Volunteering at the Storymoja Hay Festival Nairobi




The Storymoja Hay Festival

I joined the Volunteer team working the Storymoja Hay Festival for the year 2014.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when we had our first meeting, I was definitely a bit intimidated, and nervous.  In the end, it turned out to be an exciting and fun experience.  The Volunteer team is huge, close to fifty people.  We met on Saturday and spent a few hours getting to know each other.  I fought a few shaky nerves (okay a lot of shaky nerves) when it came to standing up and addressing the room, while talking about myself.  Lol ^_^.  I always end up giving general answers and thinking about them like the next day and going like, ‘Why did I say that?’ ‘What was I thinking?‘  In any case, I’m sure we’ll know each other better by the time the festival comes around.

The Festival Organizers are so much fun, and passionate about the Storymoja Hay Festival.  I think their excitement fueled our own and I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be like working with them.  Most importantly, I can’t wait to be part of the Festival and see it come to life.

This is my first time, volunteering and  attending.  They’ve had it for the last five years, sadly I haven’t had the time to attend before.  So this year, I wanted to see what it was all about and what better way to do that than to volunteer right?  In that spirit, I’ll keep up posts on my experience, and hope to entice you to attend when it happens in September.

Here’s a bit about the Festival.

hayfestival fun



The 2014 Storymoja Festival will be held from the 17th to 21st September at the Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi.

This year’s festival theme is: Imagine the World! Waza Dunia!

 Founded in 2008 The Storymoja Festival is a 5-day celebration of stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture through storytelling, books, live discussion forums, workshops, debates, live performances, competitions, mchongoano and music.  It is organized in collaboration with Storymoja Publishers, the Hay Festivals (UK) and other local and international partners. The Festival, held every year in Nairobi attracts the most exciting local and international writers and thinkers. The Festival promises both engaging and stimulating discussions as well as light-hearted entertainment.The Schools Programme and the Storyhippo Village caters for families and children, as well as teens with programs and interactions that will be remembered for years to come.

If you love books, art, films, and storytelling, drama, spoken word,…wow anything artistic and creative.  This is the place to be come September.

What’s Next?

We’re in teams right now, not much done just getting to know each other, we left with the promise of more communication from the Festival Organizers and our team leaders. More to come as time goes….


Published by elly in nairobi

Elly writes fiction. Her goal is to have a series of romance novels set in Nairobi. She works at it everyday, and will celebrate when she has reached five books set in the city in the sun.

2 thoughts on “Volunteering at the Storymoja Hay Festival Nairobi

  1. Reblogged this on KenyanTrepLady and commented:
    Since I am volunteering to be one of the Story Moja Hay Festival bloggers for this year, I want to share this blog post by my sister who is also volunteering for the actual Festival preparation. I know this will be fun and can’t wait. Wish me luck y’all ^_^

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