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A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Recommended by The Pangea Network

From The Pangea Network: The book is set in the backdrop of the Mau Mau rebellion, in a small village in Central Kenya, a few days before Kenya’s nominal independence from Britain. It was published as part of the influential Heinemann African Writer’s Series. Thiong’o employs flashbacks to transport the reader to the emergency period (1952 – 1960), during which colonialists detained and tortured civilians. The book reveals roles each villager played towards liberation and the secrets they held.


Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

Recommended by The Pangea Network

From The Pangea Network: This book is the moving and inspirational memoir of the first African woman and the first environmentalist, to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai. It charts Maathai’s development from a young girl in British Kenya to a divorced mother of three fighting to save her country from dictatorship and corruption.


Disconnect (2018)

Recommended by The Pangea Network and available on Netflix – A romantic comedy that brings out the intricacies and absurdities of the Nairobi dating scene

The Legend of Lwanda Magere (2020)

Recommended by The Pangea Network and available through some paid online options. Learn more about this legend here.

On the shores of the great lake of Africa, a virtuous young warrior is gifted with superhuman powers, powers that act to test his integrity and more


Eric Wainaina

Recommended by The Pangea Network

From The Pangea Network: A Kenyan singer and songwriter who launched his first album in 2001. His genre of music is a blend of Kenya benga rhythm and East African guitars with some modern harmony. Some of his songs include Kenya Only, When Darkness Comes, Tell Your Mother among others.

Sauti Sol

Recommended by The Pangea Network

From The Pangea Network: A Kenyan band formed in Nairobi Kenya by vocalists Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi in 2005. Initially an a cappella group, guitarist Polycarp Otieno joined before they named themselves Sauti Sol. Some of their songs include Short and Sweet, Still the One, Sura Yako (Swahili for Your Face), Insecure, among others.