Khainga O’Okwemba

Khainga O’Okwemba is the Presenter of the premier and popular literature programme, The Books Café on KBC English Service which goes on air every Saturday from 2pm to 3pm. Khainga is a celebrated Kenyan poet, journalist, and essayist. He is a former columnist with The Star newspaper where for several years he penned the authoritative weekly column, Literary Postcard. Khainga’s essays, travelogues, poems, articles and interviews, have been published in both local and international newspapers: The Star, Sunday Nation, Sunday Standard, Kilimanjaro, Awaaz. Khainga has an abiding faith in the African Renaissance. His writing is a symphony of ancient African history and folklore. Khainga is a stubborn Pan-Africanist. He delights in reading, writing, travel, walking into literary events, and has interviewed many writers, Kenyan and non-Kenyan, a peerless feat that sets him apart, and makes him a most admired and respected journalist in Nairobi. Some of Khainga’s poems and essays have been translated into Arabic by the distinguished Egyptian literary scholar and poet Prof Arif Khudairi and author and editor Iqbal Baraka. Khainga is the author of the poetry anthology, Smiles in Pathos and Other Poems; and a forthcoming collection of essays, Mama, I Too Want to Write.