Official bio

Okang’a Ooko is the author of Businesswoman’s Fault, (stories), and three mainstream novels, including Bengaman, When You Sing To The Fishes and the latest, Hunter & Gatherer mostly vivid accounts of scandalous vices, human folly, power games, and peopled by men and women struggling to succeed in the new African renaissance. He writes thrilling and intriguing character-driven fiction based on African characters and situations. His work presents a compelling narrative voice and a new way of seeing the world.

Ooko is a very ambitious and hardworking writer for this generation. His three Must-Read cavalier bestselling novels are in categories that matter to him: history, politics, pop culture (especially music), love-and-danger, business, corruption, true crime, and self-development. Known as “Kenya’s new master storyteller”, Ooko epitomizes a new shift in African fiction and his books are mostly set in Kenya. He loves to dispel the myth that Africans don’t read, and incredible readers who have stumbled upon his books have liked them tremendously. He has been writing since childhood when his mother took him to the local library in his hometown of Kisumu to keep him out of the company of bad boys. As a serial daydreamer, it was nice to finally get the stories on paper when he started writing full time in retirement in 2017. He has not looked back since. He believes current African issues (pop culture, politics, business, corruption) make dramatic stories with or without a literary bent, and he knows there is a huge potential to create intriguing stories around these themes. No writer is doing it. With his new book, Hunter & Gatherer, he currently aims to shepherd his vocation as a writer of commercial African fiction.
 In addition to being a prolific writer, he is an artist, an acclaimed graphic designer and musician. He lives the life of an artist. He worked in the publishing industry as a designer and typesetter, community manager at a content development company, and book cover designer for fiction and non-fiction.

When he isn’t reading or writing engaging stories, he’s probably singing, watching edgy black comedy on Netflix. He was born and raised in Kisumu, in Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his wife and four children.

In his spare time, he gives writing lectures, creates graphic arts, plays the guitar and draws things. You can connect with Ooko on Facebook at facebook.com/rd.ooko/.You can also visit his website, okangaoo.com, to sign up for emails about new releases.

 

About me

I'm Okang’a Ooko, fine art professional, independent Art Director, full-time freelance Senior Graphic Designer, Writer, and Content developer. I've been working in the creative industry for more than 20+ years and I’m armed with rich experiences of managing the complete writing and design process, from conceptualization to delivery. I am the founder of the Writing, Editing, Typesetting, Creative design services, and Book publishing company www.obakunta.co.ke. I am a well-rounded creative person, able to stretch to the boundaries of web design and digital storytelling to help my client’s brands stand out. As a designer, I work to create and improve visual communications in local and global markets both online and offline. And I demonstrate success in producing high-quality creative products including printed media, written pieces, visual content, and general marketing materials. Over the years I have had experience as a freelance and in-house graphic designer, and I have worked on a range of print, interactive and digital design projects. I broke into writing in 2017 following the successful publication of my first book Businesswoman’s Fault. Writing, like design, is an extension of my artistic abilities.

I am a stickler for details and perfection. It’s a little wonder I naturally ended up as a digital content manager. Really? Yeah, I live and breathe digital – it’s a huge part of the way that I live and work. Yeah, I am natural born writer who loves sharing their knowledge with an audience. Yeah, I have a great eye for copy and understand what it takes to grab a readers attention. Yeah, I collaborate - I love working with other teams (from designers to developers) in order to create valuable content. I began my jobs within the internet marketing community in 2000 working as a web developer using HTML and Dreamweaver long before social media came. In another life I have been a tech savvy fine art professional, independent Art Director, Graphics Designer, Creative Writer, and Editor working in print and online media, working with images, generating written content, SEO articles, and publishing them on websites. In my current occupation as a practitioner in digital marketing arts, I basically manage the workflow of content from different online media platforms. I have been in the gamut of it all… from creative writing, design, branding, marketing communications, web development and management, and so forth. As a Content Manager, I have some experience with content production and publishing, including video production. I manage social media channels (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter) and maintain the digital calendar to keep a rich pipeline of content flowing. My skills are not only in the writing and graphic design areas, but I am also able to make corrections on HTML and WordPress, re-do photos and videos, add music, video and more. Depending on my schedule, I can work on the computer or the phone. In my work, creativity is king and I ever try to balance my analytic and creative prowess while creating content at scale. I combine creativity, proven social media management skills and content marketing to deliver engaging content reaching significant audiences on all digital channels targeting consumers.

