‘That great Kenyan novel will eventually come. Perhaps, it will even emerge online, like the novels of Alexander Nderitu.’ ‐ Joyce Nyairo, cultural analyst, in the ‘Daily Nation’

‘When the Whirlwind Passes’ was Africa’s first digital novel and remains one of the most downloaded. A review in the Daily Nation’s ‘SATURDAY magazine’ described it thus:

'Brilliantly written...The story is fast-paced and the characters are built well. This is a book that is guaranteed to keep you seated ...If you can access the book, please do. It will be worth the energy.'

The author is currently working on the sequel (set in Nairobi city and revolving around Maggie’s beautiful daughter from the prequel) and you can be in it. Yes, YOU!!! You can appear in the sequel as a ‘fictional’ character.



Read ‘When the Whirlwind Passes’ by Alexander Nderitu. It is freely available via the Worldreader app from Google Play Store. .  

  1. Write or record a review.
  2. Post the review in a publicly-accessible place on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE (video) or TWITTER, accompanied by the hashtags #WhenTheWhirlwindPasses and #AlexanderNderitu
  3. We will find the reviews online (be genuine) and pick 5 winners to be announced in the month of June 2019.



1. The best review, according to the author, will also win Kshs 5,000 (USD$ 50)
2. You can choose if you want your avatar to be a ‘goodie’ or a ‘baddie’ in the novel!

There are no restrictions on length, style etc but if this is your first time to write a book review, you can find some useful tips here:


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