Hekaya initiative: Short Story anthology from East African Coast

Hekaya initiative: Short Story anthology from East African Coast

In the dawn of 2018,Hekaya Initiative called out for short fiction stories from Coastal Writers. Hekaya emphasis that the heart of the literary initiative is to amplify Coastal voices which ripple and spans from Mogadishu to the Kiswahili-speaking part of Northern Mozambique.The initiative is intent on exalting Coastal voices by publishing prose, poetry and portraiture from Coastal dwellers.Hekaya holds that the dwellers of the expansive and idyllic African Coast belt share strong cords and the sound of their voices is harmonious.

Talk of  mellow  Kiswahili .Talk of the  garb-Kikoi which is a signature attire with rich variance in style.A Somali Kikoi looks as magnificent and just as tasteful as the Kikoi styled  and donned in the  Lamu Archipelago.

Oh Music the collective  spice of life  and healer of many a  soul.The Taarab and Chakacha varies only in tone from the beats of the Comoros.

Please download the  anthology here 

Acclaimed Coastal Scholars and  Writers

The Coastal region has  begot literary sons and daughters, globally acclaimed scholars of  literature like  the late  Professor Alamin Mazrui (bless his soul)- an academic professor, and political writer on Islamic and African studies and North-South relations.Prof Mazrui believed  that  there are  six paradoxes  that are fundamental to unraveling  Africa.

  1. Africa is the cradle of humankind-he the bipedal primate,but Africa is the last continent (besides Antarctica) to be  habitable in a fashionable sense.
  2. Africa is the most unique from the West culturally, but oh Africa,it is giving up its  culture  and  adopting  the Western culture at a tragic speed.
  3. Although Africans have not been the most abused group of humans in modern history, they have been the most disgraced.
  4. Africa possesses extreme natural wealth,but its people are poor of the poorest .
  5. Africa is huge, yet sadly disjointed into fragments
  6. Africa is geographically central, but unheard because it is at the political outskirts.

Prof.Rayya Timamy,she the  Author of Utendi wa Mwana kupona,Huku na huku- Homa ya Nyumbani na Hadithi Nyingine,Mwalimu  adui-Alionja asali  na Hadithi Nyingine ,Ulimwengu wa Kanga’Jinamizi la  ubaguzi-fimbo ya mbali na  hadithi nyingine .

Prof.Chimaera  Noma Award winner of  2000 for Ufundishaji wa fasihi.His published  works include  Kiwahili :Past ,Present  and  Future Horizons  and  Ufundishaji was Fasihi:Nadharia na Mbinu (co-authored with (Kimani Njogu) and a play Mnara wawaka moto! 

Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah from island Zanzibar.His novels include-Memory of departure ,Pilgrims  way,The last gift,Gravel  heart, Desertion, Admiring the silence ,Dottie, By the sea  and Paradise.The most illustrious of these are Paradise, Desertion and By the Sea, the first was shortlisted Whitebread Prize  and  the Booker.By the Sea was long listed for the  Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Booker.

Others  are Ali Atas ,Alwis Shatry and  Ngala Chome.Coastal  region is home  to gifted  Writers poets  such as Thomas Mlanda.He of the Setbook Help is  a  Writer,Literary theorist and critic.

As such, the  coastal region, a boiling pot of culture is  endowed with  spellbinding story telling prowess and has  carved a space for a fantastic fusion of languages as merchants and  missionaries  diffused from Coast to mainland in the days of yore.

Compiled by ‘Land of Bones’ Author


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