Bios written by the people themselves.

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

AGAINST ALL ODDS: THE STORY OF STEPHEN KALONZO MUSYOKA, is tale of hope, courage, resilience, determination and faith. It is a story of a village boy who rose from the ashes of poverty in the dry, thirsty and forsaken part of rural Kenya into political stardom.

The book tells the story of the journey of his life, so far. It finds its beginnings in the local village in Mwingi, where he was born. It traverses time and space to see him through the village school, high school and university, even as it gives a rendition of the various vicissitudes that informed his formative years.

The biography tells of Musyoka’s struggles to gain meaningful education, overcome poverty and eventual entry into Kenyan politics. It narrates his rise to stardom, trials and tribulations and his strong Christian faith.

It documents his crucial role as a peacemaker since his schooldays. The impact he had on the Sudanese and Somali peace negotiations. His fears, anxieties and survival instincts.

KES1,750.00
Aké: the Years of Childhood

Aké: the Years of Childhood

A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.

KES1,450.00

Beyond Etiquette

When Mwanyengela was appointed Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland in the mid-1990s, he made history. Never before had anyone outside the incumbent President’s ethnic group been appointed the top diplomat to the sensitive post at the Court of St James. This un-coded tradition continued even after he left the posting.

KES990.00
Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer's Awakening

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening

“Exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time.” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Best Books of 2016, Guardian).

As a young student, internationally renowned author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa were in the final throes of their independence struggles. For Ngugi, an ambitious student leaving Kenya for the first time, the prestigious Makerere University embodies all the potential and excitement of the early 1960s. Campus is a haven of opportunity for the brightest African students, a meeting place for great thinkers and writers from all over the world, and its alumni, including Milton Obote and Julius Nyerere, are filling Africa’s emerging political and cultural positions. Despite the challenges he faces as a young black man in a British colony, it is here that Ngugi begins to write, weaving stories from the fibres of memory, history and a shockingly turbulent present.

Birth of a Dream Weaver is a moving and thought-provoking memoir of the birth of one of the most important writers today, and the death of one of the most violent periods in global history.

KES2,000.00
Born a Crime [hardback]

Born a Crime [hardback]

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

 

KES2,890.00
Desert Dawn

Desert Dawn

Desert Dawn is the story of that return and a testimony to the stubborn fact that you can love something dearly and yet not love all that it represents. Desert Dawn is about coming home.

KES1,500.00
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N.

Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

KES1,500.00
Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father

Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller when it was reissued in 2004. Dreams from My Father tells the story of Obama’s struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother—a struggle that takes him from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in the tiny African village of Alego.

Obama opens his story in New York, where he hears that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has died in a car accident. The news triggers a chain of memories as Barack retraces his family’s unusual history: the migration of his mother’s family from small-town Kansas to the Hawaiian islands; the love that develops between his mother and a promising young Kenyan student, a love nurtured by youthful innocence and the integrationist spirit of the early sixties; his father’s departure from Hawaii when Barack was two, as the realities of race and power reassert themselves; and Barack’s own awakening to the fears and doubts that exist not just between the larger black and white worlds but within himself.

Propelled by a desire to understand both the forces that shaped him and his father’s legacy, Barack moves to Chicago to work as a community organizer. There, against the backdrop of tumultuous political and racial conflict, he works to turn back the mounting despair of the inner city. His story becomes one with those of the people he works with as he learns about the value of community, the necessity of healing old wounds, and the possibility of faith in the midst of adversity.

Barack’s journey comes full circle in Kenya, where he finally meets the African side of his family and confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life. Traveling through a country racked by brutal poverty and tribal conflict, but whose people are sustained by a spirit of endurance and hope, Barack discovers that he is inescapably bound to brothers and sisters living an ocean away—and that by embracing their common struggles he can finally reconcile his divided inheritance.

A searching meditation on the meaning of identity in America, Dreams from My Father might be the most revealing portrait we have of a major American leader—a man who is playing, and will play, an increasingly prominent role in healing a fractious and fragmented nation.

KES1,450.00
Dreams in a Time of War

Dreams in a Time of War

In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngugi deftly etches a bygone era, capturing the landscape, the people, and their culture; the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war; and the troubled relationship between an emerging Christianized middle class and the rural poor. And he shows how the Mau Mau armed struggle for Kenya’s independence against the British informed not only his own life but also the lives of those closest to him.

Dreams in a Time of War speaks to the human right to dream even in the worst of times. It abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.

KES1,550.00
Fan Into Flame

Fan Into Flame

Fan Into Flame is a multilayered narrative with nuances of a thriller as the author unveils dramatic events that took place when he was a soldier in Ethiopia and the serenity that he encounters after his ‘rebirth’. The story pans through the history of colonial  and independent Kenya

KES1,740.00
Fighting Without Ceasing

Fighting Without Ceasing

This is the autobiography of one of Kenya’s foremost public figures and women role models, Muthoni Likimani. An introduction is provided by Muthoni Wanyeki, Executive Director of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).
KES1,740.00
Guru: A Long Walk to Success

Guru: A Long Walk to Success

The journey of a boy that began from a little- known village of Mathak in Gujarat, India, culminated in the creation of East Africa’s biggest business groups to straddle the industrial world of steel, cement, infrastructure and aviation. This is the inspiring story of Narendra Raval, endearingly known as ‘Guru’, who began from the most humble beginnings to reach the zenith of his career through tireless hard work, an inherent business acumen and sheer tenacity.

