Finding Colombia: A book Reading with Kinyanjui Kombani
Kinyanjui Kombani hosted an exclusive book reading and signing session for his award-winning book ‘Finding Colombia’.
Read on and know what themes inspire Kinyanjui Kombani’s books and writing? Where to buy Finding Colombia and download his books like The Last Villains of Molo and Den of Inequalities. What people are saying about this book… Plus more about who he is beyond writing:
Finding Colombia circles around the life of a street urchin who is signed up to be a secret agent by Anti-Drug Agency officials. This is all in an undercover quest to smoke out an infamous and difficult-to-find drug lord.
“Everything in this 122-page book is in its right place. Like a pristine river bubbling its way through rocky highlands, the story flows rapidly… The plot is a rollercoaster ride…” ~ Mbugua Nganga @MbuguaNganga#FindingColombia is a story of determination to rid the society of drug, substance abuse and finding purpose in life. Get your copy now: Click To Tweet
Before we talk more about Finding Colombia, here’s how to find Kombani on Social Media:
- Twitter: @KKombani
- Facebook: Kombani The Writer
- LinkedIn: Kinyanjui Kombani
- Google Plus: +KinyanjuiKombani
- Website: www.kinyanjuikombani.com
Finding Colombia Book Reading and Signing Event:
The Finding Colombia book reading event will happen at the Sarit Centre Expo Centre Seminar Room 1. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Entrance to the event is free, however interested attendants will need to RSVP via [email protected] to be on the guest list.
#FindingColombia is a story of determination to rid the society of drug, substance abuse and finding purpose in life.
Join us this Saturday, 29th September at The Sarit Centre, Seminar Hall 1 for an interactive and fun 2-hour session from 9:00 am with the author Kinyanjui Kombani as we review #FindingColombia, answer all questions pertaining to writing, publishing, marketing among others.
This release shares about the ‘Finding Colombia’ book reading, more on who Kinyanjui Kombani is and what he writes about. All this will help you understand why his books have been used for undergraduate and postgraduate education by universities in Kenya and abroad. This Banker who writes has done a series of books which need to be on your coffee table now.#FindingColombia book reading event by @KKombani will be at Sarit Centre Expo Centre Seminar Room 1. 9-11am. Free Entry with RSVP via [email protected] to be on the guest list. Click To Tweet
How to Buy the Book: Finding Colombia…
‘Finding Colombia’, the Burt Award-winning book is targeted at 10 to 18-year-olds. You can now get it as a gift for a friend, a son or daughter or yourself. A special introductory price of KES. 300 is the current retailing price while stocks last. A minimal fee of 100/- will be paid towards delivery in Nairobi CBD.
‘Finding Colombia’, published by Oxford University Press, is the winner of the 2018 CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. The book was a finalist in the 2017 CODE Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature.#FindingColombia, the Burt Award-winning book by @KKombani is targeted at 10 to 18-year-olds. It is a perfect gift for a friend, a son, a daughter or yourself. Click To Tweet
South America aside… What is Finding Colombia about?
Finding Colombia is the story of a young boy named Lex who lives on the streets, with little to do apart from sniffing Jet Lee and minding his own business. His uneventful life is interrupted when he is tracked down by the Anti-Drugs Agency (ADA) officers. They enlist Lex to help them find Colombia, a notorious and influential but elusive drug baron. His adventures take him on a journey of rehabilitation and self-discovery.#FindingColombia circles around the life of a street urchin who is signed up to be a secret agent by Anti-Drug Agency officials. This is all in an undercover quest to smoke out an infamous and difficult-to-find drug lord. Click To Tweet
CODE Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature:
The CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature seeks to award and identify distinct works for young adults aged 12 to 18.
Set up by CODE, based in Canadia, The CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature is a charitable entity which for the last 59 years, has been developing and growing literacy and learning in a partnership with the Literacy Prizes Foundation.
The CODE Burt Literacy Award is a worldwide readership enterprise working in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, the Caribbean, and Canada.
