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AwaaZ and Samosa are Literary and Cultural platforms to promote social cohesion. Your donations are much appreciated!

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AwaaZ Magazine: 

AwaaZ is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. AWAAZ aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on minority and diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa as well as a concept of human rights in a society, be they ethnic, racial, gender- based, sexual, economic or political. 

Now in its 14th year of publication, the magazine has run its small operation with the help of short term grants from philanthropic organizations, and with some advertising. It has a print run of 500 copies and all material is uploaded onto its site www.awaazmagazine.com . All issues for the last 14 years are available as archives on the site for free. 


The SAMOSA festival (www.samosafestival.com), established in 2005 as the cultural arm of AwaaZ Magazine (www.awaazmagazine.com), is a cross-cultural festival. The samosa, a popular staple of Asian and African cuisine, much loved for the endless variety of tasty mixes within it, was chosen as the name and symbol of the festival for its distinct triangular shape. The three points of the samosa represent the Asian/African/Fusion of cultures to enhance inter-ethnic understanding and foster nationhood. The festival uses all elements of culture i.e. music, art, performance, theatre, films and discussions to generate and promote interaction among Kenyans of all walks of life, towards cohesion and integration. It is now in its 8th edition, the previous ones being held in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Msafiri the inflight magazine of Kenya Airways in its June 2016 issue described it as:


‘One of a kind’ is the perfect way to describe the SAMOSA festival. It is not modelled on any other cultural festival anywhere else in the world. Just like its name, the cross-cultural festival, which was established in 2005, throws all kinds of flavours at you. The festival uses all elements of culture: music, art, performance, theatre and discussion to promote interaction among all Kenyans, towards cohesion and integration.


SAMOSA originally stood for South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts. The South Asian component was initially used to emphasize the South Asian presence in Kenya’s national history and culture. Today, the brand has expanded and is by no means an exclusive reference to the South Asian community – it has evolved to feature cross-cultural productions and events that showcase the best of Kenyan society. In doing so, the festival has celebrated and highlighted the cultures and contributions of a diverse nation, particularly of minority communities.

SAMOSA festival is a non-profit entity. The mandate of the festival is to create awareness and promote interaction with a view to developing a national identity amalgamating the ethnic and racial backgrounds of the citizens and residents of Kenya.  

All the events for 2016 may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/user/SamosaFestivalKenya/videos 

Material for 2018 is being edited and will be available soon.


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