Meet Gichimu Njeri, a 29 years-old bilingual author, polyglot and a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University. He is pursuing his second degree in English and Literature at Mount Kenya Univerisity.
Gichimu Njeri, also known as Nomys, was born and bred in Nakuru County, Kenya. He hails from Molo, a small town located 35 kilometres west of the Nakuru, and borders Elburgon, Njoro and Rongai areas.
He has a particular interest in the environment, youth and children’s literature. His love for writing has so far yielded three books: Jomo and the Wild Cats, Whitened Black and Other Poems and Ari ya Pasha.
On Friday, 2nd October 2020, one of Gichumu Njeri’s poems featured in an International Journal. Only three African poets made it to Fall/Winter 2020 edition of the Teach. Write. Literary Journal. The other two include a Nigerian and a Moroccan.
We had a chat with him and here is what he said:
First of all, Why poetry?
Poetry is just a part of what I do. I identify myself as a writer and perhaps poetry was the first impression of writing that I did. Poetry is spontaneous. Aspects of poetry make it a simple and enjoyable way of expression. The trigger goes back to my high school days when we used to be given the challenge to write poetry for publication.
Tell us more about this literary journal?
Teach. Write. A Teachers’ Literary Journal as the name suggests is a literary journal for writers who teach. It is edited by Katie Winkler. It focuses on poetry and short stories. The journal is released in seasons and it has great stories from the teaching and writing arena across the globe.
How did you discover this journal?
I learned about the journal through an Egyptian poet through the internet, of course. Writers connect at various levels and we don’t mind sharing about the various writing platforms. That was back at the beginning of the year.
How tough was the competition/entry?
There are minimum requirements to participate in any writing venture. I shared the information with some of my writing friends; I do not know whether they followed up or not. My joy is that my work was picked in a journal that has a global outlook.
Which poem(s) pushed you to the limelight?
Limelight? I am modest and still navigating in the vast writing arena. Readers have different preferences and my duty as a writer is to write. In the journal, my poem on the challenges of online dating was featured. The poem is titled She Grew Wings.
How many poems have you written so far?
I have no count for the number of poems I have written. They are plenty and littered all over my blog, Facebook, laptop, phone, literary journals and my poetry collection. I love the latest one I shared on my platforms a jocular yet honest detail about the people from Elburgon. Locals call this town Warubaga, a Kikuyu pronunciation of Elburgon, it is very funny.
Any books published?
I have three published books so far. The first one is a children book, Jomo and the Wild Cats, (2017), (available on amazon) Whitened Black and Other Poems (2019) (also available on Amazon) and the Swahili novella Ari ya Pasha (2020) (Available on https://storymojaafrica.com/products/ari-ya-pasha#).
Any awards won?
The universe is made of abundance; I believe my portion is loading.
What is your plan?
Growth. Reading. Writing. Learning. I look forward to more reviews of my books, positive criticism. I believe that the readership fallacy that we don’t read as Kenyans will keep on getting buried. Kenyans are great readers.
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