The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Tony Mochama Launches New Book

Writing well is an art that still has room for perfection. Getting a constant fan base is twice as hard. Young writers start off expressing their ideas by writing scripts, plays and short stories hoping to jump start their creativity.

Pen International (Kenya) secretary Tony 'Smitta' Mochama is one eccentric creative writer, who last Thursday launched his book 'Princess Adhi and the Naija Coca Broda' at the Professional centre in Nairobi. The poet cum journalist said time was ripe for Kenyans to harness a culture of both writing and reading.

University of Nairobi Literature lecturer Dr. Tom Odhiambo castigated the curse of 'politeness' that makes Kenyan writers not adequately address the shortfalls in writing. "There is no progressive society that has been build without being polite. Kenyans needs to perfect the art of writing as the writing doesn't need to be brilliant. Let's all write to document our history" .

Scholars, artists and literature lovers among them Storymoja managing director Muthoni Garland, Singer Wahu Mathenge, Daily Nation's Bernard Namunane and the Star's Society Editor James Murua were among those in attendance.

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