Soma Nami African Book Fair

Soma Nami’s African Book Fair for August

The African Book Fair, organised by Soma Nami Books, is set to be hosted at the McMillan Memorial Library in Nairobi, Kenya from August 1- 5, 2023.

On August 2021 Soma Nami Books, a new bookshop founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge, launched in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, the bookshop has been at the forefront of building audiences and reading culture in the Kenyan capital with a book club, book events, and loads more.

On Wednesday, the bookshop announced its most ambitious endeavor yet; a festival they call the African Book Fair. Here is their full statement;


With an offering of over 10000 books and 2000 titles from over 50 African countries, Soma Nami Books is set to host Kenya’s Biggest showcase and sale of African books at the Inaugural African Book Fair.

Soma Nami Books, a leading Kenyan Pan-African Bookstore has announced that it will be hosting The African Book Fair, an annual week-long book fair centering African Literature. The fair will be Kenya’s largest offering and sale of African books, showcasing over 10000 books from over 50 African countries and 2000 titles from Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone, and Arabophone Africa at discounts of up to 50% of the recommended retail price.

The inaugural African Book Fair by Soma Nami Books will run from August 1-5th 2023 at the McMillan Memorial Library on Banda Street, Nairobi and will have on offer books from continental literary giants such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, but also other African countries such as Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania among others.

Ms Muthoni Muiruri, Co-founder and Director of Soma Nami Books says of the fair, ‘This is an exciting moment for us as Soma Nami Books as we not only get to share our diverse African catalogue with readers, but we are reinforcing the message that we, as Africans, are the main characters in our continent, and here are million stories to prove it. We are changing that narrative, one book, one story at a time.”

The African Book Fair aims to promote African literature and authors, providing a platform that gives African authors the visibility they deserve while making African literature accessible to wider audiences. The Fair also aims at promoting a reading culture and appreciation of African literary art. The fair will showcase literature across multiple genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, young adults’ books, poetry, coffee table books, reference books, personal development books, and so much more.

Founded on the premise and promise of promoting Pan-Africanism through literature, Soma Nami Books, a Pan-African Bookstore based in Nairobi, has since its inception in 2021, been on a mission to increase visibility, accessibility and readership of African books across varied genres. The bookstore has since grown to become Kenya’s leading Pan-African bookstore offering a vast and eclectic selection of books from the African continent.

The African Book Fair by Soma Nami Books, which is a first of its kind in the country, aims to showcase this vast variety of African books from across genres and across countries from Anglophone Africa to those translated to English from Lusophone, Francophone and Arabophone Africa.

There you have it folks. A new book festival in Nairobi, Kenya.

August 1 – 5. Save the dates.






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