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The Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA) is a professional association of writers, researchers and scholars in Kenyan universities and oral artists from various communities in Kenya. The basic interest of KOLA members is to advance the study of orality and oral literature as a means of community appraisal. This is achieved through research, publications, workshops and conferences, and performances. KOLA has been in existence since 1986.
The vision of the KOLA is grounded on the understanding that today’s reality has its genesis in the ancient wisdom of the people. For people to understand themselves in the rapidly modernizing environment, they have to appreciate, nurture and apply the positive stream of their culture as revealed through their oral tradition - narratives, songs, dances, proverbs, and artifacts. KOLA strives to enhance the preservation of oral literature as a response to the UNESCO objective of preserving intangible heritage from extinction.
KOLA works with like-minded civil society organizations to promote gender responsive civic awareness at the grassroots level using the oral media. In the recent past, KOLA has worked with Panos - London in the Oral Testimonies Project to document people’s perceptions of development through oral testimonies in various parts of Kenya. KOLA has also been involved in the implementation of the Gender and Governance Programme (GGP: 2005 – 2006), the National Civic Education Programme (NCEP: 2001 – 2002, 2006 – 2007) and the 2007 Voter Education Programme. Currently, KOLA is involved in peace building and conflict resolution in Kenya using traditional conflict management mechanisms.

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  • Address: Department of Literature, Education Building
    Room 205 . University of Nairobi
  • Telephone: +254-20-2609357
  • Postal Address: P.O Box 30197 – 00100 NAIROBI
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