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by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ

 

A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide.

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A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide.

In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana—famous for saving hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide—accepts a position at the university. When a young girl is found murdered on his doorstep. For local police Detective Ishmael—an African-American in an “extremely white” town—it seems like the kind of crime that happens in an area where the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies.

But then he gets a mysterious phone call: “If you want the truth, you must go to its source. The truth is in the past. Come to Nairobi.” It’s the beginning of a journey that will take Ishmael to a place still vibrating from the surrounding genocide, where NGO money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later. And although it’s the land of his ancestors, it becomes a disorienting and terrifying quest through the slums of Nairobi, a place where knowing the truth about history can kill you.

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Mukoma Wa Ngugi author of nairobi heat

Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ was born in 1971 and is a Kenyan poet and author. His father is the author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.

He is the author of Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (reviewed by New Internationalist) and Hurling Words at Consciousness (poetry, Africa World Press, 2006). He is also a columnist for BBC Focus on Africa magazine and former co-editor of Pambazuka News.

He has published poems in Tin House Magazine, Chimurenga, Brick magazine, Smartish Pace, and Teeth in the Wind, One Hundred Days (Barque Press); New Black Writing (John Wiley and Sons); Réflexions sur le Génocide rwandais/Ten Years Later: Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide (L’Harmattan Press).

He has published political essays and columns in the LA Times, Radical History Review, World Literature Today, Mail and Guardian, Zimbabwe’s Herald, Kenya’s Daily Nation, the EastAfrican, Kwani? journal, and zmag.org among other publications. His short story “How Kamau Wa Mwangi Escaped into Exile” was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2009 and is included in the anthology Work in Progress – And Other Stories (Caine Prize: Annual Prize for African Writing) (New Internationalist, 2009). His work was also shortlisted for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing. Some of Mũkoma’s poems have been archived on Badilisha Poetry X-Change.

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