Demere Kitunga

Demere Kitunga


Demere Kitunga is a feminist activist and advocate for literacy. She engages with literature and knowledge generation in various forms and through it mentor young people to become free thinkers and creative communicators.


She is the head of E&D Readership and Development Agency popularly known as Soma (synonym for read and learn in Kiswahili), a not for profit outfit which runs Soma Book Café, a literary hub for leisure, culture and learning.


Source: Badilisha Poetry X-change


Word on the Street-Demere Kitunga (2012)


Demere shares her thoughts on the need to claim a second independence, focusing on the rights of women and youth.


"..there will be no freedom in Africa and Tanzania if the voices, opinions and needs of women and youth, especially the working class, are not paid attention to."


"I am a feminist activist, publisher and writer.

I identify as a feminist because my world view is framed from the perspective of women’s rights to equality and human dignity."



Listen to Demere reading her poem Whack!




Selection of books on Good Reads.




Feminist activist

Literacy advocate

Soma Book Café

Phone (Soma): +255 673 014 071

Web site: Soma Book Cafe

Address: 6 Mlingotini Close, Regent Estate, Mikocheni A, Dar es Salaam

Soma Book Cafe


burudani * utamaduni * maarifa

leisure * culture * learning


Soma Book Café was established in 2008 as an alternative public place for leisure, culture and learning. Housing a bookshop, a coffee and snack bar in a garden lounge; it is a hub for socialising, self-study, group discussions, book launches, art and cultural shows, literary and intellectual discourse; and hosts clubs/classes for creative writing, poetry, bao, chess, scrabble, yoga, dance, etc.



Department of Social Anthropology

Stockholm University


Books by African Women

One world - One humanity

For me feminism is about justice.

I am a feminist because I want to live in a world that is more just.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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