Joining the league of great African writers since 1918 is not a walk in the park. In Kenya, that can be equal to trouncing an incumbent in a general election, it takes both valor, vigor and spiritual injunctions to come out as the winner. African stories with emphasis on books sell the world over but we rarely see most of the good authors out there throwing their hats into writing a non fictitious book. The African culture is rich but few manage to capture it as a real life event/history. A simple trial will make you jump straight to the league of Nelson Mandela, W.E.B Dubois, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi, Nadine Gordimer et cetera. One such person is Boniface Sagini, a very rare human species and an enthusiastic Magazine Reel writer.
Non fiction works by Nelson Mandela still show the world how South Africa did not receive their freedom or independence in a silver platter. It shows the horrifying experiences that African captives went through in the hands of the colonialists and draws the nation towards one factor; Nationhood. Issa Rae replicates the whole story in the ‘Quirky Misadventures of a Black Girl’ and ‘Poignant Letter to a Black Son’. Talking of Non fiction without mentioning Martin Meredith’s ‘Fortunes of Africa’ is a real suicidal attempt. Were it not for Meredith’s book, no one would have known about what happened in Africa more than 5000 Years ago! For the above same reason, Ill never fail to mention Pamela Newkirk and her book ‘The Astonishing Life of OTA BENGA’.
No Kenyan can talk about ‘Thrills and Chills of Life’ without mentioning Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s ‘Not Yet Uhuru’, Jomo Kenyatta’s ‘Facing Mount Kenya’, Kiraitu Murungi’s ‘In The Mad of Politics’, Raila Odinga’s ‘The Flame of Freedom’, Jeff Koinange’s ‘Through My African Eyes’, Ngugi Wathiong’o ‘I’ll Marry When I Want’, Miguna Miguna’s ‘Peeling Back the Mask; a Querst for Justice in Kenya’ and ‘Kidneys for the King’. Coming closer to the present day, Boniface Mwangi’s ‘Unbounded’ makes chills to run down our spines as we ponder on the ‘Thrills and Chills’ that the young lad has undergone to try and bring the long lost sanity and hope among Kenyans.
Described by Moses Auma as a young talented, vibrant and ground breaking student who do more than just attend classes, at 20, Sagini writes crisp, lively, clear, wry, affectionate, compulsively readable and very educative articles as articulated by our ‘One Step Beyond’ Author. His first Non fiction book, ‘Thrills and Chills – Trudging Through life‘ due for grand launch on 13th January 2016 is already receiving attention world over. The civil engineering student at the Technical University of Kenya is a man of a quiet disposition, of a noble mien, of certain moral and intellectual standards if I may quote his interview with Moses Auma.
‘Thrills and Chills; Trudging Through Life’ according to the young Boniface Sagini is a self-help book that waxes on life, it’s woes and how to trump them. It is about defiant optimism. It is an inspirational word said to many. It’s a gentle reminder of how life is truly amazing at the times we are hitting a rough path.
The book which has received a perceived endorsement by Writers Guild Kenya and the who’s and who’s in the communications industry gives hope to many who do not know their destination. It redraws the pathways for those who are lost, drives them back to the beginning and makes them with a smile on their faces, start all over again!
After the Launch, Boniface says, the book will be available in most online book stores including Amazon.com. I am sure Kenyans are hopeful that this book will be available in the Magunga Bookstore. Sagini has also said that readers will access the book in several physical book stores in Kenya. The grand launch which is open to all and free will take place at the National Museums of Kenya. Everyone should grace the occasion and grab a copy of the ‘Thrills and Chills’ by one of the greatest writer of his generation.