born in Nairobi in 1963, she primarily researches cultural memory. As a columnist and author for »African Affairs«, »Journal of African Cultural Studies«, and others, she sheds light on the intersection of politics, identity, and culture. In her book »Kenya@50«  she uses a comprehensive body of different types of
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1968. She studied English and History at Kenyatta University, earned a Master of Arts at the University of Reading in the UK, and an MPhil from the University of Queensland, Australia.The literary magazine »Kwani?«, founded by Binyavanga Wainaina, published her short
The Kenyan writer and scholar of culture, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, was born in 1938. He is the son of a traditional Kikuyu farming family in Kamiriithu, Limuru. In 1952, the independence struggle against British colonial rule – the Mau Mau War – began. From 1959 to 1964 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of renowned Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Growing up in Kenya, he later returned to the USA where he studied political science at Albright College and creative writing at Boston University before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
born in 1973 in Kisumu, Kenya, studied education in Kiel, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on »Rassifizierung und kindliches Machtempfinden« (Racialization and Infantile Perceptions of Power). Her research focuses on diversity in educational material, childhood, and racial criticism. She teaches at Magdeburg-Stendal Technical College.
The Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika was born in Nairobi in 1987. She studied economics at Amherst College in the USA and also participated in creative writing courses. She later earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from New York University, after which Onjerika decided to return to Nairobi.She
Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, recipient of the Grand Warrior Award (2001), was born into the Ariaal clan of the Maa (Maasai) ethnic group in northern Kenya in the early seventies. He grew up in a village of nomads, and was the only child in his family to go to school. In
James Shikwati is a Kenyan development economist and founder of the independent consulting firm, »Inter Region Economic Network«, and the economic newspaper »The African Executive«. He is chairman of »SIFE Kenya«, which supports market-based thought at universities. He also writes as a commentator on development, environment, trade and agriculture. In
Binyavanga Wainaina was born in 1971 in Nakuru, in the Kenyan province of Rift Valley. After completing his studies in commerce at the University of Transkei in the South African province Eastern Cape, he lived in Cape Town, and started to write for South African magazines such as »Weekend Argus«