By Rose Marie Beck, Kai Kresse

Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet in Politics ­celebrates the paintings of Abdilatif Abdalla, one in every of Kenya's such a lot recognized poets and a devoted political activist. It contains statement essays on features of Abdilatif Abdalla's paintings and lifestyles, via inter-weaving views on poetry and politics, language and background; with contributions by means of East African writers and students of Swahili literature, together with Ngugi wa Thiong'o, stated Khamis, Ken Walibora, Ahmed Rajab, Mohamed Bakari, and Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir, between others. Abdalla turned well-known in 1973, with the booklet of Sauti ya Dhiki (Voice of Agony), a suite of poems written secretly in legal in the course of 3 years of solitary confinement (1969-72). He used to be convicted of circulating pamphlets opposed to Jomo Kenyatta's KANU executive, criticizing it as 'dictatorial' and calling for political resistance within the pamphlet, 'Kenya: Twendapi?' (Kenya: the place are we heading?). His poetry epitomizes the continued foreign money of vintage Swahili shape and language, whereas his paintings total, together with translations and editorships, exemplifies a two-way mediation among 'traditional' and 'modern' views. It makes outdated and new voices of Swahili poetry and African literature obtainable to a much broader readership in East Africa, and past. Abdalla has lived in exile in view that 1973, in Tanzania, London, and as a result, in the past, in Germany. however, Swahili literature and Kenyan politics have remained crucial to his lifestyles.

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Research in African Literatures 7, 1: 7-22. M. 2015. ‘Nguvu’ versus ‘Power’: Resilience of Swahili Language as Shown in Literature and Translation in Lutz Diegner and Frank Schulze -Engler (eds), Habari ya English? - What about Kiswahili? East Africa as a Literary and Linguistic Contact Zone. (Matatu vol. 46) Leiden/Bosten: Brill/Rodopi, 49-65. Mazrui, Alamin. 2007. Swahili: Beyond the Boundaries – Literature, Language and Identity. (African Series, No. 85). Ohio/Athens: Ohio University Research in International Studies.

Besides, some of these councillors Mohamed Bakari 47 were so poorly prepared to do their jobs because of a low literacy level, lack of an understanding of what their work entailed apart from collecting a monthly stipend, that they had very low esteem among their council workers and those they alleged to represent. In this context it is easy to see how municipal workers had no option but to fill this vacuum by taking an interest in political issues that affected them. In a recent interview with the mass circulation Kenyan daily, The Daily Nation, Abdalla provided the context for his prosecution.

It instructs us to turn to our attention from the superficial to the substantial, from the frivolous to the serious. Paideia according to West is a cultivation of self, the way you engage your own history, your own memories, your own morality, your own sense of Said Ahmed Khamis 41 what it means to be alive, as a critical, loving, aware human being (2009:22) – in other words, it is the idea of ‘liberating the mind’. Translation According to Casanova (175) (a) literary space, is not immutable structure, fixed once and for all in its hierarchies and power relations.

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