Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional

Awards

  • 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
  • 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
  • 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
  • Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK  Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week

I take time off a personal quest to pursue what turns out to be an eye-opening evening out on the Mombasa beaches and the hot entertainment spots in Mombasa’s North and South coast namely, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Diani and Mtwapa. Not much has changed despite stringent measures put in place by local stake-holders, including a UNICEF memorandum that was signed a couple of years back by several hoteliers. I’m shocked to find out that child sex tourism is still thriving in the idyllic 100 mile Kenyan coastal strip.

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Early this month we attended the Storymoja Hay Festival which was I might say simply stupendous. One tried to attend as many sessions as possible, but one had to miss some and get some!

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In the late 90’s one of my BFF (Best Friends Forever) that’s what we called one another, tested HIV positive. We shared everything about our lives; family, boyfriends, school, the day we lost our virginity – everything!

How do you tell a man that you have met and have fallen in love with that you are HIV positive? My BFF finally met this man a German national in Malindi. It took months for her to tell him her status. This was because we had seen society shun her. Friends forsake her and colleagues turn their backs on her. They used protection but as for myself when visiting and sitting across them at the dining table and knowing her status and that she had not told him made me extremely uncomfortable.

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The PIPS (Partners in Prevention Study) staff a group of 23, minus a couple of young mothers decided to plan a day of team-building and bonding. After much contemplation, we settled on climbing Mount Longonot. The team was lead by the PI (Principle Investigator) Dr Nelly Rwamba Mugo and Site Coordinator Kenneth Ngure.

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Friends, My new novel Shifting Sands is finally out! In due course I'll blog on how the book came into being. Meanwhile read some more below. Best! MG.

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Toronto, Canada/Nairobi, Kenya, May 5th, 2012

Nsemia Inc. Publishers announces the publication of Shifting Sands (ISBN: 978-1-926906-04-1) by Moraa Gitaa

Shifting Sands is a gripping narration by Kemunto aka Kemu to her three girlfriends, all of different cultural heritage.  Kemu aspires to be a writer but life with its vicissitudes doesn’t make her dream an easy one. We follow the four young girls as they mature in this adventure, growing up and facing the world. Their encounters, surprises and cultural intricacies make for good reading.

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Crucible for Silver ..

Published 2008 ‘Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold’ has been hailed as re-writing gender in times of HIV-AIDS in contemporary multi-racial Africa

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Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands is a narration by Kemunto aka Kemu to her three girlfriends. We follow the four young girls as they mature into young ladies on this adventure called life

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The Shark Attack

Kadzo must now spill the beans! Yes, the value of her amputated leg out-weighs that of the thousands, or even millions of shillings earned from peddling and transporting Mono-eye’s cargo

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