Nairobi | Fall 2007 : Sunday Salon

Nairobi | Fall 2007

Wairimu Waithaka is a soon to be graduate of the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine. A student of the universe, her stories are based on life experiences seen through her eyes and those of others. ‘Kamikaze Soul’ is her first, mature (hopefully so) piece, only recently completed because after writing the first paragraph, “I got writer’s block until five or so years later”. It is a life story told in three pages. Her other piece, ‘The Mist’ is a mystery laced with subtle comedy; “I like to mix things that conventionally shouldn’t be together, like jam and ham”.
Dickson started his career at Level One Productions (Nairobi, Kenya), where he worked on a huge variety of projects including commercials, game shows, wildlife and Factual Documentaries. Since he left there to go freelance in 2002, he has concentrated more on long form projects gaining an excellent reputation at Tiger Aspect where he has just finished working on Seaside Parish 4. In its fourth series, Seaside Parish
has exceeded all expectations, so much so they changed the time slot and it gained the highest viewing figures for BBC 2. Dickson is an enthusiastic and talented Cameraman with a directing streak who is passionate about delivering high quality programmes. He’s skilled at shooting on film, Beta and DV and more recently HD using a wide range of cameras, editing software, sound recording, research, script writing and dealing with large complex productions, he typically forms excellent working relations in any programme he works on and is always asked back by clients. He is currently working on Adam as a feature writer. He loves to cook, travel and spend time in the bush.

Beatrice Lamwaka is the author of ‘Anena’s Vicory’ a supplementary reader in primary schools in Uganda. Her fiction have appeared in Gowanus Books, Women’s World, WordWrite, Words from a Granary. She is one of the pioneers of a British Council writing scheme to link Ugandan writers with established writers in the UK. She is a member of Uganda Women Writer’s Association ( FEMRITE) and Transcend Art and Peace (TAP)-an organisation that supports creativity and art in working for peace. She is currently working on her first novel.

Lloyd Igane, copywriter, writer of indiscriminate little stories, and columnist, has been many things including untrained teacher, accountant, freelance feature writer, amateur dog-house cleaner, creative director, fire-fighter, vehicle brander and unemployed creative bum-about-town.

Born two years before independence – in Chuka, on the slopes of Mt Kenya – he went to local schools where he tended to beat all his classmates; then came A levels at the coast and everything took a nasty turn. Surprised to get 32% in Math, he dropped the subject altogether and spent many a glorious afternoon on the beach, skiving even the subjects he never dropped.

Needless to say, his formal education suffered greatly after that. Until recently when he rekindled it briefly, enrolling for a degree in Literature and Communication, at the UON, which he is yet to complete because once he went on a sabbatical to complete an assignment, he is yet to get back to class. The story Shaba Park, is part of that continuing assignment. It is dedicated to all his daughters, and is to be published soon.


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