I am a retired graphic designer currently living my dream as an author with work appearing in various print venues. I also write for online publications, periodicals, feature articles and the like. I live in Nairobi and spend weekends in Kisumu and Homa Bay.
I was born in Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria in Kenya. I grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s in Kisumu. I grew up admiring books. My family lived near Kisumu Area Library and my early life was about books. I spent many hours in the Library and in bookstores in Kisumu, and I would spend evenings and weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. I was given the nickname "Master Storyteller" by my friends in 1980 because I loved to retell the stories I had read. I made up things and told lies. Really good ones — some of which my boyhood friends still believe. This was the era when television and movies were still a novelty and beyond the reach of many. The most convenient form of entertainment was reading novels.
I was a huge bookworm all the way up to high school (secondary school, actually). The library was my safe place and my friends were all avid readers as well. I studied fine art at the Notre Dame Catholic Art Centre in Kisumu under renowned watercolorist, Janet Mullen and then proceeded to Kenya Polytechnic University to study graphic design and communication. Although I had always made up stories in my head, I did not write as a young boy other than essays for school. In high school, in Kisumu, it was a longheld belief that I will be a writer some day. My friends and colleagues always chided me about it, asking when "my book" was going to be published. My family, too, waited. I started seriously writing in college in Nairobi, but even that wasn't serious writing; I was involved heavily in theatrical activities and produced work that was performed, a little here and an occassional one-act play there... things I wasn't serious about and which did not find their way into print. When I graduated and started working I found myself with more free time and started reading again. I wrote a lot during this time, published some works.
Not much has changed since then, except now some of the interesting books I pick off the shelves are written by myself! Little wonder today I am a full time writer and author.
See, folks, the feeling of escaping into a completely different world and losing yourself for hours in the pages of books has much remained. I love books. I love turning pages. I love the magic in printed words. I love immersing myself in stories, losing myself in twists and turns of plots. My world is the Book World. I buy tons of second hand books on the street of Nairobi. I read on my Samsung smartphone and my iPad, in my car and on the matatu and on the bus. I frequent bookstores and leave with books in arms. I download tons of books, I spend many hours reading. Writing fiction can help you incorporate knowledge from a wide variety of sources and use it in your own dream land. It is scientifically proven that reading fiction expands your mind beyond imagination. I am the smart Luo man I am today because of the tons of fiction I have stuffed inside my brain.
Lake Victoria Writers' Group, Kisumu, Kenya
February 2012 – December 2014
English, writing, and graphicl arts instructor • Creative Writing Consultation and Workshopping • Coached new writers • Consulted with authors and publishers on the development of book-length manuscripts • Published short, creative prose and poetry in numerous magazines and online venues.
January 2012 – September 2015, Nairobi, Kenya
Tutors high school students and foreigners from Francophone countries three times a week.
Graphic designer in various employment capacities
|Currently||Working on Hunter and Gatherer, a political novel.|
|Currently||Working on Tandawuoya, novel|
|April 2019||When You Sing To the Fishes, novel|
|January 2018||Kisumu, novel|
|June 2017||Business Woman's Fault, seven short stories|
|January 2016||Happy 9th Birthday, horror novella|
|June 2013||Kiss Ya Bangongi, short story|
|July 2011||Rude Awakening, short story|
|July 2009||First and Second Rhythm Guitars in an Old Benga Song, short novella|
|October 2006||Why No One Knows Where Death Lives Papyrus Artists Organisation, kids short story, audio podcast|
|2005||Infinity Eulogy for my friend Martin Owino, Hawi Magazine Volume I, Lake Victoria Writers' Group, poem|
|August 2004||Moni Afinda Published in Eve Magazine, short story|
|June 2004||Innocents Longings, Dangerous Fulfilement First published in www.voicenet.org, poem|
|May 2002||The Proposal Published in Black Voices Online, short story|
|2001||Adventurer Published in Lady magazine, short story|
|1998||Pollution Control of Small –Scale Metal Industries In Nairobi, Final Report of Small –scale Metal Industries Environmental Pollution In Kenya , research study for International Labour Organisation (ILO)|
|May 1997||Scrap Metal Recycling, A product development study of Kamukunji Jua Kali Sector Published by the Undugu Society of Kenya research paper|
|November 1996||Running Wild Published in Flash, newsletter of the Undugu Society, issue no 98, short story|
|May 1995||Kichorochoro Published in Flash, newsletter of the Undugu Society, issue no 55, short story|
|September 1993||Now The Sun Doesn’t Shine Kenya Polytechnic Drama Club, an AIDS allegory with ritual drama, play in three acts|