Nairobi | April 2007 : Sunday Salon

Nairobi | April 2007

Father Joseph Healey, M.M. is an American Maryknoll missionary priest who has lived in East Africa since 1968 and presently is based in Nairobi, Kenya . He is a trained journalist and now mainly a writer and storyteller. He animates Small Christian Communities in Eastern Africa . He has written many books and articles in English and Swahili on African culture, inculturation, SCCs and mission such as Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy and African Stories for Preachers and Teachers. He is the Moderator of the African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories Website (

Judy Kibinge was born in Nairobi in 1967. Her family left for Washington DC in the USA in 1969, where they lived for the next five years. When she was seven, she won a major children’s writing competition in the USA . She studied at Kenya High School and Malvern Girls College in the UK , after which she proceeded to Art College in Birmingham , then Art College at Manchester Polytechnic where she graduated in Design for Communication Media. She worked at McCann Ericsson Kenya for eight years, three and a half of which were as Creative Director–the first black Creative Director in Kenya. She has been personally responsible for many award winning adverts. She quit McCann in October 1999 to pursue a career in film. In three years alone she produced numerous corporate documentaries, shot across the continent for Monsato, IPPF, Technoserve and others. She has also written the screenplay for and directed a short film for MNET entitled The Aftermath. Her film, Dangerous Affair, won the overall prize at the Zanzibar Film Festival in 2003. She has recently started a Multimedia Hotshop company called Seven.

Millicent Muthoni trained as an architect in University of Nairobi. She is a columnist with The Standard. She went through the Crossing Boarders creative writing program and has written two plays, staged at the Kenya National Theatre. She has had her work read in BBC world service.

Clifford Oluoch is a playscript, poet and writer of children’s books. He has published works in both fiction and non-fiction. His works in fiction include the Eastlander Series, a 12-book series based in Eastlands (published by Focus Publisher’s ltd). He is also a regular contributor to various magazines specializing in children’s work. His non-fiction works include school based text books in Mathematics (Comprehensive Maths, Bks 1 – 8). He is working on other books. Some of his plays (mainly for children) include Fairy Tales 2000, Hey Ho Robin Hood and The Return of the Wolves. These have been staged by various primary schools.


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