One Day I Will Write About This Place

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0120111107

Prize-winning author Binyavanga Wainaina's impressionistic memoir of growing up in modern day Kenya amongst a cacophony of sounds, black mamba bicycle bells, the hairdryers at his mother's beauty parlour, the languages of dozens of tribes and the infectious laughter of his sister Ciru.

But over it all hangs the dread of what is happening in his mother's homeland, to her family and friends, under the dictatorship of Idi Amin.

Read by Freddy Macha.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Prize-winning author Binyavanga Wainaina's memoir of growing up in modern-day Kenya.

0220111108

By Binyavanga Wainaina.

Wainaina is nine and has learned to read.

He devours a book a day and loves to play with words.

And he observes that all around him East Africa is in turmoil.

"Kings are in trouble from Presidents.

Presidents are in trouble from Generals.

Everybody is in trouble from communists." And as he tries to puzzle out the difference between tribe and nation, he decides that one day he will become a writer.

Read by Freddy Macha.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

There is political upheaval, but what matters most to Wainaina is learning to read.

0320111109

By Binyavanga Wainaina.

Wainaina and his sister are doing well at primary school and are hoping their grades will get them into a top secondary school.

But there are rumours that Gikuyus' names are being taken off the lists.

And the author visits the industrial sprawl of Nairobi with his father: hot sun city with its creaking, cantankerous corrugated iron roofs, and learns manly things about cars' entrails.

Read by Freddy Macha.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Wainaina visits the industrial sprawl of Nairobi with his father and learns about cars.

0420111110

By Binyavanga Wainaina.

The Kenyan government is to stop subsidizing university education so Wainaina and his sister enrol at Transkei University and join the thousands of students from all over Africa who are moving to South Africa, which is transforming as the old regime makes way for the new.

Read by Freddy Macha.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Wainaina leaves for the Transkei.

05 LAST20111111

By Binyavanga Wainaina.

Having felt desperately homesick in South Africa, and not enjoying his university course, Wainaina has lost his way.

But finally he gets the call to return home to Kenya and a memorable family reunion.

Read by Freddy Macha.

Abridged by Jane Marshall

Produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

Desperately homesick, Wainaina has returned home to Kenya and a memorable family reunion.