Who is Micere Githae Mugo?

sqMicere Githae Mugo was born in 1942, in Baricho, Kirinyaga District, Kenya. The daughter of two progressive (liberal) teachers, she received a solid primary and secondary education in Kenya, attending Alliance Girls High School.

She became one of the first black students to be allowed to enroll in what had previously been a segregated academy. She later attended Makerere University (where she gained her B.A. in 1966), the University of New Brunswick (gaining her M.A. in 1973) and University of Toronto (where she gained her PhD in 1978).She took up a teaching position at the University of Nairobi in 1973, and in 1978[5] or 1980 became Dean of the Faculty of Arts, making her the first female faculty dean in Kenya. She taught at the University of Nairobi until 1982, and has also taught at the University of Zimbabwe.

Micere Githae Mugo (born Madeleine Mugo in 1942) is a playwright, author, activist, instructor and poet from Kenya. She is a literary critic and professor of literature in the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University.

She was forced into exile in 1982 from Kenya during the Daniel Arap Moi dictatorship for activism and moved to teach in Zimbabwe, and later the United States. Mwalimu Mugo teaches Orature, Literature, and Creative Writing. Mugo’s publications include six books, a play co-authored with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and three monographs.

She has also edited journals and the Zimbabwean school curriculum. The East African Standard Century listed her among the most influential people in Kenya in 2002

Mugo is a distinguished poet, and the author or editor of fifteen books. Her work is generally from a traditional African, Pan-African and feminist perspective, and draws heavily upon indigenous African cultural traditions. She has also collaborated with the Zimbabwean writer Shimmer Chinodya in editing plays and stories for adolescents in Shona.


The Long Illness of Ex-Chief Kiti, East African Literature Bureau, 1976
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, (co-authored with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o), Heinemann, 1976


Daughter of My People, Sing!, East African Literature Bureau, 1976
My Mother’s Song and Other Poems, East African Educational Publishers, 1994

Literary Criticism

Visions of Africa: The Fiction of Chinua Achebe, Margaret Laurence, Elspeth Huxley, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, 1978
African Orature and Human Rights, National University of Lesotho, 1991


Writing & Speaking from the Heart of My Mind, Africa World Press 2012

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