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Kenyan politician Martha Karua has been compared to Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.

Two weeks before Kenya votes for a new president, online bookseller and blogger William Magunga has caused wild excitement by comparing Kenyan politicians to Game of Thrones characters on Facebook. The photo series is titled “Game of Thrones in Kenya.” The characters compared include Cersei Lannister, Ned Stark, Little Finger, Tywin Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Brienne of Tarth, Tommen Baratheon, Olenna Tyrell, Stannis Baratheon, and Aerys Targaryen.

William Magunga.

This isn’t the first time Magunga is causing us excitement. Last year, The New Yorker profiled his bookstore, The Magunga Bookstore, which is modeled on the Guardian’s online bookstore. But even before that, in 2014, we published his beautiful story of an artist in Nairobi.

Kenya will be voting on 8 August and recently had a presidential debate. See all the characters and the politicians they’ve been matched with, and a little highlighting of their shared character.

Ned Stark – Tom Mboya

(Poor thing. Too honourable to a fault. Could not play the Game of Thrones. Loved, gone, but not forgotten).

Little Finger – William Ruto

(A nobody who became somebody through sheer manipulation. Also, greed for land. Now very powerful at the top).

Tywin – Biwott

(R U T H L E S S N E S S).

Robert Baratheon – Kibaki

(Removes the Mad King from the Iron Throne).

Brienne of Tarth – Martha Karua

(Stong. Extremely loyal. Unwavering is a predominantly male space. Men cower in her presence. When battle comes, you want her fighting for you).

Tommen – Uhuru

(Last born child given the throne. Did not really want it, but oh well. Unable to govern. Nice at heart but adviced by evil men and women).

Olenna Tyrell – Mama Ngina

(Very powerful. Extremely Rich. No mercy).

Stannis – Raila

(Fought so hard but the throne is elusive).

Cersei – Lucy Baks

(The Mad Queen).

Moi – Aerys

(The Mad King).

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, he is the author of the short stories: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Submissions Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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