James Murua

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  • I produce at least 30 blog posts that archive the happenings around the African and Black literary world in real-time every month. These include information on new books, awards Black writers and poets are in the running for or winning, literary events from book launches and fairs, literary festivals, and lots more. Your contribution will go a long way to ensuring that I can make these high quality posts.
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I produce at least 30 blog posts that archive the happenings around the African and Black literary world in real-time every month. These include information on new books, awards Black writers and poets are in the running for or winning, literary events from book launches and fairs, literary festivals, and lots more. Your contribution will go a long way to ensuring that I can make these high quality posts.
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I produce at least 30 blog posts that archive the happenings around the African and Black literary world in real-time every month. These include information on new books, awards Black writers and poets are in the running for or winning, literary events from book launches and fairs, literary festivals, and lots more. Your contribution will go a long way to ensuring that I can make these high quality posts.
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About James Murua

On April 24, 2013, I registered the blog JamesMurua.com to give visibility to African writers rarely covered by mainstream African media. At the time, a few posts I had written in 2012 were included and the project commenced. Over the last seven years, I have endeavoured to cover literary news from a distinctly Africa-centric lens. That meant reportage on book news, launches, literary festivals, author profiles, and more.
With minimal support, I have dedicated my time to travel to festivals in East, West, and Southern Africa, even crossing oceans, to give subscribers information about what is happening in African letters. There have been over 2,000 posts up which is a rarity in writing about African literature. The work has seen this undertaking with over 17,000 subscribers dubbed “the leading blog in African literature.” It was nominated for “Best Creative Writing Blog” for the 2018 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards. I was also announced as Best Writer “Theatre, Art and Culture” at Kenya’s Sanaa Theatre Awards 2018 and listed as one of the top men in digital in Kenya in 2018.
Apart from the blog, I also set up a Literary Podcast to hear the voices of African writers which was nominated for Best Podcast in Kenya at the 2019 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards. I have also set up a YouTube channel where you can regularly see the leading African writers in their element at events virtual and physical.
I am setting up this Patreon so that I can invest more time in this project which I have now expanded to cover all Black writers of African origin alongside my usual African writing beat. I am not trying to become a rich man with this project. Any donation you give will ensure that I can pay rent, food, transport, health insurance and school fees for my son. This will allow me to invest even more time into this work that is so important now and will be even more vital for future readers, scholars, and other lovers of the written word.
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$89.61 of $1,000 per month
This will go a long way to esuring that I can do my work.
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