Gukira

The latest, forthcoming issue of Kwani? focuses on diaspora. Billy Kahora’s editorial outlines the imaginaries and materialities of the term diaspora in Kenya, tracking its changing meanings and sites: as military service, as education, as globalized labor, as respite, as success, as failure. Conceding the difficulty of capturing all these facets, he writes that diaspora as “leaving and return” is legible in and as narrative: “It was in story, character and voice that real experience could be gleaned.” And goes on to argue,

We discovered when we started soliciting for material, that our wish list had myopically little to do with what the literary and creative community was doing or was interested in. We were talking a language that collapsed Diaspora Studies 101 into Writing 102. Some who heeded our mandate were clearly crippled by it. Its generalistic tones flattered no one but ourselves and we were surprised we didn’t…

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