Kenyan Authors You Should be Reading

The reading culture in Kenya has gradually been embraced, more Kenyan authors are coming up and sharing great masterpieces. Check out some of the well-known authors who have gone international and done books that you should definitely put your hands on.

Biko Zulu

Biko Zulu built a name for himself through the captivating stories he does on social media. His prowess will have anyone reading through his long posts and wanting more. His famous book titled Drunk is without a doubt one book every avid reader should set their hands on. His weekly blogs are something you also wouldn’t want to miss; he really is a brilliant storyteller.

Jeff Koinange

Jeff Koinange’s Through My African Eyes is hands down one of the best books I have read. Jeff talks about his childhood, his education, how he met his lovely wife Shaila while working for Pan Am Airlines and various international media stations. He tells a story about Africa in a way no one has ever done, his flow of stories will leave you in awe while flying through the chapters.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a world-renowned Kenyan writer, one of the best there is. Having won various awards, the 81-year-old Ngugi is famous for writing plays, essays to novels. He has done well over 20 books including some done in his local dialect.

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina who passed away in May 2019 was a Kenyan journalist and author. His great stories saw him win the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 for his short story titled Discovering Home. He has had some of his work published in famous magazines like Granta, a literary magazine in the United Kingdom.

Kinyanjui Kombani

Kinyanjui Kombani, a banker by profession is known to many as the Banker who writes. His most recent publication titled Of Pawns and Players received a lot of buzz relating to the fact that he touches on gambling. His other books titled Den of Inequities and The last Villains of Molo have been used by various universities in Kenya and abroad.