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Kenyan Literature

This is a list of the Kenyan Literature that I have in my possession. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all Kenyan Writers. Please inform me if any of the links do not work.

Judith M. Abwunza

Women’s Voices, Women’s Power (Ethnography)

Rocha Chimerah

Kiswahili: Past, Present and Future Herizons (History)

Stanley Gazemba

Pema peponi (Short Story available online)

Goat’s Feet (Short Story available online)

Kangemi’s Fly on the Wall (Article available online)

Interview (2010) available online

Profile available online

Wambui B. Githiora

Wanjira (Novel)

Wangui wa Goro

Deep Sea Fishing (Short Story in African Love Stories: An Anthology)

Deconstructing Culture in Africa (Essay from Pambazuka available online)

The hard road to democracy (Essay from Pambazuka available online)

Profile available online

Parselelo Kantai

You Wreck Her (Short Story available online)

The Cock Thief (Short Story available online)

The Treasure Buried in Nairobi’s Dumps (Article available online)

Jomo Kenyatta

Facing Mount Kenya (Ethnography) Excerpt Chapter 6 Initiation of Boys and Girls available online

Speech at the Kenyan African Union Meeting (1952) available online

Some Observations about Kenyatta in Britain 1929-1930 by Ann Beck (academic essay available online)

Wangari Maathai

An African Future: Beyond the Culture of Dependency (Article available online)

Africans can do it for ourselves (Article available online)

Kenya’s Green Belt Movement (Article available online)

Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (2004) available online

Bottlenecks of Development in Africa (1995) Speech available online

Interview (1999) with the UNESCO Courier available online

Interview (2004) for the Nobel Peace Prize available online

Interview (2005) for PBS available online

Video Interview (2009) available online

Interview (2009) for Oprah Magazine available online

Video Interview for Africa Talks Climate available online

Profile of Maathai available from the Goldman Prize Website

Profile of Maathai from BBC News

Biography of Maathai from the Nobel Peace Prize Website

Biography of Maathai and Exercises for ESL Learners available online

Website for the documentary Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Website of The Green Belt Movement

Majorie Oludhe Macgoye

The Present Moment (Novel)

Coming to Birth (Novel)

Review of Macgoye’s A Farm Called Kishinev available online

Wunyabari O. Maloba

Mau Mau and Kenya (History)

African Women in Revolution (History)

Dismas A. Masolo

Discourse and Object: Appraising the Comparative Approach in Philosophy (Essay available online)

African Sage Philosophy (Entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy available online)

The Making of a Tradition: African Philosophy in the New Millenium (Essay available online)

Narrative and Experience of Community as Philosophy of Culture (Essay available online)

Community, Identity, and Cultural Space (Essay available online)

African Culture and Personality: A Response to James E. Lassiter (Article available online)

Ali A. Mazrui

The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (Novel)

The Africans: A Triple Heritage (History)

Nationalism and New States in Africa (with Michael Tidy, Political Science)

Cultural Forces in World Politics (Political Science)

Pretender to Universalism: Western Culture in a Globalizing Age (Lecture available online)

Interview (2008) available online

Ali Mazrui’s Website

Tom Mboya

Freedom and After (Memoir)

Tom Mboya: Young Man of New Africa by Alan Rake (Biography available online)

The Making of a Nation: Tom Mboya’s Murder and the Making of a One Party State by Hilary Ng’weno (article available online)

Letter from Martin Luther King Jr. to Tom Mboya (letter available online)

Website for the book Airlift to America: How Barack Obama Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya and 800 East Africans Changed Their World and Ours

Micere Githae Mugo

To be a feminist (Poem)

The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (Play written with Ngugi wa Thiong’o)

Colomba Muriungi

The “Sweet Pepper:” Prostitution Declosetted in Kenyan Women’s Writing (Essay available online)

Let’s sing our heroes: a comparison of biographical series for children in Kenya and South Africa (Essay available online)

Godwin Rapando Murunga

A critical look at Kenya’s non-transition to Democracy (Essay available online)

