This is a very well researched and documented piece of work. The scholarly apparatus used by the author in analyzing the evolution of university education in Kenya during the years outlined is remarkable. The author makes good use of a variety of primary sources including colonial government documents, journal articles, court records and an impressive number of secondary sources.
The flow of the manuscript and the transition from chapter to chapter is excellent, arguments in the respective chapters have been communicated forcefully but accurately, and the author’s writing is direct and completely free of jargon. The author offers a skillful and interesting comparative examination of the university policies of the British colonial, Jomo Kenyatta, and Daniel Moi’s governments, which is eye-opening considering that they were all authoritarian administrations.
This book will be of great interest to scholars of the African continent, some of whom may be inspired to rewrite the story of tertiary education and state formation in other parts of Africa by an equally meticulous examination of original sources as demonstrated in this work.