Best Kenyan writers

Best Kenyan writers

The following is a list of top writers in Kenya. The writers have received many international and local awards for their contribution in literature.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

He is one of the renowned Kenyan writer. Some of the books that he has written include

  • Weep, Not Child
  • A Grain of Wheat

Binyavanga Wainaina

  • One Day I Will Write About This Place

Grace Ogot

  • The Promised Land
  • Muthoni Garland
  • Halfway Between Nairobi and Dundori

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

  • Weight of Whispers
  • Dust

Meja Mwangi

  • Taste of Death
  • Carcase for Hounds
  • Kill Me Quick
  • The Cockroach Dance
  • Going Down River Road

Francis D. Imbuga

  • Aminata
  • Miracle of Remera
  • Betrayal in the City
  • Muthoni Garland

Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

  • Coming to Birth,
  • Murder in Majengo,
  • Street Life
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Margaret Ogola

  • The River and the Source,
  • The Present Moment

Lily Mabura

  • How Shall We Kill the Bishop and Other Stories
  • The Pretoria Conspiracy


She is the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee and also winner of 1st Prize Adult Fiction NBDCK 2008 Book Week (National Book Development Council of Kenya) Awards. Some of the books she has written are;

  • Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold (2008)
  • Shifting Sands (2012)

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