The State, Its Reform, and the Question of Legitimacy in Kenya (Essay available online)

Civil Society and the Democratic Experience in Kenya (Essay available online)

Urban Violence in Kenya’s Transition to Pluralistic Politics 1982 to 1992 (Essay available online)

Phoebe Musandu

Drawing from the Wells of Culture: Grace Onyango and the Kenyan Political Scene (1964-1983) (Essay available online)

Daughter of Odoro: Grace Onyango and African Women’s History (Thesis available online)

Meja Mwangi

Going Down River Road (Novel)

Kill Me Quick (Novel)

Post-independance Disillusionment in Contemporary African Fiction: The Example of Meja Mwangi’s Kill Me Quick by Ayo Kehinde (academic essay available online)

The Tyranny of History in Contemporary African Fiction: A Case Study of Meja Mwangi’s Kill Me Quick by Ayo Kehinde (academic essay available online)

Juvenile delinquency and violence in the fiction of three Kenyan writers by Tom Odhiambo (essay available online)

Meja Mwangi’s Website

Mukoma wa Ngugi

How Kamau wa Mwangi Escaped into Exile (Short Story available online)

We are sailing (Article from Kenya Imagine avaiable online)

The Africa that pushes back (Article in Pambazuka available online)

African Writing in our time (Article in Pambazuka available online)

Not the President from Kogelo (Article in The Guardian available online)

Africa’s surreal future (Article in The Guardian available online)

Understanding the Kenyan Opposition (Article from the Zezela Post available online)

Let Us Not Find Revolutionaries Where There Are None (Article from The New Internationalist available online)

Africa is not a Proverb (Article from The Zezela Post available online)

New Orleans and The Third World (Article from ZCommunications available online)

Justice for Mau Mau Veterans (Article from Pambazuka available online)

African Writing in Our Time (Article available online)

Poems available online

Interview (2007) in African Writer available online

Interview (2009) in Chimurenga Online available online

Audio Interview (2008) available online

Mukoma Wa Ngugi’s Website

Rebeka Njau

Kenya Women Heroes and their mystical power (Biography, written with Gideon Mulaki)

Learning to grow (Article available online)

Interview (2008) available online

Interview (2011) available online Alternate Link

Profile available online

Ideology and the Image of Women: Kenyan Women in Njau and Ngugi by A. Porter (essay available online)

Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo

Nairobi to Shenzhen (Novel)

Mark Obama Ndesandjo`s Website

Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo

Philosophic Sagacity: Aims and Functions (Essay available online)

The tripartite in philosophic sagacity (Essay available online)

David N. Odhiambo

Kipligat’s Chance (Novel)

Interview (1999) by Larissa Lai available online

Margaret Ogola

The River and the Source (Novel)

On the Dignity of the African Woman (speech available online)

The Teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva in an African Context (article available online)

The Virtues of Healing by Ryan Gonzales (article summarizing a speech by Ogola)

Grace Ogot

Tekayo (Short Story)

The Rain Came (Short Story) Questions related to this story available online

The Green Leaves (Short Story)

Profile by Helen Fallon available online

Bathseba Mayomi Opini

Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations (Children’s Book, with Richard B. Lee)

Disabled women/girls and sports in Africa: Can educational institutions make a difference? (Video Lecture available online)

Interview (2003) available online

H. Odera Oruka

Cultural Fundamentals in Philosophy (Essay available online)

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga: A Eulogy (Article available online)

Parental Earth Ethics (Article available online)

Philosophy in Eastern Africa and the future of philosophical research in Africa (Essay)

Interview (1996) by Kai Kresse available online

A Critique of Oruka’s Philosophic Sagacity by K. M. Kalumba (academic essay available online)

Odera Oruka’s Philosophic Sagacity: Problems and Challenges of Conversation Method in African Philosophy by G. Azenabor (essay available online)

An African Savant: Henry Odera Oruka by F. Ochieng Odhiambo (article available online)

