Nairobi-based Kenyan bookstore Soma Nami recently celebrated the grand opening of its new store! Affectionately named Soma Nami 2.0, the new location looks absolutely incredible and we are so thrilled for the two founders.

Soma Nami Books was founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge in 2021 as a woman-owned and Pan-African literary hub dedicated to the power of literature and the striving for knowledge. It is a book haven for all readers near and far, and won Brittle Paper‘s 2021 Literary Platform of the Year.

The grand opening took place during the weekend of June 7-9, 2024 from 10 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The new store is located at 33 Ngara Rd, Coricom Bldg Ngara East, Nairobi. The store is opposite Chief’s Camp.

As we have previously shared on Brittle PaperSoma Nami founders decided to open up the new store to establish roots in a different part of the city. The store features an expanded selection of literature, a larger venue to accommodate more events, and a new Wall of Fame featuring individuals who embody a Pan-African ethos. They remarked:

The weekend was jam-packed with autographed books, meet-and-greets with authors, great discounts, and more surprises. Some of the authors who showed up for meet-and-greets and readings were Michael Onsando, Wangari the Storyteller, Peter Ngila Njeri, and more.

What an exciting way to open up the new store with a bang! Check out the photos from the grand opening below: