Hakuna Matata Project

René Nekuda (Literární akademie) is the coordinator of this literary project spotted in Kenya. Le Coin Bleu and a group of EACWP individual members from Holland, Finland, France, Czech Republic and Spain have taken part into the initiative. Participation is open to all European Creative Writing students


Hakuna Matata is a Swahili phrase meaning «it’s okay» or «no problem». It is also the name of the initiative involving the production of a bilingual book, which will gather stories from different European creative writing students inspired in 19 people from the biggest slum in Kibera (close to Nairobi).

In the coming days, there will be available on this webpage a series of forms and short videos about these 19 people’s lives. This material would be served as inspirational source for students’ short stories or poems. Texts must have a maximun length of 1500 words and might be preferibly written in English or French (all the texts will be ultimately translated into Czech).  The methodology is simple: students read the form, think about possible creative topics to develope creatively and finally write a piece of work. An international collection of these works will be published in a bilingual book.

As it figures in the project abstract, «students don’t need to know any cultural context because the main goal is to show that we have similar themes to discuss or we have similar problems to resolve, so we can understand each other.» Additonally, other of the objectives seeks to «show that there is no we and they in a deep human way of meaning.»

All the money from selling this collection will be sent back to Kibera to support education of children in the slum.

The deadline for the participant texts will be until the end of April, 2014.

For additional information in English about the project, please visit this site or contact kontakt@renenekuda.cz