From the Author
Nairobi to Shenzhen has recently caused some spirited discussion around the world about domestic violence, which I experienced growing up in Nairobi. This is a subject that is often swept under the rug. People just do not want to talk about it. However, since the book came out, I have seen a groundswell of interest around the world, including many who have contacted me to express their understanding and support for bringing out this topic.
My novel is also about other, perhaps more important things, such as seeking one's dream, even in far-off places, love, and the power of volunteerism.
The importance of helping others is something I quite slowly grew to realize, but crystallized in my move to China. Although, to me, helping children learn piano a few hours a month, seems quite normal, I realize that the unique attention the book has garnered can also inspire others. I remember when one of my own students, now in university, called me one weekend and said "Mark I am now teaching kids for free myself every Sunday." Small ways to help others can spread around in unexpected ways.
This 2nd edition corrects a number of typographical errors in the first release and some historical and factual errors.
Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo Shenzhen, December 2009