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SOMA NAMI BOOKS is the official Bookstore Partner of HEROE BOOK FAIR, Edition 2

Cultureafrica is official partner of the Heroe Book Fair.

heroebookfairHeroe Book Fair is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Soma Nami Books to bring you the 2nd edition of the fair in March 2022. This partnership is intended to introduce a new, interactive dimension to the Book Fair experience, as debate and discussion are equally at the heart of the fair.

The Heroe Book Fair, now in its second year, is an annual event held at The Alliance Française, Mombasa, bringing together Anglophone, Francophone and German speaking Writers, Poets, Publishers and Literary Enthusiasts from Kenya, the rest of Africa and the black diaspora, for a couple of days of exciting literary activities which include book sales, panel discussions, book launches and readings by select authors and poets.


The first edition of the fair took place from March 22nd -26th 2021 with the theme, Belonging. This was a hybrid event supported by Alliance Française Mombasa, The French Embassy in Kenya, Goethe Institut Nairobi, Hekaya Arts Initiative, Culture Africa, The Swiss Embassy in Kenya and The Belgian Embassy in Kenya. Keynote speakers were Mombasa based published poet and civic leader, Salma “Salummy” Abdulatif and Rwandan-French writer, Scholastique Mukasonga.

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The 2nd edition will take place from March 22nd -26th 2022 with the theme, Emancipation. The organizers are Lorna Likiza, the Founder of the book fair and Hans Hofele, the Founder of Culture Africa, a society and cultural website focused on the African continent. Soma Nami Books will be the official Bookstore partner for this 2nd edition.

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Soma Nami Books is a Nairobi based book hub founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge, two literary activists and enthusiasts whose passion stems from their commitment to spotlighting and centering African narratives and amplifying African stories, ideas and aspirations. Soma Nami Books runs an African based bookstore with a justified bias towards stocking books written by people from the African continent, the African diaspora and Women, a Book Café forum geared towards community engagement, a Book Club and a Book Box Subscription Service.

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Why the theme emancipation?

The simplest definition given by Wikipedia of emancipation is to free from restraint. What are the things holding people of African descent back? How do they affect how we work, our views on life, our arts, our heritage? By choosing the theme emancipation for the 2nd edition of Heroe book fair, we are looking to encourage conversations that focus on ways to break free from the things that hold us back.

Indeed, the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of those things that has caused us limitations. Creating in this time has not been a smooth endeavor for most of us. And yet, the restrictions were necessary to curb the spread of the virus. How have Writers, Poets and Publishers managed to keep going?

Not only will we be addressing freedom from mental slavery, neocolonialism, patriarchy and the likes, but also how the pandemic has transformed the literary scene. Do Writers, Poets and Publishers of African descent feel this sense of freedom while creating? This and more are some of the questions we will attempt to answer in our discussions.

Charges for a vending space during the fair are 4,000kshs with own tent and 5,000kshs without own tent. The amount covers the entire 5 days of the event. Payment is via MPesa Buy Goods option, Till no: 9073287


We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating


Angela Davis


For More information contact:

Lorna Likiza – Heroe Book Fair |  | +254 727 240306 |

Muthoni Muiruri/Wendy Njoroge – Soma Nami Books| | +254 705 548 052 |



Images courtesy of Soma Nami Books.

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