Remember The Children Of Kisumo


This story starts in 1969 when a fatal tragedy known as "Russia massacre" disrupts peace and causes an uproarious disquiet in Kisumu. Before the Russia shootings, the children of Kisumu were ornery and full of life. With the candour and the purity of their child's-eye-vision, we watch a dramatic story of growing up in Pandpieri, in the 1960s Post-Independent Kisumu. The ‘60s are endless sunny days of dangerous encounters, mischief, fun, pranks, and awkward perils in the lakeland for Rabby Ochogo and his friends. After the tragic accident, Rabby's world is shattered. One by one, all his friends die mysterious deaths. He is broken by circumstance, unable to deal with reality he cons his way around Kisumu trying to find a new way of living, make sense of the truth and learn lessons along the way.

Thirty years roll by and Kisumu people are still struggling to heal. Stories of Russia massacre are still told, scars remain, people do not forget. Rabby has stack of memories and he is unable to get away from his lost childhood which haunts him. Through sheer determination, he managed to get into college and achieve professional success and he landed a job at Russia Hospital. And he becomes the brilliant, psychotic psychologist who brags that he is the only one who survived the 1969 Russia massacre. His pursuit of psychology is purpose driven… to unravel the dark demons of the massacre and the mysterious deaths of his friends that followed. He believes his friends were eliminated by the government.

When he finally found the courage to refuse his mother’s deathbed demands, she unwittingly puts a curse on him, triggering a plot of revenge that would force him into a deadly showdown with his sister-in-law, Akech over family property.

Rabby portrays a series of life-altering moments from his turbulent childhood as his own original survival story. If not for his 1969 Russia massacre or escape from a shockingly neglectful Pandpieri upbringing to a Milimani homestead at age twenty-five, there never would have been a Kisumu success story. Without the encouragement of the Indian psychiatrist who “treated him” at age thirteen, he may never have become a survivor. And without his desperate teenage enlistment in the medical training school, he would not have discovered his true calling as a psychologist.

Remember The Children of Kisumo is the powerful story of Rabala Ochogo son of Abade's coming of age in the midst of poverty and his journey toward manhood, from the rarely told perspective of the 1969 Russia shooting of the children of Kisumu and its deadly aftermath. Raw and palpable, this is a tragic and disturbing story about the strength of the human spirit. The story of the children of Kisumo is a lyrical, captivating, timeless portrait of a childhood hurled into shattering danger and how they had the good fortune and belief in themselves to survive. It is a true Kisumu story.



Novel, 450 pages
Soon to be published by Oba Kunta Octopus


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