Team

Board of Trustees

Brooks Washington
Board Member

Founder and Managing Partner at Roha, a greenfield investment company focused on East Africa. Roha invests and develops new companies by leading greenfield projects from origination to exit.

Waringa Njonjo
Board Member

Partner at MMAN Advocates heading its Commercial and Projects practice groups. Over 12 years’ experience in commercial and corporate lawWaringa is also a board member of PharmAccess Foundation.

Founders

Wanjiru Koinange is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi, Kenya. Her debut novel, The Havoc of Choice, based on the events surrounding the 2007 Kenyan general election. Her writing has also been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa. Wanjiru also explores ways in which art and creative production can be used to influence social change. These efforts are channelled through the Cape Town-based non-profit, Africa Centre, where she manages three of their core programs: Artists In Residency, Badilisha Poetry X-Change, and Talking Heads.

Angela Wachuka
Co-Founder

Angela is one of Kenya’s leading publishers of African literature. From 2008 to 2017, she was the executive director of East Africa’s leading literary organization, Kwani Trust, where she published Africa’s leading literary and award-winning voices including Chimamanda Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Nuruddin Farah, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Ayobami Adebayo. Wachuka served as secretary to a national film committee appointed by Kenya’s Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts in 2017 to align proposed film legislation with sectoral needs. She is currently Secretary of Wabunii Sacco, a savings and credit organisation providing financial inclusion and solutions to Kenya’s creative sector. 

core Team

Marianne Wamuyu
Programmes and Events

Marianne is a Literature and Political Science graduate, and the proud mother of a little girl. She is dedicated to creating memorable event experiences which create a better environment for future generations. She is also passionate about books because, “There’s nothing a book cannot solve.” When she isn’t planning and managing Book Bunk’s events and programmes, she spends her free time reading, singing and playing with her daughter.

Sahar McTough
Fundraising and Business Development

Sahar currently leads Book Bunk’s Fundraising and Business Development. In this role, she is responsible for securing grant funding and in-kind contributions for Book Bunk’s overall library restoration projects at McMillan Memorial Library and its two branches in Eastlands. Sahar has a masters degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an undergraduate degree in French and International Development.

Syokau Mutonga
Research and Inventory

Syokau is an anthropologist who is passionate about people in all places across time. Her core responsibilities include ensuring the success and seamless operations of all research-related aspects. These include leading the overall data aspects of Book Bunk’s work and its day-to-day management such as data-gathering and presentation, volunteer management/relations, administration and communications. 

Support Team

Belinda Tati
Visual Artist

Creator of all things artsy. Outside-the-box thinker. Responsible for the visual representation of this restoration project. Based in London.

Benjamin Mutuku
Vantage Finance

Benjamin is Book Bunk’s finance consultant and is responsible for recording entries of financial transactions, processing payments, maintaining books of accounts, conducting bank reconciliation, preparing payroll,  & filing returns.

Maia Lekow & Chris King
Circle & Square Productions

A music and film production company based in Nairobi and Melbourne. They are collaborating on a film documenting the restoration process.

Interns: Inventory

Marion Anvango
Lead Intern

Marion is our lead intern and is a recent Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Nairobi. When she’s not cataloguing at McMillan Memorial Library and its branches, she’s either indulging in fiction or writing articles on culture and fashion as well as book reviews.

Orphah Agunda
Inventory Intern

Orpah is a pre-school teacher by profession with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is also a proud mother of five children. When she’s not cataloguing at McMillan Library, she can be found spending quality time with her children.

Yvette Wanjiru
Inventory Intern

Yvette is a very recent high school graduate and the youngest member of our inventory team! When she’s not cataloguing at McMillan Library, she spends her free time reading fiction and watching movies.

Dennis Namanda
Inventory Intern

Dennis is a Library Science graduate with a diploma in Information Studies and Library Science. To date, his most enjoyable experience of cataloguing has been interacting with the library users daily, being exposed to the varied library collection and working with the inventory team.

Dennis Maina
Inventory Intern

Dennis is an IT specialist currently focused on cybersecurity. His most memorable experience of cataloguing so far is listing a newspaper that is 118 years old and also finding original comics in the collection. 

Interns: Programmes & Events

Francis Mutua
Events' Intern

Francis is a third-year student at the University of Nairobi where he’s pursuing a BA in Economics and Sociology. His most memorable experience at Book Bunk has been creating awareness among his public network that the McMillan Memorial Library is not a museum but an operational library, albeit archaic!

Maureen Mumbua
Events' Intern

Maureen is a recent Economics and Statistics graduate from the University of Nairobi. Her most meaningful experience at Book Bunk has been the public’s piqued interest and partnership. She hopes that her work will help her gain a better understanding of how collective culture can be used as a tool for poverty reduction. 

Evans Otieno
Events' Intern

Evans is a graduate of Maseno University, where he studied International Relations. His highlight of working with Book Bunk has been a surer realisation of how the arts and creative production are a great tool for social change. When he’s not assisting with events at Book Bunk, he spends his free time playing chess.

Effie Wanjir
Events' Intern

Effie Wanjir is a recent graduate in Community Resource Management. Her most memorable experience at Book Bunk was seeing the delightful way the students at Music Bunk (Our August School Holidays Music Camp) threw themselves into the program.

Evelyne Wangeci
Events' Intern

Evelyne is a graduate of  International Relations and Diplomacy and an aspiring diplomat. Her most memorable experience working with the events’ team is seeing the happy faces of kids who attend various events and programmes curated for them.

Interns: Research

Betty Chelangat
Research Intern

Betty Chelangat is a graduate of History & International Relations from Egerton University. She is passionate about things that makes the world a better place. She is ambitious, hardworking and always striving to look at the brighter side of life.

Lavin Adhiambo
Research Intern

Lavin is an accounting student currently in charge of data-entry, which ensures that all necessary data on libraries is collected and updated in a timely way. After her internship at Book Bunk, she hopes to continue working with the team while also furthering her studies. 

Brandon Orwa
Research Intern

Brandon is currently a final year student at the University of Nairobi, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. His interaction with Book Bunk revolves around assisting in the production of an eight-episode podcast focused on the literary history of Kenyans and their interactions with libraries.

Trevas Matathia
Research Intern

Trevas is an anthropologist who has recently graduated from the University of Nairobi. Over the course of his university studies, he grew an interest in how space is utilised by society and how the use of such spaces affects the daily lives of the people that live and operate there.