KES1,350.00

Joe Kadenge – The Life of a Football Legend

This is the stuff of a legend; a real tour de force, brilliant and uncompromising, told in simple conversational style that feels like listening to a great storyteller. This is a story that will capture the attention of all Kenyans. It’s part birthday card, part and engrossing portrait to a legendary footballer. The story spans decades – from a crotchety start to the incising portrait of a great man of our times.

The book pays tribute to other footballers as well, including James Siang’a, John Nyamwanga, Bernard Ajode, Stephen Ochieng, Ahmed Breik, Omar Nassir, Tony Lidonde, Edward Kedogo, David Muraya, Dennis Obua, Reuben Osoro, Jamin Mwanzi, Austin Oduor and John Lukoye.

Foreword by Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga – Former Prime Minister of Kenya and a football aficionado.

KES1,150.00

Left To Tell

The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering and loss. Following the transformation of her life in the ten year’s since Left to Tell‘s first publication, this new edition of her bestselling memoir reflects on her spiritual transformation since those dark days.

KES1,750.00
Long Walk to Freedom; The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom; The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is Mandela’s moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history’s greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life–an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

KES2,150.00
No Life of My Own

No Life of My Own

Frank Chikane, one of the leading figures in the Christian resistance to apartheid, recounts his life-beginning with his childhood, growing up black under apartheid, and continuing through his call to Christian ministry.

KES1,500.00
Raila Odinga: The Flame of Freedom (Hardcover)

Raila Odinga: The Flame of Freedom (Hardcover)

The Flame of Freedom chronicles the remarkable journey of one of Africa’s leading politicians and statesmen. Forworded by former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, Raila Odinga’s life-story mirrors the triumphs and tragedies of Kenya’s struggle to entrench multi-party democracy and the rule of law into the fabric of the State. The book is a testament to his courage, determination and sacrifice in the cause of peace, development and public service. It is a bold call to action for all African leaders.
– Kofi Annan

KES2,900.00
Riding on a Tiger : Moody Awori Autobiography

Riding on a Tiger : Moody Awori Autobiography

Riding on a Tiger is an epic journey of discovery. It is the story of a man lured by both the thrill of adventure and the courage to lose sight of the shore to discover the mysteries of the sea of life.

KES1,990.00
Riding on a Tiger [hardback]

Riding on a Tiger [hardback]

Riding on a Tiger is an epic journey of discovery. It is the story of a man lured by both the thrill of adventure and the courage to lose sight of the shore to discover the mysteries of the sea of life.

KES3,400.00

Sowing the Mustard Seed

Sowing the Mustard Seed traces Museveni’s early childhood and the struggle to liberate the country. The first edition was published in 1997, followed by a revised edition in 2007. Besides filling the missing gaps in earlier editions, this second edition has new details on the National Resistance Army capturing power in 1986. Other topics tackled include the mystic Alice Lawkena, the Sudan and Sudan Peoples’s Liberation Movement, fighting Joseph Kony, the wars in Rwanda and Congo and the post victory programmes.

KES1,585.00
The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a new kind of politics—a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. Lucid in his vision of America’s place in the world, refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate, Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going forward

KES1,400.00

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

KES2,150.00
The Old Lion of Africa -Walter N Masiga

The Old Lion of Africa

In this inspiring book Dr. Walter Nyamori Masiga recounts his life not only as a scientist but as a football fan and official of the AFC Leopards Club, at a time when it was never a question of whether they would beat their opponents, but whether they were going to maintain their signature 3-0 win. Besides football and work, Dr. Masiga recalls meeting his first wife, the late Elizabeth Semo Masiga, who rose to Chief Inspector of Schools and a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

KES1,200.00

Through My African Eyes

Through My African Eyes, written by former CNN correspondent and award-winning journalist Jeff Koinange, with foreward by the preeminent Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiongo and preface by President Thabo Mbeki, former president of South Africa, is a concise narrative covering the major players in 20th century African politics. The book is rich with insights into the personal and intellectual underpinnings of many historical events on the continent. Chronicles of warlords, soldiers, victims and politicians lend insight into Koinange's celebrated journalistic style.

KES2,500.00KES3,000.00

UnBounded

UnBounded is a collection of engaging personal stories that takes us through some of the people, places and events that have shaped Boniface, easily one of Kenya’s best known photographers and activists. It is a portrait of the child, the man and some of the human, harrowing and even humorous episodes that he has witnessed and photographed.

KES3,000.00

We the People

Foreword written by Kenya’s former Chief Justice Willie Mutunga

Timothy Murere Njoya makes a decision to convert to become saved. He is met with threats of a beating by the church and state. The year is 1956. The Mau Mau had taken to the forest determined to win back the land stolen from them by British settlers. Now, Njoya has an all-consuming purpose. Based on his newfound sovereignty, he dedicates his life to restoring the people’s humanity and the country’s nationhood. His pursuit sees him thrice defrocked and, thrice killed, but he is thrice reinstated and thrice rises again, surviving against the odds to see the beginning of the realization of his dream—a Constitution based on the sovereignty of We the People.

KES2,500.00

Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir

Wrestling with the Devil is Ngugi’s unforgettable account of the drama and challenges of living under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the pain caused by his isolation from his family, but also the spirit of defiance and the imaginative endeavours that allowed him to survive.

KES1,290.00

You Must Set Forth at Dawn

The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland.

KES1,890.00