Kenyan performance poet and activist Shailja Patel speaks on her work as an activist and the responsibility of individuals and civil society in pursuing social justice. Shailja discusses a range of issues from the role of civil society in Kenya, climate change, capitalism and Barack Obama and excellently brings together the connection between the local and global.
in October had a special focus on Kenyan women poets. Shailja Patel also shared a platform with Ngwatilo Mawiyoo in a special focus on Kenyan women hosted by the Stockholm’s International Poetry Festival. The theme was reflections on “Literature And Independence In Kenya”with particular reference to “artistic responses to the post-election violence.”
Watch the seminar on Youtube:
Part I: Introduction by Madeleine Grieve, director of the Stockholm International Poetry Festival, and Ngwatilo’s richly melodic poem on exile, belonging, identity, goat meat….
Part II: Shailja Patel performs Offering, which first appeared in Pambazuka News.
Part III: Discussion on the Kenya Crisis and post-election violence.