA in Political Science and English (Albright College) an MA in Creative Writing (Boston University) and an MA in English (UW-Madison).

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    When Mourad’s father has a stroke, he is forced to rise above his fear of becoming an overweight bachelor, tied down to home by his mother’s cooking, and take steps to bridge the gulf between his family and estranged sister.
    This quest takes him to the Paris suburbs where he starts his teaching career, and falls into the world of undocumented Algerian toyboys and discovers that Douania has become a staunch feminist, aspiring politician and fierce assimilationist.
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