Kenya National Library Service is jointly working with a Kiswahili Book Author Mr. Almasi Bin Ndangili and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in organizing a programme named “Tamasha ya Kiswahili” which is schedule to take place on 14th October 2017 at knls Buruburu branch from 10:00am. The main agenda for the event is to promote Kiswahili language in Kenya especially through the youth. The event plans to promote reading using the Swahili Language through the form of edutainment such that it shall promote creativity while passing out an educational message through education. Some of the Key guests that have confirmed participation include; Prof Ken Walibora, Dr Hamisi Babusa, Pauline Kea, Swaleh Mdoe, Alamin Somo and John Kimotho among other. Some of the activities that are scheduled to take place include; shairi (poems), spoken word, Kiswahili plays, narratives, cultural dances, exclusive interviews with prominent authors, open mic for students and author interactive sessions.

Key Invited guests who have confirmed their participation include;

  1. John Kimotho – KICD Senior Deputy Director, Media & Extension Services
  2. Prof Ken Walibora – Distinguished author and Kiswahili Journalist
  3. Dr Hamisi Babusa – Swahili Lecturer and Head of Academic Audit, Kenyatta University
  4. Pauline Kea Kyovi – Lecturer St Johns Teachers Training College and Author
  5. Swaleh Mdoe – Head of Swahili
  6. Nuhu Bakari - Mshairi
  7. Alamin Somo - Presenter Radio Salaam – Mombasa
  8. Monscent Namusassi – Author
  9. Kinyanjui Kombani – Distinguished Author
  10. Almasi Bin Ndangili – Author and Co-Partner in organizing Tamasha ya Kiswahili

We have invited both primary and secondary schools within Nairobi which include; Strathmore School, Starehe Boys, Utumishi Academy, Ofafa Jericho Secondary, Eastleigh Secondary, Buruburu Girls, Mt Camel Girls, Citam Secondary; Thomas Burke Primary, Bidii Primary, Shephard Junior Academy, Happyland Academy, Juja Preparatory and Baraka Primary Schools. Each school shall also send atleast two Kiswahili teachers to the event, who are key in the promotion of Kiswahili language among children and teenagers.

Some of the activities that are scheduled to take place include; shairi (poems), spoken word, kiwahili plays, narratives, cultural dances, exclusive interviews with prominent authors, open mic for students, author interactive sessions, brand endorsements for partners and finally awards. Best performing students in the activities shall receive mentorship from the key guests invited.
The long-term goal is to roll out this kind of event in different regions in the country at least once in every quarter. The program shall aspire to tap and nurture talents as far as possible from every County who are passionate about Kiswahili. In addition, it shall play a key role in the promotion of Kiswahili and African Literature.