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What started out as a blog for book reviews and a gathering of friends in a book club, has grown into a one-stop shop for book related solutions. We are now a bookstore, a book café, a book box subscription service and a book club. Our new physical location is: Suite 12, Ground Floor, West Wing, The Greenhouse Mall, Ngong Rd, Nairobi

You know when we take a break it's because we are working on something grand! We paused our book boxes so we could rebrand and make it a valud add product, incorporating all your feedback. 

Re-introducing the Soma Nami Book Box - revamped, rebranded and so much value for you our dear clients.  

We have curated our current Holiday Book box as the perfect gift for yourself and your loved ones.  For all your special ocassions

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi


In her twelfth year, Kirabo, a young Ugandan girl, confronts a piercing question that has haunted her childhood: who is my mother? Kirabo has been raised by women in the small village of Nattetta—her grandmother, her best friend, and her many aunts, but the absence of her mother follows her like a shadow. Complicating these feelings of abandonment, as Kirabo comes of age she feels the emergence of a mysterious second self, a headstrong and confusing force inside her at odds with her sweet and obedient nature.

Seeking answers, Kirabo begins spending afternoons with Nsuuta, a local witch, trading stories and learning not only about this force inside her, but about the woman who birthed her, who she learns is alive but not ready to meet. Nsuuta also explains that Kirabo has a streak of the “first woman”—an independent, original state that has been all but lost to women. Kirabo’s journey to reconcile her rebellious origins, alongside her desire to reconnect with her mother and to honor her family’s expectations, is rich in the folklore of Uganda and an arresting exploration of what it means to be a modern girl in a world that seems determined to silence women.


Makumbi’s unforgettable novel is a sweeping testament to the true and lasting connections between history, tradition, family, friends, and the promise of a different future..