Student Launches First Book


Ferzana Cocker, a Bachelor of Education (English and English Literature) graduate and MA student of CUEA, launched her first book entitled 'Wild Hearts of The Savannah' at the Sir Ali Muslim Club, Park road - Ngara on Sunday December 7, 2014.

The Novel is a romantic adventure fiction exploring relationships, social and cultural gatherings and affairs of young hearts.


 Present at the launch were, the Chief guest Mrs.Vidya Chandrasekhar (the Head teacher, Arya Vedic School), Dr. John Nyambega (the PA to the VC CUEA), Rev. Prof. John Lukwata, HOD Dr/ Sr Lucy Nabukonde,  Lecturers Dr. Selina Oketch, Dr. Alice Kiai, Mr. Hamisi Rajab (the Head teacher, Muslim Academy - Primary) Millicent Omollo - Teacher at Muslim Academy, Sunni Punjabi Organization Chairman, Mr. Khalid Darr, Sunni Punjabi Organization officials, Messers Najib Deen and Arshad Khan, Chairman of Muslim Academy, Mr. Munir Chaudhry and Ms. Ferzana Cocker; the author of the Novel and Head teacher  of Muslim Academy, Secondary Girls’, Nairobi.

The chief guest observed that Ferzana had received a lot of support at her book launch, from her community, The Sunni Punjabi Organization, well-wishers, her students, colleagues and The Catholic University of Eastern Africa fraternity who showed up for the event in a good number.

Millicent, who gave a speech on the importance of a writer, urged all who were present to give tribute to all writers for their commendable work in writing. She also congratulated Ms.Ferzana and all other writers present at the event for their efforts in writing.

Wild Hearts of the Savannah is a story about five inseparable childhood friends - Farah, Qaiz, Kamran, Asad and Ronan. It is a novel about friendship between the main protagonists and a story of love - Qaiz's unrequited feelings for Farah and Farah's inexplicable attraction towards the enigmatic Shahmiran from Britain. It is a story of fate; how Farah and Shahmiran are drawn further towards each other as together they face a dangerous enemy. It is a story of adventure, set in the beautiful backdrop of the wild African outdoors and has been inspired by factual incidents.

The author was motivated and inspired to write by the achievements of her family members. Ferzana notes her paternal grandfather served the British army in the Second World War and so her father Shakoor grew up at an army camp in Nanyuki and was a great narrator and storyteller of different experiences and events which inspired her. In addition her father had a passion for hunting in his yonder years and exposed his children to a lot of outdoor safaris and activities, including trekking, camping, game drives, fishing, bush life and much more that has formed a platform for Ferzana’s writing.

Ferzana says that her maternal grandfather the late Mohamed Sadiq Cockar, was a pioneer surveyor at Mombasa- Nairobi road in 1926. His writing and sketches have been influential in the creation of this novel.

Ms. Ferzana started writing when she was a student in her final year at CUEA! The exposure and education at the university widened her horizons as a writer and enabled her to create this novel.

She has attended many trainings on writing and has tailored the novel to suit current trends; the novel is very dynamic and follows a new style and approach to writing. Ferzana also launched her personal website on and urges all her fans to look up her pages for more info on the novel.

She said that there is a suggestion to make her novel into a movie for which The Catholic University of Eastern Africa has shown a keen interest to support this drive.

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