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Thursday, 3 May 2012

From Book to Film: Nairobi Heat

A while back I mentioned that Half of a Yellow Sun and Zoo City would be made into films. Well it seems Mukoma Wa Ngugi's Nairobi Heat is going to be made into a movie as well. I haven't had the chance to read Nairobi Heat, but I've heard some great things about it. I'm not too sure when it will be released but here's a synopsis of Nairobi Heat:


In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana—who saved hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide—accepts a position at the university to teach about “genocide and testimony”. Then a young woman is found murdered on his doorstep.

Local police Detective Ishmael—an African-American in an “extremely white” town—suspects the crime is racially motivated; the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies there, after all. But then he gets a mysterious phone call: “If you want the truth, you must go to its source. The truth is in the past. Come to Nairobi”.

It’s the beginning of a journey that will take him to a place still vibrating from the genocide that happened around its borders, where violence is a part of everyday life, where big-oil money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later-a place, in short, where knowing the truth about history can get you killed
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You can watch Mukoma Wa Ngugi talk about writing, life and the movie here.

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