Kenya Chapter of Writers Space Africa Opens Office in Nairobi
The Kenya chapter of Writers Space Africa (W.S.A.) has opened its first physical office space in the country’s capital. Located in Langata’s Moi estate along Kanga Road, Nairobi, the area will provide the much-needed operational base to help foster the growth of one of Africa’s most vibrant gatherings of writers. The facility is just one of the chapter’s visions for developing and expanding the group’s initiatives.
Anthony Onugba, the founder and President of Writers Space Africa, officially opened the office space. Speaking at the opening, he lauded Writers Space Africa (Kenya Chapter) for its numerous firsts within the African country chapters. He announced that W.S.A. Kenya will serve as the administrative Headquarters for East Africa.
“W.S.A. K will be the regional headquarters for all East African country chapters, and this is another first for W.S.A. Kenya as the first regional administrative headquarters to be commissioned,” Anthony said. “This is in line with W.S.A.’s effort to step up writers’ development within the region and on the continent,” he added.
Benny Wanjohi, the immediate former country coordinator of W.S.A. Kenya, thanked Anthony for traveling to Kenya to attend the commissioning of the new office. He also praised the current leadership of W.S.A. Kenya for its stewardship efforts. “We greatly appreciate the fact that Anthony Onugba had to travel here to witness this new chapter in the affairs of W.S.A. Kenya,” Benny said. “We salute his vision for African writers and all he does for writing and writers on the continent and the diaspora.”
On his part, Anthony paid tribute to the late Wakini Charity Kuria for pioneering the emergence of country chapters with the founding of W.S.A. Kenya. He said, “I am thankful to Wakini for the various country chapters that we now have. She was a visionary. And we all still miss her dearly.” The Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature was initiated in 2019 by Anthony in memory of Wakini Kuria. The prize is currently in its 4th edition.
The kindness of Rose Wangari Kinyanjui, a member of the W.S.A., was acknowledged by Anthony. Rose donated the office space for this excellent service to humanity. Rose, barely a year into her membership, has been instrumental in furthering W.S.A. Kenya’s vision. “I am humbled to be part of the W.S.A. family and to contribute to its growth and success,” Rose said.
The office space’s commissioning was graced by the executives of W.S.A. Kenya and ordinary members. Speaking on behalf of the members, Ann Pendo, a poet, said, “I am excited at the commissioning of the office, especially as it will be used to further creative writing in our country and the continent.” Pendo was also full of praises for W.S.A. Kenya. “I am thankful to this group for enabling me to fast-track my writing abilities mainly via the workshops and interactions I have had with fellow members who have boosted my writing morale and increased my confidence.”
Mukonya Mukonya, the coordinator of W.S.A. Kenya, thanked everyone for their continued support towards growing the W.S.A. family. He also expressed his gratitude to Anthony for the dream to unite African writers and his passion for ensuring the vision is realized. Mukonya also commended the efforts of W.S.A. Kenya’s previous administration for their achievements before his tenure.
In a fast-changing work world, office spaces remain an important aspect of organizations. Thus, operating without a physical office may negatively impact the image and credibility of an organization as it relates to visibility. W.S.A. Kenya urges members of the public to visit its office as members are available to attend to inquiries. The Writers Space Africa family hopes to open more physical offices across the African continent soon.