writers Famous Authors from Kenya

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List of the most popular authors from Kenya, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Kenyan authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Kenyan writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different authors, like Kiraitu Murungi and Liaquat Ahamed.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Kenya?" and "Who are the best Kenyan authors?"

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Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla Ode to Lata

The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya The Best Novels About World War 2

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Wangari Maathai is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Wangari Maathai Unbowed: A Memoir, The Green Belt Movement: sharing the approach and the experience State of the world's minorities 2008: events of 2007

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Richard Leakey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Richard Leakey Human Origins, El Origen De LA Humanidad Nuestros Origenes

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Elspeth Huxley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Elspeth Huxley The Mottled Lizard, Brave new victuals Their shining Eldorado

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Louis Leakey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Louis Leakey Defeating Mau Mau, Kenya; contrasts and problems Aggression and violence in man

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Petals of Blood, The River Between Matigari

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Yash Pal Ghai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Yash Pal Ghai The Asian minorities of East and Central Africa, The Political Economy of Law Public Participation and Minorities

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Kuki Gallmann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Kuki Gallmann Die Nacht der Löwen, Ich träumte von Afrika Afrikanische Nächte

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M. G. Vassanji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
M. G. Vassanji The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, The Assassin's Song Amriika

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Meja Mwangi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Meja Mwangi Carcase for Hounds, The Mzungu Boy Striving for the wind

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Raila Odinga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Raila Odinga Raila Odinga

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Liaquat Ahamed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Liaquat Ahamed Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

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Jomo Kenyatta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta Facing Mount Kenya, The challenge of Uhuru Kenya

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Mukoma Ngugi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Mukoma Ngugi Conversing with Africa, Hurling words at consciousness

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Daniel arap Moi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Daniel arap Moi Transition and continuity in Kenya, Kenya African nationalism Continuity and consolidation in Kenya

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Binyavanga Wainaina is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Binyavanga Wainaina Kwani? 02, Kwani? 1 Beyond the River Yei

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Margaret Ogola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Margaret Ogola Cardinal Otunga, I Swear by Apollo River and the Source

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Josiah Mwangi Kariuki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Josiah Mwangi Kariuki 'Mau Mau' detainee, J.M. Kariuki speaks his mind JM Kariuki in Parliament

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Aidan Hartley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Aidan Hartley The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War

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Wahome Mutahi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Wahome Mutahi The house of doom, How to be a Kenyan Three days on the cross

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Kivutha Kibwana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Kivutha Kibwana An introduction to the constitution of Kenya, Sowing the constitutional seed in Kenya Making our constitution

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Kiraitu Murungi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Kiraitu Murungi The song of my beloved, Ethnicity multi-partism in Kenya

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Atieno Odhiambo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Atieno Odhiambo Mau Mau & Nationhood

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Quassim Cassam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Quassim Cassam The possibility of knowledge

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Koigi wa Wamwere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Koigi wa Wamwere Negative ethnicity, I refuse to die

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Rawson Macharia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Rawson Macharia The truth about about the Trial of Jomo Kenyatta

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Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha The position of Kiswahili in Kenya

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Daphne Sheldrick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Daphne Sheldrick Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor Weight of Whispers

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Ngugi wa Mirii is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Ngugi wa Mirii Ngaahika Ndeenda

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Grace Ogot is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Grace Ogot The other woman

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Michael Ndurumo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Michael Ndurumo Exceptional children

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Kinoti Gatobu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Kinoti Gatobu Wheels within wheels

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Gitura Mwaura is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya
Gitura Mwaura Portraits of the heart

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Rocha Chimera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Kenya