In Summary
  • The book is a poetry anthology consisting of 50 poems that I wrote while pursuing my undergraduate studies at the Kenyatta University.
  • My writing is inspired by everyday life; I keep a diary in which I record all my sentiments concerning various issues in my life.

Besides being a student and businessman, 26-year-old David Ikanyi is also a published writer. He talks to Nation.co.ke on more about his book, A Thief of Sanity.

Tell us more about yourself.

I come from Mpeketoni, Lamu. I own a supplies company called Nyimason Investments which is based in Lamu. I am also into forex trading and freelance writing.

If I say I am single, I know of someone who won’t like the sound of it but if I say I am in a relationship, I will be lying to myself. (Laughs). I am currently at the University of Nairobi studying MA in Economics.

Tell us about your book.

A Thief of Sanity is a poetry anthology consisting of 50 poems that I wrote between my second and fourth years of undergraduate studies at the Kenyatta University.

The themes are mainly: love, religion, philosophy of life and a little bit of politics. It was published by Contact Zones Publishers last year December.

As a child, what did you want to do growing up?

I kept changing goal posts. At one time I wanted to a lawyer, then I realized lawyers are a greedy bunch, so I decided to be a banker, after which I realised bankers have no social life.

I even thought of being a pastor by the way. Now? I just want to sit at the close of silence and watch the world at a safe distance.

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

When I was asked to write an apology letter in Form 3 by my high school captain for noise-making. I deliberately threw in lots of vocabulary that he didn’t understand a word in the letter.

So, he let me off the hook and told me to consider writing a novel. Interestingly, I took his advice and a year later was named the best writer in the school.

What challenges did you face while writing?

Sometimes I experienced writer’s block. Sometimes, it would persist for almost six months that I renamed it a writer’s wall.

Also, writing involves spending a lot of time with oneself and as such, people thought I was introverted. I am not even sure I am not. (Laughs).

What’s one thing you learned when writing your book?

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