Red Soil and Roasted Maize
Selected essays and articles on contemporary Kenya
About the Book
Red Soil and Roasted Maize is a selection of Kenyan writer Rasna Warah’s most poignant, introspective and satirical articles, columns and essays that provide snapshots and analyses of events that have shaped Kenyans’ lives and dreams in the last decade, from the turbulent transition to democracy in 2002 to a flawed election in 2007 that had a deep impact on Kenya’s political, economic and social landscape. She candidly deciphers and describes the perils of growing ethnic chauvinism and corruption in an increasingly polarised nation and examines her own life as a writer in one of Africa’s most diverse and unequal societies.
About the Author
"For years, Rasna Warah's columns have been one of the Daily Nation newspaper's great strengths, anticipated with pleasure by readers and savoured long after publication well beyond Kenya's borders. She has a rare and valuable combination of qualities: absolute clarity of expression, a keen eye for the lies, contradictions and pomposities of modern society, a driving hunger for justice, and a huge compassion for her fellow Kenyans." – MICHELA WRONG, author of It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower