In May, I had my first literary guest Wanjiku wa Ngugi. She is a playwright, director of Helsinki African Film Festival(HAFF) and a writer. Her book is in English and has been translated into German. Her first play in Finland debuted in Helsinki and was co-written by her brother Mukoma wa Ngugi and friend Amkelwa Mbekeni. Coming from a literary family writing has always been a form of expression. Her other siblings are published as well.
I met Wanjiku 3 years ago because of HAFF. I had attended the first festival on its first year and was impressed by the selection of African films. In turn I admired her passion to show case Africa in a non-stereotypical way. Especially in Finland where the perception of African’s are refugee’s,poor, helpless and have been subjected to violence. Each year has a theme and its very nice to have seen it grow from show casing only 10 to 30 films.
To learn more about Wanjiku, her book and why she started HAFF.
Listen to the link below.
You can find her on twitter and check her out on her page.
Disclaimer: The picture of her book cover was from her publisher and the photo of the play Love and Revolution was taken by Uwa Iduozee