#RafikiZetu: A book about gay Kenyans by straight Kenyans

The Curator

What is #RafikiZetu?

Rafiki Zetu: Kenyan LGBTIQ Stories, as told by Allies, is an anthology book, edited, and published, by Denis Nzioka. It was published in February 2019. ‘Rafiki Zetu’ is Swahili for ‘Our friends,’ a term often applied to allies.

#RafikiZetu features articles, poems, short stories, and a play by allies – Kenyans who identify as straight but are supportive of LGBTIQ rights.

#RafikiZetu also features a black and white historical and current photo album telling different stories of queer organising, stories, events, and so much more!

#RafikiZetu was borne out of a need to compile the various voices and contributions done by allies to Kenyan queer rights organising, something that has not been done before.

How to use #RafikiZetu…

#RafikiZetu is part of the conversation!

You can make #RafikiZetu as a gift to someone close, or to someone who is figuring out themselves; you can share #RafikiZetu with OTHER allies, hoping they gain the courage to ‘come out.’ You can include it as part of your collection as it’s a collectors’ item.

#RafikiZetu can be used in meetings, workshops, or conferences to ignite debate, promote dialogue, and serve as an example that allies are important. Organisations can use #RafikiZetu in their advocacy, and awareness creation.

You can use #RafikiZetu for your studies – references to it are welcome; the material is welcome to be republished with proper attribution. We encourage it! Just contact the Editor via nzioka@denisnzioka.co.ke

How to order #RafikiZetu…

#RafikiZetu is currently only available on hard copy, and retails at KShs 2500, and can be ordered via rafikizetu@denisnzioka.co.ke. Payment details and delivery means will be communicated via the same. International orders are welcome and shipping details will also be shared on the same.

99.99% of all sales are channeled to Kenyan LGBTI organisations. By purchasing #RafikiZetu, you are contributing to queer rights organising in Kenya.

#RafikiZetu in the Media…

ONLINE: Gay Star News

MAGAZINE: Bender Magazine

NEWSPAPER:Kiss 100 FM/The Star Newspaper

FILM: “Everything comes to light,” by Charles Kibatha – One of the articles in #RafikiZetu, was made into a short film.

TWITTER: You can always follow the conversation via #RafikiZetu

If you have questions about #RafikiZetu, content, social media engagement, or interviews, please reach out to Denis Nzioka on nzioka@denisnzioka.co.ke

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