Sultan Somjee’s First Novel, BEAD BAI, is Uplifting and Lays Bare the Khoja Clan of Early Nairobi

Book Review: BEAD BAI

“….if like me, you look at the face again after reading the  450-page tome, you would be forgiven for losing yourself in sheer  rapture of the woman who has made you fall in love with her story. Why?  Because a male writer has given birth to her in his book and clothed her with the ghosts and memories of Kenya history’s past”  Excerpt from a review by Cyprian Fernandes

Bead Bai is drawn from domestic and community life of Sakina evolving around two objects of women’s art that are depicted in this image. Both are of considerable social and artistic values among two culturally different people living side by side as separate yet in some ways inter-reliant societies on the savannah. One object is the revered bandhani shawl of the Khoja Ismailis (left) and the other is the emankeeki, a beaded neck-to-chest ornament of the Maasai. For a review of the book please click on image.

Bead Bai is drawn from domestic and community life of Sakina evolving around two objects of women’s art that are depicted in this image. Both are of considerable social and artistic values among two culturally different people living side by side as separate yet in some ways inter-reliant societies on the savannah. One object is the revered bandhani shawl of the Khoja Ismailis (left) and the other is the emankeeki, a beaded neck-to-chest ornament of the Maasai. For a review of the book please click on image.

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