Friday, September 03, 2010


Emergency is a miniseries written and illustrated by Chief Nyamweya. It is based on pre-independence Kenya as seen through the eyes Chege Karobia and Kim (Dedan Kimathi).

Chege is an illiterate but street-wise Nairobian. He had been a childhood friend to Kim and his brothers, all of whom are very fond of him.

He is amiable and has a fondness for alcohol. Having never read a book in his life he is fascinated with Kim's ease with English.

Months before Kim's arrival in 1945 which is announced by a letter, Kim's brother Wambararia requests Chege to receive Kim in Nairobi.

Dedan "Kim" Kimathi returns to Nairobi in 1945 after serving 4 years with the King's African Rifles in Burma fighting the Japanese on behalf of the British Empire.

However, he is morose from battle and lack of money due to a premature discharge. His discharge also makes it difficult to find a job commensurate to his education (he is fluent in English and has a Secondary education).

His discharge papers get him as far as Nairobi, so he temporarily puts up with a childhood friend, Chege, as he saves up to return to his family in the native reserve.

Emergency explores the birth of our country from a fresh perspective and presents it in an amazing new way.

Its the culmination of one and a half years of research into Kenyan history mixed with a little comic book artistry and a whole lot of amazing.

Check out the trailer below :-

Emergency Webcomic Promo Trailer from emergencywebcomic on Vimeo.

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