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About Alexander "Saint Alex" Nderitu

Alexander Nderitu is a Kenyan-born writer, poet and Internet guru. He is deeply involved with theatre (stage productions) and has also expressed interest in filmed entertainment. His literature is available in English, Japanese and Arabic. As an author, he is a signatory to the PEN Charter which calls for balance when writing on international issues.

Alexander Nderitu speaking at USIUNderitu (who now likes to be called Saint Alex, after Mexican Lucha Libre icon 'EL Santo') was born on 23rd April. By what he calls 'a happy coincidence' it was the exact same day as William Shakespeare's birthday (23rd April, 1564). A voracious reader of books from a young age (he claims to have read 'everyone from Shakespeare to Perelman'), Nderitu honed his writing skills early in life. But it wasn't until his high school English teacher told her other students, 'I wish you you could all write the way Alexander does!' that he decided to become a career writer.

He graduated from high school at the top of his class and wrote his first feature-length screenplay at the age of 19. Coming to Nairobi city in 2001, he worked as a movie reviewer and later as a Website Designer. His  IT background  led him to explore Internet options for literary work. In November 2001, he became Africa's first ‘digital novelist’ with the Internet publication of his signature thriller, When the Whirlwind Passes.

In 2004, he was nominated for the Douglas Coupland Short Story Award for his despairing spy story, Life as a Flower. In the Spring of 2007, Life as a Flower was included in the Reading Section of an assessment exam in Pennsylvania, USA.

In late 2007, Nderitu won a Theatre Company prize for his humorous stage play, Hannah and the Angel. The play was performed in 17 different venues, including Phoenix Theatre in Nairobi, by the Fire By Ten acting group. In 2012, Hannah and the Angel was translated to Japanese.

In 2008, he released his first poetry collection, The Moon is Made of Green Cheese, which is available as a paperback on the award-winning Print-on-Demand website, www.lulu.com. (Nderitu is actually best known as a pioneer of e-books and On-Demand systems.)

On 19th November 2008, Nderitu’s office-based stage play, The Smartest Guy in the Boardroom, played to a full house at Pumwani Social Hall, Nairobi. The performance was done by Changing Scenes theatre group.

In 2008, he released a short story anthology entitled Kiss, Commander, Promise. The title story from Kiss, Commander, Promise (a spy story set against the backdrop of a fictional African Cold War) has been optioned for film and is also being translated into Japanese.

In 2009, two short Nderitu stories, 'Rock and Republic' and 'A Cold Day in December' were both shortlisted in the Kwani?-organised writing competition whose theme was 'The Kenya I Live In.'

In 2011, he co-founded, along with other artistically inclined/talented people, the Artists for Contemporary Theatre (A.C.T.) stage and film production group.

In January 2012, Nderitu released a research paper entitled Changing Kenya's Literary Landscape. The free document made a bigger impact on the literary scene than any of his fiction had ever done and was praised by aspiring writers, established writers and the media alike. It also earned him friends both at home and abroad, and inspired a flurry of copy-cat non-fiction papers by fiction writers. In late 2012, was appointed the Deputy Secretary-General of Kenya PEN, the local chapter of International PEN (the oldest literary movement in the world).

During the 2013 General Elections, he worked as a Social Media Consultant for a government departmnent but quit after only a few months to continue his dream of being an entertainer (He had initially offered to be a ghostwriter or Website Designer).

In 2014, Nderitu's poem 'Someone in Africa Loves You' was picked by BBC Scotland to represent Kenyan literature during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The poem has since been translated into Arabic by Egyptian intellectual Mohamed Ghoneem. Later the same year, Nderitu appeared on the cover of 'Zuqka' - Kenya's widest circulation entertainment magazine.

He has given talks at universities, literary events and writers' groups and has been at the forefront of promoting reading and writing with the aid of technology in East Africa.

 

Radio Interviews

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Reviews

'I read many entries on this site www.africanwriter.com, but the two stories that stood out for me are “Rude was the Shock” by Alexander Nderitu, and “Thousand Meter Sea Shell” by Tristan Jacobs. “Rude was the Shock” is about a death investigation being carried out by an Insurance Claims Investigator named Trace Tergat.  Mrs. Manish is the recently deceased, found with her head split open on the floor of her bedroom and the only thing missing from the house is her insured jewelry collection. The other players in the story are all close relatives, Mrs. Manish’s frail husband, daughter Leela, granddaughter Devi, and Devi’s fiancé Visha...There are two aspects of Nderitu’s story that grab my attention. The first has to do with multiculturalism in Kenya...' Read full review

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To purchase an Alexander Nderitu e-book via the M-PESA mobile transfer system (for Kenyans), use the small form below. Each e-copy goes for Kshs. 150/=. The e-books, along with a reciept containing your M-PESA code, will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of recieving your payment.

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'When the Whirlwind Passes' (Novel)

'Kiss, Commander, Promise' (Short Stories)

'The Moon is Made of Green Cheese' (Poetry)

Maggie's encounter with Michael Othaya, the young heir to a multi-billion-shilling fashion empire, marked the beginning of a cataclysmic cycle of events that would involve sex, manipulation, conspiracy...and first-degree murder.

To be sure, the Sultans of Fashion had had their fair share of scandals and intrigues in the past. Overly ambitious and genetically predisposed towards greed, the rich and famous Othayas were no strangers to controversy. But it wasn't until Michael and Maggie - a laundry woman's daughter - started romancing that the feuding family's civil war reached its climax...

‘Alexander Nderitu is one of a handful of young, brilliant writers to come off the Kenyan terrain in the recent past. His books (hoping there will be many more)…are pure commercial escapism, and brilliantly written at that.’ - SATURDAY magazine/Daily Nation

In Kenya, an Egyptian defector becomes the focal point of an African Cold War... In North Korea, a disillusioned spy plays a cat-and-mouse game against his own secret service… In Canada, a successful businesswoman must outwit a stalker who has come a little too close for comfort… In Israel, a secret plan to bio-engineer an army of cloned soldiers creates ʹthe perfect storm’ of controversy… Back in Nairobi, an investigator is called in after an Indian family’s wedding plans turn into funeral arrangements… Elsewhere in Kenya, ripples of alarm begin to spread when a soon-to-be-crowned Nobel laureate goes missing, believed kidnapped… Meanwhile, a love triangle between a high-strung cop, a naïve writer and a beautiful girl spirals dangerously out of control… And finally, the Rwandan Genocide is revisited in a heart-rending tale of courage, sacrifice, hatred and fear…

‘A Kenyan novelist in a class of his own.’ – mmnjug (arts blogger)

From a writer who was born on William Shakespeare's birthday comes this delightful collection of poems crafted over several years.

The Moon is Made of Green Cheese is a literary safari that will take you from the world's beaches to the depths of the cosmos, from human relationships to the feeding habits of crocodiles, from philosophical thoughts to love in the time of malaria...

Like a great pot of jambalaya, there's something here for everyone, and if this anthology doesn't become an instant hit with readers, then the world is upside down and the moon is made of green cheese!

'Master of prose and poetry' - The Highland Tribune

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Hannah and the Angel
A scene from Hannah and the Angel

 

 

All of Alexander Nderitu's scripts for stage plays by are now available for licensing. Modifications / translations can be discussed with the author. Click here for more information.

 

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