The story of fatherhood and reversed roles we have to play 35 years later

Cynthia Abdallah

Poet Cynthia Abdallah hosts a public reading of poems from her two books at Soma Nami Books bookshop at Greenhouse Mall in Nairobi on December 15, 2021. 

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What you need to know:

  • Cynthia Abdallah’s loud reading of ‘My Father’, the first poem in The Author’s Feet is not only dramatic but also very emotional.
  • It is a candid reminiscence of a childhood during which the persona adores, ‘worships’ and fully depends on the father.

The moment I step into the Soma Nami Bookshop auditorium, Cynthia Abdallah recognises me. She points at me, waves and signals me to cross over to where she is.

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