Yvonne Owuor

Weight of Whispers (Short Story)

The horror, the horror: Reflections on Reaction (Article available online)

Islam and We: Method and meaning; A reflection (Article available online)

TED Talk available online

Interview (2009) available online

Profile in The Guardian available online

History, Nation, Ghetto: Kenyan Women’s Literature and the Ethics of Responsibility by Marie Kruger (essay available online)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Devil on the Cross (Novel)

Petals of Blood (Novel)

Weep not, child (Novel)  Excerpt available online

A Grain of Wheat (Novel)

The River Between (Novel)

Detained (Memoir)

Matigari (Novel)

The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (Play written with Micere Githae Mugo)

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (Essay) Introduction available online, Excerpt available online

Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms (Essay)

Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir (Memoir)

I Will Marry When I Want (Play written with Ngugi wa Mirii)

Writing for Peace (Essay available online)

Uneven Development is the root of many crimes (Article available online)

Recovering the Original (Essay available online)

Power Daemons (Short Story available online)

Ngugi on the Violence in Kenya (2008) available online

Steve Biko Memorial Lecture (2003) available online

The Myth of Tribes in African Politics (Article available online)

Interview with BBC Africa Beyond available online

Interview with Left Curve available online

Video Interview with Granta available online

Interview (2006) from The Independant available online

Interview (2007) with Tavis Smiley available online

Interview with Michael Pozo available online

Interview (1982) in Marxism Today available online

Profile in Time Magazine (2008) available online

Profile by Helen Fallon available online

The Dramaturgy of Power and Politics in Post-Colonial Kenya: A Comparative Rereading of ‘Forms’ in texts by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Francis Imbuga by G. Odera Outa (academic essay available online)

“Flowers in All Their Colours”: Nations and Communities in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood by Joya F. Uraizee (essay available online)

Negritude Rediscovered: A Reading of the Recent Novels of Armah, Ngugi, and Soyinka by Eustace Palmer (essay available online)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Website

Charity Waciuma

Daughter of Mumbi (Memoir) The Woyingi Blogger’s Review

Binyavanga Wainana

How to Write About Africa (Essay in Granta available online) Read by Djimon Hounsou (Video available online) Wainana’s Video Commentary on this piece Part One, Part Two, Part Three

Discovering Home (Short Story available online)

Generation Kenya (Article in Vanity Fair available online)

In Gikuyu, for Gikuyu, of Gikuyu (Essay in Granta available online)

Black Mischief (Article available online)

A day in the life of Idi Amin (Short Story available online)

On the Kenyan Elections for BBC News available online

Self-Portrait available online

Interview (2008) in Pambazuka available online

Interview (2009) in Pambazuka available online

Profile by BBC News available online

Koigi Wa Wamwere

I Refuse to Die (Memoir)

Negative Ethnicity: from bias to genocide (Memoir)

Koigi: Man of the People or Enemy of the State (article from The Standard 2002)

Koigi: Detain him, vote him out, but you can’t silence him (article from the Daily Nation 2008)

Koigi’s Website

Njoki Nathani Wane

Indigenous Knowledge: Lessons from the Elders: A Kenyan Case Study (Sociological Essay)

Anti-Racism in Teacher Education: Rethinking our Practice (Essay available online)

Sexual Violence and HIV/AIDS Risk in Kenyan and Ugandan Schools: Social Implications for Educational Policy Development (Article available online)

African Women, Cultural Knowledge and Environmental Education with a Focus on Kenya’s Indigenous Women (Article available online, written with Deborah J. Chandler)

Indigenous Gendered Spaces: An Examination of Kenya (Article available online written with D. J. Chandler)


Kwani Trust: Online Kenyan Literary Forum

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  1. MORAA GITAA said, on December 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hi. This is an excellent site & blog. Please access my website & include me & my publicationsp/citations in this worthy list. I will appreciate. Best! Moraa Gitaa.

    • kagira said, on January 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      looking for writing on precolonial kenya – before 1930s

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