Barbara Wanjala is a Kenyan writer. Her story about a trip to Djibouti to conduct a (failed) survey on democracy was published in Roads & Kingdoms, an independent journal of food, politics, travel, and culture. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Hailer Prize for Development Journalism.
A Woman’s Smile
Illuminating African narratives for readers both inside and outside the continent.
Representing the very best of African creative nonfiction, Safe House brings together works from Africa's contemporary literary greats. In a collection that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage and meditative essays, editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has brought together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.
This creative nonfiction single from Safe House anthology is Barbara Wanjala's account of her journey from Kenya to Senegal to meet with LGBT activists in Dakar.
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, editor, critic, and broadcaster, is former deputy editor of Granta magazine, series editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, and the deputy chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She served as a judge for the 2015 Man Booker Prize panel. She lives in London, England.