Kingwa Kamencu is a published writer whose first novel, To Grasp at a Star, won 2nd prize in the 2006 Wahome Mutahi Literary Award and the National Book Development Council Award (2003). Currently working as a journalist, she is not only a budding scholar but a social and political critic. She has previously published poems and short stories in local papers and magazines and is working on her second book. She is passionate about the emergence of Africa as a world power and the complete emancipation of women from political, social and economic setbacks. She recently graduated from the UON with a first class honours degree in literature and history. She believes life is to be lived to the full – never do things halfway.