The Havoc of Choice

Wanjiru's debut novel

Wanjiru grew up on a coffee farm on the outskirts of Nairobi where she spent her days frolicking in the bushes and climbing trees with her siblings. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Journalism and Literature from the United States International University, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians. During this time she was part of several teams that created a series of events and festivals that continue to shape Kenya’s cultural landscape to-date.

In 2012 she moved to South Africa to pursue a Masters in… 

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“Wanjiru grew up on a coffee farm on the outskirts of Nairobi where she spent her days frolicking in the bushes and climbing trees with her siblings. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Journalism and Literature from the United States International University, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians. During this time she was part of several teams that created a series of events and festivals that continue to shape Kenya’s cultural landscape to-date.”

– Jane Doe

“Wanjiru grew up on a coffee farm on the outskirts of Nairobi where she spent her days frolicking in the bushes and climbing trees with her siblings. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Journalism and Literature from the United States International University, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians. During this time she was part of several teams that created a series of events and festivals that continue to shape Kenya’s cultural landscape to-date.”

– Jane Doe

An excerpt from The Havoc of Choice

Wanjiru is a founder of Book Bunk, an independent organization that renovates and manages libraries and explores ways to disrupt publishing trends on the continent. Book Bunk is an organisation focussed on the restoration of public libraries in Nairobi. The McMillan Memorial Library and two of its smaller branches in Kaloleni and Makadara are the organisation’s flagship projects in restoring Nairobi’s iconic public libraries.

Since being bequeathed to the city, little has been done to preserve or add to the McMillan Memorial Library’s collection. The library and its two branches house art pieces, rare artefacts and approximately 400,000 individual books. This project catalogues existing collections and starts to diversify this for the more than 283 daily users of the library who through audience research, have indicated a need for contemporary content that reflects the city.

Book Bunk

Restoring Nairobi's iconic libraries

Writing

Lady McMillan, the Library
For Commonwealth Writers
A hairy little thing called race
For SlipNet
12 steps to make him love you
For Hadithi
Visiting Kigali
For Commonwealth Writers
Papa wasn't a rolling stone
For Hadithi