Coffee With Fay

Coffee With Fay: Ken Okumu

If I remember correctly, I met Ken through one of these Coffee with Fay posts. He read them all, then pointed out that I have few guys featured on here, which I realized is true. We’ve been friends since and has been a huge supporter of suckerforcoffe. He’s a reader and an amazing writer and I’d love for you to meet him too.

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
This is arguably the easiest yet hardest question you can ask someone. The classic oxymoron. However, I am a mixture of shy and outgoing depending on who I am interacting with (those who like to be as specific as enzymes call it being an ambivert). I love reading creative nonfictional books and every end of the month, I walk like I have the world at my feet.

2. What are you currently reading?
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. It is a collection of themed essays. For some odd reason, I love this kind of books because you do not have to finish reading in one sitting. This one by Yuval is, like I expected, laced with wisdom. This is the kind of book to read if you are to get people to say ‘I like how you are thinking.’

3. What is your favorite genre and why?
Creative Nonfiction. I absolutely adore reading a story that happened or could happen. Forming mental images of the tales is the closest you can come to heaven. Well, at least for me.

4. What do you think about the reading culture in Kenya?
As emaciated as a mouse in a poor man’s house. Not optimistic that anything is going to change. Kenya never changes, does it? It is not all doom-and-gloom though because blogs like these and many other book lovers give me a reason to, however small, believe.

5. Name 3 reading habits that you have.
I can’t say that I have a specific reading habit. What I can say, however, is that I am the kind to read and stop only when lethargy has crept in.

6. Do you prefer tea or coffee? How do you take it?
I love both, but I just happen to enjoy tea more because I am a big fan of milk. So I take it very milky.

7. What is one book you recommend to people?
The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do, A Memoir based on an extraordinary true story. There are parts of the book when I was like, ‘What?’ and then other parts where I burst out laughing. Never have I read a book that toyed with my emotions the way this one did. My take on the book is that it emphasizes, albeit subtly, that we live in a world of nearly endless possibilities.

8. Where can we find you?

Through my works at okumu.co.ke
Twitter: iokumuken

8 thoughts on “Coffee With Fay: Ken Okumu

  1. Good interviewer. Good responses from the interviewee. Just made me pick a way to fill time this evening: A book it is!

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