Wangari Muoria-Sal, Bodil Folke Frederiksen, John Lonsdale, and Derek R. Peterson, eds., Writing for Kenya: The Life and Works of Henry Muoria (Brill Publishers, 2009).
Henry Muoria (1914-97), self-taught journalist and pamphleteer, helped to inspire Kenya’s nationalisms before Mau Mau. The pamphlets reproduced here, in Gikuyu and English, contrast his own originality with the conservatism of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first President. The contributing editors introduce Muoria’s political context, tell how three remarkable women sustained his families’ life; and remember him as father. Courageous intellectual, political, and domestic life here intertwine.