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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Although Africans have not been the most abused group of humans in modern history, they have been the most disgraced.
- Africa possesses extreme natural wealth,but its people are poor of the poorest .
- Africa is huge, yet sadly disjointed into fragments
- 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.
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