Micere 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 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. Continue reading
I somehow Agree and at the same time, disagree with this list, but all in all, they are our Kenya Authors and we ought to be proud of them?
The father of satire and humour in Kenya was for years the most popular columnist in East Africa. Behind the mirth, however, was one of the most vicious critics of government who penned award-winning novels like Jail Bugs and Three Days on the Cross.
The Caine Prize for African Writing award winner is credited for introducing a new genre in the country by founding Kwani? which rebels against the established literary tradition.
Selected in 2005 as the 73rd topmost intellectual person in the world by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (US), he first rose to prominence as a critic of some of the accepted orthodoxies of African intellectuals in the 1960s and 1970s. The Trial of Christopher Okigbo was critical of African socialism and all strains of Marxism. His television series, The Africans: A Triple Heritage, established his polemic style of writing where he uses parallels and contrasts.
A professor of English at Princeton University, he is one of World’s leading literary critics. He is best known for his co-editorship (with Abiola Irele) of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature; easily the most comprehensive survey of its subject. Continue reading