Essentially, I am always involved in strategic planning with my clients’ business models, budget and time frame. I ensure that content is distributed as efficiently as possible, in an ethical way, and that it matches the websites ethical and legal requirements.

At the moment I manage digital content for the publishing website

Expertise in:
Primary design tools: • Adobe Indesign • Adobe Photoshop • Adobe Illustrator •  After Effects • Adobe Premiere • CorelDraw • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint • Google Slides • Google docs. • Apple Keynote • Apple Pages


My skillsets

• Graphic designer

I create high-quality visual content including document layouts, infographics, illustrations, presentations, logos, microsites and collateral materials. Develop visual design concepts across multiple platforms such as print, web and mobile for multiple clients and their brands. Interpret and distill highly technical information for mainstream audiences.2D Designing, Corporate Design, Print Design, Illustrations, Vector processing, Pre-press, and Fine Arts in various media. (Print Designs/marketing collaterals, Layout design: annual reports, magazines, menu, newsletter, etc; Design mockups- Marketing assets, Ebook mockups, web graphics iPhone mockups, or any device). I creates exceptional design, layout, typography, animation, and video capabilities. 2D Designing, Corporate Design, Print Design, Illustrations, Vector processing, Pre-press, and Fine Art in various media. (Print Designs/marketing collaterals, Layout design: annual reports, magazines, menu, newsletter, etc; Design mockups- Marketing assets, eBook mockups, web graphics iPhone mockups, or any device),Packaging design .

• Photo editor

Editing raw photographs using Adobe Photoshop. Selecting, editing, retouching, and positioning photographs for print and web marketing collateral, ensuring consistency and alignment of image tone with brand messaging. Coordinates graphic photo library and maintains electronic records.

• Video producer & editor

Planning, designing, producing, filming, and editing corporate video content for internal and external communications. Provide writing assistance (e.g., scripting, storyboarding, etc). Capable of editing at various stages of post-production (Adobe Premier Pro, Rough Cut, Fine Cut, Notes, etc.).

• Web developer and Digital content editor

Word-Press experienced Graphic Website Designer Develops beautiful, clean code • Tests for design, functional, and technical QA criteria • Launches and maintains websites and servers. A practitioner in digital marketing arts able to manage the workflow of content from different online media platforms as Web Content Developer, Digital Content Developer, Creative Director, Social media marketer, Brand designer. Art Director, Email marketer. Extensive knowledge of Content Management Systems (CMS), Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, web publishing, JavaScript, PHP, SEO copywriter.

• InDesign typesetter

I have 20+ years of experience typesetting experience in the publishing industry, with experience ranging from Production Artist to Design Director, including ebooks. Over the years I've typeset numerous Fiction, Non-Fiction, book interiors. I have extensive experience using Adobe InDesign and I'm very well-versed in creating and analyzing design specifications and layouts. My files use all of the automation features InDesign offers, resulting in consistently accurate, professionally designed and typeset files.

• Ghostwriter

Words are my muse and I use them to speak volumes of emotions and feelings, all with the ultimate goal of helping my clients. I am widely read on a variety of topics and have an extensive academic background in the arts and social sciences. Knowing exactly what to say is crucial in today's media driven world. I am a writer gifted with creativity. I am proficient at creative writing, content writing, and ghost writing. My writing services cover: Fiction and non-fiction ghostwriting • Creative writing • Content Development • Christian Books • Copy Articles Memoir & Biography • Research • Technical ghostwriting • Promotional ghostwriting • Business • Personal Development books • Product description and labels • Sales copy • Academic Writing • Newsletter • Blog writing Book Review & Consultation

• Editor & Proofreader

I am a professional book editor in English, offering copyediting, error correction for grammar, punctuation, typos and spelling errors; and developmental editing services. I work closely with authors and brands to clarify and improve the quality of their message. I have ddevelopment editing experience and have worked with many authors. I am also a diligent and experienced Proofreader with strong experience assessing and correcting a wide variety of business and research texts. Superior interpersonal and communication skills in explaining needed changes to authors and executives. Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. I offer everything from intensive manuscript development editing to proofreading and basic editing and reviews. I also offer transcription services).

