Nasrin Siege Where there's Swahili, there's home

At the invitation of the Goethe-Institut, Nasrin Siege conducted a writing workshop for young people from 15 Kenyan Secondary Schools in Kapsabet in February 2017. The writing workshop was organized by PEN-Kenya as a measure to promote reading and writing among young people.

In Kenya I was surprised by… how fast my Swahili came back and helped me to feel at home again ... 
 
In Nairobi I was reminded of Dar-es-Salaam by
so many things ... Swahili, traffic, food, people, the sun, ... 

A particular beautiful experience during my visit was… to listen to the stories and poems of the young authors participating in the Creative Writing Workshop ...

My favorite dish in Kenya is… Kuku na Ugali
 
My motto of life is…
Wherever you are, try to connect with the people you meet ... 

 

Nasrin Siege is a  German Author, Psychologist and the founder of the German NGO “Hilfe für Afrika e.V.”. She was born in Iran (1950). When she was 8 years old she immigrated with her family to Germany.  Nasrin Siege lived from 1983 to 2016 - with short breaks in Germany - in Tanzania, Sambia, Tanzania, Madagaskar and in Ethiopia. Her son was born in Nairobi. Siege’s  books  have been published in Germany. Some of her novels have been translated in other languages.  

Nasrin Siege received in 1994 for her books "Sombo, das Mädchen vom Fluss" and "Wie der Fluss in meinem Dorf" the children books Award of the Berlin Senate. In 2006, she received the Austrian Two Wings Award for her  collection of traditional African stories and for her  continuous contributions as a development aid worker through “Hilfe für Afrika e.V.” in several African countries.

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