The Burt Award began in 2008 in Tanzania with the goal of identifying splendor in young adult literature.
It sought to tackle the insufficiency in relevant, high-quality books for young readers, and encourage a reading culture at the higher primary and high school level.
The initiative is supported by William (Bill) Burt alongside the Literary Prizes Foundation expanded to Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Past winners of The Burt Award coming from Kenya are Alice Muthoni in 2016, Chris Okemwa in 2015, Elizabeth Kibui in 2014, Argwings Otieno in 2013 and Antony Mugo in 2012.Past winners of The Burt Award coming from Kenya are Alice Muthoni in 2016, Chris Okemwa in 2015, Elizabeth Kibui in 2014, Argwings Otieno in 2013 and Antony Mugo in 2012. Click To Tweet
Oxford University Press East Africa is aware of the role played by books in molding young people. They were equally excited about Kinyanjui’s win. Kombani received a cash prize of Ksh 763,383 ($10,000 CND), while his publisher, Oxford University Press East Africa Ltd, received a guaranteed purchase of 2,000 copies for distribution in Kenya, 2,000 copies for distribution in Tanzania, and a Ksh 152,677 ($2,000 CND) grant to market the title across Africa.
Alongside Kinyanjui, other finalists were The Lion’s Whisper (Ghana) by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie, published by Kwadwoan Publishers; Ebony Girl (Ghana) by Vera Akumiah, published by Kwadwoan Publishers; and Somebody’s Daughter (Ethiopia) by Hiwot Walelign published by Mega Publishing.Share this with someone who is interested in the 2019 CODE’S BURT AWARD FOR AFRICAN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE. Eligibility and Submission Guidelines: https://bit.ly/2DAoLjx Click To Tweet
Here’s a background of one of his Kinyanjui Kombani’s book called, Den of Inequities:
“Over 2000 people were killed and over 500,000 displaced in tribal clashes in Molo, Olenguruone, Burnt Forest, Njoro, Narok and other parts of Kenya in 1991. Some of these people, who were then only children, are now adults and assailed with the question: Why did it happen?
My friend and roommate at Kenyatta University was a victim of the ethnic clashes in the Rift Valley. The incidents of his childhood have affected him so much he cannot sleep with the light in the room turned off.
This story is dedicated to the innocent victims of the tribal clashes. Dedications also go out to God – for giving me the talent; to Mr. & Mrs. S.F.G. Mbugua of Eldoret – for giving me the power to read and write; and to Alice – perhaps my biggest source of inspiration, for being by me. “The young refuse the bonds of the past, the bonds of bate…” David Mulwa in Redemption.”
Who is Kinyanjui Kombani?
Kinyanjui Kombani ‘The banker who writes’ is an artistic author, banker, learning solutions specialist and businessperson. His novels ‘The Last Villains of Molo’ and ‘Den of Inequities’ are study texts at the university.
His different works embrace children’s stories, young adult fiction and a play that has been created into a film. He has been recognized with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award (Kenyatta University) and has featured within the top 40 under 40 Men survey for his contribution to artistic and creative writing within the country.
His novel ‘The Last Villains of Molo’, based on ethnic instigated clashes in Molo, Kenya, is a study text at undergrad level in universities in Kenya. it’s additionally been mentioned in postgraduate work at Harvard (USA) and University of Sussex ( UK).[email protected] will be hosting an exclusive book reading and signing session for his award-winning book #FindingColombia. RSVP here: Click To Tweet
Kinyanjui Kombani: A Brief Biography:
Kombani’s 2 children’s stories: ‘Wangari Maathai: Mother of Trees’ and ‘We is Friends’ are approved by Kenya’s Institute of Education to be used in Kenyan colleges. His latest releases are ‘Lost but Found’, a children’s story and ‘Den of Iniquities’ a novel.
