Powerful, passionate women who write in English and/or Kiswahili. Novels, short stories, poems and plays. Avid users of social media: blogs, twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. All this creative actvity in a country with limited reading culture and an underdeveloped educational system, where books is an unaffordable luxury for the majority! Unique literary stories to be told.

Through this page I share some of the things I learn during fieldwork in Dar es Salaam, which started in June-August 2016.



Meet established writers like Elieshi Lema, Demere Kitunga and Sandra Mushi as well as upcoming talents like Zuhura Seng’enge, Lydia Kasese and Langa Sarakikya. These are some of the women writers covered in my research. Here is some information compiled from various online sources.



Writing workshops, poetry readings and book clubs. These are some of the events I follow in Dar es Salaam, organized at places like Soma Book Cafe and Eco Sanaa Terrace at Culture and Development for East Africa (CDEA). Creative spaces where writers, readers and artists of various kinds get together. Fieldwork through participant observation.



Reading all kinds of books: novels, short stories, poems and children's books. Here is a list of titles, compiled as I go along. Suggestions for additional reading are most welcome!



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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