From Juniors to Seniors: A Conversation on the World Athletics Championships

by Enkare Review

The IAAF World Under-18 championships took place in Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, between the 12th and the 16th of July. Sanya Noel and Carey Baraka followed the championships closely, and here, they talk about the teenagers’ events and the IAAF World Championships taking place in London starting today.

 

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Inside Photography: Lidudumalingani

by Lydia Kasese

South African writer Lidudumalingani is a person of extraordinary talent.  He was awarded the Caine Prize for his short story ‘Memories We Lost’ and the Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship in 2016, making him the first person to accomplish that fete in a single year; something that other writers can only wish. Apart from writing and film-making, Lidudumalingani also has an eye for photography and he sometimes merges these art forms to tell incredible stories.
In this interview, he talks to Enkare Review’s Nonfiction editor, Lydia Kasese, about his photography on Enkare Review, his writing, and things in-between.

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Inside Poetry: Michael Onsando: The Making of a Canon

by Alexis Teyie

Michael Onsando is a jazz writer, and co-founder of Brainstorm Kenya. Some of his work is available on his site, Unlike Myself. Enkare Review has previously published Onsando’s A Movement on Loneliness. Alexis Teyie, Enkare Review’s poetry editor, met with Michael on a quiet Sunday in February to talk about his most recent work published with Enkare Review, The Making of a Canon, his creative philosophy, and quite a few things in between.

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Inside Fiction: ‘Squad’ by Linda Musita

by Carey Baraka

Linda Musita
Linda Musita

Linda Musita talked to Enkare editor, Carey Baraka about her short story, Squad, on Enkare Review this week, her writing process and feminism.

INTERVIEWER

First, your story, Squad, is in the form of a conversation between two friends. What was the writing process for this particular story like?

LINDA MUSITA

They are not friends as friends should be, are they? Anyway, the story took five months to write. I tried writing it in first person and it didn’t come out right. Third person did not work either. So I decided to try writing it in the same style as I wrote Kudinyana…more dialogue and less description. It worked. The tone I was looking for fell into place and it was easier (and faster) to pass the message I wanted to pass in conversation form than it was in proper, traditional prose. Plus dialogue is my strongest writing weapon. I also edited it a lot. It touches on a sensitive issue and I could not afford to be misunderstood. I also wanted the final product to have as much weight as possible because most readers think that anyone who writes a conversation from start to finish and calls it a short story is lazy. Not the case. This story took a lot of my time and feelings. I am glad I don’t have to deal with it anymore.

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