Kinyanjui is a graduate of Kenyatta University, Kenya, where he honed his skills in theatre and artistic writing. Mizoga‘Carcasses’, a play Kinyanjui wrote for Born Free Foundation’s Bush Meat Trade Awareness project, was performed to audiences everywhere the country and later shot to film. ‘Mizoga’ has been screened in Africa, Europe, and the USA and has been shown to over 60,000 rural Kenyans.
Kinyanjui is a board member of the professional Business Mentors Association of Kenya and is the Kenyan representative to Altrusa International, a world service organization specializing in community needs as well as literacy, the environment, and AIDS/HIV. He maintains sturdy links to his school, Kenyatta University, and is the Project consultant to the Kenyatta University Alumni Card project.
Over the last six years, Kinyanjui has been concerned in a project to boost the academic standards of Molo Academy. Every year, beneath the banner ‘Friends of Molo Academy’. he organizes the top Performers luncheon at a 5 Star hotel. The reward scheme has seen the school’s performance grow to No. 2 within the country.
What people are saying about the book via #FindingColombia
Here’s to #FindingColombia, because Kenya is not so impressive at the moment ?
Thanks, @KKombani can’t wait to indulge! Of course I know it’s nothing close to what I’m thinking it’s about ?~ Kawira Rincuni [email protected]
Here’s to #FindingColombia, because Kenya is not so impressive at the moment ?
— Kawi Rincuni (@Kawiria) September 26, 2018
Facebook! So I post this photo of @RailaOdinga with #FindingColombia earlier today and someone comments “Kama Baba ameisoma hata Mimi nimesoma” ~ Kinyanjui Kombani @KKombani
— Kinyanjui Kombani (@KKombani) September 27, 2018
Look what just came in! Asante sana @KKombani . I cannot wait to indulge ?~ Miss Rachel @Iam_RachelN
Yaaaaay! When your fave writer sends you a copy! Thanks KK! @KKombani can’t wait to indulge. ~ Chichi @AchiengOnguru
“Finding Colombia” by Kinyanjui Kombani is the 2018 CODE Burt Awards winner for African Young Adult Literature announced during the Ghana International Book Fair in Accra held on September 3, 2018. MagicalKenya #FindingColombia #Literature #Books… ~ Yolanda Andersen @ytpr
"Finding Colombia" by Kinyanjui Kombani is the 2018 CODE Burt Awards winner for African Young Adult Literature announced during the Ghana International Book Fair in Accra held on September 3, 2018.
— Yolanda Andersen (@ytpr) September 17, 2018
Watch Oxford University Press EA Facebook ? Live-stream ?️ on Saturday, 29th September from 9:00 am to hear Kinyanjui Kombani, an award-winning author, introduce #FindingColombia?; the 2018 CODE Burt Awards for African Young Adult Literature winning book and give an exclusive book reading. Submit your questions beforehand and stand a chance to win an auto-graphed copy of #FindingColombia?~ Yolanda Andersen @ytpr
Watch Oxford University Press EA Facebook ? Live-stream ?️ on Saturday, 29th September from 9:00 am to hear Kinyanjui Kombani, an award-winning author, introduce #FindingColombia?; the 2018 CODE Burt Awards for… https://t.co/G8zE6Kr0V2
— Yolanda Andersen (@ytpr) September 26, 2018
This Saturday from 9-11am, get a chance to meet @KKombani at Sarit Centre, and grab the award-winning book #FindingColombia ~ Ms Kamaitha @Kamaitha
Join my good friend and award winning author @KKombani for a reading and book signing on 29th Sept 2018 at the Sarit Centre. Feel free to bring along your children too. #ForTheCulture #FindingColombia ~ Anna Mukasa @anna_mukasa
Join my good friend and award winning author @KKombani for a reading and book signing on 29th Sept 2018 at the Sarit Centre.
Feel free to bring along your children too.#ForTheCulture #FindingColombia pic.twitter.com/tKJZ7fJ93t
— Anna Mukasa (@anna_mukasa) September 17, 2018
Instant feedback from @MbuguaNganga #FindingColombia ~ Kinyanjui Kombani @KKombani
— Kinyanjui Kombani (@KKombani) September 11, 2018