The Kenyan writer whose book on marriage has excited Ugandans


Ciku KimeriaKAMPALA – A Kenyan woman who decided to pen down her thoughts about marriage in a book “Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges” has impressed Ugandans in the way she tells the story.

Ciku Kimeria started interesting herself in writing while she was six years old.

The 30-year-old woman has authored a book titled “Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges“, in which she narrates that the truth is not a universal concept, but one that is dependent on the person telling the story.

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“The book is well written and it’s very practical. She tells a story like a seasoned writer,” Hilda Twongyeirwe, the executive director of FEMRITE said of Kimeria’s work.

Twongyeirwe encouraged other writers to emulate the Kenyan author.

She was speaking during the launch of the book at FEMRITE headquarters in Kampala.

Barbara Oketta, also a Uganda, said the book inspires one on how to tell a story in a manner that interests the reader.

The book was launched at the FEMRITE headquarters in Kampala. (Photo credit: Francis Emorut)
Another Ugandan who was at the launch of the book, Sophie Alal, pointed out that Kimeria’s writing style makes the reader to keep track of the book’s characters.

On her part, the writer Kimeria stated: “It is generally acceptable that there are only two possible outcomes to the flipping coin – heads or tails. In reality there is a small possibility of the coin landing on its edge.”

Born to Lucy Wangui Kimeria and the late Philip Macharia Kimeria, she wrote her book in three months.

The book enables readers to explore what she described as a tumultuous marriage of a middle-aged Kenyan power couple living in the hills of Mount Kenya as it is told by different parties in their life.

Kimeria, who lived in the US for four years studying a degree in finance and urban planning, said she was inspired by way African stories are told by different authors like renowned fellow Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.

Kimeria currently works as a consultant on international development issues and she is based in Nairobi.

The book is available at Yaya and Aristock Bookshops in Kenya and Uganda respectively.

By Francis Emorut

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