 

I am a committed and hard-working professional and look forward to working with you. I offer honest, original and high-quality work on time according to your specifications. With my keen ability to spearhead challenging projects, combined with my steadfast commitment to top-notch creativity, I am prepared to excel in providing outstanding services to your company.

If I seem like a match for you, don’t hesitate and hit me up a message or (perhaps) an interview invitation. I’m always open to discussing new projects. I would be thrilled to offer you my pallet of skills and expertise to help you expand your idea to the best result possible. I can provide you with a complete range of solutions that will enhance and help your business grow and your business identity stand out.
I look forward to discussing the position, and my qualifications, in further detail.

 

My Graphic Designer Portfolio

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My Graphic Web Designer / Digital Content Manager CV

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Employment/work history

 

Senior Creative Writer
Oba Kunta Octopus
, Nairobi, Kenya
October 2010 - Present                                     

Oba Kunta Octopus is Kenya’s leading writing, editing, and publishing company with an impressive client list specializing in a variety of creative services as well. The company helps companies achieve results beyond their dreams. Oba Kunta provides quality end-to-end page composition and publication services to new and established authors, editing and publishing companies, creative and marketing agencies, professionals in all areas, literary agents and independent writers working in all genres, educators, learning institutions, NGOs, International organisations, private companies, governments institutions, entrepreneurial business leaders, career seekers and students. Clients are at the center of Oba Kunta Octopus’ business, and we take pride in assisting authors throughout the entire writing, editing, revising, and publishing (or self-publishing) processes.

www.obakunta.co.ke

Author/Writer
@ www.okangaooko.com
August 1992 – Present (24 years) Nairobi, Kenya
Author, novelist, short story, ghostwriter, freelance writer

  Lead consultant
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.

 

Senior Staff Writer / Editor
Mashariki Brand Communication, Nairobi, Kenya
January 2006 - September 2010

• Consulted with authors and publishers on the development and publishing of more than 100 book-length manuscripts.
• Conceptualized, designed book covers, did typesetting and book/magazine layouts, wrote, illustrated and published nine original books as the sole ghostwriter.
• Worked for many organizations documenting case studies and writing mission statements, company profiles and conducting research studies.
• Managed corporate accounts.
• Led marketing efforts such as direct mail campaigns, in-store promotions, and surveys.
• Performed all lead roles in creative services and marketing for the agency.
• Performed ley role in the design and production of print, identity, packaging, multimedia, web design and web applications.
• Managed press checks, art directed photos, supervised design teams .
• Maintained production schedules and budgets.
• Trained, supervised and provided art direction for junior designers.
• Managed multiple, concurrent projects in different stages.
• Designed information architecture and user interface for on-screen applications.

2000 : Design Consultant                 
FIT Resources Ltd.
Actively participated in the complete redesign of all presentation, print communications for an ambitious internet-based development project.

1999 - 2000 :  Product Design Consultant   
Technoserve Inc.
Directed a team of designers, development workers and small scale traders in the design and participatory development of mobile food carts that were later licenced by the Nairobi City Council as mobile food kiosks to try and solve the lack of operating premises by Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) traders.

1998 :  Creative Consultant   
FIT Uganda Ltd.
Actively participated in the complete redesign of all presentation, print and web based communications for an ambitious internet-based development project. Imparted product design skills to Uganda Manufacturers Association.

1994 - 1998 : Private Tuition for Various Nairobi Schools
Academic co-advisor to high schools: taught writing and design skills and taught English to foreign students.  

1993 - 1997 : Product designer                                            
Undugu Society of Kenya                                             

Worked mainly as  product designer in the design and production of furniture and small functional farming and low-cost house building machines and implements for the benefit of micro and small scale manufacturers. Accomplished a major research project and published Scrap Metal Recycling: A Product Development Study of Shauri Moyo - Kamukunji Jua Kali in 1995.

 

Graphic designer in various employment capacities
August 1993 – Present (24 years) Nairobi, Kenya

 

Publications

Currently Working on Kalamindi, novel
April 2020 Hunter and Gatherer, novel
December 2019 When You Sing To the Fishes, novel
July 2018 Bengaman, novel
October 2017 Business Woman's Fault, seven 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 Kichorochoro Published in Flash, newsletter of the Undugu Society, issue no 98, short story
May 1995 Running Wild 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

 

 
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