Shiraz Durrani

December will mark Makhan Singh's 100th birthday. To celebrate the anniversary of the legendary Kenyan trade unionist and freedom fighter and to reflect on his life and contribution to Kenya’s liberation, Mau Mau Research Centre organized a public lecture on Singh on 3rd August 2013. Here’s the .

During the struggle for Kenyan independence, the Mau-Mau controlled over 50 newspapers and many printing presses, setting up libraries in liberated territories in forests and cities, writes Shiraz Durrani. It’s facts like these, he says, which are largely buried in an information system inherited from the colonial era, a system which fails to serve the majority of African people.

“Silence in the library”

Perhaps the best way to understand the contradictions facing libraries in more