Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Presenting Kenya to the world with Obama

In these days leading up to Barack Obama's inauguration, Kenyans have left the euphoria of November to reflect on the possibilities the Obama moment has brought for change in their particular lives. Concerned Kenyan Writers, an online collective of writers and scholars who came together during the 2007 post-election violence, have engaged in lively debates in the last week over the entertainment scheduled for the inauguration dinner at the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, DC. A particular poet and a particular boys' choir are the subject: are they the kind of representation we would like for Americans and the world to see?