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It's our turn to eat-the story of a Kenyan whistleblower

Monday, March 9, 2009 (All day)

Time: 6pm

Speakers: Michela Wrong  Author, Journalist, Sir Edward Clay,  Former UK High Commissioner to Kenya and Lillian Cherotich, Oxford University

Chair: Charlotte Njeru  Freelance journalist


Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS,

Russell Square, LondonWC1H 0XG

RSVP: ras_research@soas.ac.uk


When John Githongo, Kenya’s anticorruption czar, appeared one cold February morning on the doorstep of Michela Wrong’s London flat, it was clear something had gone awry in a country regarded until then as one of Africa’s few success stories. John’s tale, which has all the elements of a political thriller, is the story of how a brave man came to make a lonely decision with huge ramifications.   


Probing the cultural and historical factors at the heart of the continent’s crisis, former FT correspondent and author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz Michela Wrong explores questions that have troubled outsiders for decades. What is it about African society that makes corruption so hard to eradicate, so devastating in its impact? And why have African leaders found it so easy to reduce political discussion to the self-serving calculation of which tribe gets to ‘eat’?


Out of the dramatic story of one noble but very human Kenyan choosing between his moral conscience and his ethnic loyalties, Michela Wrong deftly paints a damning portrait of Western complicity in an entire continent’s losing battle with corruption

 ~ John le Carré


Michela Wrong is a distinguished international journalist, and has worked as a foreign correspondent covering events across the African continent for Reuters, the BBC and the Financial Times. Her first book, In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, won the PEN James Sterne Prize for non-fiction. Her second, I Didn’t do it for You, is a portrait of the African nation of Eritrea.



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